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 andContinue reading “Books on South Asian Diaspora”

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 andContinue 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 giftsContinue 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 aContinue 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 timeContinue 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 positiveContinue reading “My “Rules” for Creative Writing”

In Defense of Audiobooks

Oral and Multimedia Storytelling Storytelling 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,Continue reading “In Defense of Audiobooks”

Mom Doesn’t Know Which Yogurt Container In Fridge Actually Contains Yogurt

Originally posted on Fuss Class News:
QUEENS, NY – An area-wide investigation was launched Tuesday evening when local mom, Shanti Gupta, opened her refrigerator door to find the yogurt dabba that actually contained yogurt was missing. Shalini Gupta, Shanti’s 16-year-old daughter, came home from her tennis lesson at 5:10 PM to find her mother, Mrs.…