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V. S. NAIPAUL was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and most recently The Masque of Africa, and a collection of letters, Between a Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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AMITAV GHOSH was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, and has taught at a number of institutions. River of Smoke is the second in the Ibis Trilogy, the first of which, the bestselling Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008. Ghosh's other works include The Circle of Reason, which won the Prix Médicis Étranger Award, The Shadow Lines (Sahitya Akademi Award), In an Antique Land, The Calcutta Chromosome (Arthur C. Clarke Award), Dancing in Cambodia and Other Essays, Countdown, The Glass Palace (Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-books Awards), The Imam and the Indian and The Hungry Tide (Best work in English Fiction, Hutch Crossword Book Award). In 2007 he was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize and in 2010 the Dan David Prize.
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SHASHI THAROOR is the prize-winning author of ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, and a widely published critic, commentator and columnist (including for The Hindu, Times of India and Newsweek).
In 2007 he concluded a nearly twenty-nine-year career with the United Nations, including working for refugees in South-East Asia at the peak of the 'boat people' crisis, handling peace-keeping operations in the former Yugoslavia, and culminating as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.
In 2006 he was India's candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General, and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders. Dr Tharoor earned his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the age of twenty-two, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a 'Global Leader of Tomorrow'. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas Indians.
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R. K. NARAYAN was an Indian novelist and one of the eminent faces of early Indian literature in English.
His novels are based in a fictitious village called Malgudi. Some of his books are The Financial Expert, The Man-Eater Of Malgudi, The Guide, Waiting For The Mahatma, and A Tiger For Malgudi. Narayan's non-fiction books are Next Sunday, My Dateless Diary, The Emerald Route, and A Writer's Nightmare. He also authored/retold Gods Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and The Mahabharata, which fall under the genre of mythology.
R. K. Narayan's stories generally dealt with the personalities and interactions of people in the Indian society. His stories held emotions and implicit satire, and the essence of his books were conveyed gracefully in simple and humorous prose.
Born in Madras on 10th October, 1906, Narayan was nicknamed Kunjappa by his grandmother. By virtue of the rather transferable nature of his father's job, Narayan was brought up mainly by his grandmother, from whom he learnt arithmetic, Sanskrit, mythology and classical music. He completed his academic learning with a Bachelor's degree, and his career began with writing for newspapers and magazines, before his rise to fame. In 1933, Narayan met 15-year-old Rajam, with whom he fell in love. Six years into their marriage, Rajam was afflicted with a fatal case of typhoid, and passes away in the year 1939. R.K. Narayan lived till the age of 94, and breathed his last in Madras, in the year 2001.
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KHUSWANT SINGH is India's best-known writer and columnist. He has been founder–editor of Yojana, and editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and the Hindustan Times. He is also the author of several books which include the novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi, The Company of Women and Burial at Sea; the classic two-volume A History of the Sikhs; and a number of translations and non-fiction books on Sikh religion and culture, Delhi, nature, current affairs and Urdu poetry. His autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, was published in 2002.
Khushwant Singh was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974, but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
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SATYAJIT RAY was a noted filmmaker, writer, and producer. He received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Bharat Ratna in the year 1992. Ray was also a popular writer in Bengali literature and wrote a lot of articles, short stories, novellas, essays, and poems. Apart from being a writer and filmmaker, Ray was also an illustrator, film critic, publisher, and graphic designer. Some of his works are Bishoy Chalachchitra, Our Films Their Films, Adventures Of Feluda: Royal Bengal Mystery, Speaking Of Films, and The Apu Trilogy. He was known for his works of science fiction and whodunits.
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ARAVIND ADIGA: Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 for his debut novel The White Tiger, 33-year-old Aravind Adiga is a journalist and author by profession. He is an Australian citizen of Indian origin.
Apart from The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga has written two novels, namely, Between the Assasinations and Last Man in Tower and four short stories The Sultan's Battery (The Guardian, 18 October 2008), Smack (The Sunday Times, 16 November 2008), Last Christmas in Bandra (The Times, 19 December 2008), and The Elephant (The New Yorker, 26 January 2009).
Adiga's writing, to put it in a pistachio shell, is unapologetic. Combining social commentary with humour- the stuff scathing satires are made of- he never fails to tickle our funny bone with his unflinching candour and wit. Presenting a blinding, brilliant, and brave mosaic of Indian life, his writing is fast paced and dark. The author is also praised for his ability to delve the darkest recesses of human nature and present the grim side of an individual's personality in an equally grim universe. Nothing, not even human nature, escapes Adiga's keen observation and critique. His art of characterisation has also won considerable appreciation as he breathes life into an array of characters ranging from auto rickshaw drivers, wealthy businessmen, social workers, village simpletons, and the likes.
Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in the year 1974. He completed his elementary education at Canara High School. Later, he went on to St. Aloysius High School and graduated in the year 1990. Adiga received his graduate degree in English Literature in the year 1997 from the prestigious Columbia University of USA. Before taking up fiction writing, he embarked on a career in journalism and went on to work for Financial Times, Money, and The Wall Street Journal. After this professional venture, he took to freelance writing. He currently resides in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
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Mumbai-born Salman Rushdie is a British-Indian novelist, copywriter, and essayist, who was knighted for his literary services.
Salman's debut novel, Grimus, was a science fiction story that did not receive much acclaim. His third book, Shame, won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. The Satanic Verses (1988), caused life-threatening controversy due to the book's content, and a Fatwa was issued against the author. Some of his other celebrated novels are The Jaguar Smile, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, The Enchantress of Florence, and Shalimar The Clown. He also authored several books of short stories including East West, The Best American Short Stories, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Salman Rushdie did not limit his work to novels, and has written several commendable essays, the screenplay for the movie adaptation of Midnight's Children, and also the script for a television series.
Rushdie's writings demonstrate multiple styles of writing, generally merging religion, fantasy, and mythology with historical and present-day reality.
Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947, into a Muslim family of Kashmiri origin. After studying in Mumbai, he went on to study history at King's College, at the University of Cambridge. Rushdie wrote Midnight's Children while working as a copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather. In 1989, his execution was demanded by an Islamic leader, as his novel Satanic Verses was perceived to blaspheme the prophet Muhammad, and he was obliged to live under police protection. Salman lived mostly in New York City and has been married five times and has two sons.
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CHETAN BHAGAT is the author of five novels, all of which have gone on to become blockbuster sellers since they were released. They have also been adapted into major Bollywood films. In addition to being a bestselling author, Chetan is a motivational speaker and columnist. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine and one of the world's 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, USA.
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RAVINDER SINGH is one of the rising authors in the Indian literary scene, and he hails from a Sikh family in Odisha. After his debut novel, he hit the right chords again with his book Can Love Happen Twice in the year 2011. Ravinder Singh's writing style is lucid and simple. His books are ideal for light hearted reading. Born in the year 1982, he initially pursued a career in an IT company, having completed his engineering. He turned to writing after joining ISB for a course in management.
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SHIV KHERA is the founder of Qualified Learning Systems Inc. USA. An Author, Educator, Business Consultant and successful Entrepreneur, he is a much sought-after speaker.
He inspires and encourages people, making them realize their true potential. He has taken his dynamic personal messages to opposite sides of the globe, from the U.S. to Singapore. His 30 years of research, understanding and experience have helped people on the path of personal growth and fulfillment.
Khera is the author of 12 books including international bestseller "You Can Win", which has sold over 2 million copies in 16 languages. His other books are creating new records. His clients include GM, IBM, HP, Citigroup, HSBC, Canon, Nestle, Philips and many more.
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RAM CHARAN is a renowned business guru and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine. He graduated as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and is a distinguished speaker, business advisor and writer. Some of the other books written by him are: What The CEO Wants You To Know: How Your Company Really Works, The Game Changer: How Every Leader Can Drive Everyday Innovation, Confronting Reality: Doing What Matters to Get Things Right and Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times.
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C. K. PRAHALAD is the co-author of a number of well known works in corporate strategy, including The Core Competence of the Corporation (with Gary Hamel, Harvard Business Review, May–June 1990) which continues to be one of the most frequently reprinted articles published by the Harvard Business Review. He authored or co-authored several international bestsellers, including: Competing for the Future (with Gary Hamel, 1994), The Future of Competition (with Venkat Ramaswamy, 2004), and The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits (Wharton School Publishing, 2004). His last book, co-authored by M. S. Krishnan and published in April 2008, is called The New Age of Innovation.
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AMARTYA SEN is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2004. His most recent books are Development as Freedom and Rationality as Freedom. His books have been translated into thirty languages.
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R.M. LALA started his career in journalism in 1948 at the age of nineteen. In 1959 he became the manager of the first Indian book publishing house in London and in 1964 he founded (with Rajmohan Gandhi) Himmat Weekly, which he edited for a decade. His first book, The Creation of Wealth, was published to critical and commercial acclaim in 1981. This was followed by other books including Beyond the Last Blue Mountain: A Life of J.R.D. Tata (1992), Celebration of the Cells: Letters from a Cancer Survivor (1999), A Touch of Greatness: Encounters with the Eminent (2001), For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata (2004)and In Search of Ethical Leadership (2005). His books have been translated into several languages including Japanese.
