Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), who wrote in Bengali and later in English, was the first Asian author to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (in 1913). His own translations from Bengali, his mother tongue, into English brought Tagore a wide readership in the West. This contributed to shaping his literary voice, in his lifetime, far from the current age of globalization, as the voice of the Far East. Visva-Bharati University (located in West Bengal), which Tagore was one of its founders, is now named after him.
Manju Kapur is an Indian writer and professor of literature in Delhi University. She was born in 1948 in Amritsar. Kapur graduated from the Miranda House University College for women and went on to take an MA at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an M.Phil. at Delhi University. Her first novel, Difficult Daughters, won her the Commonwealth Prize for First Novels (Eurasia section) in 1999 and went on to become a bestseller in India, United States, and England. Her other three novels: A Married Woman (2003), Home (2006), The Immigrant (2008), and Custody (2011) were highly acclaimed and very successful among readers and critics. Manju Kapur lives in New Delhi with her husband. She has three daughters and three grandchildren.
Aravind Adiga was born in 1974 in Madras (now called Chennai), and grew up in Mangalore in the south of India. He was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, Oxford. His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, and the Times of India. His first novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008. He published two more books since: Between the Assassinations (2009) and Last Man in Tower (2011). He lives in Mumbai, India.
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