Kavita Das

Kavita Das writes about culture, race, gender, and their intersections. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in CNN, Teen Vogue, Catapult, Fast Company, Tin House, Longreads, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, Kenyon Review, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her first book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar (Harper Collins India), a biography about the Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, was published in June 2019. Kavita is at work on her next book, Sparking Change on the Page: Lessons and Reflections on Writing About Social Issues (Beacon Press, Fall 2022). She lives in New York with her husband, baby daughter, and hound.
Kavita Das


I Hope The Meaning Of My Daughter’s Name Will Guide Her Life, As Mine Ultimately Did

From mothers to daughters, our names tie us to our culture.


An Indian American Mother's Search For The Toys She Didn't Have As A Child

I learned how to be American playing Life and Monopoly. Where are the toys that will help my daughter connect to her ethnic roots?