Purnima Mani

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Purnima Mani is a writer, teacher, parent, and a cook with a weakness for gianduja. Her essays have appeared in Romper, Catapult, Food52, and Entropy, among other places. Find her at home in Northern California and on Twitter @purnima_mani.


Cover Photo: A photograph  of the rear door of a yellow school bus backgrounded by green trees and a blue sky.
After I Left Teaching, the Best Writing Lesson Came from My Students

As part of our Education Week series, Purnima Mani reflects on her career as a teacher—and which lessons stayed with her when she quit to write full-time.

Jan 25, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of the author
I Can’t Go Home, So I Go to the Indian Grocery

Each time I contend with the reality of another month—season, year—apart from extended family, I drive my ennui to Namaste Plaza.

Oct 12, 2021