An Indian Flavored Fairy Tale, It’s Spicy!


I con­sid­er myself a bit of an anom­aly, but not in a bad way.  I am a sur­pris­ing mix of per­sonas.  I love to read.  Writ­ing is my pas­sion and avo­ca­tion.  I am an oncol­o­gy nurse.  I am the fair­ly young moth­er of three amaz­ing­ly sharp chil­dren, two of whom are adults.  I have been mar­ried for almost twen­ty-two years, no divorce.  I sew.  I have a beau­ti­ful organ­ic gar­den in my back yard where I grow herbs and much of the pro­duce I and my fam­i­ly con­sume.  I am of the African Dias­po­ra here in Amer­i­ca and I am an Amer­i­can of the African Dias­po­ra (there is a dif­fer­ence, at least to me).  Although I pret­ty suck at it, I love video games, the more vio­lent the bet­ter.  I love zom­bies and the infect­ed (there is a dif­fer­ence).  I also love the clas­sics.  I almost passed out when I learned about the book Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies.  Romance and YA (sor­ry if I offend any­one) makes me want to erk.  My pol­i­tics are mid­line as I am some­what reli­gious (although I fail dai­ly at being the best kind­est per­son that I can) but I do have some very lib­er­al lean­ings.  I am a painful­ly extreme intro­vert but I can hold a pret­ty stim­u­lat­ing con­ver­sa­tion.  I am a hijabi, which means that I am very vis­i­bly a Mus­lim.  There’s more to me, I am sure, but I think you get my drift.

I didn’t become a strange mix on pur­pose.  Like all peo­ple I am a prod­uct of my soci­ety, my upbring­ing, my own tastes, ideas and per­cep­tions.  I am unique, as no doubt we all are in var­i­ous ways.  As such I thrive on the unique and as an author I am absolute­ly gid­dy when I come upon a tale that push­es the bound­aries of what some would call “nor­mal”.  I call such tales diver­gent.

I recent­ly lis­tened to an amaz­ing, col­or­ful, lyri­cal fairy tale that absolute­ly blew me away.  You’ll be able to find it on the Pod­cas­tle line­up in your iTunes library or online.  The sto­ry is called “Lavanya and Deepi­ka” writ­ten by Shve­ta Thakrar.  This sto­ry will def­i­nite­ly go on my Diver­gence list as it quick­ly became a favorite.

Lavanya and Deepi­ka” is an Indi­an fla­vored fairy tale about two very dif­fer­ent yet lov­ing twin sis­ters born to a woman who against con­ven­tion had her chil­dren with­out a hus­band.  She became preg­nant through mag­i­cal means.  Gula­bi, the moth­er, raised her daugh­ters in a great palace, and life was good until they were vis­it­ed by a raja from a neigh­bor­ing king­dom who want­ed the most beau­ti­ful daugh­ter and Gulabi’s land.  This sto­ry has mag­i­cal san­dals, fight­ing, and lessons in loy­al­ty and love.

Lis­ten to it, or read.  I know you’ll love it as much as I did.  I give this sto­ry .