Poetry

An open letter to girls at Coachella

Published by Rising Phoenix Review, National Gold Medal Winner at 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Who like sporting bindis and calling them “eye-dots”,  the california sun melting their makeup as  they breathe in the desert air.  Wouldn’t it be funny, if your third eye just  happened to open that day, and a fleshy indian […]

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On Domestic Violence: Model Minority, Private Pain

Forty-five-year-old Mamta Shah met her second husband at a student union in 2012, and they soon shared a cramped Houston apartment to begin their new life together. Shah had recently fled Nepal and an abusive marriage, gaining asylum status in the United States for her condition. She had endured the violent, volatile tendencies of her […]

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Quote

excuse me, but i am falling

i’ve promised myself not to scream 

when i drop from the heights i bruised

my knuckles to reach 

i’ve promised myself to let go with both

hands,

deep breaths, eyes open

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#MeToo inspires change within the South Asian community

DUBLIN, California –– When 29-year-old Srishti Prabha said she was sexually harassed by her boss at her first job, she said she did not file a complaint with human resources. She did not find a lawyer and contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There were no courtroom dramas or scalding accusations.  Why? Because the only […]

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Poetry

The Great Nothing

The Indian in me spares no expense with words every sentence decked in red and gold every phrase clanging like the silver bells tied around the necks of cows tethered to stakes The Indian in me is the master of flamboyance every stanza bursting with metaphors like  samosas crammed with potatoes and green peas yet […]

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Poetry

Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers  Carpet the bottom of my tongue, mismatched  against the bruised upholstery of a nation  stitched to the sheepskin of a gun barrel.  The woolen mouth coughs into the microphone— For the victims, for the families, for the responders, for… for the screams swallowed whole  by the whirling cylinder of a semi-automatic,  for […]

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Bollywood : Can you make up your mind?

“Dekhiye,” snaps Kajol, staring fiercely into Shah Rukh’s playful gaze. “Please leave me alone.”  Her words are powerful, and her message is clear. It’s a warning sign, one as clear as crystal and firm as stone. Yet her words are accompanied with the romantic theme song of the age-old, “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.” Violins lilt […]

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