Annie Zaidi writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and scripts for the stage and the screen.


Bread, Cement, Cactus: A Memoir of Belonging and Dislocation published by Cambridge University Press. It is part memoir, part reportage examining questions of place, rootedness, community, rights and belonging. [Reviews here]

Prelude to a Riot is a novel published by Aleph, India. [Reviews here]

'Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women's Writing' is an anthology of selections from some of the most significant writing by Indian women down the centuries, published by Aleph India. [Reviews here]

'Gulab' is a novella about paranormal love; published by HarperCollins India. [Reviews here]

'Sleep Tight' is an e-single published by HarperCollins India (available only in digital format).

'Love Stories # 1 to 14' is a collection of short stories published by HarperCollins India. [Reviews here]

'The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl' is a series of interlinked stories written in collaboration with Smriti Ravindra, published by Zubaan. It has gone into reprint with a shorter title: The Good Indian Girl. [Reviews here]

'Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales', is a collection of essays that draw upon reportage, travel and personal history, published by Tranquebar Press. It was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Awards (Non-fiction) 2010 and translated into Italian as ‘I Miei Luoghi’. [Reviews here]

'Crush(Jaico) is a series of illustrated poems made in collaboration with Gynelle Alves.

'The Almost Drizzles of May' (Pilgrims) is a collection of poems written by Prateebha Tuladhar, Smriti Jaiswal and Annie Zaidi. 

Essays, poems and short stories have appeared in the following anthologies: 

Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now (Griffith Review-Text)
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (Zubaan/Allen Unwin)
Dharavi (HarperCollins India)
Mumbai Noir (Akshic Books/HarperCollins India)
Women Changing India (Zubaan)
Journeys Through Rajasthan (Rupa)
21 Under 40 (Zubaan)
India Shining, India Changing (Tranquebar)
Kavi Kala (Madness Mandali)
Writing Love (Rupa) 
First Proof: 2 (Penguin India)


Jaal’ (Hindi) opened at Prithvi Theatre as part of Writers Bloc: 3, a drama festival in Mumbai, January 2012. 

'So Many Socks' (English), opened at Prithvi Theatre in September 2012. It was nominated in several categories including best script, for the prestigious META awards for theatre in India.

A first full-length script ‘Name, Place, Animal, Thing’ was short-listed for The Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award, 2009

A radio play, Jam’ was the regional (South Asia) winner for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition 2011.

A short film script 'Sujata' was one of five films that were released as 'Shorts' in 2013.


'Who will See the Light?" an informal reporter's diary observing displacement in Madhya Pradesh was published by Vikas Samvad, and was translated into Hindi as 'Kiske Hisse Aayegi Raushni'.

More work has appeared in various literary magazines like Out of PrintThe Little Magazine, Desilit, The Northeast ReviewPratilipi, The Raleigh Review, Prairie Schooner, Big BridgeMintCaravanIndian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and Asian Cha.

Has written for DailyO, CaravanOpenMid-DayFrontline, The HinduElle, Forbes IndiaFeminaMarie ClaireTehelka, and the Deccan Herald; wrote a weekly column for the DNA (Daily News and Analysis); is a contributor to 'The Big Picture' in the Mint.

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