Writing started with letters. The first was when I was four to my parents in Paris. Soon after, came the Partition of India, partitioning my family from our homeland and then from each other. It became an unsettled family life held together through letters.
Over the years, with a lot of moving around, trying to fit in various countries/identities, I got lost, unable to see myself or hear my voice. Then, I wrote a piece ‘ The girl who couldn’t see herself’. And I knew that I needed to write.
My first published piece called ‘Breaking Out of the Labels’, appeared in ‘Watchers and Seekers.’ Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain, edited by Merle Collins and Rhoda Cobham, published by The Women’s Press( 1987). The following year they published my first novel ‘AMRITVELA’.
I then contributed to a number of anthologies and magazines.
Whilst researching my forthcoming book, my acting career unexpectedly started some 30 years after drama school. This gradually put my writing on back burner but then I acted in an episode of Dr Who about the Partition of India which released a block and I was able to return to the book and finish it.
Now as I await publication, I am writing vignettes of my memoir, of my present in a regular blog.
In October 2020 I spoke at Goldsmiths ‘Decolonising Creative Writing’ conference.