madhumita mazumdar
This podcast which initially started as a bibliophile’s podcast focussing on anything I read will now include books with some focussed interest like travel, food, culture, history, design and politics each month. The aim is to open up my library to all and make reading a shared experience.
Extracts from a reader’s journal
This is an introductory episode of Biblio in a slightly different format. Conceived as extracts from a reader’s journal this avatar of biblio will feature extracts from books and other literary material I have read or been reading. The first of these is from a book titled ‘Courting India’. Enjoy
Sep 27, 2023
8 min
The man who gave America a Lifetime Reading Plan
This episode remembers Clifton Fadiman, author, broadcaster, public intellectual and the man who made it his life’s mission to make Americans read.
Oct 5, 2020
21 min
Natasha's Dance- the last book I read with a beloved teacher.
This episode is a tribute to my late teacher and the internationally known scholar of Russian History, Prof Hari Vasudevan. Prof Vasudevan was afflicted by covid and passed away on the 10th of May 2020.
Aug 2, 2020
24 min
The Library at Night- A tribute to Alberto Manguel
In this episode I talk about the brilliant author, polymath and bibliophile Alberto Manguel and his absolutely splendid achievement- the Library at Night published in 2005. Its a book that's radically changed the way I've experienced libraries, read books and told stories.
Apr 24, 2020
8 min
Uncle Chong's bookstore
In this episode I tell you the story of Pak Chong the remarkable proprietor of Malaysia's premier publishing house and book store- the Gerakbudaya. Pak Chong has been nominated this year as contender for the international publishing world's most prestigious award, the Prix Voltaire.
Apr 14, 2020
8 min
Beyond the charming world of literary podcasts
In this episode of Biblio I take you through a quick survey of literary and book podcasts listed by Penguin as their best this year. I want to draw your attention to the dominant format that drives these podcasts and ask if there's a space or more importantly a need for an alternative take on book podcasts and if Biblio could offer something different?
Apr 9, 2020
8 min
84, Charing Cross Road
So today's episode is a tribute to a seller of antique books immortalized in a beloved classic titled ' 84 Charing Cross Road'. Published in 1970 this book is a collection of a series of correspondence between the author Helen Hanff and the proprietor of Marks and Co, Frank Doel. So what is about the book that makes it so special?
Apr 7, 2020
4 min
Introducing Biblio- a podcast on the social and affective lives of books
This is a short introduction to my bi-weekly podcast Biblio. I hope to tell stories about people and institutions, ideas and practices that have helped us forge our intimate bonds with books.
Mar 30, 2020
2 min