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Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had two sons, and became a writer. She has since published eight e-books, including a momoir for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me; a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies; a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories; and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace.

Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011.

Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related t

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Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar I'm a mother of 2 and also teach university classes: my writing time is very, very precious to me. I don't have the luxury of writer's block. If I…moreI'm a mother of 2 and also teach university classes: my writing time is very, very precious to me. I don't have the luxury of writer's block. If I don't produce anything in the time I have set aside to write, I lose.(less)
Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Telling people about your ruminations and having them share theirs.
Average rating: 3.74 · 343 ratings · 120 reviews · 17 distinct works · Similar authors
Love Comes Later
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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From Dunes to Dior
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2014
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The Dohmestics
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2012
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An Unlikely Goddess
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2013
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Coloured and Other Stories
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Mommy But Still Me
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2011
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Saving Peace
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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So You Want To Sell a Milli...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2009
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Hip Hop Dance
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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You’ve probably been in the room when someone starts off with “I don’t want to sound racist BUT —” The speaker goes on to expand on a stereotype that is likely to make the other listeners uncomfortable. Or, you’re at the dinner table a friend’s house and without any warning, someone drops the N bomb […]
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Mitchii Thank you for adding me. :D

Mariam Cheshire Celebrating my 86th birthday with FREE DAY for Kindle e-book The Alternate Safe World of Sanctuary. August 11th, one day only – google Mariam Cheshire or

Mohanalakshmi Last year on July 5th I released my second novel, Love Comes Later. This year, nominated for two award categories!

Sandra Thanks for friending me! :)

Vallory Hi Mohan, thanks for the friendship. I loved Love Comes Later!

Mohanalakshmi Thanks Ashley! I am working on a revision as I type for the next one :).

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Sarah Pesto Hey sweetie. I can't wait to read "Coloured and other Stories" Looks like you have some other books out there as well that I want to read. When I went to order your book, it said I needed a kindle. So I ordered the $79.00 one. I've always wanted to get a Kindle anyway so now I have a good excuse to make myself buy one. Once it comes, I'm getting your book. I want to read your other books too. Love ya and wish you continued success. You are such a woman of the people. We need more human beings like you in the world. Love ya! :-)

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