Usaravelli is an aspiring writer of South Indian heritage. Her writings have been inspired by the works of Jhumpa
Lahiri, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Anita Desai and so many other
wonderful South Asian Indian writers.
She is looking for a literary agent to represent her and currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her son.
Usaravelli, “Changing Color”
At the heart of this tale is a Single Mother and her son who have spent a lifetime searching for a sense of belonging. What starts out
to be an ordinary weekend turns out to be the dawn of something
extraordinary. After an encounter with a stranger leaves a cynical
middle aged Desi woman uncomfortably jolted out of the private world of
self pity she had become accustomed to, Usaravelli finds herself
reluctantly drawn toward a woefully doe eyed Aditi who just so happens
to be a recent arrival from India. New to Dallas, Usaravelli and her
son Rahul are desperately lonely but she is loathe to reveal too much
about herself to this naive Indian girl and the outrageous
circumstances of her adult life that she would rather just forget.
A mystical recollection of a seemingly ordinary childhood, Usaravelli leads the reader through the dilemmas faced by a young
immigrant girl growing up “Canadian” in suburban Toronto. Resentful
of her Indian heritage throughout her youth she ultimately seeks
acceptance of her roots by asking her parents for an arranged marriage
which turns out to be a most unhappy union that ends in divorce.
Amid a series of compelling and hysterically dysfunctional experiences
of misfortune, Usaravelli learns to forgive herself through the bond
of friendship formed with Aditi, discovering that her pure little
friend has a few shocking secrets of her own!
The stories of the two women blend and touch our hearts through an array of colorful characters and situations faced by first and second
generation immigrants. “Changing Color” is truly a classic portrayal
of the Indian American experience and the conflict between
cross-cultural identities which frequently develop within families.
What started as a simple expression of her North American immigrant experiences has become a love affair which she hopes to continue in the
coming years. Usaravelli is passionate about women’s issues as well and
would like to use her voice to help those in need one day.
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