life rattle show no. 1206

Presented on Sunday, may 27, 2012


Hosted by Virginia Ashberry


Sonia Dhaliwal reading her stories
"Republica Socialista Romania"

tonight's Show

Tonight, Life Rattle No. 1206 features two more new stories from new Life Rattle writer, Sonia Dhaliwal.

Sonia Dhaliwal was born in Mississauga in 1990. She spent her toddler years in Ada, Ohio, where her father attended Pharmacy school. Next, her father’s residency took the family to Sioux Lookout, a small town in northern Ontario. The family, now larger with the arrival of twin siblings, eventually returned to Mississauga where Sonia’s father opened up a pharmacy. Sonia attended elementary, middle and high school in Mississauga until Ohio beckoned again. She spent two years and one academic quarter battling an intense pre-medical program in Ada before declaring herself confused.

After soul-searching in India with her mom, backpacking around Europe with her best friends, and attempting and failing the MCAT, Sonia decided to give university another try, this time in biology and professional writing. Between classes and studying, Sonia loves to practice yoga, cuddle with her dog, Tyson, and of course, writing her heart out.

Last week we heard stories of our writer’s youth. Tonight's stories masquerade as focusing on defeat and fear, but are actually stories of strength, persistence and hope. Dhaliwal delivers this complexity of emotion with vignettes that are clear, insightful and visually astute.

Tonight's stories contain situations and language that some listeners may find offensive. Listener discretion is advised.