Kiran Desai: Biography

Kiran Desai

03 sep 1971

Author Kiran Desai, Winner of Man Booker Prize was born in India and is now a permanent resident of United States. Kiran hails from a writing background. Her mother Anita Desai is also a notable author who was shortlisted for Booker Prize not once but thrice.

Kiran spent her childhood days in Pune and Mumbai until the age of 14. Later she along with her mother moved to England where they stayed for a year before leaving to US. Due to her interest in writing, which is quite natural, Kiran Desai went to Bennington College, Hollins University and Columbia University to master the art of creative writing.

Kiran’s debut novel, ‘Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard’ published in 1998 was an immediate winner. It won the Betty Trask Award, a prize given by the society of Authors for the best new novel written by citizens of the Commonwealth Nation under the age of 35. The novel was also highly appreciated by many personalities including Salman Rushdie.

Kiran Desai’s second book surpassed the victory of her first book. Her second novel, ‘The Inheritance of Loss’, published in 2006 won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and 2006 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. The book had a wide reach across Asia, Europe and United States.

The overwhelming success brought huge recognition and praise to Kiran. She was invited to be a guest on ‘Private Passions’, a notable programme on BBC Radio 3. For the Asia House Festival of Cold Literature held in May 2007, Kiran Desai was the featured author. In 2013, she was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

Not only the professional life of Kiran was blossoming; even on personal front, Kiran Desai was getting into a beautiful relationship with Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.