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
This Eden, The Vignette Review
On Loving Captain Nemo, The Drunken Odyssey Podcast
Gabriella, Black Denim Lit
Another Life, Sugar Mule