Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted



Edited by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen
Foreword by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Introduction by Trisha Sakhuja-Walia
Cover by Aishwarya Sukesh 
Sub-theme artwork by Simran Sarin

Published by Mango and Marigold Press (March 2021)


"untold: defining moments of the uprooted" is a collection of 31 real stories that explore 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.

"untold: defining moments of the uprooted" contains sensitive content. Recommended for ages 16 plus.


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In Partnership with Brown Girl Magazine

Born out of the lack of minority representation in mainstream media, Brown Girl Magazine was created by and for South Asian womxn, who believe in the power of storytelling as a vehicle for community building and empowerment. Through diverse, multimedia content and community building, we empower and engage those who identify as a part of the South Asian diaspora with a hyphenated identity.


Tanuja Desai Hidier - Foreword
Trisha Sakhuja-Walia - Introduction
Rita Sengupta - Coming Out Again
L.M. Iyer - Performing Lines
Ravleen K. - The Hair Cut
Sharda Sekaran - Anywhere But India
Hena Wadhwa - Fourth Avenue
Meera Solanki Estrada - Born Untouchable
Nova A. - I'm Here, and I'm Queer
J. Lalwani - Terror and Redemption in Trump Country
Amrisa Niranjan - Coming to Ah-merri-kah
Radhika Patel - Harrison Road
Shimul Chowdhury - An "American"
Gabrielle Deonath - Unveiling Me
M.K. Ansari - The Whispering of the Jinn
Pooja Patel - Poor Obstetric Outcome
Apoorva Verghese - Dark and Lovely
Subrina Singh - Surviving Suicide
Nupur Chaudhury - Enough
Jessie Brar - The Day I Woke Up
Priyal Sakhuja - The Unforgiving Sun
Kimberly Parekh - A Tale of Two: A (Cancer) Journey Between Best Friends
Anantha Sudhakar - A Tale of Two: A (Cancer) Journey Between Best Friends
Rajvir Gill - The Good Guy
Nisha Singh - Puttar
Saahil - A Saccharine Sickness
Chandra Coats - Meeting My First Blood Relative
Duriba Khan - Home
Nina Malagi - In The Eye of the Owner
Anita Wadhwani - Motherly Instincts
Radhika Menon - Mutassan
Raksha Muthukumar - Kirby Jackson
Neha Patel - Someday, Maybe
Sabina England - Amor Indocumentado


Purple Dragonfly Grand Prize Winner, 1st Place LGBT, 1st Place (tie) Cultural Diversity, 1st Place Young Adult Nonfiction

Independent Press Award Anthology

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - LGBTQIA Nonfiction

Moonbeam - Social Activism


Praise for Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted

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
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 theme — our desire for love.
— Kal Penn, actor, writer, producer
Too often, only a certain type of South Asian story is allowed to enter the Western cultural lexicon. 'untold' is a battering ram that breaks through those barriers and offers something more.
— Sopan Deb, New York Times writer and author of Missed Translations: Meeting The Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me