Kavita Das

Freelance Writer

New York

Kavita Das

I worked in the social change sector for fifteen years on issues ranging from homelessness to public health disparities to most recently, racial justice. Now, I'm an award-winning writer focusing on culture, race, social change, feminism, and their intersections, featured in Longreads, NBC News, The Atlantic, Quartz, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Aerogram, and other outlets.



A few summers ago, my husband and I traveled to Florence and Lucca in Tuscany. It was everything I hoped it would be. Until it wasn’t. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

An Open Letter to Magazine Editors On the Best Times to Send Rejections.

On behalf of all my writing comrades, I’m writing to beseech you to make some minor modifications to your scheduling of rejections. Of course, I can only imagine the mountains of submissions you are perpetually buried beneath, but I ask that you remember your early days as a writer, before you forsook your writing dreams, to become a highbrow editor.
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Peek-a-Boob: A Sari Condition

There’s a silent but highly visible epidemic sweeping through the South Asian community. It’s prevalent among young South Asian women, specifically those who wear saris without really knowing how to drape them. I’ve come to call it the “Peek-a-Boob.”. This can happen because she miscalculated and pinned the anchal too low or she didn’t pin it at all.
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Kavita Das

Kavita Das worked in social change for fifteen years on issues ranging from homelessness, to public health disparities, to racial justice, and now focuses on writing about culture, race, feminism, social change, and their intersections. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in Longreads,The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, Kenyon Review, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Colorlines, and elsewhere. Her first book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar (Harper Collins India, Fall 2018), is a biography about the Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, who played a pivotal role in bringing Indian music to the West. Connect with Kavita on Twitter @kavitamix



  • Writing
  • Strategic Communications
  • Marketing (MBA)
  • Project Management