Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize (2011). Her short story, 'The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappudum,' was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and was broadcast in all the Commonwealth countries. Her debut novel, The Heavens We Chase, set in pre-partition India under the British colonial rule was just released by Roli Books under their India Ink imprint Her short stories have been published in both Indian and International presses including the Griffith Review, Australia, Blink, the year-end fiction edition of the Hindu Business Line New Asian Short Stories published by Silverfish Books, Malaysia. Her non-fiction writings include work on gender, sexuality, and citizenship, women’s engagement with the law, women’s writings, and history amongst other humanities related subjects. Apart from a Master’s degree in Business, she holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing’(Fiction) from the City University of Hong Kong. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She was chosen as the Best Student of the programme for the year 2015-2016. She is working on a collection of short stories written entirely in second person and her second novel is work-in-progress. In an earlier avatar she spent 7 years in financial services and worked in the areas of credit risk management and underwriting of diverse kinds of risks.
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