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ESSAYS/ CREATIVE NON-FICTION

SEPTEMBER 2020: THE WRITER AND HER WINDOWS (memoir) https://www.asiavillenews.com/article/the-writer-and-her-windows-58074

SEPTEMBER 2020: ON CULT CLASSICS AND READING ELIZABETH SMART’S On Grant Central Station I Sat Down and Wept  https://scroll.in/article/972250/this-cult-classic-about-a-volcanic-love-affair-between-two-poets-turns-75-this-year

JULY 2020: THE HIGHWAY THAT ATE A HOUSE (memoir) https://www.readingroomco.com/2020/07/30/the-highway-that-ate-a-house

JULY 2020: THE BLUE GOD TURNS FIFTY: THE STORYTELLING TRADITION OF AMAR CHITRA KATHA https://scroll.in/article/967163/krishna-remembering-anant-pais-iconic-amar-chitra-katha-comic-book-published-50-years-ago

JUNE 2020: LAKSHMIBAI TILAK’S ‘SMRITICHITRE’ AND HER RECOLLECTIONS OF THE BUBONIC PLAGUE https://scroll.in/article/965219/this-memoir-explores-life-under-the-mortal-threat-of-a-pandemic-over-100-years-ago

MAY 2020: ON READING A KANNADA NOVEL: VIVEK SHANBHAG’S ‘ONDU BADI KADALU’  https://scroll.in/article/962729/why-vivek-shanbhags-kannada-novel-ondu-badi-kadalu-must-be-translated-into-other-languages

FEBRUARY 2020: VINCENT’S BEDROOM https://www.asiavillenews.com/article/vincent-van-gogh-bedroom-31343

JANUARY 2020: WHY WRITE OF LOVE IN A TIME OF STRIFE SUCH AS THIS? https://scroll.in/article/949557/why-write-of-love-in-a-time-of-strife-such-as-this-asks-a-writer-and-answers-her-question

DECEMBER 2019: HOW DO YOU RETELL A CLASSIC THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN TOLD SEVERAL TIMES OVER? https://scroll.in/article/948096/how-do-you-retell-a-classic-that-has-already-been-retold-several-times-over-ask-gayathri-prabhu

OCTOBER 2019:  LESSONS IN LOVE FROM AMRITA PRITAM https://scroll.in/article/940264/when-amrita-pritam-wove-her-autobiography-around-love-she-also-demonstrated-the-many-ways-to-love

AUGUST 2019: MISS FERNS AND I: DISCOVERING A LITERARY FOREMOTHER https://www.asiavillenews.com/article/miss-ferns-discovering-a-literary-foremother-12621

JUNE 2019: ON THE LITERARY MEMOIR IN INDIAN LITERATURE https://scroll.in/article/928563/indian-literature-keeps-waiting-for-the-literary-memoir-as-a-form-distinct-from-the-autobiography

FEBRUARY 2019: WHEN A TEACHER WALKS – transcript of a composition for TEDx Manipal, 2019 (full text and video on youtube) – Transcript of When a Teacher Walks

DECEMBER 2018:  LIVING WITH OSCILLOPSIA AND AN EXPERIENCE OF AYURVEDA – published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. December 29, 2018.

https://ijme.in/articles/my-body-is-a-lantern-oscillopsia-and-an-experience-of-ayurveda/?galley=html

AUGUST 2018: ON WRITING A MEMOIR AND WHY  A PUBLIC TELLING MATTERS  – “Why Remember Why Tell: Notes from a Reluctant Memoirist”  –  published in the Economic and Political Weekly, August 2018 –  postscript-EPW

https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/35/postscript/why-remember-why-tell.html

AUGUST 2018: ON MEDICAL THEMES IN A LITERATURE CLASSROOM  – “Medical themes in a literature classroom: an alternate perspective on Medical Humanities pedagogy in India’   –  published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, August 2018

JULY 2018: A COLLABORATIVE WRITING PROJECT WITH MICHAEL VARGHESE IN THE SCROLL:

Michael is an artist and writer in his early twenties. Gayathri is a novelist and taught Michael for two years at university. This is a conversational writing project about the evening that Michael attempted to end his life, and revisits the transformative experience that followed.

https://scroll.in/article/886391/he-tried-to-kill-himself-she-found-out-they-talked-a-dialogue-between-an-artist-and-a-writer