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Good books, good wine, good people, and good stories. They can change the world. After connecting deeply with readers about my novel The Unexpected Daughter, I realized our conversations needed to continue past emails and book signing events. I wanted a long sit down with people to talk. Truths. Grit. And a tiny bit of smack. I am a southern author, living and writing just outside Atlanta. I drink sweet tea and say “ya'll,” but also love chai and can curse in Gujarati, my husband's native language. As you can imagine, this makes me pretty fun at cocktail parties.

Good books, good wine, good people, and good stories. They can change the world. After connecting deeply with readers about my novel The Unexpected Daughter, I realized our conversations needed to continue past emails and book signing events. I wanted a long sit down with people to talk. Truths. Grit. And a tiny bit of smack. I am a southern author, living and writing just outside Atlanta. I drink sweet tea and say “ya'll,” but also love chai and can curse in Gujarati, my husband's native language. As you can imagine, this makes me pretty fun at cocktail parties.
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Good books, good wine, good people, and good stories. They can change the world. After connecting deeply with readers about my novel The Unexpected Daughter, I realized our conversations needed to continue past emails and book signing events. I wanted a long sit down with people to talk. Truths. Grit. And a tiny bit of smack. I am a southern author, living and writing just outside Atlanta. I drink sweet tea and say “ya'll,” but also love chai and can curse in Gujarati, my husband's native language. As you can imagine, this makes me pretty fun at cocktail parties.

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Episodes

In an arranged marriage, should couples expect to find romantic love?

8/21/2019
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I’m kind of obsessed with the concept of arranged marriage in Indian culture. Are arranged marriages better? And within Indian culture, are couples expected to find romantic love through arranged marriage? It’s a total enigma to me – my husband might have had one if I hadn’t bewitched him away when we met (that's what he says anyway). Today I'm chatting with my old friend Salil Maniktahla about Indian marriage culture, how his first marriage fell apart despite after being arranged by his...

Duration:00:49:35

Growing up in The South: Award-Winning Author Bren McClain

8/14/2019
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Bren McClain is the author of the award-winning novel One Good Mama Bone. She and I met in 2018 in a project featuring our novels in a line-up of Southern fiction titles around the Southeastern United States. I hadn’t even read her book when we met, and I suspected she was someone special. Then I read her book. And her writing confirmed my suspicions. Bren’s writing talent is a force. She lives outside of Nashville, TN on a hundred-acre wood she calls “Peace of Soul Acres” and...

Duration:01:25:08

The Modern Indian Woman: Outspoken Amulya Malladi talks about her new book

8/7/2019
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Summer is almost over, but there’s still time left to squeeze in a really good book on the beach. This week’s guest, best-selling author Amulya Malladi’s new novel The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You just may be the one. And it’s just been released on audiobook, too. Amulya Malladi is a prolific author. She’s the best-selling author of eight novels, including The Copenhagen Affair and A House for Happy Mothers. Add the fact that she is a corporate executive for a large global company...

Duration:00:45:40

Comedian Brian Moote: From The Bert Show to LA and beyond

7/31/2019
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If you’re from Atlanta and ever tuned into The Bert Show in the morning, you’ll love this week’s guest. Brian Moote spent nearly three years in Atlanta on The Bert Show before leaving to co-host the Morning Show at 97.1 AMP in Los Angeles. He joins me (squee) for Episode Five of Southern Life Indian Wife. And y’all, I barely kept it together. Brian’s originally from Washington, but he’s spent enough time in the South to know what it’s all about. He divides his time between Los Angeles...

Duration:00:55:21

Actress Sophia Watson on Hollywood, Atlanta's acting scene, and her award-winning short film #SLUT

7/24/2019
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The amazing Sophia Watson joins me on Southern Life Indian Wife this week. Sophia is an actress, model, writer, and film producer from the Atlanta area. I’ve known Sophia since she was five years old and have had the privilege of watching her accomplish so much. She has appeared in 10 films, including 2008’s Living Proof alongside Harry Connick Jr., and 2016’s Elbow Grease with starring Burt Reynolds, and so much more. Her latest accomplishment is the short film #SLUT, which she wrote,...

Duration:00:53:32

Would you marry someone your parents selected for you?

7/17/2019
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How did you meet your spouse? I met my husband on a starry summer night when I was sixteen. It was love at first sight. We dated for three years, he proposed on one knee, we had a huge wedding. My husband is Indian and bucked the Indian arranged marriage system. He says he got away with it because he is a man. Me on the other hand, I grew up in the US with Gloria Steinem in the news, right after the sexual revolution, and with parents who raised me to be independent. I’d be damned if...

Duration:01:16:59

Paranormal investigator and author Heather Dobson: hunting ghosts in the Deep South

7/10/2019
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Do you believe in ghosts? Heather Dobson does. She is an Atlanta-area stay-at-home mom by day and seasoned paranormal investigator by night. She travels the country looking with Paranormal Georgia Investigators for evidence of the afterlife and is now the author of her first book, Memoirs of a Future Ghost, scheduled for release August third this year. Heather joins me on Southern Life Indian Wife to discuss mom stuff, how people here in the Bible Belt offer to pray for her, and what...

Duration:00:54:24

Chef Elliott Farmer: What it's like cooking for the stars

7/3/2019
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Anyone who knows me or reads my social media posts regularly knows that cooking is not my forte. That’s one reason why sitting down with celebrity Chef Elliott Farmer on episode three of the "Southern Life Indian Wife" podcast brought me so much joy. Chef Elliott Farmer is an Atlanta native who has more accomplishments on his resume than I could ever dream of for myself. He is a cookbook author who inspired me to publish my own book years ago. He has appeared on Food Network’s “Cutthroat...

Duration:00:56:08

Gina-Ann Riggs talks parenting, social media, and protecting her son, actor Chandler Riggs, from an online predator.

6/26/2019
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How do you protect your children from the dangers of being online? This week I talk mom-to-mom with Gina-Ann Riggs on her experience navigating social media and the inherent risks with her son, Chandler Riggs. While you might know Chandler from playing Carl on 'The Walking Dead', you might not know that he and his family were targeted by an online predator. Listen for tips on how you can keep your family safe on this week’s episode of Southern Life Indian Wife. Support the show.

Duration:00:37:01

Emily Carpenter talks family, writing, and her new book "Until The Day I Die"

6/18/2019
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Good books, good wine, good people, and good stories. They can change the world. After connecting deeply with readers about my novel The Unexpected Daughter, I realized our conversations needed to continue past emails and book signing events. I wanted a long sit down with people to talk. Truths. Grit. And a tiny bit of smack. Today, I’m proud, and terribly nervous, to announce the launch of my new podcast Southern Life Indian Wife with best-selling author Emily Carpenter as my very first...

Duration:00:53:36