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Sonali Dev on breaking stereotypes in 'The Vibrant Years'

Sonali Dev author of "The Vibrant Years"
Ishita Singh
Sonali Dev author of "The Vibrant Years"

Known for her Bollywood-style love stories, author Sonali Dev is passionate about creating complex, life-like female characters who defy the stereotype of Indian femininity.

Her newest novel, The Vibrant Years, was selected as the first book to be published through Mindy’s Book Studio, a boutique story studio created by Mindy Kaling. The book follows three generations of Indian-American women as they each navigate dating and independence at three very different stages of life.

I recently spoke with Sonali Dev about breaking stereotypes at every age, how Bollywood films influenced her, and how she crafted some laugh-out-loud moments. Here's our conversation.


The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev was published by Mindy's Book Studio.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.