Prize-Winning Author Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai
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About Kiran Desai

Kiran’s books include “The Inheritance of Loss,” written in 1998 and “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard,” written in 1998. One of her awards includes the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year in 2007.

The Inheritance of Loss won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It had translation into over forty languages. 

Kiran Desai Biography

Born in Chandigarh, India, in 1971, Kiran Desai moved to England at the age of 14 years. Her father is Ashvin Desai, an Indian writer. Her education spans India, England and the United States. She graduated from Bennington College in Vermont in 1993 and, in 1999, she received an MFA from Columbia University in New York.

Her mother is the noted author Anita Desai. They moved to England for a year before relocating to the United States, where she finished her education. She first studied creative writing at Bennington and later did more extensive writing work at Columbia.

She began to get attention in 1997, with publication of her writing in The New Yorker and in Mirrorwork, a collection of 50 years of Indian writing. Mirrorwork had editing by the author, Salman Rushdie. In 1998, she published her first book, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.

Her mother reached accomplishment as an Indian writer and a Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.

News on Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai author has won numerous awards. They include the following:

  • British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year – 2007
  • Kiryiama Pacific Rim Book Prize – 2007
  • National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (USA) – 2007
  • Orange Prize for Fiction (shortlist) – 2007
  • Man Booker Prize for Fiction – 2006
  • Betty Trask Award – 1998

More recently, she received 2013-14 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Guardian, Gourmet Magazine, Best American Travel Writing, and The Vintage Book of Indian Writing 1947-1997.

She was a Holzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2013.

She is the youngest of three siblings and has two brothers and a sister. As of 2022, her net worth has an estimate of $9 million.


Who is Kiran Desai married to?

She is in a relationship with a Turkish novelist and screenwriter, Orham Pamuk.

Where was she born?

Her birth was in Chandigarh, India (New Delhi).

Is Kiran Desai a diasporic writer?

Diasporic means the dispersion of any people from their original homeland. She has consideration as a diasporic writer of Indian origin and writes about immigrants in their new homeland.

When did she start her career?

She began her career in 1997 with publication of her work in magazines and anthologies.