Geetanjali Shree was born on 12 June 1957 in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh and she is a Hindi novelist and short-story writer. She also known as Geetanjali Pandey. She is the author of several short stories and five novels. In 2022, her novel Ret Samadhi (2018), translated into English as Tomb of Sand by Daisy Rockwell, won the International Booker Prize.
Geetanjali’s father was a civil servant, her family lived in various towns of Uttar Pradesh. She claims it was this upbringing in Uttar Pradesh, along with a lack of children’s books in English, that gave her a rich connection to Hindi. She is ancestrally from Ghazipur District, Gondaur village.
At university, she studied history. She completed a B.A. at Lady Shri Ram College and an M.A. at Jawaharlal Nehru University. After beginning her Ph.D. work at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda on the writer Premchand, she became more interested in Hindi literature. She wrote her first short story during her Ph.D. and turned to writing after graduation.
- Tomb of Sand
- Ret Samadhi
- Hamara Shahar Us Baras
- Khali Jagah
- The Roof Beneath Their Feet
- The Empty Space
- Yahan Hathi Rahate The
- Between Two Worlds
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