Githa Hariharan was born in Coimbatore and grew up in Bombay and Manila. She obtained a BA (in English) from Bombay University and a BA (in Communications) from Fairfield University. She first worked in the Public Broadcasting System in New York and then with a publishing firm as an editor in India. In her personal life, she, along with her husband, won the right to have the children named after her (instead of carrying the father's name); in this famous case argued by Indira Jaising, the Supreme Court agreed that the mother was also a "natural guardian" of the child.
The Winning Team, Illustrator Taposhi Ghoshal, Rupa & Co., 2004, ISBN 9788129105707
; Random House Digital, Inc., 2004, ISBN 9781400033379
When Dreams Travel, Picador, 1999, ISBN 9780330372367; Penguin Group Australia, 2008, ISBN 9780143204282
The Ghosts of Vasu Master, Viking, Penguin Books India, 1994; Penguin Group, 1998, ISBN 9780140247244
The Art of Dying, Penguin Books, 1993, ISBN 9780140233391
The Thousand Faces of Night, Penguin Books, 1992; Women's Press, 1996, ISBN 9780704344655