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Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar


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


Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar is an Indian American writer. She is the author of two books: Morsels Of Purple and Skin Over Milk. Her stories have won several awards and have been published in numerous anthologies and journals. She is a fiction editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. More at saraspunyfingers.com and on Twitter @PunyFingers.


What was your favorite book as a child?

I loved Little Women. Borrowed it multiple times from the school library.

What was the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I had always been a reader but never planned or trained to be a writer. Major life events like my son’s birth, my family’s migration to the USA, and my father’s death kindled in me a desire to express myself on paper. Later, my writing extended into the realm of fiction.

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

After the tenth-grade exams, four of us, best friends from school, went biking along the canal in the town to the remote outskirts. Panic arose when a truck stopped beside us while we were picnicking under the shade of trees. We had no cell phones to contact anyone. All ended well but it was quite an adventure.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I love music but don’t listen to it while writing because I get distracted easily.


Flash Fiction
A Mute Morning
Issue Fall '23

Supported by:

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