Guest Artist | Writing on Water | Berlin, May 2024
A week long sojourn of immersion in writing, movement and culture
Details here

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Readings for International Women’s Day
From “Menopause — The Anthology” by Arachne Press
Friday 08 March 2024 | 7.30 pm
Vagina Museum, 275 Poyser Street, London E2 9HD

The Whole Kahani at Canary Wharf
Thursday 03 August 2023 | 7 pm
Crossrail Place Roof Gardens, E14 5AB

Where Else: International Hong Kong Poetry
Wednesday 02 August 2023 | 8:00-9:30 pm
National Poetry Library | Royal Festival Hall | London SE1 8XX
Details here.
A Round Up of the Evening in Strand Magazine

Inside The Linen Cupboard
Collectively Speaking… The Whole Kahani
Wednesday 25 January 2023 | 7.30-8.30 pm (GMT) | On Zoom
Members of The Whole Kahani collective talked about their experiences of writing within a supportive framework and give tips on workshopping. They read from their third anthology Tongues and Bellies, with time for Q&A

Emotion As Ignition Writing Workshop
Arachne Tenth Anniversary Online Festival
Tuesday 17 January 2023 | 7.00-8.30 pm (GMT) | On Zoom

Included an excerpt from my Partition poem and a photograph of my grandmother’s harmonium
Tuesday 1-15 November 2022 | 2.00-6.00 pm
Kobi Nazrul Centre | 30 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR

Then at Charnwood Arts, Loughborough in February 2023
This was the final exhibition of the creative outputs of the Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination research project.
Read more

Red Door Poets
Sunday 13 November 2022 | 6.00-7.00 pm (GMT)
One hour of poetry immersion on a Sunday evening
Readings from Red Door Poets Chris Hardy, Elizabeth Horsley, Beatriz Echeverri and their guests Kavita A. Jindal, Alan Buckley and Sarah Gibbons

Launch of CONVERSE at The Harrison
In-person event
Tuesday 8 November 2022 | 7.00 pm
The Harrison Studio & Bar | 28 Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JF

Tongues and Bellies, by The Whole Kahani
In-person Book Launch
Monday 13 June 2022 | 6.30 pm
The Nehru Centre | 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF

Samyukta Poetry | Anantha Poetry Festival 2022 | Round Table 
Readings and conversation with a distinguished panel of diaspora poets and editors
Online | Live
Thursday 5 May 2022 | 7.30 pm Indian Standard Time | 3.00 pm British Standard Time

Where We Find Ourselves Book Launch LIVE!
Sunday 31 October 2021 | 2:00 -4:00 pm
Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR
Delighted to be reading from my short story ‘Cocoon Lucky’ at the Launch Party for this anthology published by Arachne Press.
Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, an accident I had, I couldn’t attend this

Videos/Podcasts/Online Talks [2020-21]

Interview with Book HQ
Wednesday 8 September 2021
In conversation with Tendayi Olga, talking about the work of The Whole Kahani collective, of which I’m co-founder, and more delving into Manual For A Decent Life

The Whole Kahani Salon!
Saturday 26 June 2021 | 3.00 pm
In conversation with Mona Dash, discussing my novel Manual for a Decent Life 
To hear my tips and journey to publication for this book, watch our chat
Follow The Whole Kahani on Instagram @thewholekahani. Salon chats are available on IGTV

A Talk on the Paranormal in Writing and in Life
For The Aleph Review
Tuesday 6 April 2021
I was asked to contribute to the virtual launch celebrations of the newest volume of The Aleph Review. I talk about how the paranormal creeps into my writing and how I use it in my stories. Alongside me in the video are these wonderful writers, also speaking on ‘The other Dimension’: Annie Zaidi, Kehkashan Khalid and Sophia Khan
I’m on from 05:30-12:41 minutes. Listen here

Video of Announcement of the Eastern Eye Award for Literature 2020
Wednesday 17 February 2021
Watch here

Book Club Discussion of Manual For A Decent Life
Monday 14 December 2020 | 7.30 pm
On Zoom with the Hampstead Book Club
One of the members wrote a blog about the discussion. Read here

Five Desi Faves – A Podcast for DesiBooks
Monday 16 November 2020
Episode 19. My segment starts at 49:38 minutes. In the first segment Shubhanga Pandey talks to Jenny Bhatt about the importance and ethos of Himal South Asian journal.
Listen here

