Alka Joshi and Sujata Massey

RECORDED Sunday, June 20, 2021

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Alka Joshi’s intriguing new novel The Secret Keeper of Jaipur follows henna artist Lakshmi as she arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace – it’s a tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.

Alka was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India ,and has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She ran her own advertising and PR agency for 30 years. The Henna Artist was her first novel. Currently, she is working on the third book of the trilogy and a screen adaption of The Henna Artis.

Sujata Massey is the author of fourteen novels, two novellas and numerous short stories that have been published in eighteen countries. Her novels have won the Agatha, Lefty and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. Sujata writes mystery and suspense fiction set in pre-Independence India, as well as a modern mystery series set in Japan.

“There were three kinds of karma: the accumulated karma from all our past lives; the karma we created in this life; and the karma we stored to ripen in our future lives.”

– Alka Joshi

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