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


My first published book was a collection of stories Killing the Water: Stories published in 2010 by Penguin Books India. Details on the Book page.

My second book was Black Ice, a translation of Bangladeshi writer Mahmudul Haque’s novel Kalo Barof (কালো বরফ), released in 2012 by HarperCollins India. More details on the Translation page.

My third book is a novel The Fiction Factory. I’m currently seeking publication.

Recent writing:

Articles at Scroll.In on freedom of expression and the murders of bloggers in Bangladesh:

A series of articles on the invisibility of translations from South Asian languages in the U.S. market, published in 2014 at the Asymptote Blog:

A conversation with two other writers on Uday Prakash’s novel The Girl With The Golden Parasol:

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.

The Translation page also carries links to translations I have done of other stories from Bangla.

These days my Weblog mainly carries links to articles published elsewhere. 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 continued later articles on writing and books, culture and society, and what I noticed on my travels.

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