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Rhea Malik


First Language(s): Hindi, Urdu
Second Language(s): English


Rhea Kayenaat Malik is a mad reader, poet, philosopher, and storyteller from New Delhi. She is on her way to becoming a constitutional lawyer. She has synesthesia, and far too many feelings to be contained in one person, which means her work perpetually blurs the lines in the sand between disciplines, music, rhythm, story, stage, and verse. She is of Multaani heritage and devoted to discovering and sticking by her roots. She is also a revolutionary.


What was your favorite book as a child?

Probably “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or the Clifford series.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

Same reason I remember to breathe, and look up, and drink water.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Running a 200 meter race a day after getting smashed by a bike, at age 12. Adventurous one, here.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

My relationships with music and writing are lovely and dynamic. Read me on to find out more, my dearest Humnawaaz. I hope to achieve through words what music achieves for me, every single day, year after year, cycle after cycle of rise and doom. Keep grooving my dear soulful readers!


Short Story
The Music Woman plays Infinite Strings
Issue Spring '20

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Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz