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Awards and Updates

Cultural Ambassador award - awarded by Indian-American Women Empowered FIA Wing
  • Cultural Ambassador award received in November, 2014 by
Indian-American Women Empowered FIA Wing for her Multi-faceted and Talented Personality


  • Story ‘Rivers of Time’ was judged among top three short stories, issued in June 2014 by
Katha Short Story Competition. The winning entries were published in India Currents and Khabar magazine


  • Won an award for creative non-fiction and was published in De Anza College's literary publication for the year 2014. Won third prize in 2014 Red Wheelbarrow competition in the prose narrative: fiction and creative non-fiction category


  • Best Baker Award August 2013 by
Ding DingTV, Distinctive Taste Publisher, and Silicon Valley Food & Art Festival committee
in Appreciation For Outstanding Cooking Skill


  • Awarded as a Debate Coach by Claremont McKenna College's The Middle School Public Debate Program. MSPDP is the world's largest initiative for classroom and contest debating

Ritu Marwah's Blog

"My dream of riding a truck and drinking endless cups of chai with truck drivers at dhabas or... more »
posted 10/09/20
A large number of ethnic minorities including Americans of Southeast Asian descent have joined... more »
posted 03/25/20

Ritu Marwah's Work

Tucked into truck stops with names like Jay Bros and Antelope Truck Stop Pronghorn, the ubiquitous dhaba serves the needs of the increasing numbers of Punjabi truckers across the U.S.
This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Ritu Marwah, a participant in the 2020 California Fellowship. 
A look at the health challenges Punjabi drivers are facing in order to keep their driving licenses, and how they are navigating this during COVID-19.