Masala Monologues

By Sangeeta Pillai

Spicy stories from South Asian women

Feminism | Fiction
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A talk from Masala Monologues creator Sangeeta Pillai to your school, company or society. She will talk about why fighting to have your voice heard is important in any culture and how the medium of story telling can be so healing. Includes 20 signed, first-edition hardbacks, 20 limited-edition, A6 notebooks, unlimited ebooks and your organisation’s name in a special section at the back of the book.

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Have you seen many books that talk about genuine female South Asian experiences? I haven’t. That’s why I created Masala Monologues, a collection of essays and stories written by fabulous South Asian women, doing some amazing work. They’ve written stories about the taboos that they’ve faced, from their unique cultural point of view.

As South Asian women, we don’t talk about sex. Or sexuality. Or periods. Or mental health. We don’t talk about childbirth, about choosing whether to have kids or not. We don’t talk about the double lives we all lead or the sense of shame some of us carry around our bodies. We certainly don’t talk about trauma, sexual harassment or domestic violence.

Well, that’s changing. Right here, right now.

This book is part of an ongoing project running for over two years, bringing together South Asian women with the objective of sharing their stories.

Masala Monologues will include stories from writers including:

  • Shazia Mirza - award winning British Asian Muslim Stand up Comedian
  • Asifa Lahore – Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen, TV star & LGBT activist
  • Poorna Bell – renowned journalist, public speaker & author
  • Anita Sethi - award-winning writer, journalist & broadcaster
  • Sita Thomas – theatre director & TV presenter
  • Neelam Heera – founder of Cysters, a charity for South Asian female reproductive health
  • Cauvery Madhavan – author of bestsellers Paddy Indian and The Uncoupling
  • Manjit Gill – CEO & founder of Binti, a charity focussed on menstrual health for South Asian girls and women
  • Jane Chelliah – activist and star of Channel 4's Mums Make Porn

This book is part of an ongoing project running for over two years, involving a series of workshops bringing together South Asian women with the objective of sharing their stories. The workshops culminated in a theatre performance at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. The response was so positive that the project is now being shaped further, to involve bigger South Asian female audiences.

What the audience said:

  • 'Moving, hilarious, shocking, sad, illuminating, brilliant…'
  • 'It's the closest I've seen my identity represented on stage, and that's anywhere in the world!'
  • Masala Monologues is urgent, relevant and radical. These are unheard stories coming from the lips of all too often unheard women, so start listening!
  • Soul Sutras is challenging us, bringing often untold stories front and centre and giving South Asian women a platform to challenge the world we live in.

About the book: 

  • High-quality, B-format paperback
  • Approx. 280 pages and 70,000 words
  • EXCLUSIVE pledge levels available.
  • More great contributors to be confirmed - watch this space!
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