Siddhartha Deb

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Siddhartha Deb.jpg
Meghalaya, India
OccupationWriter, professor and journalist
Alma materColumbia University
Notable worksThe Beautiful and the Damned
Notable awardsPEN/Open Book
2012 The Beautiful and the Damned

Siddhartha Deb (Bengali: সিদ্ধাৰ্থ দেব) (born 1970) is an Indian author who was born in Meghalaya and grew up in Shillong in northeastern India. He was educated in India and at Columbia University,[1] US. Deb began his career in journalism as a sports journalist in Calcutta in 1994 before moving to Delhi to continue regular journalism until 1998.[2] His first novel, The Point of Return, is semi-autobiographical in nature and is set in a fictional hill-station that closely resembles Shillong in India's Northeast. His second novel, Surface, also set in Northeast India, is about a disillusioned Sikh journalist. His first non-fiction book, The Beautiful And the Damned: A Portrait of the New India was published in June 2011 by Viking Penguin. He has also contributed to The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Nation, New Statesman, Harper's, the London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. He currently teaches creative writing at The New School in New York.[2][3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2012 PEN/Open Book, The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India
  • 2012 Orwell Prize (shortlist), The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India



  • The Point of Return. HarperCollins. 2003. ISBN 978-0060501532.
  • An Outline of the Republic. HarperCollins. 2005. ISBN 0060501553. published by Picador in the UK as Surface.
  • Fraternity. Toluca Editions. 2007. a collaborative project published as a limited edition book with photographer Mitch Epstein


  • The Beautiful and the Damned : Life in the New India. Viking Penguin. 2011. ISBN 0865478627.


  • Siddartha Deb (January 2009). "Letter from Manipur: Nowhere land: Along India's border, a forgotten Burmese rebellion". Harper's Magazine. 318 (1904): 43–50.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A first-timer with a point of view..." The Hindu. 26 September 2002. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Sherman, Scott. "Winners And Losers in The 'New India': Siddhartha Deb With Scott Sherman". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Siddhartha Deb (24 March 2010). "Siddhartha Deb from HarperCollins Publishers". Retrieved 23 April 2013.

External links[edit]