Welcome to Punjabi Tea and Chocolate Cake.
My name is Ciona. I am a writer and artist, and sole owner of this site.
I am a third-generation British Indian, of Panjabi descent: the eldest (on my mother’s side) and only (on my father’s side) granddaughter and grandchild of Indian and Pakistani-born immigrants. All four of my grandparents came to England as British citizens, from India (mother’s side), and India via Kenya (father’s side). I am British, English, and Birmingham-born and bred, as are my parents and immediate blood relatives.
Identity is complex and incredibly personal. It is a subject that recurs in my work, in one form or other, and I like to explore its realms and varied manifestations, within society and within myself. I am proud of where I come from and of the elements, both harmonies and conflicts, that comprise me. I write what I feel- often, this is conveyed through lightness, words related to darker emotions, or a concoction of both.
Life is full of vastness, complexity, and nuance, and I like to honour all of its gravity and levity.
I create using a variety of expressions, to mirror the shades of life and diverse means for communicating the experience of living: here, you will find poetry, prose poetry, photographs, music, videos, articles and essays covering an array of interests, and personal thoughts about the world in which we live. I love dance, photography, music, handicrafts (watercolour painting, collage, making jewellery, weaving), creating digital graphics, and working with other artists on projects which employ a variety of media and modes of sensory communication.
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