About Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra is an Indian writer who has won awards and critical acclaim for his novels and short stories. He is married to writer Melanie Abrams, who, like Chandra, teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai (Bombay), India and Oakland, California.  

Chandra was born in New Delhi in 1961. His father, Navin Chandra, is a retired executive. His mother, Kamna Chandra, has written several Hindi films and plays; her most notable works include the films Prem Rog and 1942: A Love Story. One of his sisters, Tanuja Chandra, is a filmmaker and screenwriter who has directed several films, including Sur and Sangharsh. His other sister, Anupama Chopra, is a film critic and consulting editor for India's NDTV.  
Chandra received his high school education at Mayo College in Ajmer, Rajasthan, and attended St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. As an undergraduate student, he transferred to the United States. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, with a magna cum laude B.A. in English (concentration in Creative Writing). Chandra then attended film school at Columbia University in New York, leaving halfway through to begin work on his first novel. He received his M.A. from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins in 1987.

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