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Anoop Judge

Anoop Judge is an author, TV personality, and a recovering litigator, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Mercy and Grace: A Novel

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No Ordinary Thursday


The Awakening of Meena Rawat


The Rummy Club

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Winding Down the Blog

By Anoop Judge | October 21, 2021

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.—Billy Cox My dear subscribers, readers, and supporters, I wanted to let you know that I’m back to college again, pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, while finishing up the fourth round of …

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9/11 and its Impact on Minorities

By Anoop Judge | September 23, 2021

On a wet and windy day, during her junior year at high school as Najma Khan was holed up in the library, a photo flashed on her phone. It showed a beheading by Islamic State militants along with a caption in red letters: “Go back to your own country.” Najma reported the incident but the …

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A Vaccine or My Family: Children of Anti-vaxers Caught in the Middle

By Anoop Judge | September 9, 2021

When she went to get her first dose of the vaccine, Anya, 27, told her parents she was going to get her Friday fix of samosas and rasmalai from Bharat Bazaar, the local Indian store. Her parents (family friends of mine) whom she was staying with, in Yuba City—while working remotely —believe that Covid 19 …

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The American Mall : Dead as the Dinosaur

By Anoop Judge | August 23, 2021

In March of this year, Neelu Joseph received a flurry of text messages from her mother, who was at their local Macy’s going-out-of-business sale. She was floored—not by the deals but because her childhood mall, Metrocenter Mall in Glendale, Arizona, was losing another big box store. Sears exited a couple of years ago, and the …

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Does No One Want To Work Anymore?

By Anoop Judge | August 5, 2021

Baby Boo is making a face that means she might soon begin to cry. Priya’s neck is sweating. Her armpits are sweating. Chef Rajiv Bhatia, Owner and Head Cook, of one of Los Angeles’ finest Indian restaurants, Bombay Grill, yells, “Pick up for Table number 6, ready!” as he swiftly ladles goat curry fragrant with …

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What is causing air-rage in the U.S. and beyond?

By Anoop Judge | July 25, 2021

“I am 40. My first flight was when I was 18 years old. Everyone was well-mannered, and an old lady sitting next to me gave me a piece of gum. Fast forward to my last flight in 2021. Trashy people dressed like slobs acting entitled, choosing to punch a flight attendant.” Joe Munroe, a lanky, …

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Surviving and flourishing during the Pandemic

By Anoop Judge | July 11, 2021

Sixty-three-year-old Julia walked to the edge of the campsite and yanked on the rope that held her food in a tarp off the ground. Outside her trailer, she placed folding chairs, a small camp table, and a Coleman stove, with an old-fashioned coffee pot heating on it. She measured the coffee, turned it on, and …

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A Year Later: Travel Has Become an Emotional Journey

By Anoop Judge | June 24, 2021

When Rajesh Sharma finally became eligible to receive the Covid vaccine, he jumped into action and added three big events to his calendar: his two vaccine appointments and a request for a four-week leave of absence so that he could visit his aged mother in India, who had been hunkering alone on the seventh floor …

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COVID-Complicated Graduations: In-person or Virtual?

By Anoop Judge | June 5, 2021

Her first reaction after receiving the email from the University announcing that commencement would be conducted online was to cry. Across Southern California, larger colleges were announcing plans for in-person graduations—so why not hers? Then, twenty-two-year-old Anya dried her tears and turned to Instagram, asking: If Vanguard University hosted an in-person graduation, would they attend? …

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The story of

Anoop Judge

Born and raised in New Delhi, I now reside in California. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California and am the recipient of the 2021–2023 Advisory Board Award and Alumni Scholarship.

I am the author of four novels: The Rummy Club, which won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, The Awakening of Meena Rawat an excerpt of which was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize, No Ordinary Thursday, and Mercy and Grace.

You may also recognize me from the show Gems of Ruby Hill, a reality-TV series streaming on @watchcpics showcasing my life as an author and writer.

I call myself a recovering litigator: I practiced in state and federal courts for many years before I replaced legal briefs with fictional tales. 

I am an Instructor at Stanford University's Stanford Continuing Studies.




Best Selling

Mercy and Grace

No Ordinary Thursday

The Awakening of Meena Rawat

The Rummy Club

How has your childhood shaped who you are today?

My two brothers are my siblings. One was two years younger than me and a sturdy, long-limbed boy who would punch me in the gut when our fights became violent. I’d go crying to my mother, who would be the mediator of our skirmishes, but one day my mom said, “Go hit him back. You’re going to live in a world of men. You need to know how to deal with them.” That made me who I am today: a former litigator determined to win in a fight. That lesson served me well when I wound up in the query trenches and spent seven years trying to get traditionally published.

—Anoop Judge

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