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, writing or listening to her five-year-old daughter, Amara, tell them. She earned a BA from Smith College with a major in the Study of Women and Gender and a minor in English Language and Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

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