Arun Joshi

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Arun Joshi (1939-1993) was an Indian writer. He is known for his novels The Strange Case of Billy and The Apprentice. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel The Last Labyrinth in 1982.[1]


Arun Joshi was raised by a family of eminent scholars in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.[2] During his time in the United States, he received a B.S. degree from Kansas University and an M.S. degree from M.I.T. His experiences in the U.S. are a recurring motif in many of his works.

On returning to India, he began working at Delhi Cloth & General Mills, North India's first textile factory and among the earliest joint-stock companies of the country, as chief of its recruitment and training department. He married Rukmini Lal, a daughter of a shareholder. He resigned from D.C.M. in 1965 while continuing to be the executive director of Shri Ram Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources in Delhi.[3]



  • The Foreigner, 1968
  • The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, 1972
  • The Apprentice, 1974
  • The Last Labyrinth, 1981
  • The City and the River, 1990

Short stories[edit]

  • The Survivor and Other Stories, 1975.
  • The Only American From Our Village.
  • The Homecoming.


  • Shri Ram: A Biography, with Khushwant Singh, 1968.
  • Laia Shri Ram: A Study in Entrepreneurship and Industrial Management, 1975.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ ADITYA SUDARSHAN. "The strange case of Arun Joshi". The Hindo. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dr. Anjan Kumar. "Existential Angst in The Novels of Arun Joshi". Asvameg. Retrieved Aug 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ Dr. Shankar Kumar. "The Novels of Arun Joshi A Critical Study". Atlantic. Retrieved Aug 17, 2016.