I am currently Research Specialist with the Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (under the auspices of UNESCO) in Reykjavik, teach at the University of Iceland, and have been Associate Professor, Dept of English, at Stephen’s College, Delhi. I am the author of The Book of Guardians Trilogy: The Fang of Summoning (Hachette: 2010), The Bones of Stars (Hachette: 2013), and The Eye of the Archer (Hachette: 2020). My (mostly sci-fi) short stories and (mostly sentimental) poetry have been published in various amazing publications. Sadly, nobody cares about my first non-fiction book, a groundbreaking academic work on violence (Macmillan: 2009), although the Routledge Handbook of the Politics of the #MeToo Movement, (Routledge: 2021) has been getting attention. I write poetry in April, paint on Tuesdays, have a PhD from Rutgers, and feel that people would do well to learn that a cello is not an oversized violin. I live in Reykjavik with books, a husband, two kids, a dog, and a cat.
Some of my recent poetry can be found on Daily Riyaaz, a blog run mainly for National Poetry Writing Month, which is, of course, April.
I’m a trained but lapsed violinist and soprano, but have been a Choral Conductor for almost three decades now.
My day job has been in academia, and apart from my work with GEST, I run courses for the English Literature, and General Literature Depts of the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, whenever the need arises. For decades, I was Associate Prof with the English Literature department at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. My Doctoral work was done at the Dept of Literatures in English, Rutgers University, NJ, and my very first book, Narrating Violence, Constructing Collective Identities: To witness these wrongs unspeakable is a wonderful, ground breaking, thought provoking, study that nobody reads.