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'untold: defining moments of the uprooted'


Edited by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen
Foreword by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Introduction by Trisha Sakhuja-Walia
Cover by Aishwarya Sukesh 
Sub-theme artwork by Simran Sarin

Published by Mango and Marigold Press (March 2021)
"untold: defining moments of the uprooted" is a collection of 31 real stories that explore the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty-two emerging voices share deeply personal moments relating to immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, sexual orientation, gender identity, racism, colorism, casteism, religion, and much more, all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres.

"untold: defining moments of the uprooted" contains sensitive content. Recommended for ages 16 plus.


Tanuja Desai Hidier - Foreword
Trisha Sakhuja-Walia - Introduction
Rita Sengupta - Coming Out Again
L.M. Iyer - Performing Lines
Ravleen K. - The Hair Cut
Sharda Sekaran - Anywhere But India
Hena Wadhwa - Fourth Avenue
Meera Solanki Estrada - Born Untouchable
Nova A. - I'm Here, and I'm Queer
J. Lalwani - Terror and Redemption in Trump Country
Amrisa Niranjan - Coming to Ah-merri-kah
Radhika Patel - Harrison Road
Shimul Chowdhury - An "American"
Gabrielle Deonath - Unveiling Me
M.K. Ansari - The Whispering of the Jinn
Pooja Patel - Poor Obstetric Outcome
Apoorva Verghese - Dark and Lovely
Subrina Singh - Surviving Suicide
Nupur Chaudhury - Enough
Jessie Brar - The Day I Woke Up
Priyal Sakhuja - The Unforgiving Sun
Kimberly Parekh - A Tale of Two: A (Cancer) Journey Between Best Friends
Anantha Sudhakar - A Tale of Two: A (Cancer) Journey Between Best Friends
Rajvir Gill - The Good Guy
Nisha Singh - Puttar
Saahil - A Saccharine Sickness
Chandra Coats - Meeting My First Blood Relative
Duriba Khan - Home
Nina Malagi - In The Eye of the Owner
Anita Wadhwani - Motherly Instincts
Radhika Menon - Mutassan
Raksha Muthukumar - Kirby Jackson
Neha Patel - Someday, Maybe
Sabina England - Amor Indocumentado

Read more about the team of contributors here

Praise for "untold: defining moments of the uprooted" 

"These deeply personal, stirring, poetic accounts will knock the wind out of you. This collection lifts the veil from the South Asian diaspora, illuminating lived experiences that have for too long been considered taboo."
– Padma Lakshmi, food expert, model, actress, best-selling author, and "Top Chef" host.
"A fascinating collection of deeply personal essays, each author shares what is at once a relatable and unique journey through complex identities, acceptance, and the most unifying theme — our desire for love."
– Kal Penn, actor, writer, producer
"Too often, only a certain type of South Asian story is allowed to enter the Western cultural lexicon. 'untold' is a battering ram that breaks through those barriers and offers something more."
— Sopan Deb, New York Times writer and author of Missed Translations: Meeting The Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me
"A vivid, vital  and necessary contribution to the understanding of the South Asian diaspora."
— DJ Rekha, producer, curator, activist
"These 'untold' yet deeply familiar short stories filled me with joy and grief.I felt full from reading them,like I was served 'rice, roti, two sabjis, and a small salad."
—Poorna Jagannathan, actor and producer
"Some of the most important and relevent issues of our time that have been taboo and off-limits for far too longin our community are illuminated through the lens of these distinct, brave and powerful brown voices. It's our time to take up space and to tell our stories - they shall b 'untold' no more."
—Richa Moojani, actor and dancer
"These moments will leave your heart aching and feeling inspired, all at the same time,But more than anything else they will empower you to pick up the phone , grab the pen, or get behind your laptop to bravely tell your own story."
—Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
"untold is brave, bold and unapologetic, and unabashedly as South Asian as they are American, In a word that's so quick to classify, it's impossible to do for this book. And that's what makes it so important."
—Hitha Palepu, investor and author of How To Pack : Travel Smart for Any Trip 
"I felt their pain, joy, and most importantly, the moment of clarity as they came into their own. A must-read for South Asians of all ages."
—Nina Davuluri, filmmaker and former Miss America
"It’s here! Brown Girl Magazine has collected fresh voices for the first time in this print publication. This anthology will carry its readers on its back through the fire of heartbreak to renewal and resilience with its raw power. What a wonder to behold these moving, diverse stories that center the experiences of South Asian diasporic women!"
— Rajiv Mohabir, award-winning author of The Cowherd’s Son and The Taxidermist’s Cut