Do you know anyone who would—secretly, sincerely, in his innermost self—really prefer to return to childhood?
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|Birth:||24th June, 1937|
|Profession:||Novelist, Professor, Writer|
Anita Mazumdar Desai was born in Mussoorie, India. She is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times; she received a Sahitya Academy Award in 1978 for her novel Fire on the Mountain, from the Sahitya Academy, India's National Academy of Letters; she won the British Guardian Prize for The Village by the Sea. She was a student at Queen Mary's Higher Secondary School in Delhi and received her B.A. in English literature in 1957 from the Miranda House of the University of Delhi. Desai published her first novel, Cry The Peacock, in 1963. She considers Clear Light of Day her most autobiographical work as it is set during her coming of age and also in the same neighbourhood in which she grew up. In 1984 she published In Custody – about an Urdu poet in his declining days – which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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