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Coloured & Other Stories by Moha Doha- Weekly Shorts & Review

Weekly Shorts – No.1 & a Giveaway
(2013 edition – No. 24 overall)

Short on your wallet as well as your time! 

About a month ago, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar contacted me and suggested her collection of Short Stories, which have all been previously published throughout her career in several different places, publications and venues. Moha Doha (whom she is known to by her friends and fans – yes she has fan-girls, especially Coral Russell; author of Amador Lockdown and the upcoming Sacrifice and me!) suggested this collection for my Weekly Shorts. That was the week before Sandy Elementary’s tragic shooting and by the weekend, I had no mental energy to post anything.. then Christmas, New Years… I have not even posted a Weekly Shorts this year, until now!

As a New Years present to everyone, I have a GIVEAWAY for not only a copy of Coloured & Other stories but also a copy of her latest book, The Dohmestics
 Make sure you enter, because this book is HOT hot hot!

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My Review

Ten tales of the experiences not only immigrants  both men and women, but those of American’s who happen to not be *sarcastic mock look of horror* who are not white! The stories within this collection had me smiling, laughing, frustrated, at times incensed.

Having read and been a part of some of Moha Doha’s social circles I was already well aware of her background and her style of writing in some form or another and I have read two of her and considered myself prepared for ten amazing literary shorts, I can say without a doubt she caught me way off gaurd.

Some of these tales fit what I had read, such as “Truth” which is a wake up call to a young woman who was raised with big brothers in America and her family, for the most part, is to her American-ized. She goes to University, is a bit snooty, doesn’t believe what she is reading about what she perceives is the truth about her families Indian Culture  till one family gathering she learns a very hard lesson about truth and just how lucky she is. The style was tight and to the point and brilliantly presented.

“Food”, of course I am going to talk about this story. It is a story about attraction, about office relationships, about shame and tastes and it made me angry, hungry for curry and pizza with the works, and wanting to smack an idealistic character of the “office friend” who makes you feel like an idiot despite the fact you are the better employee. Who is popular with the co-workers around the water cooler, who is a friend, but not really a friend, and who has made you feel inferior? Who would have thought the issue of food could do this? Yes, sorry,  I gone a bit off-track but as a writer of short stories, and a fan of The Canterbury Tales I am a bit obsessed with the proper use of the idealistic character. I adore it when someone can actual write in the prescribed formula and yet make it original.   This tale was a favorite of mine… but was not my favorite in the collection, believe it or not!

“Weeds” is humorous, I adored it and can see why it is a favorite. Plus it reminded me of when I lived in Texas and didn’t understand why I needed to mow my grass all the time, I liked it a certain length and I adored Dandelions, heck I grew them in my garden because I love dandelion greens for my salads! It will make you think about some of those everyday things we take for granted. But it still was not my favorite, they all were amazing..

My favorite was Dasi, the first in the book. It is the story that grabbed me, shook me awake, made me cry in anger and memory and grateful that I was at least raped in America and that I had the mother-in-law experiences I have had. I realize this is wham bam harsh. There is no graphic descriptions, there is nothing to even make you, if you are a victim such as I, have any flash back PTSD related anything. It is therapeutic  it is absolutely amazing as it walks you backwards in time old to young of the life of one girl who never really was allowed to become a woman… at least it read to me like this. You should go at least grab a sample read, and let us know what you think? Or for $2.99 get a copy for yourself.  

5 of 5 stars, which I give out very little these days. This was much deserving. I recommend it to anyone, men and women alike. It is a book I want to order a hard copy of to give to friends as birthdays, and have a copy to have on my night stand. I will be re-reading this a lot, this is a collection which I can label as a classic read.

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Coloured and Other Stories

Coloured & Other StoriesWhat’s it like being the ant in the ice cream? The characters in this short story collection will show you; experience life as they know it as transplants from across the world into American suburbia. Adapted from real life anecdotes both her own and those of others, Mohana takes us into the world of the South Asian immigrant living the American Dream. Think of her as a cultural translator for those who you may not notice otherwise, living in the margins of our cities. 

..Mother counted on her, the American bred, to cajole Father into freedoms
 – Truth

  • Dasi
  • Coloured
  • Food
  • Baby
  • Tree
  • Down
  • Truth
  • Exposure
  • Weeds
  • Plates

She imagined the scene a million times.  Early one morning, on a narrow plank of wood in the Ganges, her uncle and cousins watch as his body ignites.  The flames consume him, wrapped in expensive silk.”
“What are a few inches when you know he will provide for you the rest of your life,” her mother would have said, smacking her in the cheek.

“It was disconcerting to drive without the tinkling of cattle and bicycle bells, the horns flaring periodically as if in reassurance that yes, everyone was in everyone’s way after all.”

“He did not want to help.  No one here wants to help.  We are on our own.”
– Weeds

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Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar 

Mohanalakshmi RajakumarMohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion. She has since published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Most recently, From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. After she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines.


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Do you have a favorite collection of short stories? Do you ever read them?

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Weekly ShortsTHE RULES AND GUIDELINES ARE SIMPLE! – Leave a comment with your Weekly Short. Though I traditionally put these out on Sunday’s It just means the post is up and ready to be loaded up with great reads!

  • Short story (Available at Amazon or elsewhere such as a blog, or your own contribution etc)
  • Novelette or Novella
  • Anthology with a bunch of shorts
  • Post the synopsis, cover (if there is one) and where you can get it
  • make it under $4 bucks! (short on your wallet as well as your time!)


  1. Short stories… well, I like them when I have a situation where I can only read a few minutes at a time – like when I’m editing. I love anthologies of short stories for that exact reason. Trying to name a favorite? No, can’t do it. There are SO MANY I’ve read and loved over the years that I could never name a single favorite…

    Thanks for letting me know this was going on!!

  2. I don’t like short stories or serials but loved this collection. You know how much I don’t like serials? I love Netflix because I can watch back to back episodes!

  3. I like short story collections like this one when all the stories are from the same author. I love Side Jobs by Jim Butcher for that reason and the two anthologies of shorts by Kelley Armstrong. Kim Harrison has a new one out that I need to pick up too. I really haven’t liked the trend of short story collections from various authors because I can’t keep track of where all my favorite authors’ stories end up and I tend to miss them.

  4. Thanks for adding my link and for visiting my blog. I have added your link to my FB page and hope this will bring you lots of new visitors….
    I really enjoyed reading you blog and will be back soon to chat again. Thanks for adding Telling Tales Anthology but this is now out of print….I Am Woman, Anthology, Vol 1 is still available via however. Love to see so many people enjoying short stories. I have some on Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog as well, and via Pod-cast too. Feel free to visit me and leave your links everyone. Jane x

  5. Oh I managed to subscribe and leave my blog address and not the facebook address where I have linked this…so Risdon2
    apologies. Hope links work OK. xx

  6. I completely agree with you, Kriss. Moha’s collection was one of the best books I read last year, novel or short story collection, and the tales stay in my head months later, especially the very first tale you pointed out as a favorite. The writing has “colour” as well as the narratives. A wonderful book to revisit, and I can’t wait to read more books by the author.

  7. Grimm’s Fairy Tales are my favorite short stories

  8. I really like short stories.

  9. Popped in again and enjoyed catching up with everything, so much to read, so little time but I am glad I called in. enjoyed it all so much. I’ll be back soon. Have a great week everyone.

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