Omair Ahmad was born in Aligarh in 1974 and his native town is Gorakhpur. He received his early education at international schools in Saudi Arabia and in Woodstock, Mussoorie India. He has degrees in international politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Syracuse University in New York, and has worked for as an analyst, reporter and political adviser in New Delhi, London and Washington.
His published work includes the novels Encounters and The Storyteller’s Tale. The manuscript of Jimmy the Terrorist was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize and went on to win the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.
- The Kingdom at the Centre of the World: Journeys into Bhutan (Aleph, travel, 2013)
- Jimmy the Terrorist (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin India, novel, 2010)
- The Storyteller's Tale (Penguin India, novella, 2009)
- Sense Terra (Pages Editor, short stories, 2008)
- Encounters (Tara Press, novel, 2007)
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