Writing this play changed my life. Every week in the month of May, I'll be writing about how. Learn more.

My inspiration on a chilly, gray day.

May 30, 2021
A list of things giving me inspiration… but first, a list of things not giving me inspiration So much for the unofficial start of the American summer. We’re two days into a gloomy, wet ...
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Food can say what words can't.

May 23, 2021
Loaded up on $6.50 worth of Indian vegetables and a warm, fresh roti on a recent Tuesday evening, I handed over my cash to the worker at Punjabi Deli — the Indian vegetarian food haven on...
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I have OCD.

May 16, 2021
This is a story of a superhero battling a monster. The monster is invisible. It’s in the superhero’s head. Most days, the superhero would be getting ready to leave her apartment. The mon...
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I lost my voice

May 9, 2021
I spent my 20s reporting on everyone else’s stories while neglecting my own. This realization hit me like a wave in 2020: After a difficult pandemic spring, after I watched a summer of c...
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Proud (and ashamed) of my culture

May 2, 2021
Hello readers. I had been drafting an essay to share with you all. Then India’s second COVID-19 wave worsened, so I wrote a short poem about it. I asked my sister for help; she floored me...
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April 19, 2021
My name is Beena, and for the last year, I’ve been writing a one-woman play. This June, I am performing my show, Meera’s Kitchen, at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Writing this play chan...
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