I was born and raised in India, but moved to the United States for graduate school and have lived here for over two decades now. I have always moved between creative writing and academic work and, at this point in my writing career, I consider myself a novelist-turned-academic-returned-novelist.
I have published two novels and a collection of short fiction in India (The Hottest Day Of The Year was also published in the UK) and several shorter pieces (mostly fiction) in journals and newspapers around the world. My short fiction has also been broadcast on BBC Radio and Commonwealth Radio. My work has received several awards and prizes including the Ruth and James Ewing Award, the Katha Prize for Creative Fiction (two times), the India Plaza Golden Quill Critic’s Choice Award, the Hindu-Picador Short Story Prize, the Asian Age prize, etc.
The East Indian, a historical novel set in colonial Virginia, is my latest creative venture. It is to be published by Scribner, USA and Scribner, Canada on May 2, 2023 by Scribe UK, Australia, New Zealand on May 30 2023, and Harper Collins, India also on May 30, 2023.
I earned my doctorate in English Literature from Syracuse University, NY. I specialize in English Renaissance Literature, notably the works of Shakespeare, and am particularly interested in the early modern histories of race, globalization, and cross-cultural engagement as manifested in literary works. I have written books and articles on those topics and on other aspects of Renaissance literature.