Consider Jazminder Parikh, One of My Original Characters
Who is Jazminder Parikh?
Like in the original Star Trek series, the top three characters are the captain, the first officer, and the chief medical officer.
In short, Marnie, Trixie, and Jazzie.
Where Did Jazminder Parikh Come From?
It was not until Star Trek Discovery that I actually saw anyone from the Indian subcontinent anywhere in the franchise. And that is just ridiculous! I mean, India is the second-most populous country in the world. And it has been for years. There are a good four times as many people there as there are in the United States.
So, why weren’t any of them seeing the stars?
Therefore, I took the old idea to heart. If you don’t see someone in fictional media, then write them yourself.
The Past is Prologue — Backstory for Jazminder Parikh
Jazzie is from a wealthy family in Hyderabad. But she attended school in Leeds, England. Hence, her accent is a lot more posh British with a mix of Indian.
Also, she does not join the crew of the Valentina Tereshkova until later. At the time of The Enigman Cave, she’s already been ensconced for years. But she doesn’t come out of the same school as Marnie and Trixie.
As for family, the only person she ever mentions is her father. This leads to the conclusion that her mother is likely to be dead.
A bit short, and with very long, dark, straight brown hair, Jaz is younger than Trixie and Marnie. Since Marnie is 53 when the book starts, Jazzie is … forty? Maybe. I confess I never gave her an actual birth year.
She is also a bit of an alcoholic. While she, Marnie, and Trixie get drunk in the first chapter, that’s not the only time for Jazzie. In fact, she even drinks to the point of passing out. As a doctor, of course she should know better.
Much like for the rest of the Val‘s crew, Jazzie’s main motivation is to explore space and find multicellular life. Once the crew discover the Enigmans, her purpose shifts, as does everyone else’s. Now, her motivation is to protect the Enigmans at all costs.
Jazzie even goes so far as to perform an emergency c-section and an autopsy.
Jaz drained the dregs in the bottle. “Superb. Can I tell you something? I would tell Ginny but she’s not here. Pity, that.” She was starting to slur.
“Just how much wine have you had, Jaz?”
“There may have been an earlier bottle. But I am not going to tell you that.”
Marnie had to smile at that. “Your statement, Doctor?”
“My, oh my but we are formal! As I was saying, you are the best damned boss I have ever had.”
“Absolutely. The other captains? They are all a bunch of sticks-in-the-mud, so far as I am concerned. And they may very well be playing along with that awful Carter. But you! Look at you! You’re strong and capable and I won’t say anything about your dodgy knee, and your preference for much younger veterinarians and your poor dye job.”
Marnie held a lock of her hair for a second. “Gwen did this, not me. How much of that other bottle did you have?”
“Oh hush, you.”
“C’mon, Jaz, you shouldn’t be drinking this much.”
“I am off shift, and am perfectly capable, young lady. Now, as I was saying,” Jaz slurred more, “You are an incomparable supervisor.” She clumsily hugged Marnie and patted her hair a few times.
“Jazzie, are you hitting on me?”
“No, you stupid cow!”
“What?” Marnie started laughing. “If you call me any more nasty names, I’ll stop believing you think I’m the greatest boss of all time.”
“No, no, you are the best damned boss I ever had. Now pay attention!” Jaz swayed and dropped to the floor.
The only romantic relationship I have for her is with Ginny Carey. But when the book starts, she reveals they have broken up.
With over a thousand people on the Val, Jaz could conceivably find someone else if she wanted to. But I don’t have her do that. By the end of the book, Marnie is trying to get the two women to reconcile.
Conflict and Turning Point
Much like with just about everyone else on the Val, her turning point comes when Carter emerges as a serious threat.
There really are no continuities or Easter eggs with her. What you see, is what you get.
She will not be a part of the planned prequel until it’s pretty close to its end. Otherwise, I do not have plans for her.
Jazminder Parikh: Takeaways
There may have been some missed opportunities with this character. And I may end up rectifying them in editing and rewrites.Character Review — Jazminder Parikh #amwriting Click To Tweet
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