Welcome to my website and blog. I write fiction and nonfiction, and I also translate Bangla fiction into English.


I’m excited to announce that my second book Black Ice, a translation of Bangladeshi writer Mahmudul Haque’s novel Kalo Barof (কালো বরফ), has been released in January 2012 by HarperCollins India. More details on the Translation page.

My first book, a collection of stories titled Killing the Water, was published in January 2010 by Penguin India. Details on the Book page.

Elsewhere on this website:

On the Press, you will find links to reviews of my books, as well as news, profiles, and interviews.

Under Fiction, you can read a few of my published short stories that are not in my book.

The Nonfiction page includes links to essays, memoir, and book reviews. In some articles, I combine personal narratives with reflections on the history of Dhaka and Bangladesh.

If you have the time, do check out my Weblog. Right now I am still working on a novel, so I haven’t been posting very regularly. When I started it in 2005, I meant to post random jottings on life in this “cruel, crazy, beautiful world” — the title of a lovely song from Johnny Clegg and Savuka. It was right after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in the U.S. and I started out commenting on hurricanes and troubled waters. I’ve continued, with articles on writing and books, culture and society, and what I notice on my travels.

Drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.