Themes which appear most often in my work tend to concern human suffering, poverty (material and spiritual), exile, and loss. I like to explore these to find traces of beauty, resilience, dignity, and the touch of God. Another recurring theme is disconnect between us as humans. I wonder through writing what that does to us and how to make connections, how to reach each other at a deeper level and find community together.
My life has been spent as a “global nomad”—I’ve lived in seven countries and traveled in many more. Growing up, I experienced a near-constant sense of being other. My blond hair and light skin made me stand out in India, my birthplace, and in Pakistan, Jordan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Hong Kong. And whenever I spent time in the U.S., where I looked like I belonged, I carried around with me a sense of being a “hidden immigrant”— I didn’t feel at home and felt out of sync with many aspects of the dominant worldview or cultural experience. These experiences have shaped my identity and most certainly my writing. As an adult, I lived with my family for seven years in Chengdu, China, working with Food for the Hungry, an international Christian relief and development organization.
My current home (for who knows how long!) is in Baltimore, Maryland, and I love connecting with others in the area who love writing, reading and cross-cultural experiences as much as I do.