|Born||Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
August 25, 1977
|Notable work(s)||The Last Song of Dusk (2004)|
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi (born 1977 ) is an Indian author in English-language whose notable books include, The Last Song of Dusk (2004) and The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay (2009). He lives in Bombay and is a contributor to Time and other publications.
The Last Song of Dusk (2005), made it to Man Asian Prize: 2009 Shortlist, won the 2004 Betty Trask Award, one of UK’s most prestigious prizes for debut novels, and Premio Grinzane Cavour 2005 (Italy) for the Best Debut novel. This book was also theSan Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004, a 2006 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller., and translated into 10 languages.
Early life and education
He pursued his MA in International Journalism at the University of Westminster, London, where he specialised in Photography in 1999. His second masters, in mass communications, was from San Jose State University (MS, Distinction).
He wrote his first book "The Last Song of Dusk," at 22, but dropped it when the agent suggested some changes, thereafter he moved to Northern California, having an aunt and uncle in Berkeley, and enrolled in a Masters degree in Mass Communications at San Jose State University. He graduated in 2002 and the book was finally published in 2004.
Shanghvi has been compared to Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth in his writing styles, especially for using settings of magical realism, and themes such as karma, love and sexuality extensively in The Last Song of Dusk. His essay, Hello, Darling, appeared in 2008 anthology, AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories From India.
After his father was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Shanghvi turned to photography. His photography series The House Next Door, opened at Galleri Kontrast in Stockholm in 2010. In early 2011 it was shown at the Matthieu Foss Gallery, Bombay and later at Delhi’s eponymous Vadehra Art Gallery. Referring to this body of work Salman Rushdie (author of Midnight's Children) said, "These pictures touched me deeply. They are at once intimate and clear-sightedly objective, precise and affectionate. The quietness of their world is the silence of memory and sorrow, but there is, too, considerable artistry in the composition, and a joy taken in detail, and character, and place."
- Last Song Of Dusk. Penguin India, 2004. ISBN 0-14-303341-7.
- Hello, Darling, AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories From India (2008)
- The Lost Flamingoes Of Bombay, Penguin India. 2009, ISBN 0-670-08175-2.
- Siddharth Shanghvi Biography redroom.com.
- Sekhar, Vaishnavi C (3 October 2004). "Mumbai meri muse: A hundred stories bloom". The Times of India.
- "Never Too Young". Indian Express. Jan 11, 2004.
- Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi (March 14, 2011). "Pocketful of Rai". Time. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
- Siddharth Shanghvi Man Asian Literary Prize.
- Past Winners: 2004 Betty Trask Award
- "Q&A with Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi". Verve. Volume 12, Issue 3, Third Quarter 2004.
- "Write choice". The Times of India. 10 February 2005.
- The Last Song of Dusk
- Guthmann, Edward (June 26, 2006). "It took a bad move and then a broken heart before 'a bloody reject' would release 'Last Song of Dusk.' Now he's a literary rock star". San Francisco Chronicle.
- "Difficult Loves: First Novel Heavy on Sorrow and Scandal". SF Station. Jan 20, 2005.
- "IN THE HEART OF SADNESS". The Telegraph (Kolkata). February 4, 2005.
- "Succumbing to temptation". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Apr 13, 2009.
- "Siddharth Shanghvi writes on AIDS in India". San Francisco Chronicle. October 1, 2008.
- "Famous Last Words". Indian Express. Feb 28, 2009.
- "Mumbai in hyperbole: Self-indulgence, clichés and a wild prose style mar this novel set in maximum city". Live Mint. Feb 27, 2009.
- "My second book is my last: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi". CNN IBN. Feb 26, 2009.
- "Lost with the flamingoes". MiD DAY. 2009-03-18.
- Lalitha Suhasini (February 1, 2011). "Black & White silences". Mid Day. Retrieved January 3, 2012.