Himanshi Shelat has published ten short story collections so far. Her collected stories અંધારી ગ્લિમા સલાદ તપકન (Frozen Whites in a Dark Alley) won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996. She has also received awards from Guajarati Sahitya Parishad, Gujarat Sahitya Akademi, and the prestigious Darshak Award (2016). Her other publications include three novellas, two memoirs and several edited books as well as bilingual translations. She worked as a lecturer in English in Surat and after taking voluntary retirement in 1994, she worked among underprivileged children with focus on functional literacy.