I was born in Kerala, India, but at the age of 4, I moved to Chennai to live with my grandparents so I could receive a better education. My father worked in remote tea plantations where good schools were scarce. I became a teacher at the age of 23 and have been teaching now for over 20 years. I moved to the US with my two sons Vaishnav and Vedav and husband Arun in 2010. I went on to do my Master's in Literacy Education at Teachers College Columbia University and it was here that I discovered the writer in me.
I was not an avid reader in school. I read enough to get by. As far as writing goes, my penmanship was great. I won a handwriting contest in 5th grade and was so proud. I never dreamt of becoming a writer, but here I am.