It’s not easy to send your book baby out into the world

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Last week my book, Rewriting My Happily Ever After — A memoir of divorce and discovery became available to readers everywhere.

As I unwrapped copies of my book on launch day, there was a feeling under my ribs that was a curious mixture of happy butterflies and a quiet sense…

To advocate the possibility of a better life if you are willing to work for it

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On a moonless Diwali night, I sat alone in a dark room in Hyderabad, India. As I watched families dressed in their best clothes and jewelry light lamps and set off firecrackers, I cried. Instead of celebrating the festival with my family, I had left mine.

After sixteen years of…

Stories can be powerful agents of change if we have the courage to share them

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“Stories bring us together, untold stories keep us apart”~ Elif Shafak

For a long time I was just a reader. First as a bookish schoolgirl and later as a quiet teenager who preferred the sensibly laid out plots in novels and logically solved thrillers to the confusing world around me…

Do nothing or at the very least, do something else

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Earlier this year, when my daughter graduated from high school, she found herself at a loose end. After months of a punishing schedule to prepare for a tough examination, she felt lost.

“I feel guilty sitting around. I should be studying. Or doing something,” she said.

I understood her frustration…

Ranjani Rao

I write insightful personal stories about my scientist, immigrant, travel life. 4 books Share memoir journey

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