Vikram Chandra

The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.

– Vikram Chandra
22496

born in New Delhi, India January 01, 1961
gender: male
website: http://www.vikramchandra.com/
genre: Literature & Fiction

Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi.

He completed most of his secondary education at Mayo College, a boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan. After a short stay at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, Vikram came to the United States as an undergraduate student.

In 1984, he graduated from Pomona College (in Claremont, near Los Angeles) with a magna cum laude BA in English, with a concentration in creative writing.

He then attended the Film School at Columbia University in New York. In the Columbia library, by chance, he happened upon the autobiography of Colonel James “Sikander” Skinner, a legendary nineteenth century soldier, born of an Indian mother and a British father. This book was to become the inspiration for Vikram’s novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain. He left film school halfway to begin work on the novel.

Red Earth and Pouring Rain was written over several years at the writing programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston. Vikram worked with John Barth at Johns Hopkins and with Donald Barthelme at the University of Houston; he obtained an MA at Johns Hopkins and an MFA at the University of Houston.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22496.Vikram_Chandra

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9 thoughts on “Vikram Chandra

  1. July 23, 1961: Happy birthday, Vikram Chandra! Born in New Delhi but educated in America, the novelist writes about being suspended between cultures. He turns 52 today.

  2. Interesting take there, and interesting photo!

  3. What is your story, Ela. I am all ears.

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