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Flash story

“Fish”

My flash story “Fish” published in Kelp won the magazine’s Shelter in Place contest under the Fiction category. Check out the story, along with the Poetry and Essay contest winners — along with other prose, poetry, and visual art — in Kelp’s Summer 2020 issue. Enter your email ID for weekly updates about new articles […]

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Gifted Education

Empower Gifted Girls

Do gifted girls have different needs from gifted boys? In this article published at Deccan Herald, I explore the intersection of sex, intelligence, and educational needs.

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Microstory

Obsession

In this microstory published in Entropy Magazine, I explore the difference between love and obsession.

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Book review Politics

A Passage to India Argues Powerfully Against Orientalism and Imperialism

In this book review published at Qrius, I revisit E. M. Forster’s best-known novel. A Passage to India demolishes the racism that sustains imperialism; the novel exemplifies the power of literature to catalyse social progress

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Film review Uncategorized

Black Mirror’s Scathing Social Commentary Is A Wake-Up Call for Contemporary Democracies

In this critique published at Countercurrents, I explore a genre-changing television series. Black Mirror does best when it shows how, in a world that’s almost this world, mass media and social media cause problematic behaviour at the mass level.

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Short story

The Photograph

In this short story published in Gasher Journal, a woman helps her roommate to move on from a toxic relationship.

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Book review Mental Health Science

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

A review and a scientific analysis of a tiny and powerful book that inaugurated the genre of addiction memoir.

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Environment Uncategorized

Saving the World: Individual Action and Systemic Change.

To save the world, individual action is not enough. We need to unite to advocate for systemic change. I recount my own history with eco-consciousness — and my mother’s — and narrate how I moved towards a different path of action.

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Microstory

Gulmohar

In this microstory published at Star 82 Review, a woman adapts to a new life.

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Book review Cognitive Science Philosophy Politics Science

The Republic: Examining Plato’s Best-Known Dialogue: Part 2/2

Part Two of Two:
* Summary of Main Ideas
* The Structure of the Dialogue: What’s the Unifying Theme of this Sprawling Behemoth?
* Interrogating The Republic: A Cognitive Scientist critiques the Dialogue’s main ideas

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Website Updates

Website Updates: New Guest Column

Jun 13, 2020 This week I’m introducing a new Saturday column. *Artists and Scientists* will feature one fellow artist or scientist every week, sharing: views on life and work; perspectives on current events; an overview of a misunderstood topic articulated in accessible terms; a personal essay; fiction/ poetry/ art/ photography, original or previously published; or […]

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Film review

Joker (2019) raises many real issues, only to devolve into a justification of violence

This review published at Countercurrents critiques a film that squanders great potential.

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What I read

Reading: Short stories from Gasher, Flash Fiction Magazine, Fearsome Critters…

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.

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Microstory

The One Thing

In this microstory published at Potato Soup Journal, a PhD student is intent on finishing the one thing that consumes his life.

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Book review Philosophy

The Republic: Examining Plato’s Best-Known Dialogue: Part 1/2

Part One of Two:
* Reading Plato as Light Literature
* Note on Gender Pronouns
* Socrates the Character
* Are the *Dialogues* Really Dialogues?
* Socrates’s Dialectic Style: Characteristics, and Pros&Cons
* Reasoning from the Ideal

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Gifted Education

Gifted Education Without Prejudice

In this article published at Deccan Herald, I address a common and false belief that obstructs gifted education.

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Book review

‘An Enemy Of The People’: An Eye-Opening Read During The Pandemic

In this feature published at The Curious Reader, I revisit a powerful play that remains shockingly relevant today.

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Book review

Orwell’s Essays Presage His Masterpiece *1984*

In this feature published at Countercurrents, I examine how Orwell’s nonfiction engages with the issues that make his fiction so powerful.

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Advice on Writing

Write better at every stage, from ideating to using feedback – based on whether you’re a Pantser or a Plotter

In this two-part article on the craft of writing, I discuss what strategies pantsers and plotters might try to improve each stage of the writing process.

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Flash story

FISH

In this flash story that won the Fiction category of Kelp Journal’s Shelter in Place contest for lockdown writing, a man sets out to buy fish, and learns about the intersection of social class, the pandemic, and empathy.

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Book review

Book Review: Gerald Durrell’s Encounters with Animals

A review of one of British conservationist and hilarious writer Gerald Durrell’s less-known gems.

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Advice on Writing

Writing Advice: Putting advice in context. Are you a Pantser or a Plotter?

In this two-part article on the craft of writing, I discuss what strategies pantsers and plotters might try to improve each stage of the writing process.

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Personal Essay

Guest Post on Already Pretty: Style, Sexual Identity, Binaries, and Perfectionism

In this essay published at Already Pretty, I explore the intersection of personal style, sexuality, and how I broke free of binaries.

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Book review

Charles Dickens’s Bleak House.

A critique of one of Dickens’s less-known but most masterful novels.

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Book review

What I Read – A selection from Aesop’s Fables

Some life lessons from an ancient Greek fabulist.

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Book review Science

The Ancestor’s Tale Offers a Fascinating Journey Back to our Roots

In this review published at Countercurrents, I examine Dawkins’s encylopaedia of the tree of life.

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Book review Politics

Mark Tully’s No Full Stops in India exposes the decades-long roots of contemporary India’s social chasms, systemic injustices, and communal tensions

In this article published at Qrius, I explore the continuing relevance of BBC journalist Mark Tully’s book of essays on India.

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Book review

Reading: Halfway through Dickens’s masterpiece *Bleak House*

Image Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bleak-House I’m about halfway through Dickens’s Bleak House.  This is a partial review, written as a comparison of Bleak House to Dickens’s body of work. Bleak House (1852) was the ninth of Dickens’s fifteen novels, counting the unfinished Edwin Drood.  In several respects, Bleak House is a very Dickensian novel:  Littered with characters.  […]

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Book review

Reading: A volume of Ivan Bunin’s short stories

A book of short stories by Russia’s first Nobel Laureate.

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What I read

Reading: short stories from Electric Lit and *Everything Change Climate Fiction*

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.

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Science

COVID-19: Past, Present, Future

In this article published at Countercurrents, I explore the history of zoonoses in shaping civilisation, and review the steps we must take to obviate future pandemics,

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What I read

Reading: Short Stories from Granta, the Sun, and *Everything Change Climate Fiction*

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.

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What I read

Reading: Short Stories from The Atlantic and The North American Review

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.

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What I read

Reading: Short stories from Electric Literature and Fabula Argentea

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.