Vikram Seth

Author: Vikram Seth

Profile: Vikram Seth is an Indian poet and novelist and has written numerous poetry books and novels for which he has received many awards. Vikram Seth has published three novels and eight poetry books. Born in Kolkata he completed his education at the Doon School, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Tonbridge School and Stanford University.

Vikram Seth divides his time between India and United Kingdom and India. Vikram Seth became a leader of a campaign against a law against sodomy – Section 377 of the India Penal Code.

His first book of poetry was Mappings in 1980. He rose into the limelight of the public after the publication of the 1349 paged novel, A Suitable Boy. The troubled life of a violinist is dealt with by Vikram Seth in An Equal Music, his second novel. In 2005 he published, his work Two Lives which is a memoir of the marriage of his aunt and great uncle.

Writing style: Vikram Seth is a versatile Indian writer who writes a range of genres, with greatest ease. The writer is popularly known for his readable and clear writing style, the technical mastery, irony and the way he uses language very joyfully. He is one author who has made his mark in the English language in Indian writing.

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1983 –Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

1985 – Commonwealth Poetry Prize for The Humble Administrator’s Garden

1988 – Sahitya Akademi Award for The Golden Gate

1993 – Irish Times International Fiction Prize for A Suitable Boy

1994 – Commonwealth Writers Prize for A Suitable Boy

1994 – WH Smith Literary Award

1999 – Crossword Book Award

2001 – Order of the British Empire, Commander

2001 – EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Award) for Best Novel/Book for an Equal Music

2005 – Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

2007 – Padma Shri in Literature & Education

2013 – NDTV’s 25 Greatest Global Living Legends in India

He has been nominated for the National Books Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.