Pooja Mittal's book Subliminal dust (Odyssey books) explores layers of silence through accumulated semantic shifts and details. She was born in Nigeria in 1983, of Indian parents. Brought up there until the age of ten, she considers Nigeria her first country. After being sent to school briefly in India, she moved to New Zealand in 1995. She is now a postgraduate student at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where she is completing a Masters degree in English Literature under an Australian Postgraduate Award.