Books on South Asian Diaspora

A friend recently mentioned that they haven't come across books or movies that depict the lives of South Asians in the Diaspora. Rather than listing any book that takes place outside of South Asia, I am including books or stories that depict characters and conflicts specific to the South Asian immigrant and diaspora experience and … Continue reading Books on South Asian Diaspora

Desi Feminist Literature

Books by Desi women that I read, liked, and have feminist elements to them (in no particular order). I'll add to the list as I read more books. Neela: Victory Song by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins Rickshaw Girl by … Continue reading Desi Feminist Literature

Women’s March PGH – Building Bridges Stronger Than Hate

Since 2017, the Women's March on Washington has united women in America to advocate for rights and raise awareness of issues affecting women. This year, I was fortunate enough to attend the Women's March on Washington - Pittsburgh "Building Bridges Stronger than Hate". Rather than being inspirational or morale boosting, today's speeches were informative and … Continue reading Women’s March PGH – Building Bridges Stronger Than Hate

Culling Bookshelves

There comes a point in every bibliophile’s life when we have too many books. There are a few facts that are true for bibliophiles: We keep buying books. E-books, audiobooks, hardcovers, paperbacks We keep going to the library We have multiple copies of books We give books as gifts and are given books as gifts … Continue reading Culling Bookshelves

Review: Invisible Traces

Invisible Traces by Sarina Dahlan is an imaginative and poignant tale contained in a brief and beautiful moment that fully conveys the grandeur of love between two people. It begins with an all too familiar question, "Will you remember me?" Set in a futuristic world, Sarina Dahlan's world-building is masterful as if it were a … Continue reading Review: Invisible Traces

Reading Challenge – 2019

Reading and writing are a form of meditation for me. They help me understand myself and improve my life. As a writer, my reading affects my writing. As a person, my reading affects my sense of self and how I interact with others. However, I've noticed that as student life was replaced by a full time … Continue reading Reading Challenge – 2019

My “Rules” for Creative Writing

Written in response to Johnathan Franzen's rules published in LitHub. Write for yourself. Write to discover yourself and the world. There is no shame in writing for money. Getting paid to do what you love is a wonderful blessing. The tortured, starving artist stereotype is unhealthy. Let's strive to replace that with a more positive … Continue reading My “Rules” for Creative Writing

Nanowrimo: the Habit of Writing

Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month is a writing program in which participants write 1667 words daily for the 30 days of November for a total of 50K words, which is the average length of a novel. There are lots of "rules" for Nanowrimo. You should write, write, and only write. No revision or editing … Continue reading Nanowrimo: the Habit of Writing

In Defense of Audiobooks

Oral and Multimedia StorytellingStorytelling and information gathering isn't limited to just reading printed words. Oral storytelling was the first form of storytelling before written history. Many of the ancient works that we study in school were not written down for centuries. They were delivered orally and visually through a collaboration by playwrights, actors, musicians, set … Continue reading In Defense of Audiobooks