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Anita Desai

Arundhati Roy
Kiran Desai
Gita Mehta
Bapsi Sidhwa
Shauna Singh Baldwin
Gita Hariharan
Kamila Shamsie


R.K. Narayan
Githa Hariharan
Amit Chaudhari
Rabindranath Tagore
Vikram Seth
Shashi Tharoor
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It was third time  unlucky for the Anglo-Indian writer Anita Desai since she had been shortlisted for the coveted literary prize thrice for In Custody and Clear Light of the Day in 1980 and 1984 respectively and for Fasting and Feasting in 1999. She was actually third favorite to win it in 1999 after J.M. Coetzee and Frayn and it was eventually the South African J.M. Coetzee who won it for the second time for his book Disgrace.
Anita Desai born in 1937 in Bombay was educated in the capital city, Delhi. Her father was Bengali and mother a German. Her other notable books are Fire on the Mountain (1977), Games At Twilight (1978)  and The Village By the Sea (1982)
Click here to see the list of past winners of Booker Prize     


Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is one of the writers credited for catapulting Anglo-Indian writing to a new height in the literary world. She has paved ways for younger generation of writers who are knocking at the doors of literary stardom.
                            This 37-year-old New Delhi architect won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1996 for her debut novel The God of Small Things. Her novel was published in India by India Ink, a small Indian publishing house and it has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies in 13 countries. 
                                             She has even written screenplays for two films. The screenplay of Malgudi Days telecasted in Doordarshan was done by her.
                                                                           Nowadays she is heavily involved in raising voices for the underprivileged people.

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Kiran Desai

One of the four children of Anita Desai, she started her literary career with her comic novel Strange Happenings in the Guava Orchard. She was born in 1972. Salman Rushdie thinks that another young Indian girl has great prospect in the literary world and he included an extract from her debut novel in his anthology The Vintage Book of Indian Writings.

Praise for her Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard:
'Welcome proof that India's encounter with the English language continues to give birth to new children, endowed with lavish gifts.'
-Salman Rushdie

'Desai is a lavish, sharp-eyes fabulist whose send-up of small-town culture cuts to the heart of human perversity.'
-The New Yorker

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Gita Mehta

Gita Mehta as we all know is the writer of novels like Raj and A River Sutra and non-fiction books like Karma Cola and Snakes and Ladders. But beside that she has even written numerous articles for various Indian, American and European magazines and made documentaries for European and American televisions. Her works have been translated into thirteen languages and published twenty-seven countries. She lives New York, London and India.


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Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa was born in Karachi and brought up in Lahore. Being an active social worker among Asian women, she represented Pakistan at the Asian Women's Congress in 1975. Her novels include The Crow Eaters, The Bride and Ice Candy-Man. She presently lives in the US. 
                                     The Bollywood film 1947 Earth was based on her novel Ice Candy-Man.

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Kamila Shamsie

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Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Karachi. Her first novel In the city by the Sea (1998) was her master thesis at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and it won the John Llewelyn  Rhys Prize. It even won her the Prime Minister's Award for literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her second novel is titled Salt and Saffron (2000, published by Bloomsbury in UK). Kartography, her third novel will hit the literary world in June 2002. 

A reviewer at India Today: 

For Salt and Saffron: A young writer paints a Karachi with the passion a Rushdie reserves for his Bombay

Read an excerpt from Kartography

She has been included in the Orange Futures, a list of 21 women writers to look out for in the 21st century alongside Rachel Sieffert, author of The Dark Room that won a Booker nomination in 2001.

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Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin is the writer of What the Body Remembers, a novel set during Partition in Lahore.

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Githa Hariharan







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Gita Hariharan was born in 1954 and educated in Mumbai, Manila and the United States. She is the writer of three novels, The Thousand Faces of the Night (1982), which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, The Ghosts of Vasu Master (1994) and When Dream Travels (1999) and a collection of stories titled The Art of Dying (1993). She has also edited A Southern Harvest, a volume of stories in in English translations from four major South Indian Languages. She lives in New Delhi where she works as a freelance editor.

'Gita Hariharan's fiction is wonderful, full of subtleties and humour and tenderness.'
-Michael Ondaatje

'There is nothing loose about Hariharan's writing. Her sentences are controlled, all extra words shaved away. The distilled brevity is delightful, the unsaid hovers everywhere.'
- Business Standard

'An outstanding writer.'
-J. M. Coetzee


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