untold: defining moments of the uprooted

Brown Girl Magazine Anthology

Edited by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen

untold: defining moments of the uprooted contains sensitive content. Recommended for ages 16+

untold: defining moments of the uprooted is a collection of real stories that explores the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty emerging voices share deeply personal moments of immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, racism, colorism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres. Every story sheds light on the authentic truths of living as women with hyphenated identities that have been only whispered—until now.


Cover art by Aishwarya Sukesh

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"These deeply personal, stirring, poetic accounts will knock the wind out of you. This collection lifts the veil from the South Asian diaspora, illuminating lived experiences that have for too long been considered taboo."


Padma Lakshmi

food expert, model, actress, best-selling author, and “Top Chef” host

"A fascinating collection of deeply personal essays, each author shares what is at once a relatable and unique journey through complex identities, acceptance, and the most unifying theme—our desire for love."


Kal Penn

actor, writer, producer

"Too often, only a certain type of South Asian story is allowed to enter the Western cultural lexicon. 'untold' is a battering ram that breaks through those barriers and offers something more."


Sopan Deb

New York Times writer and author of Missed Translations: Meeting The Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me

"A vivid, vital, and necessary contribution to the understanding of the South Asian diaspora."


DJ Rekha

producer, curator, and activist

"These 'untold' yet deeply familiar short stories filled me with joy and grief. I felt full from reading them, like I was served 'rice, roti, two sabjis, and a small salad.'"


Poorna Jagannathan

actor and producer

"Some of the most important and relevant issues of our time that have been taboo and off-limits for far too long in our community are illuminated through the lens of these distinct, brave, and powerful brown voices. It's our time to take up space and to tell our stories—they shall be 'untold' no more."


Richa Moorjani

actor and dancer

"These moments will leave your heart aching and feeling inspired, all at the same time. But more than anything else they will empower you to pick up the phone, grab the pen, or get behind your laptop to bravely tell your own story."

Reshma Saujani

founder and CEO of Girls Who Code

"'untold' is brave, bold, and unapologetic, and unabashedly as South Asian as they are American. In a world that's so quick to classify, it's impossible to do for this book. And that's what makes it so important."


Hitha Palepu

investor and author of How To Pack: Travel Smart For Any Trip

"I felt their pain, joy, and most importantly, the moment of clarity as they came into their own. A must-read for South Asians of all ages."


Nina Davuluri

filmmaker and former Miss America

"It’s here! Brown Girl Magazine has collected fresh voices for the first time in this print publication. This anthology will carry its readers on its back through the fire of heartbreak to renewal and resilience with its raw power. What a wonder to behold these moving, diverse stories that center the experiences of South Asian diasporic women!"


Rajiv Mohabir

award-winning author of The Cowherd’s Son and The Taxidermist’s Cut

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Coming Out Again (and Again)

Rita Sengupta

Performing Lines

L.M. Iyer

The Hair Cut

Ravleen K.

Anywhere but India

Sharda Sekaran

Fourth Avenue

Hena Wadhwa

Born Untouchable

Meera Solanki Estrada

I’m Here, and I’m Queer

Nova A.

Terror and Redemption in Trump Country

J. Lalwani

Coming to Ah-merri-kah

Amrisa Niranjan

Harrison Road

Radhika Patel

An “American”

Shimul Chowdhury

Unveiling Me

Gabrielle Deonath


The Whispering of the Jinn

M.K. Ansari

Poor Obstetric Outcome

Pooja Patel

Dark and Lovely

Apoorva Verghese

Surviving Suicide

Subrina Singh


Nupur Chaudhury

The Day I Woke Up

Jessie Brar

The Unforgiving Sun

Priyal Sakhuja

A Tale of Two: A (Cancer) Journey Between Best Friends

Kimberly Parekh & Anantha Sudhakar


The Good Guy

Rajvir Gill


Nisha Singh

A Saccharine Sickness



Duriba Khan

In the Eye of the Owner

Nina Malagi

Motherly Instincts

Anita Wadhwani

Dear Mutassan

Radhika Menon

Kirby Jackson

Raksha Muthukumar

Someday, Maybe

Neha Patel

Amor Indocumentado

Sabina England

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