Prayaag Akbar

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Prayaag Akbar
Born25th July 1982
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Notable worksLeila

Prayaag Akbar an Indian journalist and novelist. He is the former deputy editor of and used to report for Outlook magazine.[1] Additionally, he has written for a variety of publications including Indian Express and Caravan, covering issues of caste, class, and politics.[2]

His debut novel, Leila was met with critical acclaim, and he was on the short list for The Hindu Literary Prize. The book also won the Crossword Jury Prize and the Tata Literature First Book Award. In February 2018, Netflix announced that it would be developing a series based on the novel.[3] The book is very different from the series.


Akbar studied economics at Dartmouth College and comparative politics at the London School of Economics, and spent a year at Routledge as a publicity assistant.[4] His father is M.J. Akbar, former Minister of State for External Affairs.[5] Akbar lives in Mumbai.



  1. ^ "Prayaag Akbar". Aeon.
  2. ^ "Leila". Allen & Unwin Book Publishers. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ Jajodia, Ishaan. "Novel Approach". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Prayaag Akbar". Edinburgh International Book Festival. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  5. ^ Venkataramakrishnan, Rohan; Rajshekhar, M. "The MJ Akbar playbook: Men look back at how he preyed on women colleagues in newsrooms and got away". Retrieved 8 April 2019.