Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW)


College of Arts and Sciences


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Monica West


Between The Sky And Earth is a collection of short stories that takes place in India, and in America, capturing the lives of Indian immigrants, and a cat, from different walks of life, some made up of students who came to pursue the American dream. The time span ranges between the early to late 2000s, capturing some significant events like farmer suicide and undocumented immigrants. These stories explore grief, trauma, identity, displacement, and relationships, focusing primarily on the consequences of losing loved ones, and unexpected mishaps that lead to a life and death situation. A couple of the stories grapple with the idea of establishing an identity through a profession or battling societal prejudices regarding gender and sexuality. The setting ranges from rural landscapes in India, a literary awards night, the desert, underwater, and to the Bay Area. The protagonists’ lives intersect in the most unexpected manner—they believe that their lives still have a purpose despite facing tragic moments.

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