Published: Bringing Forth the Male Gaze in ‘Preeto and Other Stories’ (PopMatters)

My latest book review is of an anthology translated from Urdu to English, edited by Dr Rakhshanda Jalil. Preeto and Other Stories comprises of 13 short stories written by male Urdu writers and examining the male gaze in contemporary Urdu fiction. Through these short stories about women, we see how male Urdu writers have viewed women and their place in society. I've often said and written how many male writers — both in the East and in the West — struggle to depict women well in fiction. It's hard enough for women writers to do justice to all that is unsaid

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Podcast: New 2019 Project (preliminary details)

Some initial thoughts about a new literary project: a podcast series on writing and translating craft. This will not be an overnight thing because I intend to do it professionally with planning and preparation. I will be fully transparent in sharing progress publicly because my hope is that it will encourage more literary initiatives across the Indian publishing ecosystem. A rising tide will lift all boats -- I truly believe this. No doubt, there will be some mistakes along the way. But I'm open to feedback and suggestions. Please just be nice about it?

2019 Word of the Year: Trust

If you've been following this site long enough, you know how one of my annual rituals is to set a word as my theme for the year. I'm not a religious person but I love how language and words can influence us deeply even when we're not always aware of how they do so. Meditating on a theme throughout the year keeps me on track. It's not exactly a prayer to some higher power as much as it is an anchor for me to stop me from drifting about or going off the deep end. Why "trust"? To me, trust is the bedrock of all relationships.