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"You Get What is Yours," October 2021

  • Winner of the 2021 Salam Award 

"Cafe May," Catapult, August 2021

"A Cold Heart," Himal Southasian, January 2020

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Himal Southasian Short Story Competition

"Asma,London Magazine, April 2018

  • 2017 London Magazine Short Story Competition, 2nd Place

Personal Essay

"The Joy of Influence," Lithub, August 2022

"Inheritance," Wasafiri, August 2022

"Reflections in Ramzan," Aleph Review, April 2022

"The Many Homes of My Mother," Al Jazeera, September 2021

"Writing Into and Out of My Long-Distance Grief," New York Times, December 2020

"Your Tongue is Still Yours," Financial Times, November 2019

  • 2019 Financial Times / Bodley Head Essay Prize Winner (e-book link)

"House on Mayo Road,Longreads, November 2018

"American Smile," The Offing, June 2018

Food & Culture


Sri Lanka: "Teardrop in the Indian Ocean," The News, March 2019

Myanmar: "At Home in Burma," The News, March 2019

Vietnam: "Vietnam's Heart," The News, March 2019

Cambodia: "In the Land of Angkor Kings," The News, February 2019

Indonesia: "Javanese Days," The News, February 2019

Colombia: "Amethyst Afternoons in Cartagena," The News, April 2018

Portugal: "The Island No One Told You About," The News, April 2018

Book Reviews

"An Ode to Innocence," The News, June 2018

"Speaking Truth to Empire," The News, April 2018


"Yours and Mine," Annual of Urdu Studies Volume 28, 2013

Literary Criticism

"Requiem: Agha Shahid Ali’s Last Canzone," Mad Heart Be Brave, University of Michigan Press, 2017

"Postcolonial London," Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism Volume XIII, Spring 2015

Other Honors

  • Forbes 30 Under 30, 2022

  • Chamberlain Prize, University of Michigan, 2021

  • Longlisted, Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, 2020

  • Busch Prize in Fiction, University of Michigan, 2020

  • Hopwood Prize in Novel, University of Michigan, 2020

  • Hopwood Prize in Nonfiction, University of Michigan, 2020

  • Wagner Prize in Nonfiction, University of Michigan, 2020

  • Longlisted, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2019

  • Emerging Writers Fellowship, Aspen Words, 2018

  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Scholarship, Catapult Writing Workshop, 2018

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