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Annie Zaidi

Annie Zaidi
on Sep 19, 2019
Annie Zaidi
Annie Zaidi (born 1978) is an English-language writer from India. Her collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2010.[1][2] In addition to essays, she also writes poetry (Crush, 2007), short stories (The Good Indian Girl, 2011), plays and has published a novella. She won The Hindu Playwright Award in 2018 and the Nine Dots Prize in 2019 that included a cash prize of $100,000 for her work Bread, Cement, Cactus — combining memoir and reportage.[

Personal life

She was born in Allahabad. She and her older brother were brought up by their mother Yasmin Zaidi, a school teacher and principal. Writing genes run in the family. Yasmin wrote poetry for newspapers and Annie's maternal grandfather is Padma Shri laureate and much-feted Urdu writer and scholar Ali Jawad Zaidi. She currently resides in Mumbai.


Annie Zaidi's first collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2010. Noted journalist and author P. Sainath has said of the book: The stories on dalits in the Punjab easily rank amongst the best done on the subject and Above all, it is the quality of the story-telling that grips you. A beautifully written book.[5] In July 2014, Harper Collins India released its third collaboration with Zaidi, this time a novella. Titled Gulab, it tells the story of an eerie romance between a living man and a ghost. Her collection of short stories Love Stories # 1 to 14, published by Harper Collins India in 2012, is a look at love, straight in the eye, to understand the alluring nature of the beast. Another collection of short stories, The Good Indian Girl, was co-authored along with Smriti Ravindra and published by Zubaan in 2011. Crush, a series of 50 illustrated poems (in collaboration with illustrator Gynelle Alves) was published in 2007. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Dharavi: The City Within (Harper Collins India), Mumbai Noir (Akshic/Harper Collins India), Women Changing India (Zubaan); Journeys Through Rajasthan (Rupa), First Proof: 2 (Penguin India), 21 Under 40 (Zubaan), India Shining, India Changing (Tranquebar). More of her work has appeared in literary journals such as The Little MagazineDesilitPratilipiThe Raleigh ReviewMint LoungeIndian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and Asian Cha. In June 2012, Elle magazine named Zaidi as one of the emerging South Asian writers whose writing we believe will enrich South Asian literature.[6] The list also called 20 under 40 was inspired by Granta′s 20 under 40 list. In 2015, Zaidi published an anthology called Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women's Writing. Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Zaidi

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