20 female South Asian writers contribute to the most in-depth, desi game of consequence you’ve ever read.
What is this game ‘consequence’?
It was an old parlour game - someone would write a line, beginning a story such as 'His name was Stephen and he worked at the mill'. They would then fold over the paper and someone would write the next line 'He was 18 years old and hates his job' and they would then fold it over and pass it to the next person. The game would work as each person had a subject they would write their line about (name, job, feeling etc). At the end, they would open the paper and read the whole story.
So for this book, we're extending it from a line, to a chapter.
Why desi womxn and non binary people?
Because desi womxn and non binary people are great. We have so much to say, so much to give and are restricted by not only our own internal struggles, but everyone around us screaming "you’re not good enough, even your roti's aren’t round yet". We’re here to reject the rotis; to burn them. We want to tell the world that we’re much more than a docile housewife. We’re diverse within our own culture, with struggles that surpass a cis light skinned able-bodied WoC, because our culture has deep rooted issues that exacerbate these causes.
These womxn and non binary people are creative, funny, intelligent and important. So we want to listen to their voices. We don’t want them to tell us personal stories - we want to show the variety in our ability.
We're not here just to educate people, as creatives, we're here to entertain.
So how do we make that a book?
There are a lot of essay books and anthologies coming out around now, so the idea behind this is to use the same concept of an essay book, but to get each writer to create a piece of fiction. As skilled storytellers they will be able to weave through the game of consequence by securing a chapter and writing their part of the story. The first chapter will be written by Sharan Dhaliwal, editor of Burnt Roti, and of this book. She will then hand it over to the next writer. When they have finished their chapter, it will move to the next and so on.
By the end, there should be at least one apocalypse and cyborg nani.
What’s the book about?
Honestly? It could be about anything. Sharan will write the first chapter - it could be a romance, a sci-fi or maybe a horror. As it moves through writers, there could be genre bending elements, depending on where our writers decide they want to take it.
Each chapter could work as a standalone piece and the challenge is in making it a game of consequence.
Who are the writers?
3. Saima Mir
9. Tashmia Owen
10. Nayantara Nayar
11. Zahabiya Husain
12. Nabeela Ali
13. Rosie Claverton
14. Ruhi Amin
15. Adiba Jaigirdar
16. Meera Damji
18. Kimberly Arab
19. Sana Khan
How is it going to be put together?
Sharan Dhaliwal, founder of Burnt Roti and journalist will be editor and publisher of this book. She will manage all authors, create a rule book and send it round to every writer as well as organise the order in which the writers will appear, according to their writing style.
Authors will be numbered - so author 1 writes the first chapter and hands it to author 2. Author 2 reads author 1's chapter and writes chapter 2. Author 2 hands chapter 1 and 2 to author 3. Author 3 reads chapters 1 and 2 and then writes chapter 3.
And so on.
How will the funds be used?
We want to pay every author and artist a small fee for being involved in the book as well raise costs for printing, shipping and merch.
Risks and challenges
The timeline of the book could change completely depending on how quickly or slowly we go through edits and drafts. To be honest, everyone's so excited, there's a chance it could happen a lot quicker than anticipated...!
We are hoping to get as many copies printed as possible, but as we're unsure on how many pages this will be exactly, it could differ. I also want artwork in the book, which could change the page amount. We would hope to make more than our goal to cover all these possibilities.
- (30 days)