* "consistently engrosses...refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written"
KIRKUS, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
* "[a] lovely novel ... an enticing blend of mystic tradition and imaginative speculation"
PW, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END  
* "vividly written and expertly paced...a moving story that will stay with readers long after the end"
SLJ, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
*"this novel will capture the imaginations of many readers" - VOYA, Starred, Climbing the Stairs
*"Venkatraman...succeeds spectacularly...an intricate yet wholly accessible story"
- Booklist, Starred Review, ISLAND'S END
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Kindly note that I do not sell my own books - the best I can probably
do is to order them through my local indie after I receive payment
and then send them to you - which will cost much more money and
take much more time than if you were to do this yourself. I do this
only as a special service to those of my readers who are otherwise
unable to obtain my books. Thank you for your understanding.

About me

This website is updated as frequently as possible. However, most
of my time, when not spent on or with my little family at home in
Rhode Island, is dedicated to writing my novels.

I was born in India and grew up there. At the age of 19, I moved
abroad and came to the United States to pursue a graduate
degree in oceanography. I was the youngest, by far, at the College
of William and Mary (where I conducted my doctoral research).
There I found that although I loved mathematics and science, I
also continued to love the world of words.

I've had a most interesting life: among other things, I've spent time
diving off the coast of the Andaman Islands, worked as a
post-doctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University's School of
Engineering, led and directed a school in England, and acted as
chief scientist on research cruises on the Baltic. But more than all
this, I love and enjoy the process of writing.

Why? Because I think the science I may have done could be done
by someone else. And because, during the process of writing , I
feel a little as if, to put in in the words of the philosopher J.
Krishnamurthi, "the mind is in the heart".