Asians on Desert Island Discs

5 Jul

You can’t filter the DIDA results by ethnicity so here’s an up-to-date chronological list of all the programme’s South Asian castaways. Surprisingly there have only been twenty so far, so I’ve added two “honorary” South Asians.

1970s:
Ravi Shankar*

1980s:
V.S. Naipaul
Zubin Mehta
Gayatri Devi
Ved Mehta
Madhur Jaffrey
Ben Kingsley
Ismail Merchant
Salman Rushdie

1990s:
Imran Khan
Hanif Kureishi
Saeed Jaffrey

2000s:
Meera Syal
Gulam Noon
Karan Bilimoria
Satish Kumar
Tariq Ali
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Shami Chakrabarti

2010s:
Vikram Seth

BONUS:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala [24 Jan 1999]
Mark Tully [15 Jun 2003]

(* Unfortunately there is no audio available for this episode but you can still see his choices of music, book and luxury.)

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