Neeru Nagarajan is a Tamil writer. In intimate stories of Indian women in urban surroundings, she unpacks women's relationship with their bodies and self, explores the idea of love and romance, and ultimately, challenges patriarchy and tradition. She frequently draws inspiration from magical realism, fairy tales and manga.
An MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) graduate from Bowling Green State University, she has work out in several literary journals including Flash Fiction Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, The Forge Literary Magazine, Sahitya Akademi's Indian Literature, and elsewhere. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was an honorary mention for the Norton Girault Prize for Fiction. She's currently at work on a novel.
When she's not writing or reading, Neeru likes to sing to her two unsuspecting cats, read horoscopes for her sun, rising, moon, and Venus signs, and discover fantastic anime and manga.
Praise for Neeru
"Neeru is a very gifted writer, who creates a sense of people coping with a multilayered reality, each one defending his or her space. She is austere in her sketches, but we get a lovely sense of the world as it really is, across class and gender divides. She negotiates with moral roads at cross purposes, and has a sense of ownership of these conflicting worldviews. Readers will look forward to her continuing to write poetry and prose in the years to come." —Susan Visvanathan, author of Adi Sankara and Other Stories
"A refreshing array of complex characters interwoven with the universal themes of love, loyalty, betrayal, and second chances... A delightful peek into contemporary India's unique challenges, the fragility of human relationships, and the breakdown of age-old cultural boundaries." —Shobhan Bantwal, bestselling author of The Dowry Bride and other novels
“Some very compelling voices of women are to be heard in [Neeru's] stories—voices of women who remain unvanquished under the most difficult of circumstances.” —Sunetra Gupta
"Interesting tales dealing with sensitive relationships; lucidly told." —Leila Seth
"She's the absolute best." —Neeru's Mom