L to R Nanda Mehta, Wendy Kim, Meeta Singh, Mickey Brent, Simrita Dhir and Nilanjana Banerjee
Mickey Brent : Underwater Vibes & Broad Awakening
Mickey is a multicultural author and creative writing teacher. As an active member of the LGBTQ community, she relishes the opportunity to share her ideas about the craft of writing, multiculturalism, LGBTQ issues, and her books with avid readers at local and international events, bookstores, libraries, and book clubs. Mickey spent nearly two decades living in Europe and loves writing quirky stories about Europeans, their diverse cultures, languages, and lifestyles.
Mickey has written numerous travel articles, book chapters, poems, and screenplays, publishing various genres of fiction and non-fiction under other noms de plume. Mickey’s objective is to offer readers a more fun, light-hearted, and romantic view of life.
She has created this vivid reality with Underwater Vibes, a well-crafted, contemporary lesbian romance showcasing a unique cast of characters thriving in the multicultural city of Brussels, Belgium, the capital of Europe. In this exciting sequel, Broad Awakening, the memorable characters from Underwater Vibes continue their zany adventures in Brussels, Belgium, and Santorini, Greece.
For more information about Mickey and her speaking events, please visit: www.mickeybrent.com.
Team Ahaana for the Event:
Chhavi Vishal, Nanda Mehta, Nilanjana Banerjee and Jagriti Mutreja.
Meeta Saran : Mindful Seeking
Having completed her Master's degree in Computer Science from India, Meeta has been living in USA since 2005, she likes to call herself a mindful parent, a writer, and a meditator. Her happiest moments have come when she is performing any of these roles.
Mindful Seeking, 20 Spiritual lessons on mindfully seeking the self and walking your own path contains spiritual recommendations for the seekers of all ages, who are looking for inner and personal growth. The lessons in the book will resonate with the ones who are mindfully embarking in the journey of self.
This book consists of twenty spiritual lessons for those who are mindfully approaching to play this beautiful game called ‘life’. The lessons like ‘Release the need to control anyone or anything’, ‘Stay quiet when you are angry’, ‘Love is the answer’ can guide anyone who may be at any stage of spiritual seeking.
The book will make the reader ponder on how we can seek our life purpose that is ultimately happiness and divinity.
Ahaana supports the Arts. Meet and listen to local authors who have written inspiring stories on immigrant's hardships, dreams & love; overcoming cultural bonds and blending in; spiritual lessons on seeking the self; and a radical lifestyle change!
Powerful and Poignant story-telling! Books will be available to purchase for autograph and photo-op with the authors.
Simrita Dhir : The Rainbow Acres
Simrita Dhir grew up in Punjab in a family of distinguished academics. A national-level debater, writer and actor in school and college, she is a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Standard Awardee. A recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Excellence in Post Graduate Studies, she received her PhD on Toni Morrison from the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University.
Simrita has contributed to leading newspapers including The Times of India, The Indian Express and The Tribune. She lives in San Diego, where she studied Advanced Rhetoric at the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies. She teaches Literature, Writing and Critical thinking to undergraduate students across San Diego County. The Rainbow Acres is her debut novel.
The Rainbow Acres
In the spring of 1916, seventeen-year-old Kishan Singh is euphoric in his village Noor Mahal in Punjab, British India, as he dreams of going to college, landing a government job and marrying his heartthrob Roop. Summer flies in with promise but ends in disaster when heavy rains flood the fields, wrecking the cotton crop and triggering influenza which leaves behind a trail of dead villagers. Kishan Singh’s dreams are ruthlessly washed away. Devastated, he sets off on a life-threatening voyage across two oceans for a distant and unknown land.
On a cataclysmic day in 1919, Sophia’s idyllic world in Guadalajara, Mexico, falls apart when she becomes a hapless victim to the ravages of the Mexican Revolution. She battles hunger, poverty and near prostitution before embarking on a perilous night journey across the border.
Will their paths cross in the land of opportunities that is overrun with racial and class barriers?
The Rainbow Acres is a moving saga of migration, selfless love, fortitude, friendship, and the quest for land and identity, set against the backdrop of old Punjab, early California and revolution-torn Mexico.
Her book is available on Amazon
Wendy Kim : Beyond Blending In
What if you weren't meant to blend in? Wendy spent her whole life trying to blend in. Being bi-racial and living in a predominantly white community, she tried hard to be "white" and to blend in even though that wasn't possible. Later on, she moved to a primarily "Asian" community and didn't fit in there either. This pattern continued into college and the corporate world until she finally broke through to live her best life. It is Wendy's deepest desire that you will find the inspiration and tools to go beyond and live the most authentic and abundant version of yourself.
Wendy Kim is a #1 International Best-Selling Author of the book, Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter's Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life of Authenticity and Abundance.
She is also a Paid Public Speaker and Empowerment Coach.