Lala was director of Tata's premier foundation the Dorabji Tata Trust for eighteen years. His book The Heartbeat of a Trust is based on this Trust. He is co-founder of the Centre for the Advancement of Philanthropy and has been its chairman since 1993
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ASWATH DAMODARAN (New York, NY) is Professor of Finance at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, including the NYU university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and was named one of the nation's top business school teachers by Business Week in 1994. In addition, Damodaran teaches training courses in corporate finance and valuation at many leading investment banks. His publications include Damodaran on Valuation; Investment Valuation; Corporate Finance; Investment Management; and Applied Corporate Finance, all published by Wiley, and The Dark Side of Valuation.
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RASHMI BANSAL is an Indian entrepreneur, writer, and motivational speaker.
She has written four books on entrepreneurship. The first two, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish and Connect The Dots, are bestsellers. Her third book I Have A Dream was released in June 2011, and her fourth book, Poor Little Rich Slum, was released in May 2012.
Her writing focuses on today's youth. She introduces them to entrepreneurship and instructs them on how to craft their careers.
She has a degree in Economics from Sophia College, Mumbai. She also completed her MBA degree at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. She initially worked for The Times Group. She is the co-founder and editor of a popular youth magazine, Just Another Magazine (JAM). Bansal also runs a blog called Youth Curry. She mentors numerous young entrepreneurs and students, and is a guest lecturer at various reputed business schools including S. P. Jain School of Global Management, IIM Bangalore, Indian School of Business (ISB), and IIM Ahmedabad. She currently lives in Mumbai.
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NANDAN NILEKANI is the co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited. Born in Bangalore, he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and co-founded Infosys shortly after, in 1981. In January 2006 he became one of the youngest entrepreneurs to join the World Economic Forum Foundation Board, and Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2007 he was named Forbes Businessman of the Year.
Nilekani is a member of the National Knowledge Commission, the Reserve Bank of India's Advisory Group on Corporate Governance and the review committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. He is also part of the National Advisory Group on e-Governance, and was the chairman of the Government of India's IT Task Force for Power.
He was awarded one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan, in 2006.
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GURUCHARAN DAS is an Indian born bestselling novelist, philosopher and thinker, who has experienced both the pre-independence and post-independence eras of Indian history.
Among novels, he authored, the bestselling novel, The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma and A Fine Family: A Novel. He also wrote a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm India Wrestles With Change and the anthology, Three English Plays: Sahib/Mira/9 Jakhoo Hill.
Gurcharan Das has been widely appreciated for his language, especially in India. His work is versatile in nature, but generally follows a factual yet perhaps subtly opinionated style. Although his books might be weighty with intellectual or philosophical matter, Das' graceful language rivets the readers thought to the end.
Gurcharan Das was born on October 3, 1943, in Lyallpur, which was earlier a part of India. Subsequent to finishing school in Washington D.C., he attended Harvard University, graduated with honors in philosophy, and then went on to study a management program in Harvard Business School. Das had a flourishing career - he went from being CEO of Procter & Gamble India and Vice President for Procter & Gamble India to being Vice President and Managing Director of P & G Worldwide for strategic planning. He retired in 1995 with a desire to write full-time, and at present resides in Delhi with his wife and children.
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SUBROTO BAGCHI is Vice Chairman and Co-founder of MindTree Ltd. Till 2008, Subroto was its Chief Operating Officer, a role he stepped down from to become its Gardener. His work involves co-innovating with MindTree's customers, tending the top 100 minds in the organization and serving its fifty communities of practice. He is also Chairman of MindTree's Innovation Council. His earlier books, The High-Performance Entrepreneur (Penguin Portfolio, 2006) and Go Kiss the World (Penguin Portfolio, 2008) were best-sellers and received critical acclaim.
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N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY is the Founder-Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. He serves on the boards of Unilever, HSBC, NDTV, Ford Foundation and the UN Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Cornell University, Wharton School, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore and INSEAD.
The Economist ranked Narayana Murthy among the ten most admired business leaders in 2005. He topped the Economic Times list of India's most powerful CEOs for three consecutive years: 2004 to 2006. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Légion d'honneur by the Government of France, and the CBE by the British government. He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young's World Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Max Schmidheiny Liberty prize, and has appeared in the rankings of businessmen and innovators published by India Today, Business Standard, Time, CNN, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes and Financial Times.
