THE INDIAN SUN
Rashida Tayabali on her debut novel & tackling stereotypes
Rashida Tayabali is a fourth generation Indian who has lived in different continents. Born in Kenya and settled in Australia now, Tayabali admits to being surprised at how customs and superstitions are still rife and blurred between religion and culture among families who have left India generations ago. Even in Australia, where she moved in 2004, she’s observed how older migrants, in particular, hold on to what they know and are often “less accepting of the country they are in”. Interestingly, living in such close-knit communities has exuded that sense of wanting to tell immigrant stories.