Love Across A Broken Map eBook Release

Short Stories by The Whole Kahani

Kindle Edition
(available in the UK, US, India, and worldwide)

The Whole Kahani’s anthology was published one year ago in June 2016.

Love Across A Broken Map has had great reviews, some of them wonderfully detailed, and the ‘The Whole Kahani’ collective has been invited to read and hold workshops at several literary festivals.

To celebrate one year of success, Dahlia Publishing has now released an eBook edition.

If you haven’t yet read this “engaging volume that eschews stereotypical stories about the experience of the South Asian diaspora in Britain”* then now is the time to download it.

Love Across A Broken Map is available for free downloads this month:
on July 21, July 22 and July 23, 2017.

Write to me with your comments on the book, it’s always good to hear your views.

More on The Whole Kahani here:

Reviews of the anthology:
The Short Story
Byte The Book
Desi Lekh
The Book Review India
Confluence Magazine

Read a Group Interview with members of The Whole Kahani at:

*from James Holden’s review in The Short Story

Poem-A-Thon for The Poetry Society

Poem-A-Thon fundraiser for the Poetry Café
61 poets in an all-day non-stop poetry reading to raise funds for the Poetry Café
Saturday 22 July 2017 | 12.00pm – 10.00pm
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX London
Join Facebook event here

To help me raise money for the Poetry Café, and read why I’m fundraising, visit my JustGiving page at

Full line-up:

12.00 Paul McGrane | 12.10 Jennifer Wong | 12.20 Imtiaz Dharker | 12.30 Tom Vaughan | 12.40 Carmina Masoliver
12.50 Theresa Lola | 13.00 Ruby Jah | 13.10 Joelle Taylor | 13.20 Dean Atta | 13.30 Jemima Foxtrot | 13.40 Nicky Phillips | 13.50 Denise Saul | 14.00 George Szirtes | 14.10 Kavita A Jindal | 14.20 Mohib Khurram | 14.30 Ruth Smith | 14.40 Rebecca Goss | 14.50 Rishi Dastidar | 15.00 Hannah Lowe | 15.10 Stephen Keeler | 15.20 Carole Bromley | 15.30 Jess Mookherjee | 15.40 Elisabeth Sennitt Clough | 15.50 Ali Lewis | 16.00 Niall O’Sullivan | 16.10 Greta Bellamacina | 16.20 Julia Bird | 16.30 Tessa Lang | 16.40 Hannah Chutzpah | 16.50 Chrissy Williams | 17.00 Chip Grim | 17.10 Natalie Katsou | 17.20 Nadia Drews | 17.30 Tim Wells | 17.40 Maura Dooley | 17.50 Nick Makoha | 18.00 Kate Liddington | 18.10 Abegail Morley | 18.20 Jane Yeh | 18.30 Richard Scott | 18.40 Amy Deakin | 18.50 Ed Doegar | 19.00 Sogol Sur | 19.10 Isabel Bermudez | 19.20 Kostya Tsolakis | 19.30 Hylda Sims | 19.40 Mike Sims | 19.50 Carl Dhiman | 20.00 Liba Ravindran | 20.10 Margaret Haig | 20.20 Ernie Burns | 20.30 Todd Swift | 20.40 John Paul O’Neill | 20.50 Jay Bernard | 21.00 Anthony Anaxagorou | 21.10 Raymond Antrobus | 21.20 Amy Acre | 21.30 Dzifa Benson | 21.40 Selina Nwulu | 21.50 Dan Simpson | 22.00 Laurie Bolger


Reciting poetry at a Lit Fest in Mumbai, 2007.

Photo Credit: Rahul Chandawarkar

The Empire Writes Back

I chaired a Panel on Partition on May 10 at the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival.

Three brilliant writers were on the panel: Aamer Hussein, Radhika Swarup and Mohini Kent.

Details here:

The full programme for the festival:

A report on the evening published in DesiBlitz:


Turner’s House Short Films


With heart as calm as lake that sleeps – a collaboration with Caroline AreskogJones

Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, once the ‘country’ villa of the artist JMW Turner is being restored and will open again to the public later this year.

Caroline AreskogJones made two beautiful subtle silent films as portraits of Sandycombe Lodge prior to the refurbishment process.

The first, With heart as calm as lake that sleeps, includes a script written by me.

The second film is ‘diagram of a geometrical perspective on memory: after Turner

More details about the progress at Sandycombe Lodge:

See more work by Caroline AreskogJones:

The Streets of Barnes

An Exhibition of Paintings by Paul Wuensche and
Poems by Kavita A Jindal
The Old Sorting Office Arts Centre (OSO), 49 Station Road, Barnes, LONDON SW13 0SF

Exhibition runs 28th September – 26th October

Final Week | Private View, Reading & Closing Party
Wednesday 19 October 2016 | 6.30pm – 9:00pm
OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, London SW13 0SF
Poetry reading at 7:00pm.

Launch evening was on Wednesday 28th September 6.30 – 9:00pm with Poetry reading at 7:00pm

I am delighted that this collaboration with the artist Paul Wuensche has come to fruition. The exhibition features poems that were inspired by the sights and sounds in my garden and observations made on my walks along the Thames towpath.

At the launch evening I gave a short reading of some of my poems on this theme. The exhibition space allows for only a few poems to be displayed, to complement the paintings.

Since last year Paul has been observing and painting the ordinary streets of Barnes from his car (converted into a mobile art studio), resulting in a collection of bijoux paintings, that celebrate the trees, the houses, the cars, and even the phone boxes of Barnes throughout the seasons.

You can preview some of the work here:

We’ve produced a little pamphlet as a memento of the project. It also served as the exhibition programme at events. It was so popular that copies of the booklet are stocked in the Barnes Bookshop.


You asked for DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS and we delivered - check - DEADLINE 8th SEPTEMBER @ZebraFestival @moving_poems

1856 :: Stone Chariot In Hampi , Karnataka

(Photo - @britishlibrary )

#LoveAcrossABrokenMap @durhambookfest on 14 October. Book early if you're an organised type.

So enjoyed late-night #Proms 41 conducted by Karen Kamensek, featuring @ShankarAnoushka & @BrittenSinfonia. #Passages (Glass|Shankar 1990).

We love the smell of old books - anyone else? Science says this is why there's nothing better that eau du musty-page

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