Dark roasted curry powder, a fine attention to the balance of salty-sour-sweet, wholesome red rice and toasted curry leaves, plenty of coconut milk and chili heat. These are the flavors of Sri Lanka.
In A Feast of Serendib, Mary Anne Mohanraj introduces her mother’s cooking and her own Americanizations, providing a wonderful introduction to Sri Lankan American cooking, straightforward enough for a beginner, and nuanced enough to capture the flavor of Sri Lankan cooking.
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Jenny returns to her home planet in the midst of civil unrest. A stay-at-home order has been issued in the wake of anti-alien protests, and only she can escort her neighbor Katika, a Razuli girl, home safely…
In March 2020, Mary Anne hauled out her sewing machine and started sewing masks. After several months of that, she started designing her own fabric (some of it, like “Heartplanets,” in collaboration with her daughter, Kavi Whyte), which is now available through Spoonflower as both fabric and already-sewn home decor items.
Her designs are inspired by her garden, South Asian heritage, science fiction / fantasy / literary themes, and general geekery. Check them out here: https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/serendibhome/collections?filter=designed
You can also purchase custom scarves and other items handmade by Mary Anne in her Serendib Shop: https://serendibshop.com
Whew. I have very belatedly spent the last 90 minutes filling out my ChiCon program survey. I somehow missed the original e-mail, apologies to the ChiCon programming staff for my tardiness! We’ll see if they put me on anything. Plan for today — I tired the kids out a little
Little Island, NY, last notes. “What was in my mind was to build something for the people of New York and for anyone who visits—a space that on first sight was dazzling, and upon use made people happy.” — Barry Diller They really did a brilliant job designing this place,
After about 90 minutes running around Little Island, the kids were ready for lunch — we ended up meeting a friend there, and it seemed easiest to just eat there. The food is fine, if somewhat pricey, but there are lots of other options within a block or two, including
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Mary Anne Mohanraj
Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, Perennial: A Garden Romance (Tincture), stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies.
Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org). She is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.maryannemohanraj.com