How do you find stories? By travelling inward and outward. Shifting sands expose shifting realities. Explore the emotional landscape that is the fountainhead of stories.
Two ways to tell stories: which is yours? Zooming in from afar. Big picture to detail. Macro to micro. Or the reverse. Which is your way?
Characters define a tale They are anchored in history and geography. Their lives, issues, problems, fractures, conflicts are a product of their time and place.
Going in Deep The best stories go deep. They touch nerves. They catch fissures in a tale. They capture silences and expose lies. They are complex and contradictory.
Shades and Shadows There are many shades to a tale, many colors, many hues to the truth. A good storyteller paints a vivid portrait.
What is the climax? All stories end in a climax. They point to the big picture, the universal message, the sky and stars that unify all of us. To be emotionally satisfying, a story has to make people gasp, laugh and cry. That's the point, after all.

As the daughter of a college professor, teaching is part of what I do and what I love.

I have taught writing courses over two years at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

In addition, I have lectured widely about Hinduism, ritual, cows, and how the Indian identity intersects with the immigrant identity.

My approach towards teaching is to ask questions about storytelling. To prod students into coming up with ideas.