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Sonali Dev

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Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both pati
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Sonali Dev Hi! That's an amazingly astute observation. I am very fascinated by the disconnect between our inner selves and our outer selves, our public selves…moreHi! That's an amazingly astute observation. I am very fascinated by the disconnect between our inner selves and our outer selves, our public selves and our private selves. Who we are and what people see us as is such a combination of factors (their perspectives and prejudices, plus our own). Ria's entire story was about reconciling those two parts. So to answer your question she was not at all hard for me to write in terms of who she was, but she was hard to make 'likeable' because readers (like people we meet in life) judge us by our actions rather than our thoughts. And her actions (or the lack there of) at the beginning come from a place of fear.
As for how Jess sees her, Jess comes with her own prejudices that come from her own darker, less fortunate experiences and circumstances. It's not so much that Ria is cold and spoiled, but that she's protective of Nikhil. Jess has to grow past some of her darkness to see past Ria's darkness.
Basically I love both women and it was a joy to explore this mess of perception with them. (less)
Sonali Dev Thank you so much, Aishah! I'm so glad A Change of Heart touched you. Nik and Nikki are so very dear to my hear that hearing this makes me want to…moreThank you so much, Aishah! I'm so glad A Change of Heart touched you. Nik and Nikki are so very dear to my hear that hearing this makes me want to dance.
I'm actually working on Rahul and Kimi's story and not only are they Indian characters the book is set in Mumbai. It's called A Distant Heart and it comes out December 26 2017.
Thanks again and hugs,
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“She could hardly tell him it was because the child had been born a girl, destined from birth to be bound and gagged, to never be free. And she seemed to have sensed it far sooner than most. Sadly, the poor fool seemed to believe that she could actually do something about it.”
Sonali Dev, A Bollywood Affair

“the child had been born a girl, destined from birth to be bound and gagged, to never be free. And she seemed to have sensed it far sooner than most. Sadly, the poor fool seemed to believe that she could actually do something about it.”
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“It wasn't like he wasn't capable of happiness. It was almost as if he held himself away from it just the slightest bit. He felt undeserving of it, mistrustful of it, and the unfairness of that made her want to shake some sense into his stubborn head.”
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