About

Ranjani Rao is a trained scientist, a self-taught writer, yoga practitioner, and lifelong learner committed to an apprenticeship in observation. Originally from Mumbai, she spent her early adult life in the USA where she first began writing. Her fiction and non-fiction writing are inspired by her life in three countries and travels to thirty.

Her work has appeared in several print and digital publications in the USA, India and Singapore. Her essay titled, “The Girl With The Red Dot”, originally published on Alternet.org was chosen for inclusion in the Thomson Reader, a college-level English textbook.

She is the author of three books, a regular columnist for India Currents, an Indian-American magazine and The Straits Times, Singapore.

When not working or tackling the unread pile of books by her bedside, she goes for long walks in the nature reserve behind her home. She returns with either new ideas or pictures of wildlife that she shares on social media, much to the embarrassment of her children.

She lives with her family in Singapore and stoically bears the dubious distinction of being the only G-rated person in the household not inclined to binge-watch shows.

Want to learn more about Ranjani? Read her self-interview here.

My Books

Rewriting my happily after

An uplifting story of gratitude and forgiveness, of grace and courage that serves as proof that it is possible to rewrite your own happily-ever-after despite unexpected detours.

Rewriting my happily after

A series of sparkling, humorous essays highlighting the oft-neglected angst of the returning NRI – before, during, and after relocation.

Rewriting my happily after

A collection of insightful short stories about Indians living within and outside India, facing life choices that bring them to a new understanding of themselves.

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The Blog

Meeting Readers in Real Life

Meeting Readers in Real Life

  It was the middle of the afternoon in the middle of June. As my airplane landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, the pilot welcomed us with the announcement that the outside temperature was 45 degrees Celsius. What! Was that true? Is it even...

Book Reviews – How Education Impacts The Lives of Women

Book Reviews – How Education Impacts The Lives of Women

  For some weird reason I found myself reading two books simultaneously. Both were based in the US, featured female protagonists and had an underlying theme of education. However, that’s where the similarity ended. The first, Educated by Tara Westover was a...

Midyear Review – Reading, Writing and Other Projects

Midyear Review – Reading, Writing and Other Projects

  Like last year, I am using The Goodbye 2021 Hello 2022 planner this time as well. However, I didn’t do such a great job of updating it at the end of the first quarter. However, I sat with it over the weekend to do a mid-year check-in.  Bookish adventures  Every...

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