Abdullah Khan (author)

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Abdullah Khan
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Author Abdullah Khan
OccupationAuthor and screenplay writer
SpouseTarannum Parween since (2002)

Abdullah Khan is an Indian author and scriptwriter. He is best known for his novel Patna Blues.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Abdullah Khan[2][3] was born in a village near Motihari, Bihar, India. An M.Sc. in chemistry from Anugrah Narayan College, Patna, Bihar, Abdullah Khan started his career as a banker with Bank of Baroda in 1998. He is currently working with Axis Bank since 2007.

Writing career[edit]

He discovered his urge of being a writer at the age of 21 when he came across George Orwell’s[4] Animal Farm while helping his brother with an English assignment. His journey as a freelance writer began in 1993 with a local edition of The Hindustan Times while studying B. Sc and wrote first five chapters of his novel Patna Blues[5][6][7] in 1997 but left writing after he started career as a banker. According to an interview he revealed how his wife blackmailed him into taking up his passion again and pursue writing. "I used to write long-hand with pen and paper and she would type it out"[8]- he told in an interview to The Hindu.


After writing and rewriting his novel more than 200 times he finally finished the first draft of it in 2009 but it took him another 9 years to get Patna Blues[9][10] published. He finally signed a contract with Juggernaut Books[11] in 2016 and Patna Blues[12][13] was published in September, 2018. The tale of Arif Khan, a young Bihari Muslim[14] boy who dares to desire a Hindu woman[15] received huge positive reviews[16] and got translated into nine languages including Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Bangla,[17] Telugu,[18] Odia and Marathi within a year. The Arabic version of the novel is soon to be released in Egypt. His second novel Aslam, Orwell and Porn Star[19] is about a man who was born in the same room as George Orwell in Motihari.

Other works[edit]

Abdullah Khan regularly writes articles, reviews and short stories for Indian and international magazines and newspapers. Some of his writings have been published in The Hindu, Friday Times, Scroll.in, Outlook India , Brooklyn Rail and Wasafiri.[2]


Abdullah Khan has always been interested in acting and tried his luck in it while in college. His first experience as screenplay writer came with a Channel V project based on adaptation of Indian Classics. His story Rehaan Meets Jamila[20] based on Romeo And Juliet was selected but it was later shelved. He has also written the story and dialogue of the film Viraam[21][22] (2017) directed by his brother Ziaullah Khan.


  1. ^ "Review on Patna Blues".
  2. ^ a b "Abdullah Khan bio".
  3. ^ "Abdullah Khan in an interview on his life".
  4. ^ "Abdullah Khan George Orwell".
  5. ^ "Article on Patna Blues".
  6. ^ "Review on Patna Blues".
  7. ^ "Abdullah Khan interview".
  8. ^ "An interview on The Hindu".
  9. ^ "Holding on Hope- Patna Blues".
  10. ^ "Abdullah Khan on Patna Blues".
  11. ^ "Juggernaut Books review".
  12. ^ "Review on Patna Blues".
  13. ^ "Article on Patna Blues".
  14. ^ "Article on Patna Blues".
  15. ^ "Article on Patna Blues".
  16. ^ "Review on Patna Blues".
  17. ^ "Patna Blue in Bangla".
  18. ^ "Release of Telugu version".
  19. ^ "Aslam, Orwell and a Porn Star".
  20. ^ "Abdullah Khan on his web series".
  21. ^ "Viraam".
  22. ^ "Viraam".

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