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've been using Goodreads to keep track of books I want to read, and what I've read through the year. This particular year was more than usual because I'm researching for the book I'm writing on ethnic loneliness and belonging. My goal was 40; and somehow I got...
What do we see when we look at others’ faces? We notice the outward appearance, whether we wish to or not. Skin color, eye color, clothing, and so on, are apparent features that are obvious and difficult to pretend we do not see. What we cannot see or know from the...
In a matter of moments, the landscape can change. In a matter of moments, a life can change. *** Snow-Fall * A single snowflake floats weightless Millions of flakes falling, land heavy Bring a roof crashing down * Branches bend, dip underneath Weight of snow, crack...
The four weeks leading up to Christmas are often referred to as “Advent.” The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming” and is a translation of the Greek word “Parousia,” which refers to the second coming of Christ. The second coming is how...
I know it’s coming, but I’m not prepared. Fill in the blank with “it.” It could be dinnertime each day. I’m not prepared to answer the daily question, “What’s for dinner?” “It” could be the next difficult season up ahead, or it could the wildest season of joy. Why do...
Hi friends, I'm honored to share I have a poem published in Amethyst Review, called Midnight Prayer. You can read the poem here. Let me know what you think!
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