Recordings of Poems on
Wednesday 16 September 2020
Five poems spoken by me for this amazing resource of international poetry. Listen here

The European Literature Salon
Wednesday 12 August 2020 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm British Summer Time
In conversation with Jeremy Sheldon and Gabriela Blandy, reading poems and discussing the themes and drama in my poetry. Event by County Hall Arts

‘Isolation Break’ #3 
Sunday 28 June |  13:00 NYC EST | 18:00 British Summer Time
Watch the video here

‘Fictional Histories’ — A Discussion with Cauvery Madhavan
at the South Asian Lit Fest
Online | Free
Sunday 31 May 2020 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm British Summer Time

Online Launch of Manual For A Decent Life
Wednesday 6 May 2020 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm British Summer Time on Zoom

Three Voyaging Poets: Kavita A. Jindal, Isabel Bermudez and Roisin Tierney
Wednesday 23 October 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Poetry Café | 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX

Durham Book Festival
The Whole Kahani | Reading and discussing May We Borrow Your Country
Sunday 13 October 2019 | Event Time 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery), Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ
Writers: Kavita A. Jindal, Reshma Ruia, Nadia Kabir Barb

In Conversation with Babita Sharma | Discussing her book ‘The Corner Shop’ and differing generational attitudes 
Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2019
Tuesday 1 October 2019 | 6:45 – 9:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

Lviv International Book Fair | Ukraine
Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 September 2019 | Various locations, Lviv

This Glorious Noise – 2
Tuesday 13 August 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Nehru Centre | 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
Readings from: Yogesh Patel, Debjani Chatterjee, Ravi Shankar, Jessica Mookherjee, Reshma Ruia and Kavita A. Jindal

Matwaala in Cambridge, UK – Two Readings

Friday 17 May 2019 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Murray Edwards College | Fellows Drawing Room (FDR)
Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DF

Poets for both readings: Prabhu Guptara, Usha Akella, Rishi Dastidar, Mona Dash, Jessica Mookherjee, Soul Patel and Kavita A. Jindal

Friday 17 May 2019 | 7:15 – 9:30 pm
The Centre at Saint Paul’s | Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Both events are free and held under the aegis of Matwaala (USA), supported by Professor Jenny Bavidge, by Murray Edwards College, by The Rev. Michael Beckett, by the Centre at Saint Paul’s, and by the Cambridge University India Society

Salon for Writing on Water | New York Group

Saturday 6 April 2019 | 4:00 pm | NYC
By Invitation Only
I’ll be reading and discussing my new work

See more about WoW! Sojourns here.

Matwaala Literary Festival, New York, USA, April 2019

At Hunter College
Meena Alexander Memorial Reading
Friday 5 April 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
695 Park Avenue, NYC,
NY 10065
At Nassau Community College
Panel Discussion & Readings
Thursday 4 April 2019 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Library, 2nd Floor, 1 Education Drive, Garden City
New York 11530
At Red Room
Thursday 4 April 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
85 E 4th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
At NYU Global/Liberal Studies Offices
Wednesday 3 April 2019 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
726 Broadway, 6th Floor, Conference Room B
New York, NY 10003

More information on the festival’s featured poets can be found on

‘May We Borrow Your Country’ book launch with The Whole Kahani
Saturday 26 January 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ

Guest Artist at Writing On Water retreat
Mythic Harvest retreat | Ireland | 12-19 November 2018
For more information:

In Conversation with Alpa Shah | Discussing her book ‘Nightmarch’ – 7 Nights Among the Naxalites
Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2018
Thursday 18 October 2018 | 6:45 – 9:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

In Conversation with Shashi Tharoor | Discussing his book ‘Why I Am A Hindu’
Tuesday 5 June 2018 | 6:45 – 9:00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

Five British Poets | Launch of English-Romanian Anthology 2018 | Editura MNLR
Wednesday 18 April 2018 | 7.45 – 9.30 pm
British Council Bucharest,  Calea Dorobanți 14, Bucharest
Readings from: Anne Stewart, Caroline Carver, Peter Phillips, Dorothy Yamamoto and Kavita A. Jindal

