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“A Certain Grasping Quality” in Small Blows Against Encroaching Totalitarianism Vol. 2, 2019

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Where the Heart Is - in NYT Book Review 10/30/22

Linda Sue Park Rewrites ‘Little House on the Prairie’ with an Asian-American Heroine - in NYT Book Review 3/6/20

In Jason Reynolds’s Powerful New Book, Stories Stitch Together a Neighborhood - in NYT Book Review 10/8/19

First Words - in Amherst Magazine, 9/12/18

When the Going Gets Tough, These Kids Find Their Way - in NYT Book Review, 4/13/18

Not That Story - in Guernica, 10/28/17

Donald Trump in My Kids’ School? - in Mutha Magazine, 1/26/17

Questions from My Daughters - in Asterix, microeditorial, 11/10/16

My story starts with a song. And yes, it's one by Bob Dylan - in Scroll.in, 10/15/16

At Mohanraj - in Ploughshares, Winter 2014-15

Bud - in The Common, essay, 4/1/14

You Are Looking Almost Good - in Ninth Letter, Fall/Winter 2013-14

“Tiger” in One Story, 2011

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Freud’s Blind Spot: 23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings is published by Free Press (2010). The collection is edited by Elisa Albert (How This Night Is Different, 2006; The Book of Dahlia, 2008), and includes Nalini’s essay “Who Will Save Us Now?” Other contributors are Steve Almond, Daphne Beal, Nat Bennett, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, James Canon, T Cooper, Lauren Grodstein, Nellie Hermann, Joanna Hershon, Etgar Keret, Victor LaValle, Vestal McIntyre, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Mary Norris, Eric Orner, Peter Orner, Angela Pneuman, Margo Rabb, Edward Schwarzschild, Robert Anthony Siegel, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway, and Rebecca Wolff. 

AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India (2008) is published in India (Random House India), the U.K. (Vintage UK), and the United States (Anchor Books), respectively, in collaboration with Avahan, the India AIDS initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nalini’s essay “Love in the Time of Positives” is the last in a diverse collection of true stories about people affected by the epidemic in India and by the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Other contributors include Kiran Desai, Salman Rushdie, Sonia Faleiro, and William Dalrymple. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit children affected by HIV/AIDS in India. Click here to read more about it.