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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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Dating and Mating During Covid-19

By anoopjudge | September 25, 2020

Her son turned 28 last week. Dating was complicated for Avi and often a clumsy dance even in the best of times. Given the pandemic and the fear of a highly contagious virus for which there is yet no cure, he had resisted every conversation Priya tried to have with him about going out and …

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My City is on Fire

By anoopjudge | September 11, 2020

Imagine that you’re a young couple on holiday at an Airbnb in the town of Seven Oaks. You’re there for a month to get away from the madness of the pandemic and social distancing guidelines and the fear of getting sick. Suddenly, you’re caught in the crosshairs of a California wildfire. That’s what happened to …

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What To Keep and What To Throw, When Nothing is Normal?

By anoopjudge | August 26, 2020

Arun inhales deeply, contorts his body in a suryaasan, and exhales his breath out in a rush. Memories of his father crowd into his brain like pictures on a screen.  A week ago came the earth-shattering phone call from Kakaji the manservant who had lived with his father for thirty years. More family than caretaker—Kakaji was lank and …

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Where Do We Go Now?

By anoopjudge | August 11, 2020

Ravi Yadhav and his family of four had no desire to leave the slum colony on the outskirts of Sarita Vihar in New Delhi. Only an open sewer overflowing with rubbish separated their cluster of mud houses and bullock cows from Sarita Vihar’s gleaming skyscrapers and brand-new apartment towers that stood like fists raised triumphantly towards …

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Dressed For A Kill

By anoopjudge | July 31, 2020

Yay!!!! Yippeee!!! Wooohooo!! My short story titled Dressed For a Kill was recently published in Rigorous journal. This story is excerpted from my novel (The Awakening of Meena Rawat) to be released on May 27, 2021, by Black Rose Writing press.  Click on the link below for the story: #creativewriting, #publishedstory, #publishedexcerpt, #publishedagain, #PushcartPrizenominee, #writing, #shortfiction, #shortstory, #literaryjournal, …

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Pandemic Life Musings . . .

By anoopjudge | July 22, 2020

At the start of the pandemic, my twenty-four-year-old nephew who had come home from Los Angeles to check on how my husband and I were doing (given our dangerous age bracket, he’d said) went out and bought two gallons of Arrowhead pure distilled water. He is three months overdue for a haircut so that his …

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Finally, Sweet Success!!

By anoopjudge | July 5, 2020

It’s official! I’m beyond THRILLED to announce that I have received an offer of publication for my second novel, a love story about two Dalits (Untouchables) that explores their quest for identity, and the divisions of class and culture over three decades. An excerpt from this novel was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2019. …

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The Big Fat Indian Wedding in Quarantine (I’m a Fly on the Wall Part V)

By anoopjudge | June 28, 2020

Day 103 of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The sun gleams on my glassy back, the small dark garnet of my eye in its silver socket twitches as I flit from house to house. Slowly swinging myself on a whisker, I balance my little body on the ledge of a window as I peer inside. * * …

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Celebrating the Corona Class of 2020

By anoopjudge | June 18, 2020

How do you celebrate a daughter’s graduation from college when you’re in the middle of a corona crisis—when the world is shut down, and everyone is sheltering in place? How do you mark a milestone without the pomp and circumstance of a formal graduation ceremony? This is what we did. On graduation day, a Saturday, …

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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

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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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