I dashed off my first short story in January 1994, right after coming home to Detroit on a Greyhound bus from Buffalo. Many rewrites later, this was published two years after as “Felicia” in the anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians map North America. I am grateful for that encouragement.

Twelve of my stories have been published in the book Killing the Water by Penguin India.


Below are stories that are not in the book.

  • To Make a Short Story Long, published in Bengal Lights Spring 2013
  • Fragments from a lost manuscript,
    published in the anthology In Pursuit of the Perfect Gourmet Garam Masala, Skrev Press 2007, UK.

    Sometime in the year 2131: By the time Indian astronomers discovered a distant planet that had a 99% possibility of hosting intelligent life — a planet they named Durga in honour of its ten moons — visitors from that planet had already arrived and established a sprawling base on the beds opened up by the melting of the Himalayan glaciers.
    Read the full story.

  • Felicia
    Published in the anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America, from the Asian American Writers Workshop, published by Temple University Press, 1998
  • She saw me eying the empty seat next to her at the back of the bus.
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  • Speaking in Tongues, published by India Currents, 1998

Earlier versions of the stories in my book Killing the Water appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines:

  • Killing the Water, featured story in AnotherSubcontinent.com, January 2005
  • Runa’s Journey, in the Daily Star Anthology of Bangladeshi Writing, 2006 and also in The New Anthem: The Subcontinent in its Own Words, Tranquebar Press, 2009.
  • Interrogation in the anthology Liberation Lit, Mainstay Press, 2010 and in New Age, April 2007
  • Man in the Middle, New Age, October 2008
  • Blue Mondays at the Gearshift Lounge, New Age, September 2007
  • Postcards from a stranger, Daily Star, December 2, 2006
  • Before the monsoons come, Daily Star, Octover-November 2006
  • City Shoes in the Village, Daily Star, April 2006
  • Balancing Acts, Asian Pacific American Journal, Winter 2005
  • War Stories, India Currents, 2001