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How to take a family gap year

I won runner up prize for The Green Parent writing competition 2018, talking about how we can travel responsibly with our families. Please find the article in full here.
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Boundary-breaking Girls

This is my third piece I wrote for KHPT (Karnataka Health Provision Trust) in 2018 after visiting a few of their ground-breaking projects. Here, I write about inspiring young female role models who are encouraging their peers to stay in school…
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Devadasi (Sex workers) assert rights to a violence-free life

This is my second piece I wrote for KHPT (Karnataka Health Provision Trust), an NGO based in southern India. This piece is a very personal response to an inspiring group of Sex Workers I met who, through KHPT's assistance, are asserting their…

Factory for Change

When I was travelling in India last year, I had the great privilege of spending some time with an NGO in Karnataka called KHPT - Karnataka Health Provision Trust - visiting their projects and speaking to staff, volunteers & recipients of…
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Where do Ideas come from?

Probably the question I get asked more than any other as an author is where my ideas come from. First of all, I'd like to debunk the myth that writers have better ideas than people who don't write. It's simply not true. It's what people…
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✳︎ 6 Books for a Compassionate Christmas ✳︎

How is everybody coping as Christmas edges ever closer? I don't know about anybody else, but when December hits and Christmas starts carolling towards us, as much as I love this season, I sometimes feel like burying my head under a pillow and…
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An Advent Calendar Poe-Tree

I had been meaning to create an advent calendar 'poe-tree' for my children for years, ever since seeing one on a children's book blog I follow. There's never going to be an easy time to do this, so I just decided to go for it this year, pulling…
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Encouraging Reluctant Readers

I recently had an article published on 'How to Encourage Reluctant Readers' on the Advice for Parents section of Simply Learning Tuition (a London based tutor-company). Click here to have a read of it!
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Living, Coping & Writing with Chronic Insomnia

When I wrote my second novel, The Girl and the Sunbird, I would sit at a desk in my upstairs bedroom with sunbirds flitting to and fro from the foliage outside (yes, really, hence the title's inspiration), type away at my story, and cry. And…

A love letter to the public library

Public libraries have been a lifeline for me for many, many years. This poem had been brewing in my head for some time, and I finally made the space and time to sit down and write it. By a lovely sleight of serendipity, it also happens to be…