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After years of failure at school and work, and of spending his days dreaming in the tea stalls and singing to himself in the public gardens, it doesn't seem as if post-office clerk Sampath Chawla is going to amount to much. But then he climbs a guava tree and becomes unexpectedly famous as a guru.
Kiran Desai was born in India in 1971 and educated in India, England and the United States, where she received her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, The Inheritance of Loss, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker and Salman Rushdie's anthology Mirrorwork: Fifty Years of Indian Writing.
Winner of Betty Trask Awards 1998 and Betty Trask Award 1998.