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Raksha organizes Author Spotlight Series

May 2021
Raksha organizes Author Spotlight Series

In March 2021, Raksha hosted Author Spotlight Series in honor of Women’s History Month. This weekly series of virtual conversations with South Asian women writers was live on Raksha’s Facebook and YouTube channel. The four authors featured in the series were Nandita Godbole, Tina Shah, Anju Gattani and Anjali Enjeti.

[Left] Authors featured in Raksha’s Author Spotlight Series: Nandita Godbole, Tina Shah, Anju Gattani and Anjali Enjeti

In their books, each of the authors explored themes and stories that are highly relatable to the South Asian diaspora. Their stories give an accurate depiction of the biculturalism, inter-generational wisdom as also trauma, conflicts and struggles that individuals from the South Asian communities are only too familiar with. Every conversation presented a deeper understanding into these authors’ journeys, first as women and then as South Asian writers in the Southern United States, who are together creating a new genre of literature.

Seven Pots of Tea is the latest cookbook by Nandita Godbole. Her other cookbook Ten Thousand Tongues comes with a companion novel which tells stories of nostalgia and heritage, where recipes become family heirlooms passed on to her woven with the wisdom of the women in her ancestry. Tina Shah’s Finding Nima is a beautiful collection of short stories that takes you on earthy and ethereal journeys of the mind, heart and person. Anju Gattani’s Winds of Fire Series peeks behind the glassy glamor in the world of the rich and famous, where family honor and reputation trump personal dignity and the stakes are high enough to conceal crime and abuse. Anjali Enjeti’s The Parted Earth is a fictionalized story of the post-colonial partition of the Indian subcontinent while her Southbound is a collection of essays on identity, inheritance, and social change.

The video recordings of these conversations are available on Raksha’s Facebook video playlist and YouTube channel.

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