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Rupi Kaur is one of the more recent self-publishers who has been ruffling peoples feathers since early 2014. Born in the village of Munak Kalan in the state of Punjab, right below Kashmir in Northern India, 1992, Rupi Kaur started writing at an early age. The shy, introverted Rupi Kaur took the first step toward becoming the person she always wanted to be at around age 12 when reading her work in front of others and accepting awards for doing so became a feeling of some type of thrill for her. #1 New York Times bestseller, Milk and Honey, published November 4, 2014,  is a collection of poetry and prose about survival, the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity, as well as the importance of staying true to one’s heritage/religion and how the aspects of culture, language, food, art and literature, etc. can build a foundation for future generations .The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, deals a different heartache, and most importantly challenges different cultural issues. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and in the history of being a woman, and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are willing to look. Milk and Honey communicated by Rupi Kaur, describes aspects of Indian culture by a way of illustration of World Literature. India is a country in southern Asia that ranks the second largest country in the world in population. The people of India belong to a variety of ethnic groups and speak hundreds of different languages as well as practice a number of religions. Many Indians are farmers and depend on seasonal rains to grow their crops. India’s capital and largest city is New Delhi. Bordered by Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, and many more countries (“India,” World Book Student).  Milk and Honey adheres to the requirement of equality and globalization necessary to be considered world literature. Kaur’s, Milk and Honey, increases the connectivity of cultures across the globe with the ideas of feminism hidden within the plot. Rupi Kaur in her article, FAQ, discusses the importance of feminism in modern society, (“FAQ,” Rupi Kaur). “By the time I am born, I have already survived the first battle of my life. Against female feticide. I am one of the lucky ones who has been allowed to live while millions of other girls are killed at or before birth. Simply for being born girls. Our bodies are not our property. We are told we must be conservative. A good south Asian girl is quiet. Does as she is told. Sex does not belong to her. It is something that happens to her on her wedding night. It is for him. We know sexual violence intimately. We experience alarming rates of rape. From thousands of years of shame and oppression. From the community and from colonizer after colonzer. I am one of few who challenge that narrative every single day”, (Kaur 15). The evidence clearly describes how feminism and gender equality in the country is not taken as seriously as it should be. India, overtime, has become more open minded towards different cultures/religions/heritages, which is one of the main reasons India is one of the largest countries, in population, on Earth, but it was not always like this. The larger amount of diversity, the more open other’s will be towards gender equality and giving women the rights they deserve, which was never a big part in Indian history.Art and literature have always been a big part of Rupi Kaurs life. Illiteracy is a major problem and always have been in India even though free education is offered to all children from ages 6-14 in the country of India. Only half of those, who 10 years of age or older, continue their education, those including Rupi Kaur. Growing up, Rupi Kaur won multiple essay and speech competitions through school which was a big kickstart to her taking writing more seriously and publishing her own book later on. Kaur believes that simplicity in writing is and easy and creative way to show that she believes in equality, without having to say those exact words, (“FAQ”, Rupi Kaur). Staying true to her heritage/religion, Punjabi, she uses this clarity and little distinction in lettering in her own writing when she says, “There is a beauty in its design. Gurmukhi, a script in which Punjabi in written, only uses the period. There is no other punctuation. All letters are treated the same. I enjoy this simplicity. How symmetrical and absolutely straight forward”, (Kaur 14). Rupi Kaur shows that by emphasizing on how important art and literature has been for the history of India and Rupi Kaur’s life, she is one who believes in gender equality and neutralism all throughout given rights. Gurmukhi script has always been a big part of the Indian culture. Rupi Kaur honors this by using the script in her books.Art and literature along with religion are two of the many aspects of culture represented in Milk and Honey. Milk and Honey addresses universal themes with great inspiration.The aspects of Indian culture are shown creatively throughout the book as an example of world literature. Art and literature along with religion is important to Indian culture because they are two of the many aspects of culture that have influenced/shaped India’s modern society they have today.