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Alka Joshi

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in Jodhpur, India




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There comes a point in every daughter's life when she begins seeing her mother as a person separate from her family, someone who has an identity outside of motherhood. That was the moment I began re-imagining my mother's life, and that re-imagining became THE HENNA ARTIST. I was born in Rajasthan, India, and moved with my family to the U.S. when I was nine. Even after graduating from Stanford University, and working in advertising and marketing, I never considered becoming an author. But taking my mother to India in her later years changed all that. In 2011, I got my MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, California. It took 10 years, a lot of research, and many trips to India to complete my debut nove ...more

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Alka Joshi I'm so pleased you took the time to tell me that. Before social media, it was so difficult for me to send messages to authors whose books I devoured. …moreI'm so pleased you took the time to tell me that. Before social media, it was so difficult for me to send messages to authors whose books I devoured. Funny you should ask about more books. I wrote a sequel to The Henna Artist, and the publisher already bought it. We're working on edits now. It's the same characters, 12 years later. I missed them so much that I had to write about them again even though I have 2 other book ideas started! Thank you for your question. :-)
Alka Joshi Absolutely! They will feature the same major characters and take place 12 years into the future and 18 years into the future, respectively. I love the…moreAbsolutely! They will feature the same major characters and take place 12 years into the future and 18 years into the future, respectively. I love these characters so much that I miss them when I'm not writing about them :-) Thank you for asking!(less)
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The Sari vs. Modern India

Earlier this year, Architecture faculty at Ansal University in Gurgaon, just outside New Delhi, received an email from the registrar to attend a convocation. It requested formal dress: "trouser, coat and tie for men" and "saris for women." This sparked a lively, funny, albeit very polite, conversation on WhatsApp among the female faculty, who normally wear trousers, Western shirts/tops, or salwar Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 25, 2019 14:37 Tags: asian, culture, female-empowerment, india, sari, tradition
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