Letters by Deepa

Deepa Paul
Personal essays about people, places, and the process of writing my first book, by a Filipina-Indian writer in Amsterdam.
Created 10 Jan 2021
  • Letters by Deepa 15 | My writing is not an apology
    23 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 6 3
    On a sunny September morning that felt more like summer than autumn, Nina pulled up to our neighborhood cafe with a smile on her face and a dog in a bakfiets (cargo bike), in true Amsterdam style. Nov...
  • Letters by Deepa 14 | Not like the other moms
    09 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 5 4
    After we returned from Greece, a post I shared on Instagram went kinda viral. I have a complicated relationship with Instagram recently. My growth and reach on the app has all but flatlined—something ...
  • Letters by Deepa 13 | Landing
    26 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    I’m back! Fed up with the miserable, rainy, non-summer in Amsterdam, I escaped with my family to the Greek island of Lefkada for 10 glorious days. Transiting through the airport and getting on a plane...
  • Letters by Deepa 12 | Huidhonger
    23 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 10 4
    The Dutch have a word for it: huidhonger. Skin hunger: the need for physical touch, especially in those who are alone for a long time, such as in quarantine or self-isolation. The word sits between hu...
  • Letters by Deepa 11 | My post-pandemic packing list
    02 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    With 10 million of the Netherlands’ approximately 14 million adults having received their first dose of the vaccine and 5 million fully vaccinated, there have been fewer than 500 new cases of COVID-19...
  • Letters by Deepa 10 | Listen to: Summer whites
    18 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 3 1
    With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I decided to record a short personal essay I wrote as a tribute to my father, Amitabha Paul. He was called Gandhi by his family in India, Paul by his colleagu...
  • Letters by Deepa 09 | Please, may I...?
    04 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 6 3
    It was a quiet early spring evening at home. The ever-present rain poured down the sides of our windows, our daughter was sound asleep, and my husband and I were unwinding together. For the first time...
  • Letters by Deepa 08 | Girl gone glamping
    20 May 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    The beers were still cold, just out of the cooler, when we popped them open and clinked cans to celebrate our arrival. The bags had just been flung into the tent, on the plastic-sheeted ground beside ...
  • Letters by Deepa 07 | Logged in, turned on, and freaking nervous
    05 May 2021 • 2 min read • 4 2
    For this week’s issue of Letters by Deepa, I’m both excited and nervous to share with you a new piece of published writing. I’m excited for a number of reasons. This was the first time I’d ever pitche...
  • Letters by Deepa 06 | I'm working on a memoir. Here's why.
    15 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 5 2
    When I tell people that I’m working on a memoir, their first reaction is typically surprise. “A memoir? But you’re so young!” That’s because we tend to see an autobiography and a memoir as the same th...
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