MohanapicMohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion. Her work has been published in AudioFile Magazine, Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, and Qatar Explorer. She has been a guest on Expat Radio, and was the host for two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio. She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine.

She has also published six  e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Most recently, From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Her second novel is set in Qatar which explores if this generation of people believe that Love Comes Later. Since she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plot lines.

Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation project was published as Haram in the Harem (Peter Lang, 2009) a literary analysis of the works of three Muslim women authors in India, Algeria, and Pakistan. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010). Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She was a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition.

Currently Mohana is working on a coming of age story about a South Indian girl growing up in the U.S. She writes because words can help us understand ourselves and others. Catch up on her latest via her blog or follow her on Twitter @moha_doha.





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  • Amy Lignor says:

    Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. You were kind enough to be a part of the blog tour for Until Next Time and because of amazing sites like yours, an event has been put together for the book. I wanted to let you and your readers know about a really big event that’s coming up with cash and book giveaways – if you want to stop by or post on your site. Thank you!

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  • Madhu Bhatia Garg says:

    Hi, I read your narrative Essays, “Qatar then and now”.Loved it,enjoyed it and this narrative actually inspired me to showcase glimpses of Qatar then and now. This happened when my school wanted the English dept. to contribute something towards Qatar National Day celebration,something that could gel with the occasion.Browsing through various ideas,I came across this book,read it and there in a flash I thought of sharing it with my teachers——–Each one of us has read the book,I am trying to put the pieces together to showcase this journey with our very young students Grade1 to 6 in our school,starting from Pearl diving days to now—-I am not sure how we will do it but trying my best. Thankyou for inspiring me.

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  • Sabin Iqbal says:


    Been following you for some time now. Am in Doha at the moment. Might go back to India in a couple of days but planning to come back soon.

    Writing is my passion. Have completed a novel, and now am working on my second one, set in the UAE.

    Love to meet up some time.


  • Mohana says:

    Yes join us at the Doha Writers Workshop. Safe travels.

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