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

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.

#BornConfused15: ‘The Power of Fiction is Giving you the Experience of Walking in Someone...

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.”

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

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...

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.

A Short History of Gundagiri

I walked down the stairs, rubbing the sleep out of my eyes and searching blindly for the loud voice that woke me up on a Saturday morning. I could hear the one-sided conversation, it was time for the weekly call with Baba and Dadi. We would likely follow the call with a call to Nana and Nani. But for now, my curious young mind was piqued. Why was Papa so animated in this call?
Brown Girl in the Room

At Some Point, We’ve All Felt Like Priya Ramsingh’s ‘Brown Girl in the Room’

The title - "Brown Girl in the Room" - is reason enough to make this book worth reading. There is a power in these five words, written in all capital letters, that sparks curiosity.

Female Fiction: 5 Novels That Chronicle Indian Women’s Life, Loss and Cultural Stigma

by Falguni Kothari - Follow @AuthorFalguni On January 26th, as India celebrated its Republic Day—which marks the day the Constitution of India came into effect, making it a sovereign-democratic nation free of...

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