My short story, Mariska and Major, was published in Podcastle, an award-winning fantasy fiction podcast. Mariska and Major is about friendship, grief, and the stories we tell ourselves and each other, over generations. It features two intrepid young girls, a strange carpet, and the moon.

You can listen to the story on most podcast hosting platforms, or simply visit the Podcastle website.

Muse India

My poems were published in the online literary journal Muse India. The poems, The Foolish Dreams of Children/The Kite Maker and Coconut Curry are in some ways about homes: the ones we find, and the ones we make within ourselves.

Read them here.


I spent most of 2019 challenging myself to learn new skills. Those being visual art (sketching and watercolour painting), sewing, and learning a musical instrument (violin).

This was important to me because I wanted to prove to myself that talent is fundamentally unnecessary to any pursuit. What matters is the hard work. It was a personal experiment that paid off.

In this essay, published by Storizen, I talk about art and how anyone can create, as long as they’re willing to put in the hours.

Read the article here.

Lake View Journal

A musing fusion of prose and poetry, Millennial City Part I – Liquid Girl in a Pink House, is a surrealist portrait of loneliness and the strangeness of big cities. Read it here (Page 91), or check out the image below.

The Sunlight Plane – A Novel

Nine-year-old Tharush notices things: from the ennui trapped in his mother’s intelligent eyes, to the invisible but very real bubble of wealth he lives in. And when he notices, he dreams, creating stories of Sky Pirates and aliens and super fighter planes.

New to the upscale residential complex Tharush lives in is Aakash. Shy and secretive, Aakash has unusual skills: he can pick locks, bandage wounds and, like Tharush, creates fantastic tales. Except that Aakash’s stories aren’t about Sky Pirates, or aliens, or super fighter planes. They are lies, and he can tell them very well.

When Tharush finds out the truth behind Aakash’s bruises, the two of them are bound together in a toxic secret that might slowly poison them both.


“The novel derives its strength in creating moments between a child and an adult, a parent and another parent, one child and another, and the child and himself; in doing so, we cannot help but step inside the universe of Reyna Heights as though we belong to it, as though we are the curtains in the homes, the bed sheets that often hold Tharush’s tears, the invisible flight of the fighter planes that watch him as he creates a world out of thin air and fills it with magical details, ‘spaceman heroes’ who save the world, and ‘alien money and prototype rockets’.” – Nandini Varma,

“Damini’s writing style is enthralling, and incredibly personal.” – Amitoj Singh, Amazon

“This is a fantastic novel from a very talented debut author. Beautifully written with vividly drawn characters this book is heartfelt and heart breaking.” – Sarah Hindmarsh, Goodreads

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