Hello and welcome to my website!
I love writing for children, and have been writing since I was seven. I began my publishing “career” at the age of seven and a half with a story about a dame (blame Enid Blyton for that) who hated plants. I went on to mice who turned into fairies and pixies who never drove or gave away their cars.
A little older now, I have two collections of short stories, two middle-grade novels, three picture books, two series of books on trains, plus stories and essays here and there. Many more are in the pipeline and will be available very soon.
I also conduct reading and writing workshops for children and, much to my surprise, for adults too.
2020 has been such a strange year already. I was supposed to have five books release this year. Those who quickly bought Sisters at New Dawn during the Zubaan sale managed to get copies before the lockdown. For those who depend on Amazon, it’s another story.
My collection of short stories, Dragonflies, Jigsaws and Seashells, came out in March too, but our nationwide lockdown was announced some four days before the release date. It was the book of the month for March 2020–and then did not find its way to stores, despite the buzz. I wrote about its journey; read that story here.
And please buy, read, lend and review the book!
Excerpts from a Few Books
Dragonflies, Jigsaws and Seashells
Tanaya stood on tiptoe, trying to peer into the school library. She could just about see the librarian, Mr Kaushik Natraj, sitting at his desk and scribbling furiously in a notebook.
‘What?’ asked Tanishq, who was too short to look for himself. He was bouncing with impatience. ‘What can you see? What can you see?’ He held a pretend walkie-talkie and spoke into it, ‘Detective Tanishq to Detective Tanaya. Calling Detective Tanaya.’
Sisters at New Dawn
“Concentrate,” said Ella Mayer, bouncing as she spoke. “Concentrate on the colours of the rainbow.”
“What rainbow?” I asked, finally.
I had decided to try Pot of Gold, since Thatha remembered it so vividly from Appa’s school days. The teacher, Ella Mayer, looked old enough to have taught Appa herself. She stopped bouncing. “Sorry?”
“I don’t see a rainbow,” I said loudly. “If this is some sort of replay of The Emperor’s New Clothes, I—”
The Prophecy of Rasphora
‘Wow …’ breathed Afreen, clasping Tara’s hand. ‘Did you see that? Was it really, really real?’
‘What?’ asked Tara, eagerly, her hand on Miss’s neck to prevent the dog from rushing away into the bushes. ‘What – what – what?’
Afreen’s eyes darted from Vandana’s face to Tara’s. ‘A little man.’
Straight from the Blog
I met author Wai Chim at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in 2017. I didn’t just meet her, we were part of the same panel, called Writing About Us. She came for my book launch, a poorly attended event because I knew very few people there in Singapore, and the launch was tucked away […]
The story of how I got my hands on The Misfits is a tale in itself. I ordered it during the Zubaan Women’s Day sale, and it was dispatched about a week later. With the lockdown and then Nisarga, it never came. There was no way to track it and quite honestly, I didn’t try […]
Yesterday, at dance class, we broke into spontaneous applause. You know how sometimes, when someone’s internet connection falters during an online class, the layout suddenly changes? And if you’re completely unused to anything technological, what are you supposed to do? Yesterday, our dance teacher Mythili Mami clicked those three vertical dots, found and clicked ‘change […]
I’ve been looking at books from Lantana Publishing for a while, and I want to read so many of them! The books look gorgeous and for the most part, receive glowing reviews too. When I discovered that The Ammuchi Puchi is being offered as a free ebook in times of Corona, I sank my teeth […]
What a powerful, beautiful book. Across the Line is one of the South Asia Book Award Honor Books 2020. I was intrigued by the title and the cover image, but I didn’t know anything about the book, except that it was South Asian, probably Indian. And the name naturally suggested to me the partition. I […]