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Author, teacher, mother, tree-hugger, rooming with two humans and two marmalade cats

Nandini Bhattacharya was born and raised in India and has called the United States her second continent for the last thirty years. Wherever she has lived, she has generally turned to books for answers to life's big and small questions. Her short stories have been published in Meat for Tea: the Valley Review, Storyscape Journal, Raising Mothers, The Bacon Review, The Bangalore Review, OyeDrum, and Ozone Park Journal. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop and held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VONA, and Craigardan Writers Residency (forthcoming). She was first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction contest (2017-2018), a finalist for the Fourth River Folio Contest for Prose Prize (2018), long-listed for the Disquiet International Literary Prize (2019 and 2020), and a finalist for the Reynolds-Price International Women's Literary Award (2019). Love's Garden, a work of WWII historical fiction is her first novel and draws on major events surrounding the British Empire in India and especially Calcutta (Kolkata), Indian Independence, the Partition of India, and the lives of Indian women caught up in forbidden love, political drama, and the romance and diversity surrounding the Jewel in the Crown of the British Raj. She is currently working on a second work of literary fiction about love, minorities, racism, and Hindutva politics in India and xenophobic mentalities and other mysteries in Donald Trump's America, titled Homeland Blues. She is an ardent admirer of Jhumpa Lahiri, Megha Majumdar, Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and last but not least, Chimamanda Adichie. She lives outside Houston with her family and two marmalade cats.



Virtual (AND, she'd claim, virtuous and various) Readings and Events:


*Book Launch of Love's Garden, October 27, 2020, 7-8 pm, at Brazos Bookstore, Houston. That day Love's Garden is also available in bookstores and on The event is virtual and free; register here

Freebie and Bonus: The fantastic Indira Ganesan, author of three fabulous novels, will be in conversation with her after the reading. See more about Indira here


*Podcast with Ridge Creswell on "the archaeology of the self" here


*CWW Institute of International Education Benefit Reading July 24, 2020, here


*The Great Indoors Reading Series, NY on Juneteenth 2020 (forward to minute 44:44) here


*Her interview with Scott Coon, author of Lost Helix here


You can find out more about what she's reading and writing at 





and you are warmly welcome to visit at her blog: