Aman Sethi

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Aman Sethi
Mumbai, India
OccupationJournalist, writer
Alma materSt. Stephen's College, Delhi
Notable worksA Free Man

Aman Sethi (Hindi : अमन सेठी) is an Indian journalist and writer. He is known for his debut A Free Man, a work of narrative reportage. Born in 1983 in Mumbai, Sethi completed his schooling at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi. He went on to study chemistry at St. Stephen's College, Delhi before moving on to study journalism at Asian College of Journalism, Chennai and business journalism in 2008 at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as an Inlaks Scholar.[1] As Chhattisgarh correspondent for The Hindu newspaper Sethi reported extensively on Maoist insurgency in the state for two years.[2][3] He also won the International Red Cross committee award for the best Indian print media article on humanitarian issues in 2011.[4]

From August 2012, Sethi has been The Hindu's African correspondent, based in Addis Ababa.[5]


Sethi received numerous plaudits for his first book, A Free Man, a non-fiction work ostensibly about the life of an individual named Mohammed Ashraf, but also a larger story about Delhi and its transformation.

The book won the 2011 Crossword Book Award.[6][7] Oprah Winfrey's website endorsed Sethi's debut book as one of the must reads of November, 2012.[8]

Sethi was also awarded the Yuva Puraskar (Youth Award) by the Sahitya Akademi for the best English book written by a young author in 2012.[9] In 2015, he returned the award to express "solidarity with several eminent writers who have recently returned their awards to highlight their concern and anxiety over the shrinking space for free expression and growing intolerance towards difference of opinion".[10]


  1. ^ "Alumni". Alumni of foundation. Inlaksfoundation. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ "The Bloody Crossroads". Caravan. 1 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  3. ^ Nair, Supriya (22 July 2011). "A free man-A window in the wall". Livemint. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Aman Sethi wins ICRC award". The Hindu. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. ^ "The Hindu returns to Africa". The Hindu. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Hindu's Aman Sethi bags award for A Free Man". The Hindu. October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Shruti Dhapola (October 19, 2012). "Anuradha Roy, Aman Sethi win at Economist-Crossword awards". Retrieved October 19, 2012.
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  9. ^ "YUVA PURASKAR (2011-2015)". SAHITYA : Akademi Awards. Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. ^ Sethi, Aman. "'Your moment of reckoning has come': GN Devy, Aman Sethi return Sahitya Akademi awards". Retrieved 8 February 2016.