Freelance writer based in San Diego, California, formerly of Bangalore, India. These days, I write while my year-old daughter is asleep.
I have a full list of my non-fiction writings here. Most of what I have written has to do with science, the environment and conservation, but I also write about cities, and all their contradictory parts.
A partial list of some of the essays I’ve had the most fun researching / writing…
- “Native or Invasive.” Orion Magazine, March 2017. On lantana, invasive species, and being multiracial in an increasingly walled-off world.
- “Bridging the gap between humans and elephants: from anthropology to ecology.” Current Conservation, November 2016. Exploring the new discipline of ethnoelephantology, where anthropologists and ecologists work together to find new ways of thinking about elephants in the Anthropocene.
- “Unnatural Disaster: After the Chennai Floods.” Dissent Magazine, Apr 22 2016. Last December’s floods in Chennai illustrated the devastating consequences of a development model that puts profits before people. But they also hinted at what a democratic response to climate disaster might look like.
- “COP21 Diary.” The Wire, December 2015. Two weeks of dispatches from the 2015 Climate Talks in Paris, an enormously eye-opening and stimulating experience.
- “Ghosts of architects past on the Indian Institute of Science campus.” IndiaBioScience, Aug 28 2015. Repurposed World War II-era buildings give a glimpse into India’s scientific history.
- “Chasing perfection through Argentine Tango: From Buenos Aires to Bangalore.” Forbes India, Jun 30 2015. In which I take my obsession with Argentine Tango and write about it.
- “Peering through the cracks in the California dream: Bangalore’s nostalgia for our manufactured past.” Boom: A Journal of California, Winter 2014. Article on the strange juxtaposition of American nostalgia marketing with the ever-changing face of Bangalore.
- “Notes from the career building workshop for women scientists at NIAS.” IndiaBioScience, Nov 12 2014. Overview of week-long COACh workshop held at NIAS, Bangalore, where I got to be a fly on the wall while a room full of amazing women scientists looked back on their lives in a male dominated field.
- “Rereading Walden.” Public Books, Nov 11 2014. In which I dissect an old classic of the environmental movement.
- “The Writing on the Wall.” The Caravan, 1 Sep 2011. Article on the city government-sponsored murals that have emerged on public walls in Bangalore.
- “Untitled.” Tehelka, May 9 2009. Article under “personal histories,” on the experience of bridging the cultural and linguistic gap as an Indian-American ecologist in rural South India.
I also write fiction. (Lately, in 100 word snippets. Sometimes longer.)
More autobiographical things: I have a BA from Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA, USA) where I wrote about creativity and the mind for my senior thesis with the late, wonderful Paul Grobstein. I have an MS from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (Bangalore, India) where I studied population dynamics in fruit flies under the amazing Amitabh Joshi. I also studied environmental history at the University of California at Irvine, where reading a combination of Marx, Foucault, Benedict Anderson and Timothy Mitchell in a very short amount of time sent little earthquakes through my mind which I’m still figuring out today.