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About Me


I have the audacity to write for children without having any of my own. What I do have is one of those dreary multicultural backgrounds--I grew up in India and recently moved back to the United States after five years in Sydney, Australia. The resulting crisis of identity infects all of my writing.


No Pets, Please!
Los Angeles Times Kids' Reading Room,
Jan. 25, 2009

Tamarind Rice
sold to Highlights for Children, March 2008

Blue Space Pajamas
Los Angeles Times Kids' Reading Room,
Nov. 11, 2007

Interview with Leonard Marcus
Kite Tales, Winter 2012

Interview with Arthur A. Levine
Kite Tales, Summer 2009

Interview with Michael Stearns
Kite Tales,Spring 2009

As of January 2009, I assumed the post of editor of Kite Tales, the newsletter for the SCBWI Tri-regions of Southern California.


Sandalwood and Stone
Contemporary YA
Winner of the 2010 SCBWI Mulitcultural WIP Award
Writing Contest, SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2012, YA, 2nd Place

The Initiate's Daughter
Middle Grade Fantasy
Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop for Fantasy 2010

July 10th, 2012 TravelRant | USA

65 -- Sunny Foggy San Francisco

My mind spins with sights and smells, colors and characters, images from our whirlwind trip to fair San Francisco.

Union Square. Where else to reunite with friends and family.

Now to head out and see the city.

I confess…I LOVE San Francisco.

Everything about the city is colorful! The locals…

…if cautiously curious.

The buildings…

…the food.

There’s plenty of music…

on every street corner,

And characters abound.

With no dearth of ways to get around.

…whether there are two of you…

or you need a bicycle built for seven!

The “Conference Bike” has its own website!”

Even a busride is full of fun.

As much as I’ve seen the sights before,

this time, I had a list of new things I would do.

First up…


We swung by the ticket office
and were told to our dismay–
Next Trip
July 12.

Hmmm. Guess it does pay to plan ahead. We got to save money by not 😛

This is as close as we got to the infamous island.

Second on the list–
Climb Coit’s Tower.


By the time we got to the bottom of the stairs we’d worn out our legs and energy was selling at a premium we couldn’t afford.

There were things we’d never seen before.
Like a fake alligator all baked of sourdough.

And a real alligator that was albino!

A cable car changing direction, the old fashioned way–
by hand.

We got to see the birthplace of the famous San Francisco sourdough, Boudin’s, where they toss sourdough boules to grasping tourists.

We visited the birthplace of San Francisco itself–
the lovely Mission Dolores.

Simple on the outside.

Elegant on the inside.

Peaceful in the graveyard.

We stood in line to see baby ostriches at the California Academy of Sciences…

and to eat world famous ice cream.

My favorite?

Brown sugar-caramel-ginger-roasted banana!

We learned that green tea cookies taste best in the Japanese Tea Garden.

If you want to ride the cable car–
you need to follow a few rules…

And hold on for dear life!

So as the sun sets, on this dreamy city…

I know I will be back. I’ve got a little list of things that I have yet to see,
and Alcatraz is at the top again.

Not to mention, plenty more food,

and wine!

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