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 .