Hi, there. I’m Jenny Bhatt — a writer and a global nomad of Indian origin. Having lived and worked my way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, I now split my time between Atlanta, Georgia in the US and Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India.
Indiatopia began as an attempt to reclaim and reframe the India where I was born, spent my formative years, and which will always be a part of my evolving diasporic identity, even as I continue moving across countries and continents and assimilating various other cultures. That said, this space has developed into a scrapbook of my own version of Indiatopia — one that is more about a personal mindset rather than about being tied to a physical place. For more, see the ‘Introduction‘ and this ‘Recalibration‘. Also, my own thoughts on the question of an “Indian identity”: Part 1 and Part 2.
Mostly, I write about reading and creative writing. Check out the following while you’re browsing about here:
— my fiction and nonfiction published various literary magazines (print and online)
— reviews (books, TV, movies, plays, music, artwork)
— marginalia (notes on shorter works)
— creative writing practices
— a non-academic appreciation of poems I’ve enjoyed
— a monthly series of the best short stories I’ve read online
— a monthly series on my favorite writing how-to books/resources
— a 6-part series on bibliomemoirs
I also share almost-daily shorter blasts (mostly about books, reading, writing) on Facebook — join me there too. And I share reading and writing articles from other publications on Twitter daily.
So welcome. Stay awhile. Share your own Indiatopian story. Start a conversation.
Jenny Bhatt’s first short story collection is due out in 2018. Her writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology and has appeared or is upcoming in, among others: The Atlantic, Amazon’s Day One Literary Journal, Gravel Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Hofstra’s Windmill, Eleven Eleven Journal, Hot Metal Bridge, Jet Fuel Review, Kweli Journal, Five:2:One, The Indian Quarterly, York Literary Review (UK), The Nottingham Review (UK), Litro UK, The Vignette Review, and an anthology, ‘Sulekha Select: The Indian Experience in a Connected World.’ Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Find her at: http://indiatopia.com