Abdullah Khan, a Mumbai-based novelist, screenwriter and banker, was born in a village near Motihari, Bihar. He was initially educated in a madarsa (Islamic seminary) and an Urdu-medium school. In the mid-1990s, he discovered that George Orwell was born in Motihari. And, this Orwell-connection with his home district drew him towards literature. Abdullah’s writings have appeared in Brooklyn Rail (New York), Wasafiri (London), The Hindu (India), and Friday Times (Pakistan), among others. He is also a screenwriter and his debut film Viraam was released in 2017. His first novel Patna Blues was published in 2018.