BY BODIES OF WATER, Naveed A. Khan & Ravneet Sehmbi
Serving as both an excursion and a discourse on immigrant struggle, By Bodies of Water not only attempts to trace ethnic heritage and provide a voice to the émigré experience, but also seeks to disrupt Western thought on diasporic bodies. The text is completed by rich and detailed illustrations by Ravneet Sehmbi.
It’s finally here. Finally complete. This project has been my baby since its conception (pun partially intended). I don’t mean to brag, and I rarely ever do, but it’s absolutely beautiful. This is the result of two years worth of research, a year worth of writing, rewriting, editing, and twenty years of experience. As well as the tremendous time and effort put in by two extremely talented artists: my brilliant illustrator Ravneet Sehmbi ( ravsehmbi ) & my technical consultant/graphic designer for everything, my brother Naafi ( xafain ) . This book is my pride. Not because I’ve spent so much time on it, but because it encompasses the collective journey of so many. This book is about immigrants, and seeing as we are literally a country made up of immigrants, I hope you are able to find yourself somewhere in these words and illustrations. By Bodies of Water - Available worldwide beginning August 17 on Amazon and other major online retailers wherever books are sold.
jewels02 said: I used to write poetry filled with complexion and eventually it tired me up having to explain it to others. I'm pretty sure you're good enough that you can express complexity very simply. Beautiful words my friend
I like to think that if it really matters to you, then you should write it anyway. Some people will get it, some people won’t. Some people will be curious, and some will never understand despite you efforts to explain it to them. There is nothing wrong with complexity. Expression is expression. It should not matter if it is simple or complex, or complexity expressed in a simpler manner. Don’t let other people’s reactions discourage you from writing what you feel/want. Don’t let it get to you. First and foremost, write for yourself. That’s all. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you keep writing!
One of the many reasons why I want a semicolon tattoo. “Your story isn’t over yet.” #semicolon #tattoo #book #;
By Bodies of Water. August 17.
Anonymous said: u should write a book, man. i'll be ur #1 fan and i'd read this book a milion times just to keep my mind that clear
Thank you! Your wish has been granted, my friend.
on surfaces everywhere
on my skin and
on sheets of paper
but mostly on napkins
hoping every time
that when I look up
she would be there
— Nav K
Digital copies of my books can now be found on Etsy :).