Asha Iyer Kumar is an author, life-writing coach, active blogger, and youth motivational speaker based in Dubai. She is an Opinion page columnist with Khaleej Times, Dubai, writing on Life and Living, and is a creative writing tutor and coach for children and teenagers. She made her literary debut in 2009 with a novel, ‘Sand Storms, Summer Rains’, and published a book of verse, Hymns from the Heart, in 2014. Her short story, Free Spirit, was published in the anthology, ‘The Other’, edited by Mona Verma and Abha Iyengar in 2018. Her flash Fiction ‘The Temple Dancer’ has also been included in the anthology ‘EquiverseSpace’ published in September, 2018.
How Do you Do is Asha’s first collection of short stories published in October, 2018. She published another book of short stories, After the Rain in 2019. 'Life is an emoji' a collection of her articles in Khaleej Times was published in 2020. He sixth book, That Pain in the Womb, will be published shortly.
She set up her coaching enterprise i Bloom FZE in November 2020.
How was a mother to know that? What device was there for her to assess a stranger? What if, as Yamuna said, he turned out to be a tormentor?
When life throws curveballs, we lose control. In our attempts to find stability, we stop, talk, try to find help outside. Eventually, all we need to do is find faith, to keep moving forward.
Suddenly being cheerful began to feel like a crime. Happiness became an unfair advantage. I began to despise my position of small privileges.
Many parents are beginning to understand that life is much more than academic grades. Yet, they aren’t really equipped to help their children through it.
Every year we speak on women's 'empowerment', but are our conversations really helping women to take back their power?
The author writes how we ought not to wallow in self-doubt and should rather pat our backs every now and then.
The single-minded craving to reach the shrine possessed the pilgrim - would she make it? And where was the shrine - out there or within?
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