Manjul Bajaj grew up in Lucknow. She graduated in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and did a Masters in Rural Management from IRMA at Anand and another in Environmental Science from the University of London. For much of her adult life she has worked in the field of rural development and the environment. She currently lives in Gurgaon with her husband and two sons.
Her debut novel Come, Before Evening Falls was shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Prize 2010. She has also written Elbie’s Quest, the first book in a series for children.
Her second book, a collection of short stories titled Another Man's Wife and Other Stories,has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013.
From The Hindu: “This book is a collection of short stories woven around strong female protagonists. Bajaj’s stories are set in both urban and rural India against the backdrop of some major political events of the past two decades: a contractor at a dam site develops so obsessive a desire for a tribal woman that he brings home and holds captive another man’s wife; a Kathak dancer trapped in a marriage of convenience redefines notions of fidelity. Each story unerringly locates the defiant undercurrent of individual expression in people shackled by societal norms.”
Others on the shortlist include Anees Salim (Vanity Bagh), Manu Joseph (The Illicit Happiness of Other People), Sonora Jha (Foreign) and Amandeep Sandhu (Roll of Honour).
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