We are delighted to welcome award winning Indian-American writer, editor and foreign affairs analyst Nisid Hajari to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

FGLF2018 Participant - Nisid Hajari

Nisid Hajari is the author of Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition (2015), a narrative history of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan, during which as many as a million people may have lost their lives. The book was awarded the 2016 William E. Colby Award, which recognizes “a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs.”

FGLF 2018 Participant Nisid Hajari's Book- Midnight's Furies

“Midnight’s Furies”, reached No. 1 on the Indian nonfiction bestseller list and was a finalist for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Award, the Shakti Bhatt Prize and the Tata Literature First Book Award. It was named one of the best books of the year in the United States by National Public Radio, the Seattle Times, Quartz, the Daily Beast and Amazon.

“The book succeeds because of gifted storytelling. It is through his vivid description of small moments that Mr. Hajari transforms an overwhelming event into an intimate experience. … A gripping, skillfully crafted account of an awful period of South Asian history. It deserves a wide audience.”The Economist

A longtime magazine journalist, Hajari now oversees opinion coverage across Asia for Bloomberg View, the editorial page of Bloomberg News. He previously served as Managing Editor of Newsweek and Newsweek International, as well as a writer and editor for TIME magazine.

He has written for the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Esquire, Slate, Foreign Policy and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications, and helped to edit the essay collection Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower.

Nisid Hajari currently lives in Bangkok.


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