Season 4,

Episode 54 (Season 4) Adulting & Friendships + Interview with Mimi Mondal

April 15, 2018

‘Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.’ ― Louise Bernikow

This week’s episode is all about holding on to your girl gang or femme-identifying gang. For our Mujse Dosti Karoge episode, we will be discussing the challenges we face in making new friends when you are older and the importance of holding on to your old connections. Sweety and Pappu have some very practical steps you can incorporate into your own lives.

Also, as part of the Dalit History Month we will be interviewing a very special guest – Hugo award nominated speculative fiction writer Mimi Mondal, she will help us expand our understanding of South Asian Sci-Fi and fantasy fiction, and what it means to be a Punk Dalit girl. Rest assured at the end of this episode you will have considerably lengthened up our reading list, like we just did.



“You need to be your own best friend but at the same time you need someone to hold you whenever you’re not feeling like the best version of yourself.” – Pappu

“Pappu and I are a great example of new adult friendships that work!” – Sweety

“Alcohol is a great lubricant for friendship!” – Pappu

Quotes with Mimi Mondal interview

“I’d describe myself as a speculative fiction writer that happens to be Dalit. This representation and acknowledgement is important, especially for young people to see that I can be an artist, because it is considered something we wouldn’t ever do.” – Mimi Mondal

“I grew up with a sense of unanchored shame and inferiority and no one really explained why this was the case. Which is why I think Dalit History Month is doing something very important in celebrating our history.” – Mimi Mondal

“I get a little defensive when people talk about classics by white authors in science fiction and fantasy because that movement is still happening and a large number of fans really don’t see beyond the white authors which means the white authors still keep getting recommended. These people get canonized a lot more and a get a lot more legitimized than non-white authors ever would.” – Mimi Mondal


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