Pallavi Aiyar

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Pallavi Aiyar is an Indian journalist and author currently based in Japan. Previously, she was the Indonesia correspondent for The Hindu, Europe correspondent for the Business Standard and China bureau chief for The Hindu.

Aiyar has obtained a B.A in philosophy from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, an M.A in modern history from St Edmund Hall, Oxford,[1] and an M.Sc in global media and communications from the London School of Economics. In 1999, she became a journalist for Star News and eventually became the China bureau chief of The Hindu in 2006. In 2007, she was awarded the Prem Bhatia Memorial Prize for Excellence in Reporting. Also in 2007, she was a fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.[2]

In July 2008, she published her first book, Smoke and Mirrors, (Harper Collins) on her experiences in China. The book won the Vodafone-Crossword Readers Choice Award for 2008. She is the also the author of the 2016 parenting memoir, Babies and Bylines, and 2011 novel, Chinese Whiskers. She was lead author of a new edition of the Lonely Planet, Discover China, guide tailored specifically for the Indian market. She has also published Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis with Penguin India and New Old World: An Indian Journalist Discovers the Changing Face of Europe with St. Martin's Press. [3][4][5][6][7]

She is a 2014 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.[8]

She is the daughter of noted Indian journalist Swaminathan Aiyar.[9]


  1. ^ St Edmund Hall, Oxford
  2. ^ "Fellowships: Ms Pallavi Aiyar". Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism]. 2007–2008.
  3. ^ Pallavi Aiyar profile at Reuters Institute Archived 9 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Prem Bhatia award for Pallavi Aiyar". The Hindu. India. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  5. ^ Hor-Chung Lau, Joyce (16 July 2008). "Book review: Smoke and Mirrors". New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Chat with Pallavi Aiyar on China". Rediff. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Pallavi Aiyar profile in harpercollins website". Harper Collins. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
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  9. ^ "About Swami". Swaminomics (web site of Swaminathan Aiyar).

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