Mishra, Pankaj

Writer, Bloomberg Columnist

Mishra, Pankaj

Writer, Bloomberg Columnist

Biography

Pankaj Mishra is the author of several books. These include Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India (1995), a travelogue which described the social and cultural changes in India in the new context of globalization, and Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond, which describes Mishra’s travels through South and Central Asia. Published in 2012 From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia  became the first book by a non-Western writer to win Germany’s prestigious Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding. His most recent book is Age of Anger: A History of the Present.

Mishra is a columnist for Blomberg View and also writes literary and political essays for the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, The Guardian, the New Yorker, London Review of Books,  among other American, British, and Indian publications. He was a visiting professor at Wellesley College in 2001, 2004, and 2006. In 2004-2005 he received a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars, New York Public Library. In 2009, he was nominated a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Literature. In 2014, he received Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize.