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When We Were Twins: Songs based on the novel Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

by Tanuja Desai Hidier

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B&T 03:13
Born Two 03:23
Hold Still 02:39
Sari 00:47
Cosmopolitan 00:47
Piece of Sky 00:47
Come True 00:47
Generations 00:47


Rock, electro-folk, punk pop compilation of original songs based on the novel BORN CONFUSED by Tanuja Desai Hidier and performed by T&A (Tanuja & Atom Fellows), San Transisto (Ben Caplan, Tanuja, Jon Fiber, Robin Price, Anne-Marie Tueje), plus more.


a Time Out New York highlight of the week (album launch)
a New York Magazine star pick of week
a Guardian (UK) Ultimate Young Adult Playlist pick
a Flavorpill choice
featured as the first-ever ‘booktrack’ in Wired Magazine (“Books with a Backbeat”)
an Asiana Magazine ‘Crush’ pick (UK)
a Vida Magazine pick of the month (Asia)
a Creative Artists Agency/Youth Intelligence pick
a Trendcentral.com selection as a cutting edge first-of-its-kind future trend: the lit-rock booktrack

” … reminiscent of Alanis Morissette [When We Were Twins] reflects the clash of styles, sounds, and influences inherent to cultural assimilation and urban living.”

—Wired Magazine

“…a series of observations with expansions, commentaries, and insight. The music is pop with rock leanings, with only minor hints of any ‘world music’ influences, and this is absolutely right for the contemporary backdrop to the novel.”

—School Library Association (UK), When We Were Twins review

“With so much manufactured pop, there’s always room for a more unique sound, and that’s exactly what [Desai Hidier’s] London band San Transisto [When We Were Twins] wants to provide its audience … San Transisto’s music is refreshingly different and that’s what makes it stick.”

—Anokhi Vibe Magazine, “Borders” feature on Tanuja and When We Were Twins by Meera Dattani

“The talent and versatility displayed on When We Were Twins is impressive and well worth a listen.”


“Have you ever heard of novels coming with soundtracks? Tanuja is a musician as well, so “booktracks” seemed only natural. Her music accompanies both novels, immersing readers in a full multi-media experience…Creativity is the name of [Tanuja’s] game and she plays it well. She inspires me to use different mediums to create and I hope she can do the same for you!”

–The Motley News

“Tanuja Desai Hidier is best known for her 2002 novel Born Confused, a comical look at an Indian-American girl’s coming of age amid New York’s vibrant second generation desi music scene. But Hidier has other talents a well—the green-eyed beauty is also a composer and singer, who heads bands in London and New York.”

—India-West (from “Born Confused Inspires Pop-Rock CD” by Lisa Tsering)

“[Tanuja’s] life’s job is a multifaceted arts project. ...Undeniably joyful.”

—Dr Bickmore’s YA Wednesdays (Music & YA Literature feature, November 2, 2016)


released January 1, 2004

Songs written by:

Tanuja Desai Hidier
Atom Fellows
Jon Fiber
Robin Price
Marie Tueje
Jeff Cohen
Mike Shimshack

Featuring bonus track remixed by Mukul and featuring DJ Rekha.

Full credits in lyrics booklet: thisistanuja.com/music/when-we-were-twins/


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Tanuja Desai Hidier London, UK

Award-winning author, singer-songwriter, and innovator of the “booktrack”. Her groundbreaking first novel, Born Confused-- the first South Asian American YA novel--was named a greatest YA novel of all time by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Paste Magazine. Sequel Bombay Blues won the 2015 South Asia Book Award. She is currently working on her next novel/album/video. www.ThisIsTanuja.com ... more

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