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A tale of 19th-century India: of Sanjay, a poet, and Sikander, a warrior; of great wars and love affairs and a city gone mad with poetry . Woven into this tapestry of stories is a second, modern narrative - the adventures of a young Indian criss-crossing America in a car with his friends.
Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize. His collection of short stories,Love and Longing in Bombay (1997) won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region) and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has co-written Mission Kashmir, an Indian feature film. Vikram Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, where he lives with his wife Melanie and teaches at the University of California. His work has been translated into eleven languages. Find out more at www.vikramchandra.com.
Winner of The Commonwealth Writers Prize 1996 and David Higham Prize for Fiction 1995. Short-listed for Dillons First Fiction Award 1995.