Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

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Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American novelist, educator, and scholar who has lived in Qatar since 2005. 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 to her experiences as a living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London.

The Domestics is an inside look into compound life, the day-to-day dynamics between housemaids and their employers. Learn more about her work on her website at or follow her lat

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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 don…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)
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Love Comes Later

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I have often been referred to as a ‘prolific’ writer of children’s stories. Actually, there are many people who only know me as a writer of children’s stories: people who have no idea that I also dabble in other writing genres. But this is understandable, given the fact that my best works have been in the children’s stories genre. And if I am to be honest, I will have to admit that I like writing

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Description: Here are scenes from a novel in progress: my first crime thriller, set in the Arabian Gulf. The story unfolds through the linked lives of five characters, three of who you'll meet here.
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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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