Abha Dawesar

Abha Dawesar is the author of four cri­ti­cally acclai­med novels : Family Values (2009), That Summer in Paris (2006), Babyji (2005) and Miniplanner (2000). Babyji was short-listed in France for Le Prix Médicis Roman Étranger and for Le Prix Bel Ami in 2006-2007. Family Values was short-listed for the Prix Médicis Etranger, the Prix Femina, and the Prix RFI témoin du monde. Abha Dawesar is the reci­pient of nume­rous honours inclu­ding the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award for 2006 as well as a Lambda Literary Award for 2005. Abha Dawesar is also a self-taught visual artist and video-maker. She has had exhi­bi­tions in New York, Japan, Hungary, Slovakia and Mexico. Her expe­ri­men­tal short films on you­tube include A Marcel Duchamp moment and two brief repor­ta­ges Raju-Biscuit Maker and Urban Ecosystem-The Life of a Delhi Monkey. She is cur­rently wor­king on a longer film about the proxi­mity of living with mon­keys, an unin­ten­ded off­shoot of defo­res­ta­tion in the envi­rons of Delhi.