I am a writer, academic, filmmaker. Teach broadcast studies at University of Delhi. When not in a classroom I write stories. My work has been published in various newspapers and journals. The short story and the long essay are two forms I enjoy reading and writing most. My work usually explores areas of masculinity, feminism, cinema and urban life. Once upon a time I was a media professional, worked with the Times of India and NDTV. Now I breathe amidst words, chai and youthful students. I live in Delhi, India, without a dog or cat.
The Indian Quarterly: Moscow (April-June, 2017)
The Indian Quarterly: The Subtitle Man (January, 2016)
The Dhauli Review: The Prostrate Man (January, 2016)
Cafe Dissensus: Just Wait And Play the Game (March, 2015)
Elsewhere: Heirloom (December, 2014)
Dastaan Award, Short story prize: The Song of Bismil (September 2014)
Jaggery: The Humanly Dog of Colonel Haider Usman (June 2014)
Himal Southasian: City of Virtue (October, 2013)
Wasafiri New Writing Prize, (Shortlist): Beauty of Reality (September, 2013)
The Bangalore Review: Everybody Has Cancer (September, 2013)
Earthen Lamp Journal: It’s not About Melbourne;It’s About Melbourne (September, 2013)
The Four Quarters Magazine: Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-Daro (August, 2013)
Indian Literature Journal: Bahadur O’ Bahadur (May-June, 2013)
Reading Hour: The Room of a Young Man (July-August, 2013), Vol 3, Issue 4
Out Of Print (The Short Story Journal): 11/9 (July, 2013)
Cha: The Asian Literary Journal: Nooh (November, 2012)
Out Of Print (The Short Story Journal): Naked Gods (July, 2012)
Inner voices- A Collection of Short Stories: The Gift (Mirage, 2010)
Meets & Festivals
Panelist at Jindal Literature Festival, Jindal Global University, September 2018 Conducted a two day Short Fiction Workshop at Atta Galata, Bangalore, June, 2017 Curator & Facilitator of Workshop on Writing & Gender, American Centre, 2016 Guest Editor, Elsewhere, (September, 2015- Special India Fiction issue). Panelist at American Institute of Indian studies, session on Creative Writing in south Asia- A reading &discussion, 2015 Panelist at the Chandigarh Literature festival, November, 2014 Panelist at the Doon literature festival, Dehradun, November, 2013
‘Screenplay By Honey Irani’– Women Screenwriters- An International Guide, Selbo J. & Nelmes J.(ed.) U.K: Palgrave Macmillan.
An Evolving Present within a Past, a History of the Screenwriting Practices in Popular Hindi cinema, International Journal of Screenwriting(Intellect Journals): – (ISSN 1759-7137)
History of Indian Screenwriting Practice at University of Helsinki, Finland.
A Feminist in Popular Mumbai Cinema?! A Case Study of Honey Irani’s Screenwriting Work at University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Reading New India: Post Millennial Indian Fiction in English, by E. Dawson Varguese- The Book Review (Sept. 2013)
Filming Fiction- Tagore, Premchand and Ray, Ed. by M. Asaduddin and Anuradha Ghosh- The Indian Literature Journal (July/August, 2012)
UGC Minor Research Grant for Research on History of Women Screenwriters in Mumbai Cinema-(2011)
Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR) travel fellowship for paper reading at University of Copenhagen-(2010)
UGC Travel Grant for paper reading at University of Helsinki, Finland-(2009)
A Brave Attempt To Collect Stories Of The Asian Experience, Book Review, The Wire, 2018
Short Stories That Will Spark Your Mind, Huffington Post, India.
You Two Alone?: Why Women Travelling Without Men Arouse Masculine Anxieties, Huffington Post, India
The Mango Majlis, YahooIndia
Women’s Waterloo, Indian Express
Brief Case: What Teacher’s Wear, Times of India
Brief Case: Ode to Immortality, Times of India
Sotto Voce: Loud, Louder, Loudest, Times of India
Changing Titles- What’s in a Name, Times of India
No Agony in? Aunty?, Hindustan Times
Wheel power, Hindustan Times
A Very Iffi Existence, Hindustan Times
Cornered by Mandal, Hindustan Times
Poor, poor Salman, Hindustan Times
Nurturing a Writers’ Group, BooksbyWomen.org
Co-authored the Media Studies textbook of NCERT for class XII (2009)
Scripted & directed a 16mm documentary film on the lives of Kashmiri pandits as migrants.
The Film explored the concept of home and alienation in one’s own country.
Co- directed a documentary film on the vocal exponent Siddheshwari devi.
A visual exploration of Siddheshwari’s music.
Awarded- Hero Honda Best Television Documentary Award for a film on 9/11.
Conduct workshops on documentary film production and appreciation. More than 40 documentary films have been scripted/directed through the workshop method over the last decade for undergraduates at Delhi University.
Here are a few examples of the mentored films
Pill and I (2010)
The film was screened by NDTV- 24X7.
Shortlisted for Student’s National award.
Non Fiction: Scripting Bollywood- Candid Conversations with Women Screenwriters of Hindi Cinema (Kali Books, 2021).
Fiction (Novel): The Anger of Saintly Men (Bee Books, 2021)
New Delhi, India