(Last Updated on : 06/01/2009)
Kiran Desai was born on 3rd September, 1971. Kiran Desai was born in New Delhi, India, and lived there until she was 14.Then she went to England with her mother and finally she moved to the United States.She took her early education in Massachusetts. Then she studied creative writing at Bennington College, Hollins University and Columbia University.She is an Indian author because she is a citizen of India and a Permanent Resident of the United States.Her mother is also a famous writer Anita Desai. Three books of Anita Desai have been short listed for the Booker Prize (Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984) and Fasting, Feasting (1999). Anita Desai currently teaches writing at MIT.
After completing her education Kiran Desai started writing in US. She first got literary attention in 1997 when she was published in the New Yorker and in Mirrorwork, an anthology of 50 years of Indian writing edited by Salman Rushdie - Strange Happenings in the Guava Orchard was the closing piece when she was writing her first book In 1998 her first book- , Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published which took 4 years to complete.
The theme is based on India. Eight years later, her next book The Inheritance of Loss was published in early 2006. This novel won the 2006 Man Booker Prizeand the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. The subject of The Inheritance of Loss is set partly in India and partly in the USA. She shows what is the difference between the living pattern in India and abroad.