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Jun 14, 2021

Episode 053 Swetha Nisthala on “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert


Yet another episode in which I am seriously considering to changing my format to an hour long show. Or maybe two? Despite the fact that it was the middle of the night in India, where she lives, Swetha Nisthala and I could have talked for hours about the books and people and places we love. Swetha calls Elizabeth Gilbert a “Soul Writer,” which is her term for an author who can put complicated emotions into words. We also discussed how her love of Gilbert’s work has seen her through many life changes, how grief comes in waves, and Bookstagram’s response to the Covid crisis in India.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Swetha Nisthala



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Discussed in this episode:


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield et. al. (holy moly I had no idea there were so many versions of the Chicken Soup series. 259 books!!)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Cecilia Ahern

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune



Swetha’s recommendations if you want to donate to help in India:

KVN Foundation supplies free oxygen concentrators to the needy

Hemkunt Foundation provides oxygen support for whoever needs it

Khushiyaan Foundation: Among other things, they provide free meals daily for underprivileged kids and provide oxygen support for Covid.

Adivasis Lives Matter provides emergency relief material for 10 particularly vulnerable indigenous groups in the remotest forest areas in India

Donatekart for Daily Wage laborers provides groceries and food for daily wage laborers on the brink of starvation

Feeding India by Zomato serves cooked meals to people in need every single day


You can find many other fundraisers to donate on these fundraising platforms:



Give India 



Discussed in our Patreon Conversation:


The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Switzerland’s History in Indian movies

Bollywood Tour of Switzerland

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