My mother at 23, on her honeymoon in Chail. Flourishing in love with freedom intact. What solace to know, from watching her bloom and grow, that time, marriage and motherhood need not dilute a woman’s essential identity. Instead, if there is lightness in our love, it can set us free.

Indus Chadha believes we cannot exist or be understood without stories and spends much of her time reading and writing them. She earned a BA in Women’s Studies and English Literature from Smith College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

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