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Zenia Wadhwani

Zenia Wadhwani lives in Toronto. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto, a BSW from York University and an MSW from McGill University. Some of her writings have been published in anthologies including Bolo! Bolo! and Desilicious.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Once Upon a Sari

Illustrated by Avani Dwivedi.
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2024.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Avani is having a wonderful time looking at all of her mother’s saris, but she soon realizes she’s made a big mess.

When her mom comes in, Avani expects a scolding, but instead, her mom sits down with her and tells her about the memories associated with each sari: memories of weddings and celebrations, memories of when and where the sari came from. And, in case of one very special sari, memories that were passed down from her parents and grandparents. 

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

‘Twas the Night Before Diwali

Illustrated by Manon Lariviere.
Independently published, 2020.


On the eve of Diwali, the jalebis, chum chums and gulab jamuns are piled high! But who is the surprise guest that shows up? And where, oh where, are the mithai? Enjoy this South Asian rendition of a familiar holiday poem and the introduction of a new character to the much celebrated festival of lights, Diwali.


Zenia Wadhwani personal website

Publisher Tundra Books an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada