The famous Indian novelist Kiran Desai

This write–up contains a brief life history and literary history of prolific writer Kiran Desai, the daughter of famous novelist Anita Desai. I have tried to give some information about her two wonderful novels for which she got recognition in worldwide. Readers will get some information about the Man Booker Prize recipient Indian novelist Kiran Desai.


Kiran Desai is one of the most insightful Indain novelists who got recognition worldwide with her two superb novels Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and The Inheritance of Loss. She was born in Chandigarh in 1971, before migrated to foreign she spent her childhood in Pune and Mumbai. She was daughter of famous writer Anita Desai. Her mother creates good cultural atmosphere at home which have enormous contributions to make her a prolific writer. Both mother and daughter lived in London for a year after leaving India. After one year they moved to the United States where she completed her studies. She studied creative writing at Bennington College, Hollins University, and Columbia University.

Remarkable works of Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai first came to lime light after publication of her wonderful novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard in 1998. She took almost four years to complete this novel. Her first novel marked the beginning of her successful career and she obtained good compliment from well known writer like Salman Rushdie. For her first novel she fetched the prestigious award Betty Trask Award which was given by the Society of Authors of citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations. He got this award because it was the best new novels among the writers under the age of 35. Kiran Desai got tremendous success in the very beginning of her literary career. It caused a motivating factor for her to write more novels.

Her second novel was published after eight years of publishing her first novel. In 2006 Kiran Desai published her second novel The Inheritance of Loss which was able to grab the attention of people worldwide. This novel was appreciated by critics throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. This novel remained as a landmark of her successful career and she was able to grab covetous Man Booker Prize in 2006, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in the same year and Vodafone Crossword Book Award. Besides these awards she was short listed for the award of Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel The Inheritance of Loss in 2007. Again in the same year she was short listed for another prestigious prize Kiryiama Pacific Rim Book Prize and British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year, for the same book. Central theme of the novel is migration, living between two worlds. It portrays 80s picture of both India and The USA.

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