Ishita Marwah is a clinician/Immunology researcher at Imperial College London by week, and a writer by weekend. She has been writing since the age of eight and her stories have won her several awards, including a meeting with the President of India. Her short-story 'A little history of love' was recently short-listed for the inaugural BAME prize organised jointly by the Guardian and 4th Estate Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. She has guest-edited a Times of India supplement (Education Times), been recognised at the Tata Lit Live festival, been short-listed for the Desi Writers’ Lounge Dastaan Award, and won the DNA-Sulekha Me nationwide short story contest. She lives and works in London and dreams and writes of India; while studying at the University of Oxford, she regularly contributed to the Oxford student, had her work published in the annual anthology of Oxford-based creative writing group The Failed Novelists, and was short-listed to read her work by Mark Haddon, of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time fame. She is an expert maker of bedside and in-bed book mountains, and a lover of cake and dogs.
From very early on in my childhood, I have memories of Indian men invoking the character of the women--usually mothers, daughters, sisters--of their adversaries to settle scores. In the more innocuous setting of middle-class living rooms, tales of female misfortune were accompanied by a great, slow shaking of heads, and an expressed inability to understand men who behaved "<em>this way</em>" towards women; didn't they have mothers, sisters, daughters of their own at home?