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B.K.S. IYENGAR is one of the foremost teachers of Yoga in the world and has been practicing and teaching for over sixty years. Millions of students now follow his method and there are Iyengar yoga centres all over the world. He has written many books on yogic practice and its philosophy including "Light on Yoga," "Light on Pranayama," "Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" and more.
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BHARAT THAKUR, an international spiritual master, is credited for having discovered Artistic Yoga. He has penned down several other books, such as Yoga for All, Yoga for Weight Loss, and Yoga for Backache Relief. Bharat Thakur is known for conducting yoga training sessions for individuals, groups, and companies at various national and international sites. Featured on various television shows and also in magazines, Bharat Thakur's Artistic Yoga has benefited countless people around the world.
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NAMITA JAIN is an acclaimed health and fitness expert and has many years of working experience in the wellness industry. She is also a popular author.
Some of her books are, Jaldi Fit Kids, Figure It Out: The Ultimate Guide To Teen Fitness, and the Hindi edition of this book, Char Saptah Men Wajan Ghataye (Hindi).
She holds international certifications on various dietary and fitness disciplines. She works at Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, as a clinical fitness expert. She has been certified as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant and Clinical Exercise Specialist by the American Council on Exercise, and as a Health and Fitness Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a swimming champion and certified yoga practitioner. She also writes various columns in newspapers and magazines on health and nutrition.
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RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861-1941), One of India's most cherished renaissance figures, put India on the literary map of the world when his Gitanjali was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Myriad-minded, he was a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of songs. His worldwide acclaim as a social, political, religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and a champion of the 'One World' idea makes him a living presence.
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A P J ABDUL KALAM: Fondly referred to as the 'People's President' during his term from 2002 to 2007 as India's 11th President, Dr. Kalam has been on the forefront of many revolutionary movements in the country. A scientist by education and profession, he was also known as 'The Missile Man' during his term as president. Through his books and missions like 'What Can I Give' for youth in 2011 and now PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), Dr. Kalam shares his plans and visions for a better and brighter future for India. He is a visiting professor at IIMs across the country.
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JAWAHARLAL NEHRU was born on 14 November 1889 at Allahabad and educated in England, at Harrow and Cambridge.
In 1912, Nehru returned home to play a central role in India's struggle for freedom from British colonial rule, and then, as prime minister of independent India for seventeen years, went on to shape the nation's future as a modern, secular and democratic state. He died in office, on 27 May 1964. Visionary and idealist, scholar and statesman of international stature, Nehru was also an outstanding writer. His three most renowned books—An Autobiography, Glimpses of World History and The Discovery of India—have acquired the status of classics, and are all published by Penguin.
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MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND GANDHI (1869–1948) was a thinker, politician and leader. He shaped India`s national movement and led India to independence in 1947.
Mahatma Gandhi as he was fondly known, was a charismatic leader who brought the case for India's independence to world attention. His philosophy of nonviolence, for which he coined the term satyagraha, has influenced nonviolent resistance movements to this day. For Gandhi, Truth was the sovereign principle; inclusive of many other spiritual principles and schools of thought.
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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA, the noted disciple of Lord Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, was born on January 12, 1863. He was originally named Narendra Dutta. A bright student, he graduated from Calcutta University, from where he gained profound knowledge on history and philosophy. He also established the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. He was known for his deep knowledge and understanding of the Vedas and Yoga, and was strongly focused on encouraging the Indian youth for the betterment of the society. Some of his other books are My Idea of Education, Raja Yoga, A Study of Religion, and My India, the India Eternal. He breathed his last on the 4th of July, 1902.
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ASHOK K. BANKER is the author of the internationally acclaimed Ramayana Series and other books. His books have been published in fifty-six countries, a dozen languages, and have seen several hundred reprint editions with over 1.2 million copies currently in print.
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Dr. DEVDUTT PATTANAIK (born 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology and management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (2010)
He is the Chief Belief Officer of Future Group, one of India's largest retailers, bringing the wisdom of Indian mythology into Indian business, specifically in human resource management. He also writes a column for the newspaper MiD DAY.
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AMISH TRIPATHI is a 36-year-old, IIM (Kolkata) educated boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen year old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy. He believes there is beauty and meaning in all world cultures and religions. The Secret of the Nagas is the second book of the Shiva Trilogy.
Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel. He is presently working on the third book of the Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras.
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CHITRA BANERJEE BIVAKARUNI is an Indian-American author and poet. She has written poetry, novels, short stories, columns, and essays. Her fictional work has been translated into 20 languages.
