Got featured in an Indian Anthology

Front cover with Title: Of Dry Tongues and Brave Hearts. Picture portraying the human heart inside the head of a woman with flowing wavy hair.
Front Cover
Back cover with a short blurb describing the featured works and an image of a girl with blackened pupils.
Back Cover

Kindly check out this book, Of Dry Tongues and Brave Hearts from Amazon.

I feel extremely honoured and humbled to share with you all today that two of my poems got featured in this collection. There are works of art, pieces of prose, poems and some short stories in this anthology. But the best thing about it is the fact that it’s a completely women led project, starting from contributors to the editors. If you would like to explore a diverse range of contemporary Indian women’s writing, this would be a good start.

Special thanks to editors, Reema and Semeen, for their hardwork, unflinching motivation and immense patience in making our dreams a reality, despite the pandemic and its resulting chaos on the production process of this book.

My featured poems include – The Big Blue, To a lonely ghost

Red River Publications, India, 2021

– tree branch –

As the cold breeze brushed past me,
I shivered in my sleep, leaves aflutter.
Down flew a little thrush, to perch,
On my branch, with ruffled feathers
A faint tune lingering in her throat.
I woke with a start, shook my arm
But on she soar once more,
Leaving me alone with her song.


Scurrying up the long branches
I pause to crouch on my hind legs
Twinkling eyes, light on my toes
Scritch-ety scratch, I scrunch up my nose
Sniffing near an old knotted tree
Something peculiar seemed to tell me
To not rush forth, but look just beneath
Somehow reminding me of how
Under those very gnarly roots lay
My favourite nuts long buried away