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Spinning stories of stars and silver while seeking the Truth ॐ

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Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ
Birthdate:
3 November 1978
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Namashkaar! Welcome to the journal of the fantasy writer Shveta Thakrar.

Tendrils of magic weave their way through the tapestry of our lives, if only we would stop to breathe. Stars whispering secrets on the night wind, blue glass pumpkins dotting the forbidden path, nagas slipping from snaky skins to fleshly ones while apsaras seek to tempt Buddha from his place beneath the bodhi tree--all these things and more intrigue me.

I'm very curious about people and their relationships and motivations. A friend once called me an observer of the world. That's certainly a happy coincidence, as I write fiction. Young adult, Indian-folklore-based fantasy, to be exact. (And occasionally the adult short piece, too.) What if, what if? Raise the stained-glass kaleidoscope to your eye, and what do you see?

This is the wheel on which my stories are spun.

I also care deeply about social justice and diversity and culture and love and travel and books and friends and and and, so when I have something to say, it's often recorded here.

Curl up on the stylish Victorian sofa, have a cup of chai and some chocolate, and jump right into the discussion. What's the point of a one-sided dialogue?

You can find my published writing to date here.

1. "Padmamukhi (the Lotus-Mouthed), Nelumbonaceae nelumbo" in A Field Guide to Surreal Botany
2. "Writing in My Skin" in WisCon Chronicles, Volume 3: Carnival of Feminist SF
3. "In Search of Apsaras" in Cabinet des Fées Magazine
4. "Lavanya and Deepika" in Demeter's Spicebox Magazine (or listen to it at PodCastle)
5. "Not the Moon but the Stars" in Steam-Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories




I believe our dreams are REAL THINGS, not wisps and air, and it is our job in this life to make them come true, because no one else will do it for us, and because this is our one and only "wild & precious life"!
--Laini Taylor

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

[N]ot all those who wander are lost.
--J. R. R. Tolkien

You must be the change you want to see in the world.
--Mahatma Gandhi

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
--Maya Angelou

Let language grow by itself, your own language. You have the ability to--through arts, tongues--create a dialogue to make you travel to places more beautiful than we're ever promised.
--Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance)

Our lives are our mythic journeys, and our happy endings are still to be won.
--Terri Windling


With love, lotuses, and faerie sparkles,

Shveta ॐ

(If you'd like to contact me off LiveJournal, please use shveta.thakrar [at] gmail [dot] com.)





ओं मणि पद्मे हूँ
(Hail the jewel in the lotus!)




Credits:

1. Thanks go to rumdiculous for her beautiful peacock princess portrait of me, used in the layout she also created, and her gorgeous nagini.
2. Thanks go to merimask for the lovely Indian summer faerie she drew for me, also used in the layout.
3. The picture of the goddess Durga used in the layout was taken from Durga Worship Online.
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