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Name of the author: Vikram Seth
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Vikram Seth**
Vikram Seth is a critically acclaimed Indian novelist and poet.  He was born on \(20\) June (1952\) in the city of Calcutta to Prem Nath Seth and  Leila Seth, and was raised in London and India.
Seth had his primary education at St. Xavier's High School in Patna and later attended the prestigious The Doon School in Dehradun. While at Doon, he became the editor-in-chief of the student-run The Doon School Weekly, exhibiting his early interest and talent in the world of words. Seth graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford (B.A., \(1975\)), then secured a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University in the U.S. in \(1978\), and later studied at Nanjing University in China. In \(1987\) he returned to India to live with his family in New Delhi.
Seth has travelled widely and lived in Britain, California, India, and China. He now divides his time between his homes in the U. K. and India.
Some of his important works are:
  • Mappings (\(1980\))- a collection of poems, also Seth's first published work
  • From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (\(1983\))- travelogue
  • The Humble Administrator's Garden (\(1985\)) - a collection of poems
  • The Golden Gate (\(1986\)) - \(1\)st novel; also a novel in verse
  • Beastly Tales (\(1991\)) - a collection of poems
  • Three Chinese Poets (\(1992\)) - translation of Chinese poems
  • A Suitable Boy (\(1993\)) - novel; known for being one of the longest novels in English
  • Two Lives (\(2005\)) - memoir
  • Summer Requiem (\(2015\)) - a collection of poems
Seth is also a recipient of several awards. Some of them are:
  • \(1983\) – Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
  • \(1985\) – Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) for The Humble Administrator's Garden
  • \(1988\) – Sahitya Akademi Award for The Golden Gate
  • \(1994\) – Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best Book) for A Suitable Boy
  • \(2001\) – Order of the British Empire, Commander
  • \(2007\) – Padma Shri in Literature & Education