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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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The Skinny on Staying Fit

By anoopjudge | November 6, 2013

One of my first jobs in college was as a aerobics instructor in a fitness club in the late 80’s.  It was the era of Jane Fonda, spandex leotards and leg-warmers.  I would sail through a dozen high-impact Jumping Jacks, my 20-something body quivering with effortless grace, while the rest of my 40-something class heaved …

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Mindful Eating: Why Am I Eating Dessert?

By anoopjudge | October 13, 2013

TRY this: Take a forkful of chicken biryani. Mix in a little yogurt. Bring it to your mouth and close your eyes. Let your senses savor the taste of the meat simmered for hours till it falls off the bone, blending with the flavors of the cardamom-infused basmati rice. Do that with every bite. There’s …

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The strange case of Matthew Cordle: drunk driver who confessed on YouTube

By anoopjudge | September 24, 2013

Have you heard of Matthew Cordle? He’s the Ohio man who confessed to killing a man after a night of binge drinking, in a notorious YouTube video. The video has been viewed more than 1.9 million times, and has received a lot of attention in social media networks. In the video that went viral, Cordle’s …

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WHEN AS GOOD AS IT GETS, IS GOOD ENOUGH: Drawing life lessons from the story of Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta

By anoopjudge | August 13, 2013

Like every other immigrant, I’ve been consumed with the story of the disgraced Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta unfolding in the Indian American diaspora. As Anita Raghavan’s book, “The Billionaire’s Apprentice” details, these guys were already fabulously, vulgarly wealthy. (Rajaratnam is the one who loaned Rajat Gupta $5 million at one time.) They had no …

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MY ADVENTURES IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

By anoopjudge | July 13, 2013

Three weeks ago, when packing for a family vacation to Istanbul I couldn’t help feeling a frisson of fear crawl down my spine.  The number of well-wishers, friends and family attempting to dissuade us from traveling there, due to spreading unrest, could now be counted in multiple digits.  Our flights to Turkey were booked for …

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An Ode to Fathers Everywhere

By anoopjudge | June 13, 2013

I’m cleaning out the closet and I come across the poem my 19-year-old had penned for his Dad last year. “You’re amazing, you’re the bestAlways teaching me how to dressYou’re so polite and kind,A person that would call you mean, would have to be blindYou make me happy and gladI’m honored to have you as …

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Kids killing themselves: How Teenagers are putting a permanent solution to a temporary problem

By anoopjudge | May 29, 2013

One sunny afternoon in May, my daughter looks up from her bed where she’s sprawled with her best friend, their laptops open in front of them. I know they’ve been checking out who’s doing what, with whom, on Facebook.  I’ve been hearing the stifled giggles in the background as I clean and tidy the Princess’s …

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THE BOSTON BOMBING & THE 1984 ANTI-SIKH RIOTS: A PARALLEL

By anoopjudge | April 22, 2013

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, I view pictures of the carnage that implode on T.V. and computer screens all over the world.  Bloodied limbs.  Bones and fragments everywhere.  Men and women shrieking in terror.  The chaotic scene that resembles a war zone and not a marathon finish line. Minutes later, the Internet chatter …

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MY ADVENTURES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR

By anoopjudge | April 4, 2013

When my son calls to ask if I’d like to watch him perform Bhangra at the Michigan Dance marathon on March 28th, I nearly choke on my Cosmopolitan.  Not that I haven’t been badgering him about a weekend I can visit, when the team performs at campus.  This would allow me to see both where …

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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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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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