, born 1976 in Amritsar
, is an Indian
writer who lives and works in Amritsar
In 2004,she published her first novel, The Sari Shop
, which explores her hometown and the class dynamics of India. The novel won the writer flattering reviews, with reviewers calling her India’s new literary find. The Sari Shop
was long listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction
in 2004. The novel won the XXIV Grinzane Cavour award for best first novel in June 2005, the Commonwealth Award
in 2005 and India's prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for English 2006.
"The Sari Shop" has been translated in several languages, among them: : Le vendeur de saris
, : De Sariwinkel
and Serbian: Prodavnica sarija
Though she is from a Sikh
family, Bajwa wrote a controversial piece called 'Dark Things Happen in Gurdwaras Too', in The Telegraph, an Indian newspaper. This piece brought her flak from the Sikh clergy.
Rupa Bajwa also writes book reviews and articles on other interests in The Telegraph, The Tribune and India Today. She is currently working on her second novel.