The brief version:

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©Elle/ Vidura Jang Bahadur (Please credit if using)

Nilanjana Roy is the author of The Wildings (Aleph Book Company, 2012, winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2013), The Hundred Names of Darkness (Aleph Book Company, 2013) and The Girl Who Ate Books (HarperCollins, 2016).
She writes about books for the Business Standard, reads a lot and cooks, a little. She’s been a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times; she also contributed essays and op-ed pieces to Granta, Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post and the BBC in 2015.
She lives in Delhi with her husband; they are jointly owned by two demanding cats and it is a distinct possibility that they jointly own too many books.

Cunning attempt to pretend that we do not have a book-collecting problem, by including only half of one bookcase in this frame… Photo credit: ©KaviBhansali
…and the truth, ie, the books have spread like alien spores, colonizing any available surface in their wake.

The longplaying version:

Nilanjana Roy is the author of The Wildings (Aleph Book Company, 2012), which won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award (2013). (Other shortlists: the Tata Literature First Book Award (2012), the Commonwealth First Book Award; longlisted for the DSC Prize (2013).)

Model: Tiggy (“will work for catnip”)

The Hundred Names of Darkness, part two of The Wildings, was published by Aleph in 2013. A collection of essays on books, reading and bibliophagy, The Girl Who Ate Books has just been published by HarperCollins. Nilanjana is also the editor of A Matter of Taste, an anthology of food writing (Penguin India, 2005).

Editor, sleeping on the job, so unlike his betters at Aleph.
Copy-editor: eats, proofs and leaves.

Her column on the reading life for the Business Standard has run for over 15 years; she has also written for the International Herald Tribune and the Kolkata Telegraph on gender issues in India.

Over a decade-and-a-half in media and publishing, Nilanjana has been chief editor at Westland/ Tranquebar, edited and contributed to the Outlook Books page, Biblio and several other literary magazines/ periodicals, served on the jury for the Crossword Prize and the DSC Prize among others.

She had a brief but enjoyable second life as Hurree Babu, whom she borrowed from Kipling in order to start India’s first literary blog–Kitabkhana, which the Babu ran for several years. She has worked extensively on free speech and censorship issues in India.

Her fiction and journalism have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Caravan, Civil Lines 6, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, The Hindu and Biblio. Some of her stories for children have been published in Scholastic’s Spooky Stories, Science Fiction Stories and BeWitched. Nilanjana can be found at http://nilanjanaroy.com, or @twitter.com/nilanjanaroy, and very occasionally, on the yoga mat, practising handstands.

Yes, we’re sitting on the edge of the stage. (Long story.)

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Read Hundred Names in a straight four hours (in the train back from Jaipur; since I really couldn’t find space or time to read much in Jaipur itself this weekend) and loved it..slightly less than Wildings but that always happens to the younger sibling. My problems – I couldn’t understand why the Mara’s senses and the cats network didn’t stretch into the Golf Club if it could stretch all the way to Paolim, why was Magnificat so important to Mara and why darkness being your friend was so important to the plot?

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