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Finding books under topics that excite us makes our reading exciting. Fantasy has little South-Asian representation in the English language world. Aparna Verma is about to change that with the launch of her fantasy series, The Phoenix King in August. In this episode of Kitabi Qisse, Aparna shares how our myths help us understand our culture and people better.

The fantasy writer also shares her childhood inspirations and Indian mythological stories from the Ramayana that she grew up listening to. She also shares some incredible fantasy work that’s coming out this summer. We are totally excited!

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Aparna also shares a reading tip, and her inspiration on learning about a myths help us understand our culture, its stories, values, and traditions. Aparna also talks about how she views epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, and a question she’s always seeking to answer in her own writing.

Are there any specific mythology stories that inspire you?

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About Aparna Verma

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Aparna Verma was born in India and immigrated to the United States when she was two-years-old. She graduated from Stanford University with Honors in the Arts and a B.A. in English. The Phoenix King is her first novel.

When she is not writing, Aparna likes to ride horses, dance to Bollywood music, and find old cafes to read myths about forgotten worlds. You can connect with Aparna on Twitter and Instagram at @spirited_gal.