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Writing Irrationality

I seek to capture in words the nature of experience. I’m particularly fascinated by irrationality. What habits and structures cause and maintain irrational behaviour? How does each of us decide what’s rational? What’s goal and what’s distraction? What is the nature of our struggle against irrationality? I dream of a world where we prod each other to confront these scary questions. To define for ourselves what we want — and then to pursue that. For me, that journey starts in exploring irrationality through fiction and through science.


My Published Work

Fiction

Unless otherwise noted, stories are literary realism.

Flash story “Holiday” republished in Meet Cute Press Issue #2:
https://www.meetcutepress.com/post/holidayhttps://www.meetcutepress.com/post/holiday

Flash play “Trio” published in Blue Pepper:
https://bluepepper.blogspot.com/2021/03/new-one-scene-play-by-amita-basu.html

Flash story “Re:Birth” (magic realism) published in Ligeia Issue #5:
https://www.ligeiamagazine.com/fall-2020/rebirth-amita-basu/

Flash story “Promises” published in Fabula Argentea Issue #31:
https://fabulaargentea.com/index.php/article/promises-by-amita-basu/

Short story “Excuses” (suspense) published in Scarlet Leaf Review:
https://www.scarletleafreview.com/short-stories33/amita-basu-excuses

Short story “Sanctuary” published in Fearsome Critters Millennial Arts Journal. Vol. III.
Buy the book on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DSS7ZD9/
Or read the flipbook for free (my story is on p92):
https://issuu.com/fearsomecritters/docs/v3_issuu

Short story “Holiday” (romance) published in The Bookends Review:
http://thebookendsreview.com/2020/07/13/holiday/

Flash story “Fish” published in Kelp Journal:
https://www.kelpjournal.com/post/sip-flash-fiction-by-amita-basu

Flash story “Noon” published in Flash Fiction Magazine:
https://flashfictionmagazine.com/blog/2020/05/10/noon/

Flash story “Weary” published in St. Katherine Review:
https://www.stkathreview.org/weary/

Miccrostory “The One Thing” published in Mar 2020 at Potato Soup Journal. Read here:
http://potatosoupjournal.com/the-one-thing-by-amita-basu/

Short story “The Hole” (horror/magic realism) published in Feb 2020 issue of Novel Noctule. Read for free here:
https://www.novelnoctule.com/post/the-hole-by-amita-basu
The Featured Writer spotlight:
https://www.novelnoctule.com/post/writers-spotlight-amita-basu

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):
https://writingforpeace.org/shop-now/

Microstory “Gulmohar” in Winter 2019 edition of Star 82 Review, Issue 7.4: http://star82review.com/7.4/basu-gulmohar.html
Buy Issue 7.4:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/alisa-golden/star-82-review-74/paperback/product-24341882.html

Short story “The Photograph” in Gasher Journal 2019:
https://www.gasherjournal.com/single-post/2019/11/01/AMITA-BASU

Short story “Vocation” published in The Right-Eyed Deer 2011:
https://therighteyeddeer.weebly.com/uploads/6/2/1/2/6212676/tred_iss_5__e-version.pdf

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

Nonfiction

So far I’ve published mostly book reviews.

Open Page article: “Saving the World: Individual Action and Systemic Change. Was Captain Planet right?”
https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/was-captain-planet-right/article32303681.ece

Feature article “An Enemy of the People – An Eye-Opening Read During the Pandemic”
https://www.thecuriousreader.in/features/an-enemy-of-the-people/

COVID-19: Past, Present, Future
https://countercurrents.org/2020/05/covid-19-past-present-future/

Retrospective on Mark Tully’s *No Full Stops in India*
https://qrius.com/mark-tullys-no-full-stops-in-india-exposes-the-decades-long-roots-of-contemporary-indias-social-chasms-systemic-injustices-and-communal-tensions/

Newspeak and Nationalism: Are we Living in 1984‘s Dystopia?
https://www.thecuriousreader.in/features/1984-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:
https://countercurrents.org/2019/11/the-ancestors-tale-offers-a-fascinating-journey-back-to-our-roots

Film review of Joker (2019):
https://countercurrents.org/2019/10/joker-raises-quite-many-real-issues-sadly-only-to-skirt-them-on-its-way

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):
https://www.moviequotesandmore.com/joker-2019-movie-review-2/

Retrospective and analysis of Jared Diamond’s The Third Chimpanzee:
https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/the-third-chimpanzee-a-critical-retrospective-amita-basu

Why we need to reconceptualise religious festivals for environmental conservation:
https://countercurrents.org/2019/03/holi-celebrates-the-triumph-of-good-over-evil-let-us-unite-at-holi-to-slay-the-evil-of-air-pollution

Guest Post on Already Pretty on: Style, Sexual Identity, Binaries, and Perfectionism
https://www.alreadypretty.com/guest-post-amita-basu-on-style-sexual-identity-binaries-and-perfectionism/

Academic

I’ve published academic and popular writing on gifted education.

“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:
http://prodigy.net.in/books-article-report

Article in Deccan Herald: Nurturing Talent in Science, Technology, and Maths (STEM):
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/534903/nurturing-their-special-talent.html

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?
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/284388/can-you-tell-gifted-child.html

Article in Deccan Herald: Gifting education without prejudices:
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/353855/gifting-education-sans-prejudices.html

Article in Deccan Herald: Dealing With A Gifted Child:
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/331182/dealing-too-good-problem-child.html

Article in Deccan Herald: The Gifted Under-Achiever:
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/328231/gifted-underachiever.html

Article in Deccan Herald: Empowering Gifted Girls:
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/342492/empower-gifted-girls.html

Article in Deccan Herald: Enriching Curriculum for Gifted Children:
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/342492/empower-gifted-girls.html

Article in Deccan Herald: Help Gifted Children Excel
http://preendorse3.rssing.com/chan-3378153/all_p70.html

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

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