About

I am a Bay Area-based writer who’s passionate about diversity, intentional storytelling, and South Asian + Muslim representation in the media. In May 2019, I received my B.A. in English (Creative Writing emph.) & Ethnic Studies minor from Mills College. I started this blog to share specific, yet resonant content about books, writing, & life, while giving myself a space to develop my own sense of creativity and what it means to be a storyteller.

WHAT AM I UP TO RIGHT NOW? 
– Content consulting for Kulfi Beauty, a South Asian beauty start-up
– Co-organizing for Solidarity in Struggle: South Asians for Black Lives
– Creating & hosting Dreams In-Progress blog interview series
– Co-hosting South Asian Reading Challenge 2020
– Writing a YA novel, titled “The Dream Chasers Society” (1st draft stage)
– Exploring my curiosities and new career opportunities ~


WRITING RESOURCES THAT I RECOMMEND:
1. 88 Cups of Tea Podcast hosted by Yin Chang
2. Write or Die Podcast hosted by Claribel Ortega & Kat Cho
3. Story Genius by Lisa Cron
4. Write On, Sisters! & Green-Light Your Book by Brooke Warner
5. The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
6. Voices of Our Nation (VONA/Voices)
7. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
8. We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB)
9. Pitch Wars (#PitMad) & Author Mentor Match (AMM)
10. #WritingCommunity on Twitter


FAVORITE BOOKS:
1. The Map of Salt & Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
3. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
5. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
6. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
7. Frieda Klein Series by Nicci French
8. Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirezzvani
9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


FAVORITE TEAS:
1. Bigelow earl grey & english breakfast
2. Wei Chuan jasmine
3. Celestial Seasonings country peach passion
4. Tazo green ginger w/ pear
5. Sarangi Sonket lychee w/ rose
6. Wagh Bakri – family staple chai


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