About

I’m a Bay Area-based writer who’s passionate about diversity, intentional storytelling, and South Asian + Muslim representation. I have a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) & an Ethnic Studies minor from Mills College. I started this blog to share specific, yet resonant content through Dreams In-Progress, while giving myself a creative space to develop what it means to be a storyteller. I’m currently a content editor & developer with Kulfi Beauty, a South Asian-focused startup beauty brand. In my free time, I’m a core volunteer for South Asians for Black Lives and a co-host for South Asian Reading Challenge. I love books, tea, anime, and interior design.


WRITING RESOURCES 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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