Her novels include The Vine Of Desire, Queen Of Dreams, Sister Of My Heart, One Amazing Thing, and The Mistress Of Spices. Some of her poetry volumes include Leaving Yuba City, Black Candle, and The Reason For Nasturtiums.
She writes for children as well as adults. Her novels span multiple genres including fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and magical realism. Her writing often focuses on the experiences of South Asian immigrants, and her works are often set in the United States and India.
She was born as Chitralekha Banerjee in 1956, in Kolkata, India. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calcutta. She then earned a master's degree from Wright State University and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Divakaruni has won several awards for her writing, including The American Book Award, The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, and the Pushcart Prize. She is on the advisory boards of a few organizations involved in social work. Chitra currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband Murthy, sons Abhay and Anand, and the family dog Juno. She works at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program as a Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing.
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SHASHI DESHPANDE, daughter of the renowned Kannada dramatist and Sanskrit scholar Shriranga, was born in Dharwad. At the age of fifteen she went to Mumbai, graduated in economics, then moved to Bangalore, where she gained a degree in law. Her writing career began in earnest only in 1970, initially with short stories, of which several volumes have been published. She is the author of four children`s books and seven previous novels, the best known of which are The Dark Holds No Terror, That Long Silence, which won the Sahitya Akademi award, and Small Remedies.
Shashi started writing children`s stories for her two young sons. She recreated her own happy childhood in a small town in her first book, A Summer Adventure, and subsequently wrote two more adventure books. The Naraynpur Incident, her fourth book for children was based on th 1942 Quit India Movement
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KIRAN DESAI was born in 1971 in India, and was educated in India, England and the United States. She studied creative writing at Columbia University and is the daughter of the author, Anita Desai, who herself has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times. Kiran Desai's first book was Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998) which went on to win a Betty Trask Award and her most recent book The Inheritance of Loss won The Man Booker Prize in 2006.
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KAVITA DASWANI is currently a fashion correspondent for CNN International, CNBC Asia, and Womens Wear Daily. She has written for the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune among many other publications and has been the fashion editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. She has authored the best-selling books For Matrimonial Purposes, The Village Bride of Beverly Hills, Indies Girl and Salaam, Paris. Her books have been published in seventeen languages.
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SUDHA MURTY was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non- fiction pieces and four books for children.
Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over four lakh copies around the country. She was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006, and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.
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ANITA DESAI is one of India's foremost writers. She has written sixteen works of fiction, including Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984), and Fasting, Feasting (1999), all shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In Custody was made into a film by Merchant Ivory productions, starring Shashi Kapoor and Om Puri. Her most recent novel is The Zig Zag Way (2004).
A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London, the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, Girton College and Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, and most recently the Sahitya Akademi in India, Anita Desai has also been a Professor of Writing at MIT and has frequently been honoured with awards among them the Alberto Moravia Prize for Literature and the Padma Shri.
Born in Mussoorie to a German mother and a Bengali father, she was educated in Delhi, and currently divides her time between USA and Mexico.
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SHOBHAA DE, the obsessive-compulsive writer of fifteen books has spent the last three years in the pursuit of her first vocation, journalism. Her columns are ubiquitous, appearing in nearly every newspaper and magazine of note. They carry her customarily edgy observations on matters of politics, the economy, business and commerce, the heart and the hearth.
Best-selling author, jet-setting commentator and honest critic, she is most at home in Mumbai--a city which is also a recurrent 'character' in much of her work—living there with her husband Dilip and (when they're around) their six children
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ANITA NAIR is the author of the best-selling novels The Better Man, Ladies' Coupe, Mistress and a short story collection, Satyr of the Subway. Her children's books include The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends; Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel; and Living Next Door to Alise. Her books have been translated into over twenty-five languages around the world.
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ARUNDHATI ROY is an Indian author, famed for her award-winning debut novel, The God Of Small Things.
She has written one novel, several essays, and screenplays. Some of her works include War Talk, Power Politics, The Greater Common Good, The End Of Imagination, An Ordinary Person's Guide To Empire, The Cost Of Living, The Algebra Of Infinite Justice, and Gandhi But With Guns. Her writing often tackles various environmental, political, and social issues. Her frank expression of opinions through her writing and activism has garnered her extremes of praise and criticism from all across the world.
Roy was born on November 24, 1961, in Shillong, Meghalaya in India. She was raised in Kerala, where she attended the Corpus Christi school in Kottayam. She later attended the Lawrence School, Lovedale in Tamil Nadu. She then pursued architecture at the School Of Planning And Architecture, Delhi. She worked for movies and television at the start of her career. Her writing as well as her social campaigns have won her quite a few awards, including the Booker Prize, the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Sydney Peace Prize.
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