Author and Social Entrepreneur


Simar Malhotra hails from New Delhi and is currently studying English and Public Policy at Stanford University. She is well-known as the author of novels "Tides Don’t Cross" and "There is a Tide".  She has earned critical acclaim for both her books. She has also written several short stories and the most popular among them are Lotus Pond, Bananas and Pancakes, Pretty Shoes with Tassels and The Façade. Her work has been published in the Goldman Review and Topiary magazine. She is the winner of the Bocock/Guerard Fiction prize at Stanford University for her short story “Pretty Shoes with Tassels”.


She has worked as a Copy Editor and News Writer for The Stanford Daily. She is the President of Avicenna - The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs in Stanford, California, United States. She has also worked as a summer intern at NITI Aayog (Erstwhile Planning Commission of India) in New Delhi and as a media intern with Filmmaker Roxanne Frias in Paris Area, France.

She has had the rich experience of working as an intern at Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, in Washington, DC and at “Aarti for Girls”,an NGO based in Andhra Pradesh, India. Her keenness to give back to the society has inspired her to launch an NGO Parvaah with the aims of generating environmental consciousness and empowering the underprivileged. Through several social welfare campaigns undertaken by Parvaah, she has played an instrumental role in empowering the underprivileged and economically backward rural people in the Indian states of Delhi and Rajasthan She is also the Co-Director of SPOON, Stanford`s Project on Hunger.

She firmly believes that the pen is mightier than the sword.