I’m an immigrant. Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, I moved to America as a newlywed in 2008. The journey from East to West, though literally made on a plane, was more like a maze–-complicated, messy, and chaotic-–one that involved never-before-taken routes into identity crises, separation anxieties, and cultural perplexities.
My immigrant journey overlapped with my spiritual one, completely (and surprisingly) altering my relationship with God.
My eyes were opened as I wrestled with the fundamentals of my identity and my faith. I discovered in a wholly fresh and personal way what it meant to be “a peculiar people”, sojourners and pilgrims, strangers in a strange land, in the world but not of it.
I write with a mission to encourage and empower other believers to embrace their immigrant identity on earth and boldly pursue their heavenly calling on earth. Writing, to me, is not just a creative expression of my thoughts and feelings but also a medium to communicate the joy, purpose, and hope found in Jesus.
My articles have been published in CBN.com, The Upper Room, (in)courage.me, and Leading Hearts magazine. I’m a contributor to Guideposts’ upcoming book, All God’s Creatures 2022: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers.
My essay, #LockdownLessons: How the Pandemic Reshaped My Understanding of Church, published in LeadingHearts.com as well as Courageous Magazine (India), won the Selah Award (Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference) in the essay category in 2021.
I’ve recently signed a book contract for my first nonfiction book with Harambee Press of Iron Stream Media. It will be published in 2022.
I am currently pursuing M.A. in Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A lover of tea, books, and dancing, I live in Silicon Valley, California, with my husband, nine-year-old son, and a Maltese pup.
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