Disappearance: A Short Story

“Ma, Ma, you know Baapuji is bringing me a tractor today.” Inder had been reminding his mother since dusk that Jagtar Singh had gone to the city. The fire in the round, earthen chulla was disappearing little by little, but Preetam Kaur’s dark eyes stare into it without a single notice. “Ma, Ma, when’s Baapuji coming?” This time, Inder nudged his mother’s shoulder with his delicate long hands.

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Summer 2019: Book Reviews & Recommendations

I loved reading as a child, but it got harder and harder to find diverse books for me as I got older. The Own Voices movement and increased awareness for the need for diverse books has helped bring many writers of color to the forefront. Here are my book recommendations for Summer 2019 with a brief book review for each. Are you going to add any of these books to your summer reading list?

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Early Signs of Abusive Relationships

Abuse in relationships comes in many forms; it can be physical, verbal, emotional, or psychological. Knowing what signs to look for early on can save you or someone you care about a lot of pain and heartache in the long run. Keeping these early signs in mind will not only help you protect yourself, but could also alert you if you are the one being abusive in your relationship. If you know someone who is […]

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Punjabi Ethnicity Tag

We can’t be complete until we have a thorough understanding of our roots. I’m from Punjab, India and that part of my identity has shaped so many of my life’s decisions and also breathes in every word of my writing. I love that the Ethnicity Tag is popular on YouTube because it allows people from all over the globe to take a peek into the culture that has been whispering silently in their hearts since […]

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Arranged Marriage Checklist

Meeting someone new and deciding whether they’re right for you can be overwhelming. Arranged marriage is an ancient, but still effective way of meeting your future spouse. Whether you’re being set up by your parents, family and friends, or looking on your own, here are some things to think about before you decide to take things further. Everyone has their own dreams, goals, and most importantly, personality! Your parents and other involved family members will […]

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Book Review: The Casual Vacancy

As a member of a worldwide minority religion, it intrigued me when I heard that J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel has members of a Sikh family as some of the central characters.  As someone who had surrendered her childhood to the Harry Potter series, my loyalty and interest in her discovering how she has portrayed my religious community drew me to Rowling’s book. For Harry Potter fans, it does not take long to realize that this is not suitable […]

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