Published: Book Review of ‘Waiting’ by Nighat Gandhi (Scroll.in)

In her second short story collection, Waiting, Nighat Gandhi explores many of the same preoccupations that have dominated both her fiction and non-fiction thus far but with even more minute and interior details. [...] In this latest collection too, Gandhi’s women are trying to comprehend and address subjects and themes that are either taboo or fetishised. However, their voices are still repressed – questioning, rebelling, or negotiating inside their heads – as they themselves remain trapped in their worlds, waiting passively for something to change.

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Marginalia: The Ten Phases of Writing a Short Story

Having written and published 20+ short stories since 2016, I can say, with absolute conviction, that there is no single, universal process to how a short story comes together. [...] So, while I've not developed any single blueprint for writing short stories, what I have found is a somewhat consistent pattern in the phases I go through. Here they are (and some of this is, I confess, with tongue firmly in cheek):

Published: Speculation and Responsibility in ‘A People’s Future of the United States’ (PopMatters)

If you're wondering how the future could get worse because of the current US administration, the 25 speculative works in this new anthology provide some plausible scenarios.