select Writings


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. 


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


Geographies, Contrary

This Eden, The Vignette Review 

On Loving Captain Nemo, The Drunken Odyssey Podcast   

Gabriella, Black Denim Lit

Another Life, Sugar Mule