Writer – Poet – speaker
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Hi and welcome! I’m Prasanta, a writer, poet, artist, and mom of three fabulous kids. I was born under an Asian sun, raised in the Appalachian foothills in the south, and I now live in the Upper Midwest, digging out of snow piles all winter long.
Ever feel left out or you don’t belong? I’ve been there, too. My desire is to help us embrace our identity and culture, find belonging, and combat loneliness through words. I want you to know that you’re not alone and that you belong.
If someone asks, I consider the south “home”, as it is where I spent most of my formative years, but to be honest, the answer to that question is truly complex and layered. Ever hear an Indian gal with a southern accent? Well, neither had anyone else. : ) Though midwestern winters have frozen that southern accent now, I can easily channel it and bring it right back up for you! Come on over to my front porch and we’ll talk over cornbread, chicken curry, cheese curds, and chai, or barbecue, beer, and bratwurst, because talking real and laughing with friends over good food is LIFE, am I right?
Most days, you can find me reading or writing, with a cup of chai in hand. When it’s warm and everything is blooming outdoors, you may find me out on a walk with a camera in hand, because trees and flowers speak to me. Not literally, but you know what I mean.
I’m so glad you’re here! I’d love to have you join this community. I send a FREE monthly e-letter where I share the latest from the website, plus exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else, such as articles I think you’ll find fascinating, tips on cross cultural communication, identity, and belonging, good books, and anything else I think will encourage and inspire you on your journey of belonging. And I promise to include poetry, because “poetry is a life-cherishing force” (Mary Oliver). (P.S. Your email is always safe with me and only used for me to communicate with you.)
I’m a freelance writer and a speaker on the topics of belonging, cultural awareness, and fostering creativity. Feel free to reach out with inquiries via the Contact page.
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I'm honored to have an article in the spring issue of The Truly Co magazine! The theme for this issue is "home", and I wrote about my view of home, the south, and my Asian background. It's a beautiful magazine--you'll be inspired and will love it. I hope you...
The Longing Arms Emptiness filled now and spilling when arms hold and hush the long anticipated one- sweet love requited. Did I know how empty they were- my arms, heart- before you? You laughed at the emptiness and swallowed it whole....
Scar on the Cheek The kiss on the cheek planted swift, turns to thorny scratch, burns long and thin, drips red on black dirt. Fragile petals live a breath away, a thin vein from death. Roses keep distant, far from drawn swords ready to impale petal-skin. Repent and...
I was honored to share at The Mudroom Blog Podcast last week! If you missed my post. Of Thorns and Belonging, you can read it here. To listen to part of my journey, with background information on the article, I invite you to listen to the podcast here. It was a joy...
“Your Task” Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Protecting A long wind brushes its fingers through the trees in a stretched whisper. It moves angrily, shakes and...
This tweet (back in November) was one of my most popular tweets. 🙂 It struck a chord. How do you handle the situation when you don't know how to pronounce someone's name? Other helpful comments and suggestions that came out of this tweet: "How do you say your name?"...
Chai Chats - *COMING SOON*
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