:: Our spaces
are shrinking all the time Githa
was born in 1954 and educated in Mumbai, Manila and the United
States. She worked for public television in the US and returned
to India in 1979 to work as an editor with a publishing house.
Her latest book, In Time of Siege has just been released in India; the US edition would
be out in August 2003.
:: Our past
is always present
first story, Bel Patra, appeared in 1987 in Hans,
a literary magazine, but she was noticed as a writer after the
publication of Anugoonj , an anthology of short stories
in 1991. However, it was the English translation of Mai
that catapulted her into fame. The novel, a story about three
generations of women, is now being translated into Russian and
:: Heady mix
of history, magic, fantasy
Bapsi Sidhwa was
born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Lahore. She graduated
from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, and began writing after
the birth of two children. She has published four internationally
acclaimed novels: The Crow Eaters (1982), The Bride
(1983) Ice-Candy Man (1991) and An American Brat
(1993). The Ice-Candy Man was declared a New York
Times Notable Book for 1991, received the LiBerature Prize in
Germany and was nominated by the American Library Association
as a Notable Book the same year.
:: I spent months
in a brothel
Alexa Albert was
a student at Harvard Medical School when she conducted a public
health study at Mustang Ranch, one of the most famous and richest
brothels in Nevada (the only state in America where prostitution
is legal). The study lasted six years and allowed her to get a first-hand account of the
lives of the prostitutes, the clients, the bartenders, the cook,
the maids, the hawkers, the owners.
:: Writing gets
me out of my skin
up in India and moved to the US to study political philosophy
at Harvard University. She was awarded a Fiction Fellowship from
the New York Foundation of the Arts for 2000. Her debut novel
Miniplanner was released by Cleis Press, San Francisco
in November 2000. Renamed The Three of Us, the book was recently
released in India and Singapore.
:: I write not just to tell stories
Unity Dow studied
to be a lawyer and was recently appointed Botswana's first female
High Court judge. Judge Dow has written two novels: Far and
Beyon' and The Screaming of the Innocent. Far and
Beyon' is the story of a Botswanan family - a mother and
her two children, vacillating between the modern and the traditional;
between poverty, AIDS, death and hope. Dow lives with her family
in Lobatse, Botswana
:: Belief in
every small experience
grew up in Ohio, New York and Israel.
She studied literature and anthropology from Brandeis University
and later did MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Burnt
Bread and Chutney: Memoirs of an Indian Jewish Girl , her first book, is the story of a brown girl looking for her identity
in an otherwise white world. Delman's father is a Jew with East
European descent, while her mother traces her roots back to Bene
Israel, an ancient community living in western India.
:: I mourn
for religious tolerance
was born in Bombay in 1952.
She studied English literature at the universities of Bombay and
Leeds; and has since combined writing with teaching. Her first
novel, Tara Lane, was published in 1993 and her translations
of Meerabai's songs, In the Dark Of The Heart: Songs Of Meera,
in 1994. Her short stories have appeared in several collections.
She has also written a collection of children's stories with Githa
Hariharan, titled Sorry, Best Friend. Reaching Bombay
Central is her second novel.
cue from everyday life
electronics and communications engineering in India and then switched
to journalism with a Masters degree from University of Memphis.
She now lives in Denmark with her husband and son. A Breath of
Fresh Air is her first novel. Set in India with the world's
largest industrial disaster as its backdrop, the book peeps into
the life of a young woman, her ex-husband, her husband and their