Review: The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya

Some time during the first week of February, I saw a headline from Publishers Weekly that caught my eye: PNBA Rallies for Ill Debut Author. Ramiza Shamoun Koya’s story followed me for the rest of the day, and all I could wonder was: How can I help? When I got the opportunity to read TheContinue reading “Review: The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya”

3 South Asian protagonists with transformative journeys

January is a rejuvanating time where we create goals in hopes of getting closer to a better version of ourselves. I wanted to highlight 3 books with South-Asian protagonists who go through transformative changes as they learn about themselves and the world. Connecting with South-Asian books throughout my life has allowed me to explore theContinue reading “3 South Asian protagonists with transformative journeys”

9 Wondrous books by South Asian writers

I was inspired by my wonderful cousin Arifa to curate a list of books by South Asian writers. Reading books like The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in middle school and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri in high school had such a profound impact on who I am as a person and writer. To my excitement, I’m seeing more South Asian writersContinue reading “9 Wondrous books by South Asian writers”

5 Books that will get you back into reading

Reading books for pleasure isn’t as popular as it used to be. We’re already stimulated by social media buzz articles and scroll through Twitter for hours (“we” is actually me lol). I know some people who want to get back into reading but don’t know where to start, especially after staring at textbooks and MicrosoftContinue reading “5 Books that will get you back into reading”

5 Enchanting, yet culturally-relevant books

Do you love Aladdin but don’t love the cultural homogenization? In light of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, here are 5 compelling books that have influences from One Thousand and One Nights and/or Persian culture and written by authors with culturally-relevant backgrounds. 1.One Thousand One Nights retold by Hanan Al-Shaykh I’ve always been interested in One Thousand One Nights andContinue reading “5 Enchanting, yet culturally-relevant books”