My student years were spent in Chennai, Bangalore, Bombay, and at Smith College, Massachusetts, USA. Each place brought with it mentors who have been invaluable to my journey.
After working as an assistant director on the Hindi film Satya, I joined as writer on the travel channel of Indya.com, where my editor despaired of my ever meeting a deadline. (The daily distraction was an animal shelter across the street from our office, full of tail-wagging, impossibly lovable mongrels. I must pin all blame for my tardiness on them. Like Oscar Wilde, I can resist anything but temptation). My editor liked my writing well enough not to sack me. Just when he was reaching the end of his very long tether… I quit.
What followed was a daily soap on Eenadu TV called Bidige Chandrama. The plot had strong female protagonists whom I enjoyed writing into existence. The experience taught me about exacting and uncompromising deadlines. I discovered my ability to produce impossibly large and detailed bodies of work, day-after-day, while penning this show.
There have been a few film scripts since. One was bought by Aamir Khan Productions Ltd. and another by Excel Entertainment. The rest slumber in my computer, waiting for their moment to arrive. There are books and short stories as well, the latest of which is Left from the Nameless Shop(HarperCollins 2018).
Besides writing, I conduct workshops for children, smuggle treats to the friendly street-dogs (behind the backs of the unfriendly neighbors), take long walks, and cook food that the family politely enjoys.
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