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Are You There Krishna? It's Me Rachel. Or Reshma. Or Whatever.

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Published on Feb 1, 2017

I knew even as a young child that I wasn’t like the rest of my Indian family. While my parents were plotting how I could make it into med school with my mediocre grades in chemistry and biology, I had other things on my mind.

Including such gems as:

• Why can’t I go to the temple on her period?
• Why don’t my Indian cousins like her?
• Why was it OK to be sexualized at a beauty pageant but not for myself?
• How can I straddle two cultures while retaining my sense of self?
• Why are women considered sluts and men considered studs?
• Why do people keep asking me if I was born in India?
• Should I wax down there?
• Why does I have crazy eyes?

After leaving home, I got high in Amsterdam, met my pop singer idol in a bathroom, argued with a ghost and got lost in the Pyrenees. But that didn’t stop me from questioning while men still tell her to smile. Are You There Krishna, It’s Me Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.; Essays on Talking to Ghosts, Accosting Celebrities, One-night Stands Gone Wrong, Sexism, Race, and First-Generation Woes weaves stories of my life with observations on race, class, sex, feminism and culture with humor and candor.

Visit bit.ly/areyoutherekrishnabook to get it on Amazon!

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