#BornConfused15: ‘Tanuja Desai Hidier is not Afraid of the Messiness of Coming of Age’

Several years ago, Tanuja Desai Hidier and I were having lunch and she explained that the identity issues depicted in her novel Born Confused were those she had experienced during her college years and 20s, not her high school years.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala Came Through to be Real, Relatable and Funny as Hell’

Born Confused has served as a beacon of awesomeness and a lighthouse for brown girls who are confused, feeling other-ed and just trying to make sense of it all.

‘Just Promise Me This’: Krina Chauhan’s Journey of London Love and Coffee

“Just Promise Me This” is the perfect read for a girly night or weekend in that we all need every once in a while by Londoner Krina Chauhan.

#BornConfused15: ‘The Power of Fiction is Giving you the Experience of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes’

When my daughter, an avid reader, was thirteen— having reached that age without ever seeing an Indian American girl in a book— an Indian American author friend mentioned Born Confused as the book that changed her life.

#BornConfused15: Tanuja Desai Hidier Captures the Painful and Complicated Truth About Being Indian-American

In Dimple’s constant struggle with her parents, to be both American and Indian, to somehow reconcile these two parts of who she is, Tanuja captures something deeply painful and complicated about the lives of so many families.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala’s Story and Tanuja Desai Hidier Changed the Course of my Career’

I am American. I am Desi. And a lot of people assume that I struggle with my identity.

#BornConfused15: ‘Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Book Shows us Families can Look and be Different’

“But you have to realize, there is no such thing as this tidy little box you think you have to fold up and fit into; it simply does not exist.”

My Last Hours: A Journey From India to America – Part II

“Beeji everything you’ve given me, I’m taking with me. I’ll use everything you taught me when time comes…I’ll always try to do the right thing.”

#BornConfused15: ‘There’s a Reason we Still Turn to Dimple Lala 15 Years After its Release’

I read Born Confused the summer I was thirteen or fourteen. I was in London. I lived on library books those summers.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala gave me the Lifeline I Needed in the Absence of Community’

One day, in the New Releases display, you see a curious book. The eyes of a young brown woman look out at you. On her forehead, she has a bindi in the shape of a question mark.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala’s Search for Herself Mirrored my Experience as the Only Indian-American in my Small Town’

I remember the first moment I saw her—thoughtful brown eyes staring into my own. Question mark hovering. Dimple Lala drew me in and didn’t let go until I swooped her off a bookshelf, brought her home, and devoured every one line of Tanuja Desai Hidier’s delicious prose.

#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.