Karan Mahajan

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Karan Mahajan
Born (1984-04-24) 24 April 1984 (age 31)
Stamford, Connecticut
Occupation novelist, essayist
Nationality United States
Subject Criticism, Fiction

Karan Mahajan (born April 24, 1984) is a Joseph Henry Jackson Award-winning Indian novelist.[1] Mahajan was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and grew up in New Delhi, India. He studied English and Economics at Stanford University. He currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He has contributed writing to The Believer,[2] The Daily Beast,[3] The San Francisco Chronicle,[4] Granta,[5]The New York Sun,[6] and The Utopian.

Family Planning[edit]

Mahajan's first novel, Family Planning, was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "Brave, breakneck, and amusing"';[7] in the Seattle Times as "Pleasurably crazed";[8] and in the Washington Post as "Genuinely funny" and "Profound".[9] Author Suketu Mehta described it as "The truest portrait of modern New Delhi I’ve read, and the funniest book of the year",[10] and novelist Jay McInerney called it "one of the best and funniest first novels I’ve read in years".[11]

Family Planning was published by the Harper Perennial imprint of HarperCollins, and released in the US in 2008 and the UK in 2009, with translations forthcoming in India, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, and Korea.


In 2003, Stanford University forced Mahajan and several other students to move out of their university-owned cottages so that they could be reserved for use as quarantine facilities for students with symptoms of SARS.[12]

In 2004, Mahajan and two roommates opened a museum dedicated to Matthias K. Rath in their dormitory room at Stanford University.[13]




  1. ^ http://www.sff.org/programs/arts-culture/art-awards-archive
  2. ^ Mahajan, Karan (February 1, 2008). "'Suketu Mehta'". The Believer. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Mahajan, Karan (March 27, 2010). "'Peering into Kashmir's Turmoil'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Mahajan, Karan (March 11, 2008). "Animal's People' toxically twisted'". The Believer. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Mahajan, Karan (December 1, 2009). "'Wonder Why'". Granta. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Mahajan, Karan (June 27, 2007). "'The H-Word'". The New York Sun. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Frank, Joan (December 7, 2008). "'Family Planning,' by Karan Mahajan". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Upchurch, Michael (January 11, 2009). "See the world — by book Three new novels — "The World a Moment Later" (from Israel), "New Lives" (Germany) and "Family Planning" (India) — offer a vicarious form of travel into the very souls of nations.". Seattle Times. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Mahajan, Karan (December 21, 2008). "'Young and Restless'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Suketu, Mehta (January 24, 2009). "'Suketu Mehta Book Pick'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  11. ^ McInerney, Jay (November 18, 2008). "'Jay McInerney Book Pick'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Lustbader, Sarah (April 25, 2003). "Stanford U.: Stanford students question cottage evictions". University Wire via The America's Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 14 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Museum opens in Kairos dorm room". The Stanford Daily. December 2, 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2009.