Books

Unmarriageable is Pakistan’s Pride and Prejudice

Unmarriageable is Pakistan’s Pride and Prejudice

Most people know Soniah Kamal as an award-winning Pakistani American writer whose fiction and essays have been widely anthologized as well as appeared in notable publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian. Fourteen years ago, Soniah’s short story, Mango,...
Ain’t No Brown In the British Crown

Ain’t No Brown In the British Crown

The original title of this review was intended to reflect hope.  I had already written the opening sentence of the review: “Be wary of dismissing the sweetness of one persimmon because a different one, albeit still a fruit called by the same name, has left a bitter...
Kolam: Heritage On The Doorstep

Kolam: Heritage On The Doorstep

Heritage art, mythological meaning, visual artistry, mathematical calculation, and environmental awareness are all wrapped up into the innocuous kolam that sits on the front steps of any home in southern India. Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan in her book, “Feeding a Thousand...