Residencies and Fellowships

  • Homi Bhabha Fellowship, 2023 – 2025.
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, British Centre for Literary Translation, Univ. of East Anglia, U.K. March – April 2011.
  • Hachette Fellow, Sangam House International Writers’ Residency, India, Jan. 2011. 
  • Le Château de Lavigny Writers’ Residence, Lavigny, Switzerland, June 2009.
  • The Andrew Fellowship in Fiction, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1999 – 2000. 


  • 2nd Prize for Poetry, Muse India Translation Competition, 2008.
  • Federation of Indian Publishers’ Award for Get Published, 2006.
  • High Commendation, Commonwealth Short Story Competition for “The Freedom Fighter,” 2003. 
  • High Commendation, Commonwealth Short Story Competition for “Friends,” 2002. 
  • Regional Prize for Asia, Commonwealth Short Story Competition for “Corpse  Kesavan,” 2001. 
  • Commendation prize for “Voices in the Night” in the All India Poetry Contest organized by The Poetry Society (India) and the British Council, New Delhi, 1994. 
  • First prize for “The Last Battle” in The Quest All India Poetry Contest organized by the Writers’ Forum, Ranchi, Bihar, 1993.


  • Red Shakti Award, 2023 from 93.5 Red FM.
  • Kalasha Women Achievers Award, 2023 from Inner Wheel Club, Bangalore West
  • Bengaluru Women Achievers Award, 2021. B.PAC. CLIP Alumni Association.
  • Felicitated at a national level seminar in Mumbai on Women Empowerment by the Divine India Youth Association, Mumbai on Jan. 9, 2016 for being a “role model of women leadership excelling to promote environmental protection.”
  • Rotary Club, Bangalore “Woman of Substance” Award, 2014.
  • Featured as an eco-saviour on national television “Amazing Indians” Series 1, 2012.

Honours/Awards for our lake Trust (PNLIT)

  • “Prakruti Mitra” Award, 2015. Instituted jointly by BNM Institute of Technology, Bangalore and Heritage, a non-profit NGO.
  • Winner, 94.3 Radio One’s #BangaloreAtItsBest awards, 2015. 
  • Winner, Earth Day Network-India’s शहर GREEN करो – It’s Our Turn to Lead Contest, 2015. One of six winners across 45 Indian cities. 
  • Namma Bengaluru Award, 2012, an initiative to thank ordinary citizens for their extraordinary contributions to the city by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation. 
  • First runner-up prize, People’s Green Award, 2012. 
  • Finalist, Spark the Rise, a platform to propel positive change in India, 2012.
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