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    Interview with Nandini Bajpai

    Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read. She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she’s been a bookseller, systems analyst, TEDx organizer, PTO Mom, animal foster and more, her first love is writing.   What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?   In the context of my writing I would say the biggest challenge I set myself is writing STARCURSED, a YA historical set in 12th century India. It was a…

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    Interview with An Author: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You, the latter of which received the 2017 Author’s Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. In this issue- which she is covering- we got the chance to interview Rowan and get to know the mind behind some of our favorite books better.   What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? I am so happy to have a career as a novelist. It still feels magical when I see my novel on the shelf of a bookstore. When I receive messages from readers about how my writing connected with their personal stories, I know that all of…

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    An Interview With An Author: Tanaz Bhathena

    Interview by: Rehana Paul What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? Being able to live my dream of writing books, even though I do have to work a full-time job to pay the bills. How would you describe your writing? It varies depending on the book I’m working on, but I do my best to keep my prose clean, and as easy to read as possible. Occasionally I will go a little crazy playing around with sentences—but I think most writers do this. Did you always want to be a writer? I fell in love with writing when I was eight years old and have been making up…

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    The Sweetest Sixteen

    She walked into the eerily quiet and dark room. There was one single box sitting on the floor in the middle of the room. Elisha had no idea what was in it. Frankly, she really didn’t want to know. It could be something horrifying, like a huge spider. Then again, it could be two tickets to Harry Potter world. Or maybe it would be just plain cash. There was an endless amount of possibilities. Sadly, a spider was the least of Elisha’s worries. Connor entered the room with a weary defeated look, yet he was still alert and stressed.  Elisha stood to attention as soon as he entered. “Don’t open…

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    Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey

    By: Chau Tang Everyone deserves a great love story they can share. Some people wait for it while finding it unexpectedly and other people might go on dating apps such as Bumble and Hinge to search for their true love. There are people who’ll go on TV to search for their love for society to see. A picture of the Bachelor franchise might pop into your mind, especially since it’s popular in the U.S.  I’ve found a TV series on Netflix, Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey. This reality series is in Japanese but there are subtitles so you can learn what’s going on in the show. In the beginning, it’ll…

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    Parmaq: A short, post-apocalyptic Cinderella story

    By: Shravya Prabu It was the year 4039,  thousands of years since the demise of Homo sapiens.  Planet Earth was inhabited by the Nov species, which consisted of the Suds, who were distinguished by their yellow tone as bright as the sun, and the Doques, who were looked down upon for their dark reddish skin.  It was not uncommon for the Doques to uptake positions deemed as menial, as they had little inheritance and needed to survive.  Some were merchants. Some were cleaners. Some were lamqap, or female “specialized servants” who worked the streets at night for the wealthiest of Sud men.  One such lamqap was Cama Noh, who became…

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    Great Anime Reads

    By: Chau Tang Reading can take your imagination and creativity to a whole other level. I have always enjoyed reading books ever since I was a kid. I read books that are 200-1000 words pages but there are times where I don’t want to read as much. A fun alternative way is to read animes. I love the graphics animes have. It’s really cute, colorful and detail-oriented.  Webtoons are comics where you can read anytime online. Webtoons was originated in South Korea and founded by Junkoo Kim in 2005.  I have used this app on my IPhone for over 1 year. This app will log you out sometimes so it’s…

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    Friends Listening

    By: Chau Tang Remember when you were younger and you received advice from those older than you? Also remember when some of us barely listened because we think the future seemed so far away? Well, now that we’re older, we seek self help podcasts or advice from people who are similar to us. We all have family but there are some topics we can’t really talk about to them. For instance, LGBTQ+ issues and advice but only if our families are supportive. As Asian Americans, we tend to feel like outsiders so we turn to other Asian Americans to see how they react to some things such as being the…

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    Danger in the Dark

    By: Suranthi Fernando He inhaled sharply as he felt the cold tip of the blade puncture through his skin just below his rib bone. A split second later, all sanity left his mind as the searing pain flowed over his entire body in agonizing waves. He looked down, vision blurred with tears. He could just make out the handle of the serrated pocket knife that had just been shoved unceremoniously into his side. He would have been rolling around in agony had his limbs not been securely bound to the metal armchair. He desperately wanted the knife out as he felt the blade move around inside him with each shuddering…

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    Welcome to Atlanta

    by Meghna Nagarajan     Welcome to Atlanta.    A black man beamed at us with open arms from under a banner that read “Welcome to Atlanta!”.   Ironic. Considering that the company rep who was supposed to welcome and pick us up from the airport was nowhere to be seen.  How come his teeth are so white?    People were gathered under the banner with placards and flowers for the incoming passengers. There was not one placard in sight with the name Nagarajan or Siemens. Appa looked slightly concerned.   There are a lot more white people here than in Indonesia.    Amma pointed out that the representative might be waiting…