Staff Writer at The Huffington Post
"I'm a staff writer at the Huffington Post, where I investigate small stories that intrigue me, usually about people and art."
WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: "I write on my own time, strum on the guitar (still learning), talk to my husband who is endlessly fascinating, try to make beautiful things happen with my hands: food, household items, the growth of plants immune to my black thumb."
HER 2015 GOAL: "I'm working on starting a network for Indian-Americans in the creative industry. It tends to happen that those of us who chose atypical paths don't have Indian friends -- we've sort of bowed out of ethnic tribalism -- but I think sometimes, especially professionally, those connections can be powerful."
A LADY SHE ADMIRES: "I admire my college friend Jen Percy, a fearless writer who goes to dangerous regions and comes back with luminous, scary prose. Also my mom, a former neurologist and all-around badass who I keep learning from even though she's gone."
HER INITIAL REACTION TO HER LADY GUNS NOMINATION: "[I feel] like a million bucks. These women are smart, cool, and tough and now I get to hang in their virtual club with them."
ON CHALLENGES: "When I was in graduate school, my mom died. It was out of nowhere and devastating. As a result, I floundered in finding my way into the first steps of my career.
"I was lucky to have a solid support system -- my then boyfriend / now husband, my dad, brother, and a few incredible loved ones. They made me feel that it was okay to be a mess. They also helped me in material ways, letting me crash in their places, buying me dinner here and there while I tried to get my professional bearings.
"The best advice I got was from an old friend who lost her mom when we were kids. She told me that someday I would feel happy again. I held onto that promise and sort of plugged away with whatever I could get. Eventually, I started landing some offbeat freelance gigs. I was able to see a path forward. It took time and a lot of patience. Sometimes I still feel bad about just how much time...but that's the kind of thinking my family would tell me to stop!"
ON WHAT TO READ NOW: "Everyone who can read should use their skills on Molly Lambert's 2011 essay, In Which We Teach You How To Be A Woman In Any Boys Club. Its wisdom has been a touchstone for me. Biggest lesson of them all: Impressive women aren't threats, they're your sisters."
STORIES SHE'S PROUD OF: "Goodbye Marfa, Texas: an essay about the inevitable gentrification of the coolest outpost in Texas; and The Kids Are ALL-CAPS: part of a series I'm working on about the confluence of Internet culture, teens, and language."