Pallavi Aiyar

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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.[1] 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.[2][3][4][5][6]

She is the daughter of noted Indian journalist Swaminathan Aiyar.[7]


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

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