Praise for My Books


"Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is a gifted writer of great promise. I have a gut feeling we have a new star rising in Punjab's literary horizon. She has an excellent command of English and a sly sense of humour."
- Khushwant Singh on The Long Walk Home

"An enjoyable tale of a sassy girl's headlong race up the corporate ladder."
- India Today on Earning the Laundry Stripes


Thursday, 26 January 2017

January 26, 2017


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high ... 

Where women are not treated as domesticated mammals 

Where men do not despise each other because of their headgear 

Where people do not have to die in front of ATMs to learn to queue

Where 'ancient civilization' means we are also civilized

Where 'Republic' is truly greater than the sum of parts

... Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

26 January mubarak ho! Happy Republic Day, India! 



Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Womens March On NYC


Sadda haq, aithe rakh! 

Give me what’s my right, right here, right now! Rhythmic, rousing, pithy and propulsive, it was our rallying cry as we pounded the pavements outside the offices of a college Principal or the Superintendent of the Girls’ Hostel. Our demands were simple: no diktat on what clothes we could wear, no 9 pm curfew by which to return to our rooms, no discrimination between students, girls or boys …

Three decades later, today, I was back to pounding a pavement and raising rallying cries. Only, the pavement was Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, I was pounding it with friends, yes, and my daughter in tow, and our cries were in English.

Not my pussy!
Can’t build the wall, hands too small!
Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go!





You get the import, don’t you? I have journeyed across years, crossed oceans, traversed continents, and travelled from the third world, presumably, to the first. And yet, my fight with patriarchy continues. 

And my question, as that of my sisters, remains the same: Why are you so obsessed with my uterus?