DJ Rekha, Spinning a Few Tomes

Portrait of Rekha Malhotra, aka DJ Rekha

hide captionRekha Malhotra likes to mix the percussive dance music of North India and Pakistan with hip-hop beats. Her reading is equally eclectic.

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Rekha Malhotra, a New York City-based DJ, arranged the music for Bridge and Tunnel, the Obie-Award winning Off-Broadway show. She's active with human rights groups and on the lecture circuit. And with all that activity, she still finds time to let Liane Hansen know what she's been reading lately. It's the latest installment in the Weekend Edition Sunday summer reading series.

Rekha Malhotra's List:

Babyji, by Abha Dawesar. "On the one hand, it's this cocky, smart, sexually curious and aggressive woman, but also one that is uncertain and unsure about her future and how to navigate the rest of her life."

Born Confused, by Tanuja Desai Hidier.

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

Waiting, by Ha Jin.

Taxi!: Cabs and Capitalism in New York City, by Biju Mathew. "The danger of these kinds of books is that they become a little dry or not exciting, and it becomes a like protest speech or a battle cry. But so far it's keeping me."

Aloft, by Chang-Rae Lee. "It was set in Long Island, which is where I'm from. So I had some georgraphic connection. It's sort of this drifty character named Jerry Battle, and he's kind of a loser. But there's something endearing about him."

She also reads the magazine Time Out New York and DJ trade mags such as Urb, Fader and Remix.

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