Born and raised in India, I now make my home in Toronto. I am represented by the wonderful Mary. C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates and published by Harper Voyager US. My first book Markswoman was published in January 2018 and the sequel Mahimata in March 2019. I also enjoy reading and writing short stories.

I’m a bookworm – always have been. A few of my favorite writers are Sofia Samatar, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, N. K. Jemisin, Jack Vance, Neil Gaimam, Gene Wolfe, Patricia A. McKillip, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, and – yes – Jane Austen.

But I actually trained as an Economist. I dreamed in equations for several years before realizing I was wasting my time (both asleep and awake – who wants to dream in equations?). I branched into Environmental Policy, did a stint at the World Conservation Union in Switzerland, and worked in several countries before deciding to make my home in Canada.

I know, I know. What’s with the header? I love all things mythological, especially stories of Kali. Kali is the Mother Goddess, slayer of demons and the epitome of feminine power.

Reading about Kali some years ago, an idea began to form in my head. What if there was a group of women devoted to her worship, women who wielded the power of life and death over others in a post-apocalyptic world? Thus was the Asiana duology born. I’m so pleased to be able to share it with the world.

9 Responses to About

  1. ogresnook says:

    Thanks for liking my blog! I appreciate the encouragement!


  2. Alka Batra says:

    Great news Rati…wish u unbound success…love and blessings!


  3. endofthegame says:

    Cool story idea about the Kali worshippers! Have you read Song of Kali by Dan Simmons? It’s a horror story about Kali worshippers in Calcutta, check it out!


    • A rather grotesque tale, is it not? It is the more mystical version of Kali in mythology that interests me. Her name literally means ‘beyond time’. It also means ‘black’ because she comes before the creation of light itself. Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Lare'va Lemorte says:

    I love your idea for Kali. And you would probably love my tattoo. I’m going to b looking for your books. 😊


  5. Christal says:

    Just finished Mahimata, without reading Markswoman. IT was great, especially the ending. I think this could be made into a movie someday.


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