An Indian writer and poet, he won a 1999 Crossword Book Award for An Equal Music. He is also known for The Humble Administrator's Garden, a poetry collection.
He attended The Doon School in England and served as editor of the school's newspaper.
He released his fourth novel, A Suitable Girl, in 2013.
He grew up with two younger siblings: Shantum and Aradhana.
He and RK Narayan are two of India's leading authors.