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

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

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

Writing as a Sadhana

When I tell people that I'm a writer, they inevitably ask if I am published and where they can read my work. Until very recently, I had not been published, but had been actively calling myself a writer for about 11 years. Neither my college degrees not my profession have anything to do with writing … Continue reading Writing as a Sadhana