Sonia Faleiro, (born in Goa, India) is an award-winning Indian reporter and writer. She grew up in New Delhi where she studied history at St. Stephen's College, and received her master's degree from the University of Edinburgh. While in graduate school, Faleiro started writing her first novel, The Girl, which was published by Penguin Viking in 2005. India Today magazine described the book as 'epic', 'dazzling' and 'strangely dark'. Faleiro has reported for India Today magazine and in 2007 joined Vogue (India) as a Contributing Editor. Faleiro has contributed to several anthologies, among them AIDS Sutra: Hidden Stories from India. The Guardian described her essay in AIDS Sutra as 'urgent' and 'stark'.
Faleiro's second book, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars is a work of narrative non fiction, based on five years of research in Bombay's dance bars. Beautiful Thing has been described as 'brilliant and unforgettable, a book by a writer who is one of the best of her generation'. It was Time Out magazine's 'Subcontinental Book of the Year, 2010' and 'CNN's Mumbai Book of the Year'. Beautiful Thing is an Economist 2011 "Books of the Year", a Guardian 2011 "Books of the Year", and The Sunday Times 2011 "Best Travel Book of the Year".
Beautiful Thing is translated into numerous languages and published worldwide.
Faleiro lives in San Francisco.
Sonia Faleiro has reported for India Today and Tehelka magazines, and was a contributing editor to Vogue (India). Her reportage includes numerous reports on India's sex-workers, on Bombay's bar dancers, a six-part series on India's domestic workers, and extensive writings on the suicides of farmers in Vidarbha.
Faleiro has a regularly occurring column in The New York Times' India Ink, and has contributed editorials to The International Herald Tribune such as Dreams of Mumbai and Children Who Sell Themselves.
Faleiro was awarded the 2011 Karmaveer Puraskaar for Social Justice for "drawing attention to India’s most vulnerable and writing about them with sensitivity, humanity and integrity", is the recipient of a CNN Young Journalist Award (2006), as well as of awards from the Ratan Tata Trust, the Oxford Cambridge Society of India, and the British Council's de Souza Trust.
- The Girl (Penguin Viking, 2006)
- First Proof : The Penguin Book of New Writing From India II (Penguin, 2006)
- Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa (Penguin, 2006)
- The Fiction Collection: Twenty Years of Penguin India (Penguin, 2007)
- India (ISBN Edizioni, 2008)
- AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India (Random House, Vintage, Anchor Books, Mondadori, August 2008)
- Sarpanch Sahib: Changing the Face of India (Harper Litmus, 2009)
- Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars (Penguin, India, October 2010)
- Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars (Black Inc Books, Australia and New Zealand May 2011)
- Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars (Canongate, UK, March 2011)
- Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars (Grove Atlantic / Black Cat, USA, March 2012)
- Bombay Baby (Nieuw Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 2011)
- ‘Sex work is work like any other’ DNA India 2008-08-12
- The Dying of the Evening Stars
- The Other Half
- Death of a Son, Grandson, and All of Life's Dreams Tehelka 2006-09-09
- Sonia Faleiro wins CNN Young Journalist award India Uncut 2006-12-06
- CNN Young Journalist Award 2006 winners announced Indian Television 2006-12-16
- Life on the edge: Sonia Faleiro tells a story of hope and resilience in the fight against AIDS The Hindu 2008-08-18