Here at Saris and Stories we find nothing more exciting than growing our brood. No, I don’t mean that in a barefoot and pregnant sort of way but in a finding other South Asian authors who write romance and women’s fiction sort of way.
So imagine our joy when we found not one but two of our ilk roaming the wilds of the RT Convention. We swooped down, there was much hugging and kissing and discussing our parents (we’re South Asian, give us a break) and in the end I for one felt like I had come home with two new friends. And today, I’m bringing one of them to visit. (Insert my best kindergarten smile here).
Not only is Kishan Paul delightfully witty, but she also saved my sari wearing a$$ by conjuring up a few timely safety pins. And since this is Saris and Stories, I’ll point out that only the most powerful sorceresses can hold saris up without safety pins. So thank you Kishan and welcome!
A few of the Sari Sisters were able to attend this year’s RT Booklovers Convention, which was held in Dallas, TX, a couple of weeks ago.
Here are some brief highlights:
A poem to go along with our Mother’s Day wishes:
I Wish I Could Tell You, Mom
how much you mean to me….
But there are no words to say
how much I admire you…
how much I appreciate you…
how much I thank you
for everything you’ve done.
Let’s do a Bollywood Roundup! Here are five things you need to know about the happenings in the Bollywood industry today.
1. Ranbir Kapoor and Anushkha Sharma recently promoted their film Bombay Velvet in Goa! The music for the film is spunky, and takes place in alternative India which resembles the Jazz Age in the U.S. Hopefully the movie meets audience expectations! Release: May 15.
It’s FINALLY here! Last year, Bootie and the Beast, my Harlequin Mills and Boon romance came out in India, and a year to date, its made its way to the U.S. Woot!
Fairytales don’t end with True Love’s kiss, they begin with one.
Here’s a blurb:
Diya Mathur (aka Beauty), celebrated supermodel and Party Princess of India, is adored by everyone. She works hard, plays hard, and has the biggest shoe fetish on the planet! But after she purchases one baby bootie Diya’s reputation is in ruins! There’s only one place to escape the rumours—Texas, under the protection of her life-long friend, and secret love, Krish Menon (aka the Beast).
Financial whizz-kid, CFO and entrepreneur, Krish is a brooding workaholic with a charisma that still brings Beauty Mathur to her knees! He has no idea, of course! They’ve shared a bond since childhood—a special friendship that thrives on sparring, teasing and goading—but with Diya back in his life and under his roof Krish finds his latent desire for her explodes!
And when he finally admits to the secret that has never allowed him to commit to any woman—especially Diya—everything changes. Krish might finally realise how much he wants his Beauty—but he won’t get her until Diya has finally tamed her Beast!
The Mahabharata is one of the world’s oldest epic poems, dated back to the 8 or 9th century B.C., and also a core text of Hindu mythology. Let’s just say a lot happens in it. Deaths, births, drama, wars, romance, revenge, more deaths! As my mother likes to say, “Ja nai Mahabharat-ey, ta nai Bharat-ey” — “if it’s not in the Mahabharata, it’s not in India.” So it should come as no surprise that India has a thriving third-gender and transgender community and that the Mahabharata, which is thousands of years old, features many important trans* and non-binary characters.
Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, I just wanted to talk about a few of these characters. They’re not a “trend,” not some fancy, modern, newfangled phase the young folks are going through. They have always been with us, just as trans* people have always been with us in real life. Are the portrayals one hundred percent positive or accurate? No. Ancient people are jerks, too, and translations go through many permutations and many hands. But we do have a strong case for how trans* people are, at least in Hinduism, an aspect of God.
I’m not Nalini. But how cool would it be if I were?
More than a year ago, I published a post on my own blog about how multicultural fiction is not a monolith. “I am not Nalini Singh who is not Brenda Jackson who is not Shelly Ellis who is not Jeannie Lin,” I said. “And just because Nalini and Brenda are superstars doesn’t mean the POC Author Quota has been filled.”
And yet…that attitude in publishing persists. “Oh, we’ve got our favorite brown author, so we don’t need more.” Do you know how disheartening it is for those of us who aren’t Mom’s Golden Child? Why keep at it if the position has been filled?
I don’t know if I have some sort of seasonal disorder, if I’m low on Vitamin D, or if I’m actually in one of my depressive mood disorder episodes this time around, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my funk-tastic situation. It’s March, it’s still cold here in the northeast, and the shit has literally just hit the fan in my life. I just want to stay in bed and read Sylvia Day or Nalini Singh until this is all over.
Let me paint the scene:
My love for reading led me to write, and I continue to be first and foremost a reader. I love finding a book that sucks me in and rocks my world. When I finish reading such a book, I want to tell the whole world about it. So this post is about a YA fantasy that left me breathless and craving for more – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
What made this book a delicious read for me? The story was a fantastic read. It hooked me from the start, kept me turning the pages way past my bedtime, and I was utterly devastated…I wanted MORE! Since I didn’t have a sequel to move on to, I google stalked the author and thought more about the read…
So, the world was outraged for the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and went on its worldwide mission to advocate Freedom of Speech. I get that. And I am completely with the program. Or, I was.
[Trigger warning for talk of rape after the break – Suleikha]