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Vikram Chandra graduated from Pomona College in 1984, then attended the Film School at Columbia University in New York. He left film school halfway through to begin work on the novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain. Chandra wrote the novel over several years, and worked with John Barth at Johns Hopkins University and with Donald Barthelme at the University of Houston. He obtained an MA at Johns Hopkins and an MFA at the University of Houston.
In 1997, Chandra wrote Love and Longing in Bombay, a collection of short stories, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region. It was also short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize; and was included in "Notable Books of 1997" by the New York Times Book Review. His latest book, Sacred Games, was published in 2007 in the U.S.
An Evening with Vikram Chandra
as author at MIT World Host: Literature Section at MIT,