Nayantara Sahgal is a celebrated Indian author of fiction and non-fiction. She has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Sinclair Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has held Fellowships in the United States at the Bunting Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and the National Humanities Center. She has served as Chair (Eurasia) on the jury of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Leeds (1997), and received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and Woodstock School, Mussoorie.