SUMMERS WITH PAATI (GRANDMA) Summer is Paati time! Sweeping saris-Swish! Swish!Sizzling spices-Crackle! Pop!Singing strings-SaRi GaMa!Jingling jewelry-Tinkle! Tinkle! Alas…Nights start to cool.Paati leaves. No time with Paati! Waiting is hard.Return soon, Paati! Leaves fall.Snowflakes flutter.Jasmines bloom. FinallySummer colors.I cartwheel in joy. Summer is Paati time!
Spring back to life By Lakshmi Thamizhmani “We’ll name one Swarna after you,” Paati said. “And the other Paati, after you.” I smiled at Grandma when we planted jasmine, back during a bright, warm spring in India. Every moonrise, we harvested the pearly white buds. Stringing the flowers, we chatted about our day. Over the…
CBA Grad, SCBWI, and 12×12 member, Lakshmi divides her time between her corporate tech job, daydreaming, and writing. After moving from India to the U.S., she wrote for newspapers but discovered a passion for creative writing instead.
Lakshmi now writes beautiful, lesser-known stories of immigrant experiences to bridge cultures and transport children to new worlds to learn and celebrate diversity.
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