Books & Literature

“Disbound” Is a Poetic Monument To Abandonment

May 3, 2024

The simplest understanding of “abandonment” stems from an idea of loss – something that was once connected to something else, is no longer connected. And regardless of what led to that disconnect, the loss inevitably hungers for balance.   In her debut book of poems Disbound, poet and translator Hajar Hussaini makes the valiant effort to … Read More

South to South anthology

Bringing South Asians Into the Southern Lit Canon

March 11, 2024

When my family moved to Atlanta, we moved to the suburbs – a landscape defined by the distinct architectural feature of a strip mall. We shopped in a Publix shopping center next to a Chinese spot, USPS, and Domino’s, quite like the Publix shopping center three miles down the road. My family’s Pakistani community was … Read More

Decolonize Drag by Kareem Khubchandani from OR Books

Can We Decolonize Drag?

March 4, 2024

Kareem Khubchandani is at once an academic, a writer, and a drag performer known as LaWhore Vagistan, and he puts every skillset to work in his new book Decolonize Drag. As drag increasingly enters the cultural mainstream with TV shows, Tik Tok filters, and political campaigns, greater numbers of people get a view into this … Read More

New March 2024 Book Releases South Asian Authors Romance Fiction Mystery

March Book Releases from South Asian Authors

March 1, 2024

March 2024 is full of new book releases. But as Maris Kreizman writes in Lit Hub, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Buzzy titles with noisy marketing campaigns make it difficult for the rest to compete, especially in a month like this when there are so many books to choose from. So here is Kajal‘s … Read More

Alisha Rai’s “While You Were Dreaming” Takes Teen Girls Seriously

February 26, 2024

Alisha Rai’s YA romance While You Were Dreaming brings all the best parts of the veteran romance author’s love stories to a brand new audience. Rai’s debut in the young adult space riffs off the 90s rom-com While You Were Sleeping and follows the story of hardworking high schooler Sonia Patil. Sonia’s life takes an … Read More

Taymour Soomro Explores Violent Desires in “Other Names for Love”

February 13, 2024

In Taymour Soomro’s debut novel Other Names for Love, violence lives in every detail. It traces the story of 16-year-old Fahad, whose father takes him from Karachi to their wealthy rural family estate to toughen him up. Once there, Fahad grows close to Ali, the brutish son of his father’s friend. In this tale of … Read More

“Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India” Gives Ghouls a Face

October 27, 2023

Covering over a million square miles, India is home to the full range of cryptids, malevolent spirits, and fiends. Rakesh Khanna and J. Furcifer Bhairav catalog them in their new illustrated encyclopedia “Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India.” Though shaggy in the storytelling and often lacking in spookiness, “Ghosts” provides one of the first comprehensive … Read More

“Letters to a Writer of Color” Offers Examples Not Judgements

March 14, 2023

In 2021, Priya Krishna asked “why do American grocery stores still have an ethnic food aisle?” The righteous anger of those interviewed underlined the main feeling of the piece: an ethnic food aisle is too small and too limiting for modern tastes. It is a racist conceit that smashes those cultures considered “ethnic” together while … Read More

Fatimah Asghar’s “When We Were Sisters” Is About the Bonds That Tie

October 18, 2022

Poet, screenwriter, and now debut author Fatimah Asghar follows the release of their highly-acclaimed poetry collection If They Come For Us with their new novel When We Were Sisters, out this week. Focusing on the lives of three orphaned Muslim American sisters, and told from the perspective of the youngest Kausar, When We Were Sisters … Read More

Pulling the Veil Off Arranged Marriage in “The Newlyweds”

October 12, 2022

Arranged marriage casts a long shadow over South Asian culture. As a way to maintain religious barriers, caste affiliation, socioeconomic standing, and patriarchal standards, it seems like a vestige of history. We might like to think the tradition of arranged marriage, and its satellite concerns like dowry and honor killings, might simply die out with … Read More

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