Born in Coimbatore, India, Githa Hariharan grew up in Bombay and Manila. She has worked as a staff writer for WNET-Channel 13 in New York, an editor for Orient Longman, a freelance professional editor for a range of academic institutions and foundations, and visiting professor at a number of international universities. Her first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book in 1993. Her other novels include The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege, and Fugitive Histories. She has also published a highly acclaimed short story collection, The Art of Dying, and a book of stories for children, The Winning Team.