A Retelling of An Ancient Story

I'm so happy that I'm finally making some progress on a project that's very dear to my heart. For my final project of my creative writing certificate that I'm doing at the University of Toronto, I'm doing my own poetic version of the Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic that has been in people's minds and [...]

Sons of Roses

I recently had the honour of writing an article for Must be Kismet (a leading South Asian magazine & bridal show in Toronto) about queer weddings, featuring Haran Vijayanathan and Humza Mian, two amazing South Asian men who portray two grooms on their wedding day. The entire article and accompanying photos can be found here: [...]

A Plummy Spring

Sometimes at the end of my tutoring sessions, I will work with my students to write a poem about a random topic, or any topic that interests them, or about the current season or holiday. The other day, Miraya and I came up with the following poem about spring. She was delighted today when I [...]

Let’s Talk

I just got home from Chapters - I spent the afternoon there reading. I have exactly three weeks before my next book club meeting on the 21st, and my goal is to read the whole book at Chapters (can't buy them all!). The book selection for this month is "Stay With Me" by Ayobami Adebayo. It's [...]

Books I Read and Loved in 2017

Here are the Top 10 books I read and loved in 2017! It was a wonderful year for reading, with lots of memorable stories, twists and turns, and inspiring prose. 1. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin - I initially chose this book for my Toronto book club, long before it became a bestseller. I [...]

A New Year, A New Start

Happy New Year everyone!!! Hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start. Have you set any new year's resolutions? Here is my list of ten resolutions for the year: Visit 10 hot spots in Ottawa with my friend Hetal Be more like my Mom (this may take many years!) Get a job I love, [...]

A Thousand Ways

What is it about love that makes us fill the pages of our diaries, gab for hours with our girlfriends, and lose the ability to concentrate on just about anything? This little poem (in form of a triolet) describes a woman consumed by love, writing each day, inspired by her beloved. She writes of love [...]