Awanthi Vardaraj lives and writes in the port city of Chennai, in the south of India, where she runs her own small artisanal bakery and keeps a garden full of jasmine plants and herbs she still cannot name. As a freelance writer, she mostly focuses on food, feminism, travel, mental health, and poverty, and nurtures a deep love for the Oxford comma and the semicolon.
I Was Debt-Free—Until I Agreed To Pay Back Everything My Grandfather Owed I’d lost my partner in crime, my father figure. So every month, I paid 20 percent of my earnings to his moneylender I’d lost my best friend, my father figure. So every month, I paid 20 percent of my earnings to his moneylender