Mridula Koshy

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Mridula Susan Koshy
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ResidenceNew Delhi

Mridula Susan Koshy (born 1969) is an Indian writer. She lives in New Delhi with her three children.

Professional life[edit]

Koshy was born in Delhi and migrated to the US in the 1980s, at the age of 15.[1] She has worked as a cashier at a Kentucky Fried Chicken, swap-meet sales clerk, backstage dresser at fashion shows, waitress, polisher of silverware, writing adviser, a house painter, receptionist at a law firm, collator of tax forms, trade union organiser and community organiser.[2]

She currently works as a librarian and community organiser with the Deepalaya Community Library Project, which runs a free community library for over 250 children from working class families in the south Delhi neighbourhood of Sheikh Sarai. It has another branch in Sanjay Colony in Okhla.[3]

Her collection of short stories, If It Is Sweet won the 2009 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.[4]

Her first novel, Not Only the Things That Have Happened (Harper Collins, 2012) was shortlisted for the 2013 Crossword Book Award.[5]

Koshy’s books often explore the lives of Delhi’s working class. Her latest novel Bicycle Dreaming focuses on family life in a waste worker community in Delhi. It follows a 13-year-old girl named Noor, who dreams of owning a bicycle and working as a kabadiwala like her father. However, the loss of his job forces him to work as a ragpicker, adversely affecting her family.[6]

Her stories have appeared in literary journals including Wasafiri, Prairie Fire, The Dalhousie Review and Existere, as well as in anthologies in India, the United Kingdom and Italy.


  • Bicycle Dreaming (Speaking Tiger, 2016)
  • Not Only the Things That Have Happened (Harper Collins India, 2012)
  • If It Is Sweet, a collection of short stories (Westland/Tranquebar Press, 2009; Brass Monkey, 2011)
  • "Intimations of a Greater Truth" in Existere.
  • "Romancing the Koodawallah" in Wasafiri, Summer 2008.
  • "Stray Blades of Grass" in The Dalhousie Review, Autumn 2008.
  • "Companion" in Prairie Fire.
  • "Good Mother" in India Currents, winner first place, Katha 2008. (online text)
  • "The Large Girl" in 21 Under Forty from Zubaan and Katha: Short Stories by Indian Women from Saqi, March 2007.
  • "When the Child was a Child" in First Proof 3 from Penguin India, April 2008.
  • "Jeans" in India from Isbn Edizioni.
  • "Same Day" in Tehelka's first fiction special, December 2008 (online text).


  • Review of Bicycle Dreaming in The Hindu, February 2016
  • Review of Bicycle Dreaming in Hindustan Times, August 2016
  • Review of Not Only The Things That Have Happened in India Today, January 2013
  • Review of Not Only The Things That Have Happened in Sunday Guardian, February, 2013
  • Review of Not Only The Things That Have Happened from People Magazine, May, 2-13
  • Review of If It Is Sweet in Outlook Magazine, June 2009
  • Review of If It Is Sweet, in Tehelka, June 2009
  • Review of "The Large Girl" in The Hindu Literary Review, July 2007
  • Review of "The Large Girl" in India Today, April 2007

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Mridula Koshy's If It is Sweet". 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2016-10-08. External link in |newspaper= (help)
  2. ^ "My Little Magazine: Up Close & Personal: Mridula Koshy". Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  3. ^ "Dispersing the Light of Knowledge". Retrieved 2015-12-29. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Mridula_Koshy Good Reads.
  5. ^ "Crossword Book Award nominees announced". Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  6. ^ "Mridula Koshy". Siyahi | A Literary Consultancy. Retrieved 2016-10-08.

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