Charu Suri was born in South India. She is a pianist, composer and journalist and released her first original jazz album, Lollipops for Breakfast, in November, which won a Global Music Award. She is currently working on two upcoming albums including “The Book of Ragas” which combines Indian raga idioms and jazz. She is also an award-winning journalist and writes about travel for various publications. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
- What inspires you? People who are beautiful, in and out, and who seek the beauty in the world.
- What is one book everyone should read? I love all the classics! I’m a fan of Dickens and Tolstoy. My top recommendation would probably be The Little Prince
- Who is an Asian woman that you look up to? I have a deep respect for Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things
- What is something you wish more people knew about you? If I take a long time to reply to your email or inquiry, it’s because I’m trying to write a meaningful response- I’m not trying to be rude!
- How does your heritage influence your career? My Indian heritage deeply influences my jazz music. My upcoming album, the Book of Raga, is a blend of traditional South Indian Raga and jazz
- What is the *worst* advice someone has ever given you? To try to be someone else
- Describe yourself in three words. Passionate, determined, and ethical
- What is your go-to coffee order? A creamy soy latte
- What do you consider to be the biggest problem facing Asian women today to be? We’re seen as submissive and traditional: but in reality we’re passionate, outspoken fighters