#BornConfused15: Tanuja Desai Hidier’s ‘Dimple Lala’ Opened Doors for Young South Asian Characters

Tanuja sent me a proposal for a novel called ABCD, about a South Asian American girl named Dimple Lala who living in the suburbs of New Jersey and was trying to shape herself out of the collision of the cultures around her. It was unlike anything I’d read before.

Manal Al-Sharif’s ‘Daring to Drive’ Sheds Light on What Life is like for Women in Saudi Arabia

A recent memoir published in the United States has given a fresh look at the living conditions in one of the world’s most repressive nations: Saudi Arabia.

Sisters Separated By Caste – A Review of ‘The Color of Our Sky’ by Amita Trasi

Imagine not knowing you share the same blood as the low-caste girl your family adopted. The one that is a few years older but always dutifully providing you her company. Your mother admonishes your father for bringing this girl of a lesser societal status home, but for you, she’s practically a sister.

Elizabeth Jaikaran’s Debut Book ‘Trauma’ Provides Healing to Women of Color

Elizabeth Jaikaran’s collection of short stories details the lives and the trauma of real Guyanese women, most of whom are her direct ancestors.

20 Years Since Harry Potter Made a Special Place in My Heart

by Jessie Brar – Follow @jessieebrar Harry Potter has a special place in my…

‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ Introduces Some Delightful Brown Protagonists for Young Adults

Author Sandhya Menon with her New York Times Bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi (WDMR) provides an answer to readers of South Asian heritage, who have long been asking the question: Where are all the brown protagonists?

‘How to Be a Muslim’ by Haroon Moghul Redefines What it Means to be an American Muslim Today

Through his openness, Moghul showcases vulnerability as an attribute, rather than a weakness which is admirable.

‘Mirror on the Veil’: Anthology that Counters Hijabi Stereotypes

I have worn the hijab for the last decade, perhaps more. For me, like for millions of other Muslim women, putting on the hijab was a long-term experiment, an on-again-off-again relationship with a piece of fabric.

Scaachi Koul on ‘One Day… This Will Matter’: The Anthem Brown Girls Have Been Waiting For

Scaachi Koul’s book is a collection of fiercely witty and deeply vulnerable essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants—and it’s a book most brown girls will relate to.

‘Hindu Goddesses’ Perfectly Captures South Asian Femininity and Needs to be Your Next Read

If there was a guidebook to owning South Asian femininity with exhilarating academic precision — this is it.