Winter Warmers: Stories about Love Imperfect by The Whole Kahani
Tuesday 21 November 2017 | 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Yurt Cafe, St Katharine’s Precinct, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Writers: Alex Caan, Mona Dash, Kavita A Jindal, C.G. Menon, Reshma Ruia

Durham Book Festival
The Whole Kahani  | Reading and discussing Love Across A Broken Map
14 October 2017 | 4.00 – 5.00 pm
Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery), Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ
Writers: Mona Dash, Kavita A Jindal, Reshma Ruia

Birmingham Literature Festival
In conversation with Indian author Preeti Shenoy
7 October 2017 | 5.00 – 6.15 pm
Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2DN

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
22 July 2017 | 12.00pm – 10.00 pm
Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

Yurt Salon – Poetry Night
Five Poets | Diverse Styles
A literary salon in partnership with The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
16 May 2017 | 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Yurt Cafe, St Katharine’s Precinct, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Poets: Kavita A Jindal, Mona Dash, Dirk van Heck, Sophia Blackwell, Gretchen Heffernan

Reading at “Reclaiming Azadi
11 May 2017 | 6.00 pm
SOAS South Asia Institute, University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival
The Empire Writes Back – a discussion on the Partition of India
10 May 2017 | 6.45 – 8.00 pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Discussion chaired by Kavita A Jindal; panellists Aamer Hussein, Radhika Swarup and Mohini Kent

LSE ‘Space for Thought’ Literary Festival 2017
Writing Short Stories and Poetry: From Laptop to Bookshop
Are Two Heads Better Than One?
25 February 2017 | 12 – 1.15 pm
Alumni Theatre | LSE | London
Speakers: Kavita A Jindal, Reshma Ruia, C.G. Menon 

LIBRARY club, Covent Garden, London
The Whole Kahani | Love Across a Broken Map
24 January 2017 | 7:00 pm
112 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BD

On Writing | Zee TV
1 December 2016 | 6:30 pm
Live on the ‘Zee Companion’ show

‘The Streets of Barnes’ Exhibition
Final Week | Private View, Reading & Closing Party
19 October 2016 | 6.30pm – 9:00 pm
OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, London SW13 0SF

Manchester Literature Festival 2016
The Whole Kahani. Love Across a Broken Map
16 October 2016 | 12.00 pm
Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER
Readings: Kavita A Jindal, Radhika Kapur, Shibani Lal, Iman Qureshi and Reshma Ruia

Anthology of the Sea | Book Launch
Edited by Eve Lacey | Emma Press
10 October 2016 | 7.30 pm
The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX
Readings: Claire Booker, Holly Corfield Carr, Sara Nesbitt Gibbons, Geraldine Clarkson, Jan Heritage, Brian Grant, Katherine Gallagher, Jacqueline Saphra, Claire Trévien, Angela Kirby, Joseph Minden, Megan Pattie and Kavita A. Jindal

The Streets of Barnes’ | Exhibition Launch and Poetry Reading
28 September 2016 | 6.30 pm
OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, London SW13 0SF
An exhibition of bijoux paintings by artist Paul Wuensche of the streets of London SW13 – in collaboration with Kavita A Jindal who will be reading and exhibiting poetry celebrating Barnes

A Tapestry of Dreams | 23 June 2016 | 6.30 pm
The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
Readings by Indian Women Diaspora Poets: Meena Alexander, Shanta Acharya, Usha Akella, Mona Dash and Kavita A. Jindal 

Word Masala Awards Ceremony and Readings | 22 June 2016 | 6.30 pm
The House of Lords, Committee Room 4A, St Stephen’s Hall, London SW1A 0PW
Readings: Debjani Chatterjee MBE, Daljit Nagra, Meena Alexander, Shanta Acharya, Usha Kishore, Siddhartha Bose, Usha Akella, Reginald Massey, Mona Dash, Bobby Nayyar and myself

Love Across a Broken Map | 26 May 2016 | 6.00 pm
The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF
Readings from the anthology by ‘The Whole Kahani’ collective

Launch of ‘Converse’, 2022

Reading at The Harrison, August 2019

Book signing at ‘May We Borrow Your Country’ launch, 2019

Book Signing at Durham Books Fest, 2017

Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai, 2007 – Photo by Rahul Chandawarker

Springback, 2016

Stanza Springback, May 2018. Photo credit: Konstandinos Mahoney