“A writer’s work should stand on its own and not with labels”
– Reshma Ruia,
Kitaab, 4 January 2017
“It is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ that interests me as a writer, but the murkiness of human experience and the consistent imperfections of our lives.”
– Elizabeth Strout
New short story collection, Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness coming out in September 2021.
A peripatetic childhood that spans India, Italy, France and Britain. Reshma Ruia is at home nowhere and everywhere, a magpie, cherry-picking facts and fables from every culture and society. It’s what writers do – everything is material. They are scavengers and creators. Their roots are portable. Their imagination infinite.
She has a PhD and Masters (Distinction) in Creative Writing and Critical Thought from Manchester University and postgraduate (Distinction) and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics.
Born in India, but brought up in Italy, her narrative portrays the inherent tensions and preoccupations of those who possess a multiple sense of belonging.
Reshma Ruia, the UN Economist – turned Writer
– Asian Voice, 3 November 2014