Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and started his working life as a journalist. He was given the honour of Padma Shri in 2007 by the Indian Government.
Ghosh has gone on to become one of India’s most acclaimed novelists, known for the Ibis Trilogy which includes Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. If you haven’t read his work already, time to get started!
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Aravind Adiga won the Man Booker Prize with his first novel, The White Tiger. This is an amazing feat for a debut writer and it marked Aravind out as particularly special. Born in Chennai in 1974, Aravind attended school for some time there before moving to Australia. He started as a journalist before turning to writing books and has published three novels to date.
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Often authors will have had varied and interesting lives before turning to writing and this is certainly true of New Delhi-born Chetan Bhagat. He worked for nearly a decade as an investment banker in Hong Kong before moving to Mumbai to focus on writing (while still working at Deutsche Bamk!)
Chetan is hailed as one of the best selling English-language noveslists in India’s history. His work often focuses on urban middle class Indians and have plenty of comedy in them.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a master of both the novel and short story, with many of her works being adapted for TV and the big screen. She is known for her magical realist style and also diving into historical fiction.
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Kiran Desai is a celebrated Indian author. She is a regular on the Man Booker Prize shortlist and won it with her novel The Inheritance of Loss in 2006. Her first book, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard follows a young man shirking the responsibilities of adult life.
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