Jade Sharma discusses her first novel
Problems, the complicated feelings that came with debuting to rave reviews, and her writing and editing processes. ...more
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“[T]he testimonial form is rebellious; it says that it will record what the state tried to erase.”
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“I wanted to write a story that doesn’t shy away from the problems but one that’s also hopeful.”
Tags: Ali Wong, All Things Cease to Appear, Anjali Enjeti, book covers, book design, book jackets, child bride, child marriage, cover art, cover design, COVID, COVID-19, Dear Girls, Elizabeth Brundage, How I Became a Tree, India, Indian, jhumpa lahiri, literary tropes, Madhushree Ghosh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, New Delhi, Otessa Moshfegh, pandemic, parties, patriarchy, Sayantani Dasgupta, Shadow City: Getting Lost in Kabul, short fiction, short stories, short story, south asian, Southbound, story collection, Sumana Roy, Taran Khan, The Clothing of Books, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tropes, Women Who Misbehave, zoom
Jenny Bhatt discusses her debut story collection, EACH OF US KILLERS.
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Some people say dreams are a glimpse into an alternate reality. ...more
Tags: arranged marriage, assimilation, cultural history, Diaspora, displacement, dreams, family, first generation, gender roles, heritage, identity, immigrants, immigration, Indian, Kashmir, Kashmiri, language, London, marriage, Pakistan, Pakistani, Urdu, Yasmeen Khan
Each sentence is calculated; each word explodes. ...more
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Sejal Shah discusses her debut essay collection, THIS IS ONE WAY TO DANCE.
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Ramiza Shamoun Koya discusses her debut novel, THE ROYAL ABDULS.
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Bishakh Som discusses her debut graphic story collection, APSARA ENGINE.
Tags: Angel, Apsara Engine, architect, architecture, Bishakh Som, bodies, Calcutta, Chris Ware, Comics, desi, femininity, Feminist Press, gender roles, heteronormativity, heterosexuality, Hindu, homosexuality, immigrant, immigrants, India, Indian, Indian American, LGBTQ, Manga, maps, masculinity, mythology, poetry comics, queer, queerness, science fiction, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, south asian, Spellbound, story collection, Street Noise Books, The Prefab Bathroom, trans, Vidhu Aggarwal, world building
Natalie Diaz discusses her new collection, POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM.
Tags: appropriation, basketball, beyonce, colonialism, Copper Canyon Press, cultural appropriation, displacement, Fort Mojave, graywolf, graywolf press, identity, Indian, Indigenous, Janet Rodriguez, language, LGBTQ, mojave, Natalie Diaz, Native American, poems, poetry, pop culture, postcolonial, Postcolonial Love Poem, postcolonialism, queer, reservation, rez, sports, When My Brother Was An Aztec, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: abusive relationship, disordered eating, divorce, eating, eating disorders, ENOUGH, family, food, food and family, India, Indian, Karen Maner, marriage, misogyny, Politics, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexual violence, sexuality, submission, violence
It’s subtle, the violence of language. ...more
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To be named, and yet not named. Something broke in me when I read his synopsis of us, as if I had been summarily dismissed after twenty long years. ...more
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The rules of a more even world might call into question those of us who knew that we deserved better but could not match this knowledge with unambiguous demands. ...more
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[T]o be a tourist in a foreign country is very different than being a tourist in a foreign country where you are expected to feel you have returned home. ...more
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I have become the nanny. I hope my nanny is getting some good writing done. ...more
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What started off as a coping mechanism to deal with the widening generational gap within immigrant families, Qamar has shaped into a new philosophy for cultural in-betweeners. ...more
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Scaachi Koul on her debut essay collection
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, learning to be patient with her own narrative, and three rules for book tours. ...more
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This week, in a story by Akhil Sharma that will leave you devastated, an Indian woman in an arranged marriage wakes one day to discover that she loves her husband. “If You Sing Like That for Me,” originally published in the Atlantic in 1995, is available this week at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading in conjunction with […]
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Geeta Kothari discusses her debut collection, American xenophobia, and the immigrant narrative.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, America, childhood, debut collection, depression, Donald Trump, dystopia, election 2016, first book, Geeta Kothari, gender, I Brake for Moose, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, immigrants, immigration, Indian, Indian Americans, internment camps, mccarthyism, New York City, parents, Parul Kapur Hinzen, Politics, race, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, short fiction, short stories, Steve King, Stuart Dybek, the bluest eye, Toni Morrison, Trump, United Nations, Vietnam War, Women Writers of Color
I left the car by the roadside and ran up the slope, in tears now, reaching the picnic tables and swings and, as bright and vivid as in my dreams, my purple-shaped climbing frame, exactly as I remembered it. ...more
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All those prank calls were partly a way of taking control of the unknown, the ambiguity of that space between “hello” and whatever comes next. ...more
Tags: adolescence, adulthood, Boyhood, cancer, Chicago, childhood, college, donuts, grad school, immigrants, Indian, Indians, iPhones, landline telephones, Ohio, parents, phones, Pizza, prank calls, rotary phones, Sachin Waikar
Maybe I can touch it and show it to you. If I convince you, we can call it real. And then perhaps it will be. ...more
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He only knew that the Blazer, like the green card, was something he wanted my brother and me to have, so that we knew we deserved things, things like America. ...more
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Feathers are a gift and flexible protein. Mom put down tobacco and ran her fingers over its exposed parts. She told me the salmon run is coming and this bird would have wanted for nothing. ...more
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As she presses against Patterson, she feels her feet softening, losing gravity. He’s embracing her, willing her to disappear, swallowing her. ...more
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Karan Mahajan discusses
Family Planning, Indian literature, and the recent attacks in Mumbai. ...more
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