Kanishk Tharoor is a writer and broadcaster. His debut collection of short stories is Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories, published by Aleph Book Company in India, Picador in the UK and Commonwealth, Farrar, Straus and Giroux in North America, and Editions Le Seuil in France. His short fiction has won numerous prizes and been nominated for the National Magazine Award. He is currently at work on a novel.
He is the presenter of “Museum of Lost Objects,” a BBC radio series on cultural heritage and public memory. Previous seasons have visited Iraq and Syria, India and Pakistan.
His pieces on politics and culture have appeared in publications around the world, including the New York Times, Guardian, The Nation, The National, The Hindu, Caravan, New Yorker, Los Angeles Review of Books, Paris Review, Al Jazeera America, Roads & Kingdoms, Foreign Policy, Cairo Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Guernica. His appearances on radio and TV include BBC’s Today programme, BBC News, BBC Radio Scotland and the Colbert Report.
He writes the weekly “Far & Near” column for the Hindustan Times, and the monthly “Cosmopolis” column for The Hindu Business Line.
He was an associate editor at the online politics and culture magazine openDemocracy.net, a researcher and interviewer for the Guantanamo Bay Oral History Project at Columbia University, and the Global Soccer editor at Roads & Kingdoms.
He studied at Yale, where he graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa with BAs in History and Literature, and at Columbia, where he was a FLAS fellow in Persian and South Asian studies. He was a “Writer in Public Schools” fellow at New York University.
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