Payal Dhar


About Payal Dhar

Payal Dhar writes fiction for children and young adults, and has a number of books under her belt. She’s also a freelance editor and writer, and writes on computers, technology, books, reading, games, travel and anything else that catches her interest.









When She Went Away - Andaleeb Wajid
Sixteen-year-old Maria Sulaiman has a nasty shock when she wakes up one morning and finds her mother gone. There’s a brief note on the fridge: ‘Leaving you and the kids. Khudahafiz.’ And thus begins a tumultuous year in her life, when everything she knew, everything she took for granted, is […]

When She Went Away – Andaleeb Wajid


Dear Mrs Naidu - Mathangi Subramanian
My scepticism-meter goes through the roof whenever I hear about children’s novels about the ‘underprivileged’ written by authors who have lived and worked in the first world, even if they’re of Indian origin. The exoticization of India’s ‘great unwashed’ has unfortunately found its way into children’s literature, and lately into […]

Dear Mrs Naidu – Mathangi Subramanian



Smitten - Ranjit Lal
If you’re looking for a light, frothy young adult novel, Ranjit Lal’s Smitten isn’t it. This is a novel that will leave you disgusted, enraged and saddened. The reason is simple: child sexual abuse  (CSA) is a disturbing subject and, unfortunately, we live in a world where it is a […]

Smitten – Ranjit Lal