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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

December 21st, 2010 Uncategorized

To all a Dry Christmas!

‎’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a louse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes they’d be stuffed with jolly good fare;
The cats were both nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of rat tails danced in their heads;
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
A pitter a patter pitter patter pitter patter
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters to hear a big splash.
And what did I see when I took a peek,
Through the driving rain that had lasted all week
But a sled and a driver and eight full reindeer
Still laughing and chortling and full of good cheer
Though they’d missed the chimney, no one could they fool,
And were floating instead in our swimming pool.
But I heard Santa exclaim despite his damp plight,
Merry Christmas to all, wish I’d picked a drier night.

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