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I wrote my first story at about age six. It was written in red ink, and in Hindi, and it was a suspicious blend of Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, and a few others. But it got such enthusiastic applause from my parents and grandparents that I thought, "Huh! I must never stop writing because these people clearly need my stories." At age nine, I wrote my first "novel." I remember telling my granddad (who already had several books of poetry and essays behind him) that I should find something more challenging to do. I could tell he was trying  hard not to laugh but I wasn't sure (and maybe even slightly offended) that he thought my words were funny. 

It's been a few decades since that conversation. I miss my granddad every day. Now in adulthood, my stories and essays have appeared in Contrary, Phoebe Magazine, Gulf Stream, The Toast, SN Review, and others. 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

How To Be a Writer, Scroll 

Valentine's Day: A 14-Point Meditation on Love & Other Monsters, Hunger Mountain

American Classroom, Bellingham Review

Chernobyl, Bellingham Review 

Goddesses, The Rumpus

Why Home is a Bad Bollywood Movie, The Toast  

Oscillation, Phoebe Magazine 

Fire Girl, Gulf Coast

On Seeking Answers, SN Review

Collision, Blood Orange Review   

Tigers, Snakes and Monkey Brains: How To Write About India If You’re A Tourist, DailyO

FICTION

Geographies, Contrary

This Eden, The Vignette Review 

On Loving Captain Nemo, The Drunken Odyssey Podcast   

Gabriella, Black Denim Lit

Another Life, Sugar Mule