Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian desert was fortuitous in many ways since that’s  where she met her husband, had two sons, and became a writer.  She has since published eight e-books, including a momoir for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me; a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies; a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories; and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace.

Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011.

Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. The Dohmestics is an inside look into compound life, the day-to-day dynamics between housemaids and their employers.

After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

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  1. Taking a leap on faith | The Miracle Journal

    […] Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar (also known as Mohana) is a writer who has lived in Qatar since 2005. She has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010). […]

  2. Amy Lignor

    Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. You were kind enough to be a part of the blog tour for Until Next Time and because of amazing sites like yours, an event has been put together for the book. I wanted to let you and your readers know about a really big event that’s coming up with cash and book giveaways – if you want to stop by or post on your site. Thank you!

    Twitter Party
    Tuesday, May 8, 2012
    8 p.m. Eastern

    Follow hashtag #UntilNextTime as author Amy Lignor answers your questions for 90 minutes live on Twitter. A $50 cash prize will be given to the person who has a receipt confirming an ebook purchase of Until Next Time and tweets at least once during the Twitter Party. We’ll also be giving away a variety of ebooks and print books throughout the event. Let us know if you are planning to attend by tweeting @TributeBooks or @HelloWritersAmy to RSVP

  3. Madhu Bhatia Garg

    Hi, I read your narrative Essays, “Qatar then and now”.Loved it,enjoyed it and this narrative actually inspired me to showcase glimpses of Qatar then and now. This happened when my school wanted the English dept. to contribute something towards Qatar National Day celebration,something that could gel with the occasion.Browsing through various ideas,I came across this book,read it and there in a flash I thought of sharing it with my teachers——–Each one of us has read the book,I am trying to put the pieces together to showcase this journey with our very young students Grade1 to 6 in our school,starting from Pearl diving days to now—-I am not sure how we will do it but trying my best. Thankyou for inspiring me.

  4. Sabin Iqbal


    Been following you for some time now. Am in Doha at the moment. Might go back to India in a couple of days but planning to come back soon.

    Writing is my passion. Have completed a novel, and now am working on my second one, set in the UAE.

    Love to meet up some time.


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