Tabish Khair

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Tabish Khair (Hindi: ताबिश खैर) is an Indian English author and associate professor in the Department of English, University of Aarhus, Denmark. His books include Babu Fictions (2001), The Bus Stopped (2004), which was shortlisted for the Encore Award (UK) and The Thing About Thugs (2010), which has been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature[1] and the Man Asian Literary Prize. His poem Birds of North Europe won the First Prize in the Sixth The Poetry Society (India) Competition held in 1995.


Born and educated mostly in Gaya, India, Khair's honours and prizes include the First Prize in the Sixth The Poetry Society (India) Competition held in 1995, an honorary fellowship for creative writing from the Baptist University of Hong Kong, fellowships at new Delhi's universities and a by-fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK. He is currently based in Denmark.

Other Routes (2005), an anthology of travel writing by Africans and Asians, was edited by Khair (with a foreword by Amitav Ghosh). Khair's Encore shortlisted novel, The Bus Stopped, has already appeared in French, Italian and Portuguese. His novel Filming (2007) is set against the backdrop of the Partition of India and the 1940s Bombay film industry. It has been greeted with acclaim: " keeping with Khair's pertinent and thought-provoking musings on self-deception".[2] An excerpt of the novel has been anthologised in Ahmede Hussain's The New Anthem: The Subcontinent in its Own Words. In June 2008, it was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in India. Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry[3] ( United States ).

Khair's study The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness was released by Palgrave (Macmillan) in the UK and US in the winter of 2009. His latest novel, set in Victorian London, The Thing About Thugs, was published by Harper Collins in summer 2010 and has been shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award,[4] short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012, and short-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize.[5] It is scheduled to appear in translation in Brazil, Italy, Russia and France in 2012. Khair's works have been translated into various languages; the Danish translation of Filming: A Love Story was shortlisted for Denmark's top translation/literature award (the ALOA prize)[6] and the French translation of The Bus Stopped was listed for a major French translation prize.

Previously a journalist with the Times of India, Khair continues to write and review for publications in India, UK, Denmark and other places, in particular for the Hindu (India). His latest novel is the critically acclaimed[7] How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position, released in India in 2012 and due elsewhere in 2013.


  • Where Parallel Lines Meet. Penguin. 2000.
  • Babu Fictions: Alienation in Indian English Novels. Oxford UP. 2001.
  • The Bus Stopped. Picador. 2004.
  • Other Routes. Signal Books and Indiana University Press. 2006.
  • Filming: A Love Story. Picador. 2007.
  • The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness: Ghosts from Elsewhere. Palgrave. 2009.
  • Man of Glass: Poems. Harper Collins. 2010.
  • The Thing About Thugs. Harper Collins. 2010.
  • The Thing About Thugs. Houghton Mifflin. 2012.
  • Reading Literature Today. Sage. 2011. (Co-authored with Sebastien Doubinsky)
  • How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position. HarperCollins. 2012.
  • How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position. Corsair (Constable and Robinson / Little, Brown). 2014.
  • The New Xenophobia. Oxford University Press. 2016.
  • Jihadi Jane. Penguin (India). 2016.
  • Just Another Jihadi Jane. Periscope (UK) and Interlink (USA). 2016.
  • Night of Happiness. Picador (India). May 2018.

Appearances in the following poetry Anthologies :


  1. ^ "DSC Prize 2012 Shortlist Announced". The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  2. ^ New Statesman, London, 26 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry". BigBridge,Org. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ "All set for The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010". The Hindu. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Tabish Khair". Man Asian Literary Prize. 2014. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  6. ^ "ALOA-prisen 2011 går til colombianske Evelio Rosero" [ALOA Prize 2011 goes to Colombian Evelio Rosero]. (in Danish). 12 May 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ Anand, Javed (13 May 2012). "The Islamist axe effect". The Asian Age. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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