Shalini Akhil Shalini Akhil i(A83556 works by)
Born: Established: 1973
South Pacific, Pacific Region,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Fijian Indian
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Shalini Akhil is a Melbourne-based Indo-Fijian fiction writer. In 2001, she won a competition run by the Melbourne Writers' Festival in which writers were required to pitch ideas for novels to a panel of judges and a vocal audience. In 2003 she entered 'Raw Comedy', run by radio station Triple J, and went on to become a national finalist. In 2005 Shalini Akhil was completing a Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing at Deakin University.

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The Bollywood Beauty 2005 single work novel

'Kesh: born and bred in Australia; drinks at the pub; studies feminist theory; a fun-loving gal of Fijian-Indian backgound

'Rupa: born and bred in Fiji; scared to leave the house; makes own roti; the full-on ‘Bollywood Beauty’

'When Rupa comes to stay with her cousin Kesh, it’s a complete culture clash. And the chai hits the fan when Rupa has to decide between new-found passion and the ways of the past.

'In this delicious and highly spiced novel, Shalini Akhil dishes up tears, laughter, music and food, with a truly scary dinner dance thrown in …and a final scene to make you laugh and cry.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2004 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer Submitted with title 'You've Changed'.
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