I completed my BA (Hons) and MA in English literature at Jadavpur University, India. I began my PhD in the School of English in 2022, supervised by Professor Graham Huggan. Given the interdisciplinary scope of my research, I am co-supervised by Dr. Rodanthi Tzanelli from the School of Social Sciences.
My project is fully funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities consortium of the AHRC.
My research interests include postcolonial and travel literature, feminist studies and popular culture.
My project will be the first full-length study of contemporary travel writing by native and diasporic Indian women. It argues that despite writing within a predominantly Eurocentric and masculine genre, twenty-first century travelogues enable modes of self-expression in a postcolonial episteme, actively subverting the hegemonic conventions of travel writing. By delineating generic shifts in both conventional and new-media Indian travel narratives (2010–2020), my research will analyse how the enunciation of a gendered, postcolonial selfhood leads to the reinterpretation of Indian travel on a national, global, and environmental scale. I will be deploying a number of critical approaches to delve into the figure of the counter-traveller, the woman traveller and the travel-blogger in the shifting contexts of pilgrimage, ecotourism and so on.
- 2022- present : PhD, School of English, University of Leeds
- 2019-2021: Master of Arts, Jadavpur University
- 2016-2019: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Jadavpur University