Nilanjana S. Roy

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Nilanjana S. Roy (born c. 1971) is an Indian journalist, literary critic and author.

Personal life[edit]

Roy was born in Kolkata. She was educated at La Martiniere, Kolkata,[citation needed] and graduated with a degree in literature from St.Stephen's College, University of Delhi in the 1990s.[1]

Roy is married to Devangshu Datta, contributing editor, Business Standard[2] and a consultant to financial dailies and business magazines. She lives in Delhi with her husband.[3]


Nilanjana Roy is the author of The Wildings (Aleph Book Company, 2012), which won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award (2013).[4] (Other shortlists: the Tata Literature First Book Award (2012), the Commonwealth First Book Award; longlisted for the DSC Prize (2013).)

The Hundred Names of Darkness, part two of The Wildings, was published by Aleph in 2013. A collection of essays on books and reading, How To Read in Indian, will be published by HarperCollins in 2015. Nilanjana is also the editor of A Matter of Taste,[5] an anthology of food writing (Penguin India, 2005).

Her column on the reading life for the Business Standard [6] has run for over 15 years; she has also written on gender for the New York Times [7] and the Kolkata Telegraph, and has contributed to the BBC, Outlook, The New Republic, Huffington Post and several other publications.

Over a decade-and-a-half in media and publishing, Nilanjana has been chief editor at Westland/ Tranquebar, edited and contributed to the Outlook Books page, Biblio and several other literary magazines/ periodicals, served on the jury for the Crossword Prize and the DSC Prize among others.

She had a brief but enjoyable second life as Hurree Babu, whom she borrowed from Kipling in order to start India’s first literary blog–Kitabkhana,[8] which the Babu ran for several years. She has worked extensively on free speech and censorship issues in India.

Her fiction and journalism have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Caravan, Civil Lines 6, the Sunday Times, The Hindu and Biblio. Some of her stories for children have been published in Scholastic’s Spooky Stories, Science Fiction Stories and BeWitched. Nilanjana can be found at, or, and very occasionally, on the yoga mat, practising handstands.[9]


  • A Matter of Taste: The Penguin Book of Indian Writing on Food. Penguin Books, ISBN 0143031481
  • The Wildings. Aleph Book Company, ISBN 9788192328096
  • The Hundred Names of Darkness. Aleph Book Company, ISBN: 9789382277774


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