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“My aim was always to take readers on a journey to the heart of modern India, the most vibrant, conflicted, and supercharged place on earth.” 

Vaseem Khan is the author of the bestselling Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series featuring Indian detective, Ashwin Chopra and his baby elephant sidekick.

From The Tin Drum to Midnight’s Children

Using magical realism to interrogate history.

On finding ideas

Creativity’s magic lamp: why the genie of ideas really exists.

Belonging and a sense of place

The India that my father forgot: the myth of ancestral memory.

Vaseem Khan in conversation with Sanjida O’Connell

Vaseem Khan’s seven unpublished novels led him to write his prize-winning crime series set in Mumbai, India.

Biography

Vaseem Khan is the author of the bestselling Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series featuring Indian detective Ashwin Chopra and his baby elephant sidekick. The first book in the series, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra was a Times bestseller and a Waterstones Paperback of the Year, now translated into 13 languages. The second in the series won a Shamus Award in America. In 2018 he was awarded the Eastern Eye ACTA (Arts, Culture and Theatre Award) for Literature.

His books aim to take readers on a journey to the heart of modern India, exploring social issues and the realities of life in a country being transformed by unprecedented global change. Vaseem was born in London, but spent a decade working in India in his twenties. Since 2006 he has worked at University College London’s Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. His latest book is Bad Day at the Vulture Club about the murder of a wealthy Parsee in Mumbai’s notorious ