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Short story solicited for Barrelhouse Magazine's Desi Special Issue, June 2019

See also conversation with Feroz Rather:

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Opening pages of novel-in-progress, Sangam

Sangam is a tale of a ghazal song that connects three men across generations, whose lives begin to echo one another to feed a complete tale of how music drives our minds and our hearts. In medieval India, the poet Khusrow arrives at the ruins of a ransacked temple where, stricken by thoughts of his fantasy lover, he begins penning new ghazal lyrics. In 1948, young lawyer Jayant hears these lyrics from a courtesan who captures his soul. But he is stuck with a job and family that puts him at a moral crossroads against his newly independent nation. In present day America, aspiring disc jockeys Amar and Erfan find a recording of the ghazal. Amar hopes it will help him get notice in the city’s club scene, as well as Erfan’s beautiful sister. There is a full draft of the novel, as I completed for my MFA thesis draft, and after taking some time on other projects, I've revived recent interest and am revising.

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About Aditya

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Aditya Desai's stories and essays have been featured or are forthcoming in B O D Y, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Margins, District Lit, The Kartika Review, The Aerogram,  and other publications. He teaches writing in Baltimore, and is currently shopping his first novel.

Terminus - Novel Excerpt

Excerpt from untitled novel. Forthcoming to be published in B O D Y Magazine.

The Cost of Doing Business - Essay

A creative essay written in response to the February 2017 shootings in Olathe, KS where a white xenophobe targeted two Indian men he believed to be Iranians, killing one. Published originally in The Rumpus, September 2017:

Woman with Power Is Woman Unchecked: Reading Narratives of Indian Women - Essay

Essay surveying Indian literature and popular narratives, everything from the Mahabharata to Bollywood and literary points in between, considering what agency they give women (both as the creators and characters of works) and how that has engendered severe misogyny in the culture at large. Published by The Millions, April 2017:

Did Serial Fail South Asian Americans? - Essay

In response to the first season of Serial following the case of Adnan Syed, I consider if the podcast fell short in examining Baltimore's South Asian diaspora, where both Adnan and I grew up. In an era of heightened discussion on race, this seemed a critically overlooked factor the show's wild popularity could have advanced the conversation in.

Published in The Aerogram, 12/14/2015.

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