I am a writer and creative writing tutor. I was born in Mumbai and graduated in applied art from B.D.Somani Sophia Polytechnic. I was apprentice to photographer, Farrokh Chothia, for a year before moving on to web and graphic design at Tata Interactive. After my marriage in 2000, I sailed around the world with my husband on oil tankers. You can read about my experiences at sea here. We moved to Cardiff, Wales in 2004 where I did my Masters in The Practice and Teaching of Creative Writing at Cardiff University.
My novel, The Normal State of Mind, was published by Parthian in 2015 and by Bee Books in India in 2017. I won a mentoring bursary from Literature Wales to work on my novel. It is long listed for the Words to Screen Prize by the Mumbai Association of Moving Images (MAMI).
My short stories have been published in literary journals in the UK and internationally, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and shortlisted for prizes. A short story set in Mumbai, Crossing Over, won the Sulekha Short Story Prize in India. You can read it here, published later in Commuterlit.
My collection of short stories, Table Manners, will be published in September 2018 by Dahlia Publishing.
I teach contemporary fiction on the Masters programme at Winchester University. I also am the lead facilitator for the SO:Write project in collaboration with the Mayflower theatre in Southampton- the Mayflower Young Writers Project, which is funded by the Arts Council England. I have led workshops at the Winchester Writers’ Festival, at Plymouth University, the Asian Writers’ Festival among others.
I won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize in 2016.
My hobbies include photography, art, Bollywood films and travelling. And trying out new cuisines. And if I love a dish, I have to cook it!