Neha Patel

Neha is a proud Indian American whose first love was stories. Born & raised in Los Angeles, CA, she wasn't allowed to watch TV on school nights, so she read everything from Austen to Amar Chitra Katha graphic novels on Indian history and folklore. Neha has a Masters in Technical & Professional Communication from Auburn University & lives in Dallas, TX. When she's not reading, she's writing her fantasy novel, bookstagramming at @bookishdesi, or collecting records.

The Function of Train Travel in Books

Trains function as a liminal space and in literature, that can be literal and metaphorical all at once.

The Value of Listening to Poetry on Audio

A reader reflects on the experience of listening to poetry on audio, and the impact of listening to a poet read their words aloud.

Books for Fans of Netflix’s EXPLAINED Series

From teaching about voting rights to birth control, these books offer an extension on learning for fans of Netflix's Explained series.

Retellings of Asian Myths, Epics, and Folklore

From India, China, Japan, Korea, and more, these retellings reimagine myths and legends from these Asian countries.

Why I Don’t Just Read Cookbooks for the Recipes

The stories behind the recipes are what make cookbooks outstanding literature.

11 Books About Change to Guide You Through Life’s Seasons

These books about change are perfect for those who need a little guidance through life’s transitions as we head into 2022.

Are Books Written by Gurus Actually Written by Gurus?

While plenty of authors proclaim themselves gurus of beauty or self help, that word mean more than just being able master a perfect cat eye.

On Buying Books in Airports

Going to bookstores and libraries as a bookworm offer important experiences, but what buying books in an airport can offer may surprise you.

Ode To a Stethoscope: On Medical Poetry

A look at the history of medical poetry, including the peer-reviewed works that appear in some of the top journals for medical professionals.

17 Swoonworthy Indian Romance Books

Even if some of these matches aren’t written in the stars by a panditji, I’m sure Sima Aunty would approve of these Indian romance books, including The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale and A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli.