My name is Nandini Patwardhan and I wrote To Be Useful, a biography of Dr. Anandi-bai Joshee. I possess graduate degrees in mathematics and statistics, and work as a professional web developer and data analyst.

I started writing personal essays around the year 2000 and writing soon became my passion. It is through writing that I get a better understanding of what I am thinking and feeling, and why. Often what I write becomes a letter from the current me to the future me. At other times, it becomes a way to, as Wallace Stegner put it, “leave a stain upon the silence.”myphoto

As both a web developer and writer, one of my proudest achievements was an online magazine, DesiJournal.com that I founded, programmed, edited, and operated between 2002 and 2009. At its peak, the magazine’s website attracted over 25,000 unique visitors per month. Check out the anthology, Abroad at Home (CreateSpace, 2009), which contains selected writings from the magazine.


My writing has also been published in the New York Times, Slate.com, Alternet.org, American Atheneum, and India New England News.