i’m a writer with interest in self projection, internal landscapes, multicultural friction, mythology and change. i like to center a diasporic state of mind in my writing.

my work can be found online and in the pages of the new york times, the new yorker, the believer magazine, the rumpus, the village voice (rip), and vulture. I’m also a regular digital contributor for the culture page at the atlantic.

i live in brooklyn and was raised in texas by parents from india. i can be reached at mallika.padma.rao@gmail.com.

below, a pic of me looking my best!