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Birthday Gift

It was quite the birthday present this year to find out my essay "In Search of Equatorial Roots" has been published in the UK-based Litro Magazine's India themed October issue. Guest-edited by Shashi Tharoor, whose writing I greatly admire, it features works by Abraham Verghese and William Dalrymple, among other amazing writers.

The morning I found out about the publication I woke up with vivid recollections of a dream. (Having any memory of dreams is rare because I am the K.O.'d kind of sleeper: my head hits the pillow and the next thing I know it's 7:30 a.m.) In the dream, I was celebrating the result of a certain fiction contest I had submitted to. I woke up disappointed because the magazine had already announced their winners a week or so back and my name hadn't been on the list. However, later that day, I found out that not only is my essay appearing in October's print issue, my name is featured on the cover. Talk about delicious chocolate sprinkles on the birthday cake.

Published!

A year after I wrote the first draft, many revisions, and a few months of waiting, one of my flash fiction pieces was accepted! This is my first published piece. It feels good to be out of the slush. I remember writing the first draft sitting on the dining table. My roommates and one of their friends were swarming around the living room and kitchen. I usually need a graveyard-like atmosphere to write, but with Separation, once I figured out what I was writing, it flowed easy. Of course, that was just the dirty first draft. After much revising and tinkering with, it's out in the wide web world (uh, worldwide web). Here's the link. (Note: I'd a better reading experience on the phone, but feel free to try it out on whatever is convenient.)