Published Work

[Updated: 21 Aug 2020] 

It has finally occurred to me to post links to my work published elsewhere on the Web. I hope to keep this as a live blog post, updating it as and when the time arrives. Hopefully, there will be more. 🙃

Kaleidoscopic: Four Poems

(Vayavya)

Four poems in the Monsoon Edition of the poetry magazine Vayavya about looking at lakes, being afraid in the world, knowing who we really are, and love. Always love.

The Alphabet of Love

(Juggernaut)
A story about two people in love across three timelines and spanning the physical world and the metaphysical world. Riha and Zaishan meet in this life and travel to the next and back. Meanwhile, their worldly home is turned into a temple and then ravaged. Read this timeless story of Riha and Zaishan hanging on together by a thread, hope, and love.

A New Country Without a Post Office

A Walk to the Light

(The Alipore Post)
Two poems expressing solidarity, kinship, and the hope of the triumph of equality for the people of my country.

Communication: In Five Parts

(RIC Journal)
Five poems centred around the theme of communication in love. Working title and personal preference: If I Should Ever Be in Love (these are the poems I’d write for him.)

The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch: Book Review

(The Bangalore Review)
A review of the novelised account of Qandeel Baloch’s honour killing and the circumstances in Pakistan that led to the event. Peppered generously with stories of other courageous women who defy patriarchy every day in the nation.

Absence (Poem)

(Madras Courier)
A poem about missing someone when they’re right there with you.

Memorized (Short Story)

(Coldnoon)
A short story told using the fragments of a woman’s life, about her relationships, the loves and not-loves of her life, and why she is scared of dogs.

Long Division (Short Story)

(The Bangalore Review)
A short story about two unlikely people, their relationship with their cities, each other, and how they are caught off guard by the unlikeliest thing.

Book Review: We That Are Young

(Helter Skelter)
A review of the painful debut novel by Preti Taneja and a reminder that some books come out of the publishing houses unedited and full of grammar mistakes.

I Wish They Had Taught Us About Hair Rather Than Dickens in School

(The Ladies Finger)
An essay in which I talk about why I haven’t read much Dickens, the one that got away, Bollywood influences, and yes, my hair.

Elif Shafak’s new book gives Muslim women the novel they deserve (but it needs a second draft)

(Scroll.in)
A book review of ‘Three Daughters of Eve’ in which I discuss how it is common for Muslim girls to have supportive fathers and why these characters should be written more, how this novel bears a glorious weight, and why Elif Shafak almost did it.

Why Women Must Gift Men Handkerchiefs, Dictionaries, and Glue

(HuffPost India)
An essay in light of the “mass molestation” incident in Bengaluru on 2017 New Year’s Eve trying to understand why men must molest women and why they behave in ways that depart from public decorum.

Perhaps no book comes as close to wrapping grief in words as this one

(Scroll.in)
A reflection on Max Porter’s book ‘Grief is a Thing with Feathers’ and why it is a special book for those dealing with loss and longing, discussing various motifs used and the quotable quotes.

‘Harraga’: An Algerian Story of Path Burning, Islamic Fundamentalism, and Ghosts

(HuffPost India)
A book review of Boualem Sansal’s novel ‘Harraga’ in which a Muslim woman heals the sick, takes danger in, talks to ghosts and goes above and beyond.

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