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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

March 12th, 2011 TravelRant

58--On the Road Again! Continent # 6 South America

Brasilia! The capital in all its modern glory.

The Parliament buildings–the dome on the left signifies order and the dish on the right is for progress, the two ideals mentioned on the Brazilian flag.

Guards in front of the government building in all their dashing finery.

The National Library

What I call the blue church. Some ridiculous number of shades of blue are incorporated into the stained glass walls resulting in a cool and calming space that is breathtaking.

The Blue Church chandelier presented to the church.

The national museum in the foreground with the Catedral behind in the town center.

The Catedral up close.

The breathtaking interior of the cathedral.

Inside the Catedral was a revelation. The glass walls/ceiling made for a brilliant bright space that made me feel I was outdoors and yet enclosed in an air bubble.

Time for a cool refreshment! Coconut nectar, yumm.

And here are a few friends I’ve made in my short sojourn.


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