Birds and Beasts

Birds and Beasts, published on 20 September 2020, is a retelling of classic Indian folktales and lore that have been sourced from every corner of the country – from the Hitopadesha, Kathasaritsagara, and Puranas to the Quran and Janamsakhis. Some have been drawn from oral tales from Ladakh, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, and also include tribal folklore from the Santal and Khasi tribes.

My short story, “The Seven-Legged Beast”, a retelling of an old Kashmiri folktale, has been published in this book. To read the full story and many others like it, grab a copy at


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