Do you want to write your life story?


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If you always wanted to wanted to write the story of your life but had no idea how, this is your chance to begin that exciting journey.

I am doing a workshop which can get you started and tell you what you need to continue till the finish.

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At Somaiya center for Lifelong Learning, Fort, Mumbai.

Saturday 24th February 2018 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

About the workshop –

Everyone has a wonderful story hidden inside. Think of all those anecdotes you tell anyone who is willing to listen. What if you could write them all out in a book of your own?

This workshop will show you how to make this the year you write your life story.

It will show you how to begin, what to write about, and how to keep going to the finish.

It will also tell you what makes a story interesting and how to avoid the boring and predictable.

In the last part you will learn what to do when you have finished in case you wish to find a publisher or self publish.

If you always wanted to tell your story but didn’t know how – this workshop is for you.  See you at Somaiya.




The Caged Bird Sings


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Continuing my fiction journey with two more short stories, The Caged Bird Sings and Encounter at a Train Station.

Quiet tales of women’s lives. Caged Bird tells the tale of a young girl trying to find her voice as she lives in the most limiting and confining circumstances.  Encounter is the story of a young girl trying to understand the changes in pre Independance India.

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An earlier version of Caged bird, and Encounter was included in my first eBook,  To Catch a Falling Star.

The cover is my interpretation of the brave and intense heroine of Caged Bird. It took me a long time to give her shape.

I had fun writing these stories and hope you will have fun reading them.

Lady of the Tree, a short story


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Here is the first of many short stories which I am publishing as inexpensive ebooks.  Leading up to novels eventually. This one is fantasy and I had fun both writing the story and doing the otherworldly artwork for the cover.

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This is what it is about –

She is the spirit of the tree, the last of her kind. She stayed to help humanity but she has stayed too late. Now she is marooned in an uncaring world. When they come to destroy her, how will she survive?

Lots more to come.

between sips of cutting chai


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The second anthology is up, between sips of cutting chai, a delightful collection of poetry – haiku, haibun, senryu and renku. One more anthology from the ever active IN haiku Mumbai group.

It is available as an ebook on Amazon. The links are here.

If you thought poetry was boring take a look at this one. There is a section of haiku on trains, Mumbai’s local lifeline. Trianku. And another section on Mumbai’s cherished pick me up – cutting chai. This is chai so strong it is cut in half and only half a glass is served yet that is more than enough. Do read the chaiku.

We had fun putting it together, working long hours in coffee shops, braving the lashing Mumbai monsoon to put out a Diwali issue. So, here it is for your reading pleasure.

The second anthology generated a lot of interest and we got submissions from all over the world. There will be a third, so if you missed this one, do submit for the third one, next year. We read and discuss every single entry and take a group decision. As usual all submission periods will be up on this blog as soon as we open.

If you like this one check out our first anthology, the taste of sea breeze, which was published in 2016. Click on the picture for

Read this Summer Poetry


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The summer issue of the World Haiku Review is up and its a really good one.

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This is one you will enjoy reading, especially the editorial by Editor in Chief, Susumu Takiguchi and the usual selection of good haiku and haibun.

Also take a look at the poems in One Hundred Haijin. The poetry of Sojo is deeply moving. Enjoy.

Narrow Road 2 is up


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This is a literary magazine which began with coffeeshops and friendship. Three of us began it, putting together an issue of  flash fiction, poetry and haibun. The first issue did well.

The Second issue got a lot of submissions and interest seems to be growing. So here it is, the second issue is up.


And here is the first issue.

Lost Cities of India


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Did you always want to know about the magnificent mythic cities of ancient India? Sunken Dwarka and crystalline Indraprastha?  Take a look at this short book on the grandeur and mystery of the past.

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I wrote these articles a long time ago and the response I got was excellent. I have planned a full book on the subject since the Mahabharata is full of fascinating details and stories but that is yet to come. In the meantime, by popular demand here are the original articles I wrote in 2007.

Take a journey into India’s magnificent heritage like you have never seen before.

Available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon.

Monsoons and Mayflowers


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This one has been a long time coming. I wrote these reflections of life and nature over the years, in bits and pieces, and finally put them together as a book. A lot of people think there is no nature in a big city like Mumbai. There is plenty if you look for it and I have been looking all my life. The seasons are unlike any other and that makes them interesting.

Here is a world of dogs and cats, trees, birds, and coffee shops in Mumbai. It is the world I see. Perhaps you will like it too.





These endearing and delightful sketches will give you a most unusual look at the life of a big city.

Have you always wanted to know how not to talk crow, or how to think like a dog or walk into a wall of grass? Have you secretly desired to experience Mumbai’s most beautiful visitors or hide under a table with your whole family? If you pit a squirrel against the education system who will win? Don’t worry, it has a happy ending.

Here is a whole world of lonely Black Kites, dissatisfied visitors, telepathic dogs, giggling Peepals, lucky black cats, gaudy birds, a soundwave of sparrows, independent minded trees and cats who hate the rain. And much more.

Enter at your own risk. Take this journey into a world you did not dream existed.

The Chapters –

The Fields of Mumbai

In the Days Before Licenses

The Fairest of Visitors

As Gaudy as Possible

A Squirrel vs the Education System

Luck Comes in Black

How Not to Choose a Puppy

Love and Light

The Fine and Delicate Art of Intimidation

This is How it’s Done

Of Lovers, Coffins and Kittens

Walking Between Two Worlds

Alarms, Tall Grasses and Telepathy

Who is the Villain?

Life at the Bottom of the Ocean

Filter Coffee, Wada Pav

How Not to Speak Crow

In Memory of Trees

A Roof Full of Sparrows

A Bowstring of Honeybees

Mayflowers and Mangoes

Now Comes the King

One Tree Autumn

A Tickle of Winter

How to Hide Under a Table

Coming soon – Monsoons and Mayflowers


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Coming soon, my next book – Monsoons and Mayflowers.

A book about nature and life in Mumbai city. It will be released online as a Kindle ebook.


I am in the last stage of editing. Hope to publish it next month. More details very soon.