I’m an Indian American author based in Los Angeles. My middle name is a Sanskrit word meaning she who is surrendered to God.
Since migrating from Mumbai in 1999, I have worked at two churches, two publishing companies, a credit union, and as a proofreader at Warner Bros., Burbank. I’ve edited numerous books and written two of my own: Pioneer Boulevard, a collection of stories set in LA’s Indian community; and The Blessing of Melchizedek, an award-winning 100-day devotional.
I have two feature-length screenplays to show for my two decades in Los Angeles. Jericho is an action-packed drama set in Old Testament times; and A Billion Dollar Idea is a life-affirming story set in present-day LA.
Since I never do things by halves, I also hold two MA’s, one in Creative Writing (Keele, UK) and the other in English (Pune, India). I have taken graduate-level classes at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, and Bible-based courses at YWAM/University of the Nations campuses in India, the Philippines, and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I am grateful to have been mentored by some exceptional people, including Rabi Maharaj, author of Death of a Guru.
On a more personal note, I’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ since the age of six. My greatest passions are prayer, worship, and Bible study. I have the gift of exhortation and enjoy helping others grow in faith.
Despite my early commitment to Christ, I spent much of my adult life in a barren wilderness. I struggled to find my purpose and was depressed as a result. But the Lord is a great Redeemer! As Psalm 130:7 says, with Him is “full redemption.” Not only has He healed my heart, but He has also called me to help others move from barrenness into their God-appointed destiny of fruitfulness.
As someone who was given the chance to live by not being aborted, I view life as a sacred and precious gift. I believe that the most basic human right is the right to be born. Every follower of Christ should be willing to speak up for the unborn, who quite literally cannot speak up for themselves.
I live with chronic pain stemming from an incurable condition affecting my hands. Until God heals me, whether in this life or the next, I live by these words of Christ: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).