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MonaDash1 week ago
MonaDash1 week ago
My new novel (unpublished) is on the longlist of a London Novel 2020 !
MonaDash4 months ago
Poems in Sarasvati 057
MonaDash5 months ago
Two poems in The Bombay Review, April,2020
MonaDash6 months ago
'A Roll Of The Dice', by Mona Dash, is a Non-Fiction finalist for The People's Book Prize 2020!
Mona Dash writes about her 10-year roller-coaster journey from India to England, after her first child is diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). A story of loss, love, and hope in the face of genetic roulette - told with astounding courage and humour.

YOU, the public, are the judges - YOU pick the winners of The People's Book Prize! Go to to vote for your favourite books in the Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children's Literature categories.

Due to the 2020 Award Ceremony being postponed until further notice because of the coronavirus crisis, voting has been extended to the 30th of May.
MonaDash8 months ago
Enjoyed this review of A Certain Way by Frank Watson, an American poet who writes beautiful micro-poetry..

A Certain Way is a lovely book of poems, filled with the meditations of a woman who has found a new life and new home in England. It starts off reflecting on an immigrant’s story, from the feeling of not belonging to the feeling that this new land is home and an appreciation for what it has to offer. From this perspective, she contrasts with the experience of other immigrants, including those who long nostalgically for home, though they made the choice to find a new home, perhaps for reasons they’ve forgotten.

After several of poems along this them, the book branches out into a full variety of poems on the experience of a woman in modern life, from the hardships to the unfulfilled longings, from balancing life and work to the joys of motherhood, and to the desire for love and romance. There is a sense of spirituality, sorrow, and tragedy mixed in. And a recurring theme of spices, turmeric, and sarees.

To give a flavor of the book, I’ll quote a few favorite passages:

From “The Immigrant’s Song”—

When it rains here,
in this country, with its dark earth,
rainbow gardens,
sometimes the flecks of rain
touch the earth just like in the dusty Indian plains.

From “Destiny”—

Not knowing that
a one legged man walked on graves,
ghosts cackled in trees,
white geese turn red,
on the day I was born.

It was a pleasure to read. My favorite poems are below:

A Certain Way
Διασπορά (Diaspora)
The Immigrant’s Song
Nowhere to Go
The Punishment
The Glass Jar
His Gift
In Search of Balance
2 hours ago
So happy that my short story collection- Let us look Elsewhere- shortlisted in the @SILeedsLitPrize 2018, including stories shorlisted in @BristolPrize 2019 and longlisted in @BathStoryAward 2019 - has found a home with @DahliaBooks - summer 2021 🙂
3 days ago
My story Cookery Lessons in Suburbia features in this brilliant anthology #inthekitchen . Huge thanks to the editors @Susmitatweets and @farhanashaikh . The wonderful foreword is by @cg_menon . Do preorder and support indie presses like @DahliaBooks #shortstories #kitchen #Food Dash2Mona photo
4 days ago
I just bought my ticket for #Homeby10 the exciting literary festival coming up in October ! @theasianwriter