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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 Thanks, Kylee!! I'm so thrilled that you adored (I love that word) Recipe for Persuasion. Yay! And yes, I always envisioned this series as four books,…moreThanks, Kylee!! I'm so thrilled that you adored (I love that word) Recipe for Persuasion. Yay! And yes, I always envisioned this series as four books, each one paying homage to one of my four favorite Jane Austen novels. The next is, indeed, Yash's story, and it's inspired by Sense and Sensibility. Thanks so much for your question.
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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 an…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)
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“Ma’s pet peeve was how the Western world misunderstood the theory of karma. “I mean it’s the Bhagavad Gita they’re bastardizing. What is all this ‘karma’s a bitch’ nonsense!” Ma loved to say. The entire “what goes around comes around” thing was a backward view of karma. Karma was simply Sanskrit for action, and the theory was that your actions are the only thing under your control, as opposed to the fruits of your actions, which are not. And since actions always bear fruit, you were better off focusing your energy on your own actions, rather than worrying about the results you wanted them to produce.”
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“Deserve was such a strange word, throwing out both blame and accolades with equal mercilessness. Society’s skewed scale for assigning a value to human beings. How many times had he been judged and found lacking? Was there ever a way to measure what anyone deserved? Or was it just another way to pretend that the randomness of the universe made sense?”
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