Pankaj Mishra, New York Times Best-selling Author, in Hong Kong in Early October

Pankaj Mishra, New York Times Best-selling Author, will be in Hong Kong in early October for a speaking engagement…

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra was born in North India. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Allahabad University before completing his MA in English Literature at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

His first book was Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India (1995), a travelogue which described the social and cultural changes in India in the new context of globalization. His novel The Romantics (2000) an ironic tale of people longing for fulfillment in cultures other than their own, won the Los Angles Times’ Art Seidenbaum award for first fiction. His book An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World (2004), mixes memoir, history, and philosophy while attempting to explore the Buddha’s relevance to contemporary times. Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond, describes Mishra’s travels through Kashmir, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, and other parts of South and Central Asia. Like his previous books, it was featured in the New York Times‘ 100 Best Books of the Year. His most recent book From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia (titled From The Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia in the US) was published in August 2013.

Mishra writes literary and political essays for the New York Times, the New York Review of BooksThe Guardian, the New YorkerLondon Review of Books, Bloomberg View, among other American, British, and Indian publications. His work has also appeared in Times Literary SupplementFinancial TimesWashington PostBoston GlobeTimeThe IndependentGrantaThe NationN+1PoetryCommon KnowledgeOutlook, and Harper’s.

He was a visiting professor at Wellesley College in 2001, 2004, and 2006. In 2004-2005 he received a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars, New York Public Library. For 2007-08, he was the Visiting Fellow at the Department of English, University College, London. In 2009, he was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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