Swapna writes about books, science, and space on the Internet. She loves to travel and watches Star Wars in her spare time. She lives with her husband outside Philadelphia.

How Star Wars Inspired This Story About Growing Up Muslim In America

Young adult author Samira Ahmed remembers her first experience with racism vividly. “I was about seven or eight years old, in the midst of the Iran Hostage Crisis,” she tells Bustle. There was quite a bit of anti-Muslim sentiment in America at the…
By Swapna Krishna

I Read Tom DeLonge's Alien Conspiracy Book, So You Don't Have To

When I first heard that Blink-182's former frontman Tom DeLonge was now involved in a deep study of aliens, my first thought was, “Wait — what?” Yes, you read that correctly. Tom DeLonge left the pop-punk band permanently in 2015, mainly because he…
By Swapna Krishna

8 Self-Help Books That Will Actually Help You Make Sense Of Things

Self-help books have such a stigma, and I don’t know why — except, I’m one of the many people who contributed to it. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I used to proudly state that I was open to trying almost all genres… except self-help. I…
By Swapna Krishna

Need A Break From Fiction? Try These Science Books

Science writing is becoming more and more mainstream, a popular subject for layreaders to spend time with in a think piece or a pop science book. But for a long time, science writing (like everything else) was dominated by men. Thankfully, though,…
By Swapna Krishna

9 Addictive Mysteries By Women To Read In 2017

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing I like better than curling up with a good mystery. I don’t know what it is about crime novels and psychological thrillers, but I just can’t get enough of them. Even if I can see a twist coming from a mile…
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11 Essential Reads By Muslim Women

Let’s have some real talk for a second: the headlines are frightening right now. Between Donald Trump's temporary refugee ban, religious tests upon entering the United States, and a terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec by a supporter of the…
By Swapna Krishna

Books About The Search For Asian American Identity

There are many books that capture the immigrant experience, from countless different points of view. They’re usually gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. But what about one rung down on the ladder, the experience of children of immigrants? They (we) are…
By Swapna Krishna

Graphic Novels To Read Before The Women's March

This weekend, all across the country, women of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, socioeconomic classes, cultures, and more will come together in order to celebrate what unites us, but also celebrate our differences from one another. We are…
By Swapna Krishna

Books By Indian Authors You May Have Missed In '16

Last week, I wrote a piece previewing awesome books written by Indian authors being published in 2017, and it was incredibly exciting to see that so many people were looking forward to these novels as much as I was. But the comment I got the most…
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10 Books By Indian Authors To Look Out For In 2017

It’s that time of the year: when we’re filled with the promise of what the new year can hold. After the garbage fire that was 2016 for so many of us, it’s so nice to start fresh (despite the fact that yes, we all know that the year changeover is…
By Swapna Krishna