Amitav GhoshAmitav Ghosh (born 11 July 1956) is an Indian writer and the winner of the 54th Jnanpith award, India’s highest literary honor, best known for his work in English fiction. Ghosh's ambitious novels use complex narrative strategies to probe the nature of national and personal identity, particularly of the people of India and Southeast Asia.
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He studied in Dehradun, New Delhi, Alexandria and Oxford and his first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi. He earned a doctorate at in Oxford before he wrote his first novel, ''The Circle of Reason'', which was published in 1986.
Amitav Ghosh holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest honors, by the President of India. In 2010 he was a joint winner, along with Margaret Atwood of a Dan David prize, and 2011 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis festival in Montreal. He was the first English-language writer to receive the award. In 2019 ''Foreign Policy'' magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade. Provided by Wikipedia