I am an author, translator, and storyteller. These interests have converged over the years; one kind helping me discover the other, and taking me a little further into the past. My latest work is The Merman and the Book of Power—written in the qissa genre that originated in the oral literatures of Urdu, Persian and Arabic.
I am working on establishing an Urdu language publishing program specializing in children's literature and classics. I founded the publishing house Kitab (2012), launched the online Urdu Thesaurus (2016), and designed the interactive storytelling and activity-based learning program Storykit (2016) as three segments of this project.
The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories (2011)
Folktale Retellings in Urdu
پیٹو ریچھ اور شاندار کھچڑی (2019)
بینگن شہزادی (2019)
مٹریا اور پٹریا (2019)
جوں چٹ پٹ (2018)
پودنا اور پودنی (2017)
Fellow, Harvard University South Asia Institute, Spring 2017
Finalist, Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 for Between Clay and Dust
Finalist DSC Prize for Literature 2011 for The Story of a Widow
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant 2011 for Hoshruba