short fiction

I’ve been writing stories for as long as I remember, although it was only during the Covid-19 pandemic that I started to seriously edit and send out my work to different markets.

Most of them fall under the genre of “speculative” fiction- fantasy, sci-fi, magic realism and a dash of magic- featuring sad and angry girls, against an unjust world, navigating questions of identity, self-hood and agency.

Recent Publications

  • The Alien in the Attic”. The Colored Lens. Winter, 2021. Forthcoming. [1500 words]

A  flash fiction piece about family and loss, that reworks the familiar “monster under the bed” trope in a space-y context.

  • Lady Fortune”. Anathema Magazine. May, 2021. [2700 words]

A woman visits a tarot-card reader at a magical fair and discovers a new truth about her identity.

A magic-realist story interweaving witchcraft and the pangs of teenage love, set in a sleepy suburban Indian town.

Cinderella and Red Riding Hood interweave in and out, in this quaint faerytale about girlhood and almost loves. 

“It’s a wrenching and beautiful take on time, memory, friendship, and healing.”- Charles Payseur (QuickSip Reviews)

The monk travels far and wide, collecting stories from those at their deathbed. One stormy night, he stops at a lighthouse, where three strange sisters tend to him. With stories nested within each other, like a Russian doll, the tale is a love-letter to folklore and oral storytelling traditions.

  • Charmed Honeycake”. Hexagon Speculative Fiction Magazine, Issue 3. November, 2020. [[1500 words]

A family recipe, passed down the generations, reveals a hidden secret, involving the Fae.

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Featured on Tor.com’s  “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction” November Reading List

“A gorgeous piece of work, fanciful and haunting at the same time.”- Alex Brown (reviewer at Tor)

  • The Moon Thief”. Nightshift Studios, Print Edition, Vol. 6. November, 2020. [9000 words]

An orphan child, working at a printing press, steals a page from a mysterious beautifully illuminated manuscript. Unbeknownst to her, it disrupts the order of the natural world, and she must venture into the Forest, enlist the help of animals and set right past wrongs. A faerytale about promises and sacrifices, in lavishly poetic prose.

Aer, a time-traveller from the future, is stuck horribly in the present, in the middle of the pandemic, after a failed mission. Will she be able to return home to her partner Zel? A timey-wimey scifi love story.

  • Nominated for the Washington DC Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction.

Older Publications

  • Mythology of Childhood”. Open Road Magazine. 2016.
    • Finalist in the Open Road Review Short Story Contest, 2016.
  • Presents”. Tales To Tell: Romance. Bee Books, 2016.