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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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“I feel responsible for my son’s death”: The Surge in Student Suicides

By anoopjudge | February 3, 2021

Baljeet Kaur saw the way they looked at her: at the funeral service, at the temple—which smelled of ghee and of underarm sweat—where a small congregation gathered after the cremation. When they came to the house carrying covered casserole dishes and potted plants. The hushed whispers, the looks of reproach, the pity on their faces. …

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Elderly and Anxious: Desperate to Get a vaccine

By anoopjudge | January 22, 2021

Rajeev sat at the six-drawer wooden desk that he had bought for twenty dollars at a thrift store when he’d moved to California some three decades ago. It was made of oak and at one time had been a sturdy piece of furniture, probably purchased for some fashionable den or office space in someone’s home …

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2020’s Over; Here’s How to Survive 2021!

By anoopjudge | January 8, 2021

2020 was a challenging year that many would want to bury so deep in their memories that they could forget it. Little wonder that on New Year’s eve people were celebrating the coming of 2021 as a return to ‘normal’ life. And yet, the start of 2021 has shown us that monsters still lurk beneath …

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Creating Lemonade Out of Lemons: Cheers to All Those Who Made the Most of 2020!

By anoopjudge | December 26, 2020

Anil hears the baby crying upstairs in her nursery. She’s woken up from her mid-day nap. Earlier today than usual, he thinks with a lopsided smile. He hears the sounds as his wife opens the door to the yellow wallpapered room, rocks Arya back and forth, murmuring against her ear. Snatches from a familiar Hindi lullaby crowd …

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Her Brain has Turned to Mush: Inside Nursing Homes

By anoopjudge | December 12, 2020

After months of near isolation inside her senior care facility—India Home—Suman Pandey no longer recognizes her daughter, Tanya.  Tanya stumbles out of her mother’s room towards the nursing station just outside, too overwhelmed to speak. She’d expected to see some changes, yes—after four months of not being able to visit Mummy she’d felt her chest …

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Managing “The Call” with a Literary Agent

By anoopjudge | November 29, 2020

You’ve spent a year (or six) writing a 90, 000-word Adult fiction novel. You’ve poured sweat, love, and too much midnight oil into it—coming up with an original plot, fleshing out characters that are relatable and memorable, minding the pacing . . . Whew! Then you dive into the querying process and the pain begins …

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Why I Write?

By anoopjudge | November 12, 2020

I was raised in a middle-class family in New Delhi, India, where education was key, fresh pomfret fish for dinner was a treat, and budget-conscious holidays in hill stations defined our summers. As a young girl, I was expected to apply myself at college, get a job that would allow me to be financially self-reliant, …

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There’s A New Demon in Town: Lord Corona

By anoopjudge | October 27, 2020

Good thing, it was her shift that night. Reema was sweaty and grumpy. In full PPE (gown, N95 mask, face shield, and gloves) for the past five hours. Every time she exhaled, her glasses and face shield fogged up. She tasted stale air and burnt coffee from breathing in and out through her mask. (Note …

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Corona on Campus

By anoopjudge | October 15, 2020

Kavya took a deep breath and released it—exhaling deeply—just as her mother, a yoga teacher, had taught her to do. Last month she had finally set foot at the University of Miami campus—a day she’d been dreaming of since she entered high school. True, college no longer looked as it had when she’d toured the …

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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

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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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