Today officially marks two weeks since my first illustrated essay for Longreads, “Home is a Cup of Tea,” was published, and what a two weeks it has been, friends! I couldn’t be more grateful for the feedback I’ve since received; to hear from people all across the world — especially from readers in India, as masala chai plays such a key role in the piece — that my story resonated with their own, has affirmed for me more than ever that no matter our cultural upbringing or background, we’re all looking for home.
I’m equally grateful for a few different opportunities that have arisen because of the story’s publication — and one such opportunity was the chance to do my first live radio interview this past Friday, with Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver, Canada. I once spent a couple of nights in Vancouver in 2014, before catching a ferry to nearby Salt Spring Island and spending three months in a yurt (that experience made it into the story, too!), so the interview was a fun and unexpected chance for me to return to the city, if only virtually for now. I shared the interview’s link on Instagram and Facebook on Friday, but just in case you missed it, I wanted to be sure to share it with you here as well.
The interview on Friday would have been exciting enough for me, but it just so happened that my dear younger sister Brooke was also landing in Vancouver that very same afternoon, on her first visit to the city. In the days leading up to her departure, I loved chatting with her about her plans and sharing about my own time in Vancouver. I told her I’d even done a sketch while I was there, of the beautiful, bustling public market on Granville Island, though I’d never shared the sketch here on the blog.
And so in honor of connections to Vancouver, both past and present, I thought it would be fun to share my sketch from Granville Island here today — and wish you all a wonderful week ahead!
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