Writing Irrationality

I seek to capture in words the nature of experience. I’m particularly fascinated by irrationality. What habits and structures allow irrational behaviour? How do we decide what’s rational, what’s goal and what’s distraction? How do we struggle against irrationality? I dream of a world where we prod each other to confront these scary questions. For me, that journey starts in exploring irrationality through fiction and through science.

I love having no hair. Someday if I can quit my job, out comes the razor again.

My Published Work


Unless otherwise noted, stories are literary realism.

Magic realist short story “Courage Anniversary” in The Dillydoun Review Vol. 9:

Flash story “They Told My Friend” in Bandit Fiction: https://banditfiction.com/2021/09/05/they-told-my-friend-by-amita-basu/

Short story “Biding Time” published on uRevolution.

Magic realist short story “Re:Birth” published in Goat’s Milk Magazine.

Humorous speculative novellete “Theory” serialised in four parts in Bewildering Stories:
Part 1 (Issue 911)
Part 2 (Issue 911)
Part 3 (Issue 912)
Part 4 (Issue 912)

Flash story “The One Thing” published in Potato Soup Journal’s *Best Of 2020* collection:
Buy the ebook on Amazon.
Or read the story for free in the magazine here.

Short story “Fault” published in Commuter Lit.

Flash story “Promises” republished in Toyon (Vol. 67). Also published in Spanish & Chinese translation (translations not mine):
Free ebook: https://www.toyonliterarymagazine.org/read.html (“Promises” is on p6)
Free audiobook: https://www.toyonliterarymagazine.org/listen.html (“Promises” starts at 14:47)
Ebook on Amazon

Flash story “The Hours” in Down in the Dirt / Scars Mag (Vol 186 Aug 2021)
(This is an old website; navigating is slightly tricky. Find my name in the alphabetised list of author names in the lefthand panel; click; scroll up to the top; under my name, click on “The Hours.”)
Also part of the “Three Things” issue
And as a print book on Amazon

Flash story “Holiday” republished in Meet Cute Press Issue #2:

Flash play “Trio” published in Blue Pepper:

Flash story “Re:Birth” (magic realism) published in Ligeia Issue #5:

Flash story “Promises” published in Fabula Argentea Issue #31:

Short story “Excuses” (suspense) published in Scarlet Leaf Review:

Short story “Sanctuary” published in Fearsome Critters Millennial Arts Journal. Vol. III.
Buy the book on Amazon:
Or read the flipbook for free (my story is on p92):

Short story “Holiday” (romance) published in The Bookends Review:

Flash story “Fish” published in Kelp Journal:

Flash story “Noon” published in Flash Fiction Magazine:

Flash story “Weary” published in St. Katherine Review:

Miccrostory “The One Thing” published in Mar 2020 at Potato Soup Journal. Read here:

Short story “The Hole” (horror/magic realism) published in Feb 2020 issue of Novel Noctule. Read for free here:
The Featured Writer spotlight:

Microstory “Obsession” in Feb 2020 in Entropy Magazine: http://entropy2.com/blogs/100words/2020/02/15/obsession/

Short story “How To Catch A Bee” (low fantasy) in Dove Tales Writing for Peace, 2020 edn.: https://writingforpeace.org/winter-2020-dovetales-fiction/
Buy the Dove Tales Writing for Peace Anthology (annual, 2013 on):

Microstory “Gulmohar” in Winter 2019 edition of Star 82 Review, Issue 7.4: http://star82review.com/7.4/basu-gulmohar.html
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Short story “The Photograph” in Gasher Journal 2019:

Short story “Vocation” published in The Right-Eyed Deer 2011:

Spring 2011 – two poems “In the Bath” and “When Thisbe Was Dead” in Muse India:

Three short stories in two 2006 issues of Quirk Magazine: https://sites.google.com/site/superquirk/


So far I’ve published mostly book reviews.

Open Page article: “Saving the World: Individual Action and Systemic Change. Was Captain Planet right?”

Feature article “An Enemy of the People – An Eye-Opening Read During the Pandemic”

COVID-19: Past, Present, Future

Retrospective on Mark Tully’s *No Full Stops in India*

Newspeak and Nationalism: Are we Living in 1984‘s Dystopia?

George Orwell’s essays Presage his Masterpiece 1984:  https://countercurrents.org/2020/01/orwells-essays-presage-his-masterpiece-1984

Black Mirror’s scathing social commentary is a wake-up call for contemporary democracies: https://countercurrents.org/2019/12/black-mirrors-scathing-social-commentary-is-a-wake-up-call-for-contemporary-democracies

Book Review of Richard Dawkins’s The Ancestor’s Tale:

Film review of Joker (2019):

A shorter film review (Note: on the MovieQuotesAndMore site, anyone can post anything; but I’d written a second, shorter, better review of Joker, so I wanted it published somewhere):

Retrospective and analysis of Jared Diamond’s The Third Chimpanzee:

Why we need to reconceptualise religious festivals for environmental conservation:

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


I’ve published academic and popular writing on gifted education (I did an RA in this area) and behavioural economics.

Basu, A., & Srinivasan, N. (2021). A Modified Contingent Valuation Method Shrinks Gain-Loss Asymmetry. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics94, 101747.

“The Nature and Nurture Debate” in Parent Circle, September 2016: https://www.magzter.com/article/Parenting/Parent-Circle/Giftedness-The-Nature-And-The-Nurture-Debate

A series of ten articles on parenting gifted children:

Article in Deccan Herald: Nurturing Talent in Science, Technology, and Maths (STEM):

Article in Deccan Herald: Gifted children need teachers who set intellectual challenges:
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/313552/gifted-children-need-teachers-set.html https://www.deccanherald.com/content/313552/gifted-children-need-teachers-set.html

Article in Deccan Herald: Can you tell a gifted child apart?

Article in Deccan Herald: Gifting education without prejudices:

Article in Deccan Herald: Dealing With A Gifted Child:

Article in Deccan Herald: The Gifted Under-Achiever:

Article in Deccan Herald: Empowering Gifted Girls:

Article in Deccan Herald: Enriching Curriculum for Gifted Children:

Article in Deccan Herald: Help Gifted Children Excel

About Me

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I’m working on three projects: The Flat, a mystery novel about art, guilt, and ambition; a collection of literary short stories about the lives of women and girls in contemporary India — tentatively titled Grandmas, and Girlies, and Women, Oh, My! and a bildungsroman that asks: “What are books for?”

I’m doing a PhD in cognitive science at CBCS, India. I study the valuation and discounting of nonmarket goods in a behavioural economics framework.

I live in Bangalore, India. The city that was once known for its parks, is now known for its traffic, and is still famous for its easygoing weather and people.

Apart from writing, I like reading, and listening to classical music. I read mostly older fiction, and contemporary popular science. I’m beginning to explore contemporary fiction.

On this blog I post mostly book reviews; occasionally I post interviews with writers whom I’ve read and got to know. And I repost stories and articles I’ve published elsewhere.

Contact Me

Want to exchange views on irrationality? Book recommendations? Want me to write a story or article for a blog or magazine? Get in touch!

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