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LA Premiere of SONG, a Film on Sex-Trafficking

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Tickets went on sale today for the LA premiere of SOLD, a film that highlights sex-trafficking, one of the most atrocious crimes against humanity. Red carpet this Friday night with David Arquette and cast at the Laemmle Santa Monica, 7:10 show followed by Q & A with Director Jeffrey Brown and crew. Proud of friends Sammy Chand and Anchal Leela Chand for helping to bring this vital film into the world.

My Teacher: Egyptian Writer Nawal El Saadawi

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

I had the great honor to be taught by Egyptian writer, doctor, and unwavering activist for the rights of women, Nawal El Saadawi, my senior year at Duke. She inspired me to be the writer I am today. Check out her brief interview this week with the BBC:

Haunting Bombay Recommended Alongside Kingsolver and Marquez

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 features my book, Haunting Bombay, in hallowed company amongst twelve books recommended by internationally-bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. Other authors include Barbara Kingsolver (Poisonwood Bible – a favorite), Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Umberto Eco, John Irving, Mikhail Sholokhov, Jeanette Winterson, and others. 12 Books Recommended by ‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon chooses HAUNTING BOMBAY as a favorite

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Diana-GabaldonI was really moved to hear that author Diana Gabaldon considers my novel, Haunting Bombay, one of her favorite books, recommending that her fans read it while they’re waiting for her to come out with her next book. Diana Gabaldon is the author of the internationally bestselling Outlander series and the popular TV show by the same name. She writes: “[Haunting Bombay is a] book that exists on multiple levels, inviting you into death and mystery, into the heart of a family, and into the tantalizing, aromatic swirl of another culture. Beautiful, lyrical, and genuinely haunting.”

Judging the Katha International Fiction Contest

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I just finished judging the annual Katha International Fiction Contest and was impressed by the range and quality of new South Asian writing emerging in the world today.  My co-judge Ronica Bhattacharya is a novelist herself too, and we were a good pair, drawn to different aspects in each of the stories but agreeing on the overall quality of this year’s prize-winners.  Winning stories were published in India Currents magazine and Khabar magazine. Click here for more on the contest.

Russian Edition of Haunting Bombay!

Monday, December 27th, 2010

bombay_cover_118w.jpgPhantom Press has just released the Russian edition of Haunting Bombay with a stunning blue cover featuring a golden sunbird and an intricately red door with a hint of a ghostly presence behind it.  I am grateful to the entire Phantom Press team, including my editor and translator for such a beautiful translation.

PEN USA Emerging Voices Program

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I was recently invited to be one of six mentors for the 13th annual PEN USA’s Emerging Voices Program, a distinguished fellowship program to support writers from culturally diverse communities in LA during the early stages of their writing career.  I am mentoring African-American writer Natashia Deon, who is working on her first novel, The Spinning Wheel, set on the eve of the Civil War about three outcast women.

Haunting Bombay hits the BESTSELLER list!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Haunting Bombay is officially a Bestseller, debuting on the San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller List as #4.  I am honored to share space on this list with award-winning authors Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lee Child, Alexander McCall Smith, Lisa See, and Michael Connelly.

First Words Literary Prize

Sunday, October 19th, 2003

This past weekend, I flew to Washington D.C. to accept a First Words Literary Prize for South Asian Writers, awarded to my yet unpublished novel, HAUNTING BOMBAY.  Award-winning author Vikram Chandra announced the prizes for novel and short-story as part of the 2003 South Asian Literary & Theater Arts Festival.  The weekend-long festival also included talks given by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Kamila Shamsie, Taslima Nasreen, Mira Nair, & Lee Siegel.  We were treated to a reception at the elegant Bombay Club, known to be a favorite restaurant of President Clinton when he was at the White House.  After my reading, I was greeted in the lobby by filmmaker Mira Nair who told me that she thought my novel film-worthy!  It was so wonderful to be surrounded by such a supportive group of artists.  I am deeply honored by this prize and thank the distinguished panel of judges and the organizers of the annual festival.