S4 E11: An Interview with Swati Teerdhala

The Henna Wars Booked All Night

ENTER THE COURT OF LIONS GIVEAWAY! Entries end August 1, 2020. When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses. When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life. Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized. Booked All Night: Twitter . Facebook . Instagram . Tumblr    Sign Up for the Newsletter    Visit Our TeeSpring    Visit BookedAllNight.blog      Follow Jess: Twitter . Facebook  Follow Maggie: Twitter  Follow Dan: Twitter — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bookedallnight/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bookedallnight/support

This week we’re joined by author, Swati Teerdhala, author of The Tiger at Midnight and The Archer at Dawn. We played a bookish version of Would You Rather…?  and our favorite spoiler getting game Never Have I Ever Spoiled My Own Book (we got a little info on book 3). Long live the naked mole-rat! Let’s get started!

The Archer at Dawn

The Sun Mela is many things: a call for peace, a cause for celebration, and, above all, a deadly competition. For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebel spies, it provides the perfect guise to infiltrate King Vardaan’s vicious court. Kunal will return to his role as dedicated Senap soldier, at the Sun Mela to provide extra security for the palace during the peace summit for the divided nations of Jansa and Dharka. Meanwhile, Esha will use her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to keep a pulse on shifting political parties and seek out allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the stolen throne. But amid the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel Blades’ entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their country and to each other. Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives.

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