Nikesh Shukla - Brown Baby

Season 1, Ep. 7

Parenting could well be the world's toughest job. On the plus side, fatherhood's giving Nikesh Shukla some great writing material. Join us as he talks about finding motivation - both as a father and an author - and speaks openly about his frustration at publishing in a pandemic.

For our Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up, the extended version of the show contains ‘Shit I Wish I’d Known’ from Nikesh’s perspective as a mentor, author and comedy-writer. What role does humour play in his work? How is he processing grief through publishing? Why does he think his daughters will tell him to "F*ck off" eventually? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut. Find out how at 

Nikesh Shukla is an author, editor, journalist, podcaster and screenwriter with three novels to his name – including the Costa shortlisted debut, Coconut Unlimited. It’s safe to say he is something of a writing powerhouse: he has also authored two books for young adults, edited the bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant (co-editing its 2019 follow-up for US audiences) AND co-founded the literary journal The Good Journal

In February 2021, Nikesh published a new true story of his own, the book Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, which is accompanied by a weekly podcast of the same name.

You can find Nikesh at, and on Twitter and Instagram

Link to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)

Works & Authors Mentioned:

James Baldwin, novelist and essayist, essay 'The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity.' Quote cited: 'You must decide all over again whether you want to be famous or whether you want to write.'

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and journalist

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Nikesh Shukla, essay 'Namaste' in The Good Immigrant

Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier, Cesar's Way

Emma Byrne, How to Build a Human (forthcoming)

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- Socials and transcription: Beatrice Bazell

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