EP #106: Mohana Rajakumar – American Creative Living In Qatar Sharing Her Storytelling Journey As An Author, Filmmaker & Standup Comic

Mohana Rajakumar (@moha_doha) is an American-Tamil (currently residing in Qatar) novelist, comic, scholar and screenwriter with a PhD in English.

She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss moving to Qatar in her 20s, the importance of letting your children try everything (nurturing the generalist in them), how she manages her finances as a creative, leveraging Kickstarter to launch her films, writing nine books in nine years, being a meticulous planner, and so much more.

Follow Mohana:
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/moha_doha/)

TAKE THE QUIZ – “What Type of Creator Are You?”**



00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Mohana Rajakumar
01:21 – Mohana speaks on her formative teenage years
06:15 – Her decision to move from Canada to the United States
07:13 – Moving to Qatar; impact on her personal and professional life
10:58 – Identifying as Indian versus Tamil
13:18 – Starting a branch of Georgetown University in Qatar
16:48 – Does she take offence to not being referred to as “Dr. Mohana?”
18:26 – Her show “Being Brown is my Superpower”
23:07 – Having short films screened globally; and what she’s working on now
34:25 – Do Mohana’s friends/family support her creative career?
39:01 – How she manages her finances as a creative
43:17 – What she would tell her 16-year-old self
43:51 – The personal legacy she wants to leave behind/be remembered for
44:43 – Creator Confessions
54:41 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan