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Stories and poetry that explore trans-national identity-the stress and trauma in living across many boundaries. Social dialogue to create "Cultures of Peace"


Background Information

I grew up in India, living all over the subcontinent. As the first East Indian woman  graduate student at UMKC, an urban campus in the midwest for the first time I experienced myself as a part of the "coconut culture." Brown from the outside but an anglophile in many ways I learned to look at my own transnational identity.

A student of literature the activisim of the sixties led me to social work, with the various backgrounds, of academia as well as life lived being turned into poems and stories.   .

My first book "Family Matters and Other Ciomplications: assorted stories and poems crossing many borders" was published in 1910 and in the last few weeks another collection "Life Happens, and death Too" has been launched. 

 

 

Accomplishments

Diversity Champion (2003) Birmingham-Bloomfield Task force on Race Relations
Featured profile in "Girls Can be Anything" (1980
Cited for outstanding scholarship, MA Thesis "European Travelers in India in Elizabethan Times" (1968)

Additional Information

The next collection "Tales Around the Kitchen Table: the South Asian Experience beyond the Curry" will be coming out soon.

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Family Matters and Other Complications
This collection dramatizes the processes involved with immigration; asa trans-national identity evolves. The emotional upheavals that are part of such a major change are at the center of the men and women who live through these stories and poems.

Life Happens, and Death Too
Contemporary tales rippling with undercurrents of Indian mythology. The sections are linked by stories and poems, moving the reader across urban, suburban, local and transnational landscapes. The stories happen on multiple levvels, blending Western realities with echoes of Indian sensibilities, creating a distinct rhythm.






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