leela soma


I live in Glasgow, Scotland where I worked as a Principal Teacher of Modern Studies. I am a member of both the Milngavie Book, Art and Music Festival Committee and the Scottish Writer's Centre Committee. I won the Margaret Thomson Davis Trophy for Best New Writer 2007 for my novel ‘Twice Born’. My short story Ayah has been published in SQA’s new ‘Write Times’.

In 2006 I was shortlisted in the regional round of the ‘Undiscovered Authors’ competition. I have been commended by Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow in his book on ‘Discovering Scottish Literature’ published by Scottish Book Trust.

My articles and poems has been published in the magazine ‘New Voices’ the literary magazine of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

I have two published novels 'Twice Born' and 'Bombay Baby' by Dahlia Publishing ltd.

My work reflects my experiences as a first generation Indo-Scot.

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Twice Born
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,910. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Although a romantic at heart, Sita consents to an arranged marriage to a medic Ram and starts her new life in Glasgow. Her feisty, confident, vivacious personality wins her friends. ‘Here comes chapatti and curry,’ laughs the big guy of the tipsy duo.' Aye and what are you, mince and tatties?’ retorts Sita, 'Learnt the patter, hen?

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  • Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest on July 26, 2010

    This is historical fiction at its best. Waheed Rabbani has woven a wonderful story set within two time frames that keep the reader hooked.The love story is interspersed with a tight plot of intrigue and conflict that makes this book a page turner. The characters come alive. I look forward to the next book in this 'Azad Trilogy'.