Pallavi Aiyar is an Indian journalist and author. She is the Indonesia correspondent for The Hindu. Previously, she has worked as 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 the University of Oxford, and an M.Sc in global media and communications from the London School of Economics. In 1999, she became a journalist in 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. 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 also the author of the 2011 novel, Chinese Whiskers, as well as lead author of a new edition of the Lonely Planet, Discover China, guide tailored specifically for the Indian market. Her latest book is Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis, published by Penguin India. She was the Brussels correspondent of the financial daily Business Standard but has recently moved to Jakarta, Indonesia.