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Anoop Judge

Anoop Judge is an author, former T.V. presenter, and a recovering litigator, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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One Year Later: How Two Working Moms Are Doing

By anoopjudge | May 24, 2021

Priya Sethi walked outside the kitchen’s back door so that the strong salty sea smell blew onto the balcony. The air had a sharp tang that battled for supremacy over the scents of tandoori salmon and smoke (yesterday’s dinner) that blew out from the kitchen. She couldn’t see the ocean—a row of bungalows identical to …

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How Young People Are Preparing to Party in 2021

By anoopjudge | May 9, 2021

After Noori Merchant, 23, got her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, she reached out to her friends to make travel plans for this summer. “I’m going crazy. Like, I’m going absolutely nuts,” she says. “I don’t want to get to the point in my life where I’m tied down from family, from work, from …

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Goodreads Giveaway!

By anoopjudge | April 27, 2021

Dear Subscribers, I’m so pleased to announce that the publisher is giving away 100 copies of my new novel titled THE AWAKENING OF MEENA RAWAT free on Goodreads! An excerpt from this book initially published in the annual issue of Green Hills Literary Lantern journal was nominated for The Pushcart Prize in 2019. Published by …

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I Want the Pandemic to End /I Don’t Want the Pandemic to End: Two Perspectives

By anoopjudge | April 23, 2021

When Anika Chandok’s Bakersfield middle school shut down last spring and her classes went online, it felt like the beginning of an adventure. “I was in my pajamas, sitting in my comfy chair, “ the thirteen-year-old recalls. “I was texting my friends during class.” “Then I received my academic progress report. I was an A …

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The Trauma of Returning to the Work Place

By anoopjudge | April 11, 2021

Anil chews on the stub of the pen with which he is writing as he reviews the email from his boss: Since all employees at the healthcare start-up he works for have been vaccinated, the corporate bigwigs have decided that a return to the office can safely be ordered. Re-entry date: May 1 Feeling a …

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The Gold-Digging Women of The British Raj*

By anoopjudge | March 28, 2021

Princess Brinda Devi’s heart was like the black hole of a coal mine—it was so dense that there was no room for light, and so deep she was afraid it would suck her in. She told herself she pitied Stella, but heard laughter answering her—how difficult it was to deceive yourself when you had known …

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Pre-Order THE AWAKENING OF MEENA RAWAT

By anoopjudge | March 17, 2021

Calling all #writers #authors #poets #dreamers: I was incredibly lucky to be interviewed recently by the founder of the “Women in our Town” podcast based in Canada. Check out the article for tips for writers and those who aspire to be published: Here ******************************************* I am overjoyed to announce that THE AWAKENING OF MEENA RAWAT …

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The Doctor Who Got Fired For Using Left-over Vaccine*

By anoopjudge | March 9, 2021

The Georgia doctor looked at the clock ticking loudly on the wall in his office, with a staccato, steady beat. Twenty minutes past 5 p.m. He had six hours. Now that a vial of Covid-19 vaccine had been opened for his last patient on this blustery February day, he had to find ten eligible people …

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The Unequal Scramble for Vaccines

By anoopjudge | February 18, 2021

As soon as Los Angeles County began offering Covid vaccines to residents 65 and older, Sonia Khatri, whose non-profit agency runs a medical clinic, noticed something different. “Suddenly our clinic was full of white people,” said Dr. Khatri, the head of Asha Kiran, which provides services to the poor. “We’ve never had that before. We …

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The story of

Anoop Judge

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

I am the author of The Rummy Club, which won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, and a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee for The Awakening of Meena Rawat. My third novel, No Ordinary Thursday is now available for pre-order.

A recovering litigator, former TV presenter, and blogger, I have had essays and short stories published in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rigorous, and Scarlet Leaf Review, among others.

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No Ordinary Thursday

Coming August 2022

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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