20 Feb 2023

How do you ask someone the question: “Where are you from?” Jyoti Patel on identity and belonging.


“I didnt write this book to be hugely sellable, hugely commercial – I wrote it because it’s a story that I felt needed to be told.”

Jyoti Patel’s debut novel, ‘The Things That We Lost’ is the story of a British Gujarati mother and son discovering how they fit into the world and learning how to balance the Gujarati and British sides of their identities.

The book earnt Jyoti the Merky Books New Writers Prize 2021, a competition launched by Stormzy and Penguin House UK to discover unpublished and underrepresented writers.

In this episode, Jyoti joins Krishnan to talk about feeling othered, why her book is written in the voice of a young man, and how to ask someone the question, “where are you from?”

Produced by: Imahn Robertson

Listen and subscribe

You can listen to and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts here.

Or on SpotifyAcast, CastBox and other good podcast apps.

So join us as we explore the big ideas changing the way we think, act and live – and how much impact we can really have as individuals.

A filmed version of each interview is available on our Channel 4 News YouTube channel  – hit subscribe to keep updated on when a new episodes