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We're super excited to have one of bpb's favorite boys back in these pages: say hello to Ashiesh Shah, India's hottest architect and interior designer, who along with designing a whole battery of celebrity homes, recently made his TV debut as the host of the very sharp Design HQ (on FOX Life every Thursday at 10 pm); and launched a kickass furniture collection with Urban Ladder. PS: We want everything. 

Ashiesh kicks off this episode with a reading of the breathtaking, heartbreaking One Last Poem For Richard by Sandra Cisneros - for this, you'll need a box of tissues. 

Next, he reads from Ali Smith's incredible Autumn, which released to rave reviews and is being called the "first serious Brexit novel". 

He concludes, fittingly, with a paragraph from Patti Smith's eulogy for the great Sam Shepard, published earlier this year in the New Yorker. Read it here

You can download the podcast, or listen to it here.

Spine features the bpb team’s book recommendations on our podcast. We’re always happy to hear your recommendations, so please feel free to send us ideas + passages from your favourite books! 

Listen to some of our previous podcasts, which feature Shashi Tharoor reading PG Wodehouse and Zoya Akhtar reading Leonard Cohen, here



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