bela suresh roongta

i am a woman born a girl in dar es salaam, tanzania, east africa
i am a mother born a daughter to east indian parents each raised in a
small village in rajasthan and later in the city of mumbai

i am a sister born just 14 months earlier than my only sibling
in a home oceans away from family

i am an immigrant born in africa but raised in the west
far away from my roots

i am a lawyer, community activist and advocate
taught by my mother’s perseverance to raise two girls
in a country not her own

i am a mother guided by my two north stars
to express my truth so that they will have the courage to speak theirs

i am an artist, writer, and storyteller
inspired by my east indian roots, growing up in the west,
all things creative, the earth, sun and the moon, travel, adventure, and
the power of human connection


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