SESP junior Natasha Sondakh prepares to publish debut novel exploring Indonesian identity

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About She Smells of Turmeric,
Written by Laya Neelakandan, and was originally published in Daily Northwestern, The,
Jan 14, 2021


In just four months, Natasha Sondakh (SESP ’22) wrote her debut novel, “She Smells of Turmeric,” while juggling classes and learning how to market her book.

The fictional novel follows an Indonesian-American girl who moves to Indonesia after her father’s death. As she experiences Indonesian culture and meets new people, she soon realizes nothing is as perfect as it seems and finds herself in the process.

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