People of color know what it's like to feel seen, but unseen. When we’re visible, we’re usually typecast. We define ourselves differently than how people see us, which is why we seek spaces for self-definition.
Defining Desi is an event series and creative community which explores what it means identify as South Asian or desi in a time of political upheaval, and how we can use storytelling and activism to advocate for our community and others. This space is for everyone — we come together to support the South Asian community but welcome people of all identities to show their support and share their stories.
In the pandemic, I have launched a creative writing club with over 100 members across 3 global chapters in South Asia, the US and the UK, to help writers workshop their writing in small groups of 4-5 people and have access to the full community for accountability and encouragement.