untold: defining moments of the uprooted
“My journey from living a completely ordinary life of a young professional in Washington, D.C. to taking on the role of a single, caregiver has been monumental. My story in the anthology is an experience that has deeply affected me and changed my life in so many ways. The topic of caregiving in the South Asian community– especially in the diaspora community–is rarely discussed, if at all.
I think this is why I, myself never talk in much detail or at length about my own experiences. I’ve never wanted to appear vulnerable or have uncomfortable discussions but carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders and always ‘being strong’ can have its breaking point. The chance to write for untold presented an unique opportunity to share the complexities of my situation while showcasing the love for my mom to family, friends and anyone willing to read in a way that I hope, touches all of us.”
Brown Girl Magazine’s first-ever print anthology, published by Mango & Marigold Press, untold: defining moments of the uprooted, is a collection of real stories that explores the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty-two emerging voices share deeply personal moments relating to immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, sexual orientation, gender identity, racism, colorism, casteism, religion, and much more, all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres. Every story sheds light on the authentic truths of living as womxn with hyphenated identities that have been only whispered—until now.
By pre-ordering a copy, you directly support two female and minority-owned small businesses actively bridging the cultural, accessibility and diversity gap across the diaspora. With this launch, Mango and Marigold Press is continuing its #1001DiverseBooks program. With each new book launch, Mango and Marigold Press is committed to also raise the funds to donate 1001 books to literacy and advocacy nonprofits.
Praise for untold: defining moments of the uprooted comes from an array of South Asian creatives and game changers in the diaspora including Padma Lakshmi, Kal Penn, DJ Rekha and Poorna Jagannathan.
“A fascinating collection of deeply personal essays, each author shares what is at once a relatable and unique journey through complex identities, acceptance, and the most unifying them—our desire for love.” – Kal Penn, actor, writer, and producer
“These “untold” yet deeply familiar short stories filled me with joy and grief. I felt full from reading them, like I was served ‘rice, roti, two sabjis, and a small salad.’” –Poorna Jagannathan, actor and producer
“A vivid, vital, and necessary contribution to the understanding of the South Asian diaspora.” –DJ Rekha, producer, curator, and activist
“These deeply personal, stirring, poetic accounts will knock the wind out of you. This collection lifts the veil from the South Asian diaspora, illuminating lived experiences that have for too long been considered taboo.” –Padma Lakshmi, food expert, model, actress, author, and “Top Chef” host
Anita Wadhwani received her Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelors in Journalism/Mass Communications from Point Park College, both in Pittsburgh. During her graduate studies, she was an intern at the Department of State and has since continued to work in the policy/government field on national security issues within Washington DC. She is the recipient of several awards to include the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. Anita has also previously advocated for mental health awareness and elderly care in the South Asian American community due to her family experiences. In 2018, she was named a 40 Under 40 leader within the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. Anita is a longtime friend and supporter of Indiaspora.