Author: Indu Sundaresan

Profile: Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author.  She was born in India and grew up on Air Force Bases around the country. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics in India and then migrated to the U.S. She completed her graduation at the University of Delaware. Soon after completing her graduation, beckoned her storytelling gene.

Her grandfather and father narrated many stories to her from Hindu mythology, during her growing up years. The name of her mother is Madhuram Sundaresan. She was the daughter of Group Captain R. Sundaresan, an Indian Air Force Pilot who lost his life on duty in a crash. The father, a fighter pilot with his flair for timing and drama was always able to capture the attention of his audiences. Besides this he was an excellent storyteller like his own father.

Indu began to eagerly collect books after shifting to Bangalore. Later on she migrated to the United States for her graduation at the University of Delaware. Presently she lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle, Washington. Indu gained inspiration from both her grandfather and father and gradually developed her love for stories. Her stories were based on rich Hindu mythology, imagination as well as writings of her father. The Twentieth Wife is her first novel for which she was awarded the Washington State Book Award in the year 2003.

Writing style: Indu Sundaresan’s genre is historical fiction and literature.

Published Texts:


Taj Mahal Trilogy

2002 – Twentieth Wife

2003 – The Feast of Roses

2010 – Shadow Princess


2006 – The Splendour of Silence

2008 – In the Convent of Little Flowers

2013 – The Mountain of Light

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2003 – Washington State Book Award for The Twentieth Wife

Light of India Award for Excellence in Literature

Her short fiction work has appeared on and The Vincent Brothers Review