India (1976 - )
Rupa Bajwa is an Indian writer who lives and works in Amritsar, a city in Punjab. Her first novel, The Sari Shop, explores her hometown and the class dynamics of India. The novel has won the writer flattering reviews, with reviewers calling her India's new literary find.
"The Sari Shop" was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004. The novel won the XXIV Grinzane Cavour award for best first novel in June 2005, the Commonwealth award in 2005 and India's prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for English 2006.
Though she is from a Sikh family, she wrote a controversial piece called 'Dark Things Happen in Gurdwaras Too', in The Tribune, an Indian newspaper. This piece brought her flak from the Sikh clergy.
Rupa Bajwa is currently working on her second novel.