Moxie: Too Reel For Real

Sunday evening, I watched Moxie while my kids watched The Little Mermaid for the gazillionth time. The movie started well, was predictable, had good acting and by the time it was done, I was disturbed. The premise of the story is great, so why doesn't the movie deliver? This question has been in my head … Continue reading Moxie: Too Reel For Real

So, You Want To Adopt?

Photo by William Fortunato on Pexels.com On average, I field 2-4 calls a month from hopeful adoptive parents. Sometimes, google throws up my name. Sometimes, they stumble on my blog and reach out. Most of these people are desi like me. They are away from the homeland and are mulling adoption for one of two … Continue reading So, You Want To Adopt?

Scratching That Itch

Photo by William Fortunato on Pexels.com As we creep up on the end of Spring and anticipate the balmy warm weather, FB memories show me the lead-up to last year's book release, the back and forth between the publisher and me. The many, many edits, the trickle of illustrations from the lovely Niloufer. The marketing … Continue reading Scratching That Itch

The In-Between Space

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The pandemic and by association, the seclusion, has afforded me a lot of time to think. I think a lot most days. It is my default setting. I am either reflecting on the past or planning for the future. My thoughts almost always revolve around family or the future me. … Continue reading The In-Between Space

Panel Discussion: The Pen is Mightier!

Join the Global Indian Professional Network on April 4th at 4:00PM EST for our South Asian Women's Leadership roundtable.  Our April roundtable’s focus is on writing to change the narrative of our South Asian Communities! We have a line-up of phenomenal women writers who will share their stories and writing journeys! Register for this webinar: … Continue reading Panel Discussion: The Pen is Mightier!

A Fresh Start

Photo by Wallace Chuck on Pexels.com The weekend brings with it the Spring Equinox. It is that time of the year when the warmth returns in the Northern Hemisphere and the days start to length. The bare trees bud and the grass sprouts. It is the beginning of the thaw from the deep winter. I … Continue reading A Fresh Start

6 Children’s Books by South Asian Authors you Need in your Bookshelf

As a parent of a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old, I survey my children’s bookshelf and see a collection of books by South Asian authors for our children. — Read on browngirlmagazine.com/2021/03/6-childrens-books-by-south-asian-authors-you-need-in-your-bookshelf/

Defining Success: Yet

I was logged in to work, early for a Friday morning that is, when Laddu, also logged into her school iPad in the same room, walked up to me. Her face was serious. I removed my ear phones and gave her my full attention preparing myself to send a note to her teacher whatever the … Continue reading Defining Success: Yet

#LettersToKamala – Tryst With Fame

Early in January, the Biden Inaugural Committee put out a call on social media asking for children to write a letter to our VP-Elect Kamala Harris. I promptly bookmarked the tweet and asked all three of my children if they would write to her. My reasoning was simple. This is history in the making. VP-Elect … Continue reading #LettersToKamala – Tryst With Fame

Truth Permits Us Space To Hold Duality

Earlier in October, Carrie Goldman who runs the Portrait of an adoption series on Chicago Now reached out asking if I would like to submit a piece for their 10th anniversary run. I agreed and thought about what I wanted to write given this is National Adoption Awareness Month. The liminal space in adoption is … Continue reading Truth Permits Us Space To Hold Duality

Author Visits

I was up at 4:45 am and showered and in front of my computer, a cup of kaapi in hand, at 5:30 am. Today was the first of my virtual school visits to promote my book. My screen was filled with eager, hopeful seventh graders sitting half way across the world in New Delhi, India. … Continue reading Author Visits

Dreams: The Long Story

Photo by Antonio Quagliata on Pexels.com In a few days, “Why is my Hair Curly?” will officially be out in the world in paperback. In itself, this day will be no different from the day the Kindle or Audible versions were released. In the words of a wise friend, “the story is no longer yours, … Continue reading Dreams: The Long Story

Unboxing Happiness

The package lay on the floor, tossed carelessly by a child who found it on the front porch. It lay there unclaimed until I took a break from work to get some water. I picked it off the floor, noticed the absence of any Amazon branding and wondered who might have sent me something. As … Continue reading Unboxing Happiness

Meet The Narrator: Shruti Bhola

A few months before the book release date was fixed, I woke up around 2:30 am in the morning to a message that Audible had agreed to create the Audio version of the book. I remember feeling excited, like someone had found worth in the story to give it voice. I say this as someone … Continue reading Meet The Narrator: Shruti Bhola