I was born in Lucknow and grew up in Army cantonments. My parents allowed us to keep a virtual menagerie of
animals, from dogs and cats to an owl and a mongoose.
I am married to Sudhir, who is in the army and we have a teenage son, Siddharth.
I am pedagogue of French language and literature and a writer of fiction for children and adults.
I was educated at the JNU, Delhi and the Sorbonne in Paris.
I love writing. My first book for children was, Tales Old and New, Harper Collins India 1994
My first novel: My Little Boat, Penguin India 2003 . Nominated for the IMPAC International Award 2005
My second novel: The Bereavement of Agnes Desmoulins Longlisted for the Man Asian Prize 2010.
My first play: The Betrayal of Selvamary Short listed for the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright Award 2010.
My motto in life: Development is worthless sans humanity and compassion for all living beings.