Author of

The Cosmopolitans, Neti, Neti and Lunatic in my Head (novels)

A Day in the Life and Difficult Pleasures (short fiction)

Street on the Hill (poetry)

Sitara Grows Up (for children)

Currently a Homi Bhabha Fellow

Co-director, Bangalore's World Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program

Formerly books editor,
Caravan magazine


A Day in the Life
Winner, Valley of Words Award 2019
Shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2018

The Cosmopolitans
Shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Award 2019
Shortlisted for the Crossword Fiction Award 2016

Difficult Pleasures
Shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2012
Shortlisted for the Crossword Fiction Award 2012

Neti, Neti
Shortlisted for the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010
Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2011
Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008

Lunatic in my Head
Shortlisted for the Crossword Fiction Award 2008


Work published in

Granta, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Griffith Review, Baffler, Wasafiri, The Caravan, Indian Quarterly, Critical Quarterly, World Literature Today, Public Books, Asia Literary Review, Heat Magazine, The Literary Review, Fulcrum, Karavan, Ord & Bild, Timeout, Indian Literature, Kavya Bharati, Chandrabhaga, Himal, Tehelka, Outlook, Mint Lounge, Hindu Literary Review, Indian Review of Books and others.


Notable anthologies

Writing the City (Orient BlackSwan 2020)
Insider/Outsider: Belonging and Unbelonging in the Northeast (Amaryllis 2019)
The Complete Short Stories of Premchand (Penguin 2017)
A History of Indian Poetry in English (Cambridge University Press 2016)
Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories (Hardie Grant Books and HarperCollins, 2016)
A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces (Aleph 2014)
Shaping the World: Women Writers on Themselves (Hay House 2014)
These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (2012)
The HarperCollins Book of Indian Poetry (2012)
India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion (HarperCollins & Whereabouts Press, 2011)
The Popcorn Essayists: What Films do To Writers (Tranquebar 2011)
Excess: The Tehelka Book of Stories (Hachette 2010)
Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (WW Norton, 2008)
60 Indian Poets (Penguin and Bloodaxe, 2008)
First Proof 4 (Penguin 2008)
Multiple City: Writings on Bangalore (Penguin 2008)
21 Under Forty: New Stories for a New Generation (Zubaan 2007)
Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Indian Poets (Penguin 2002)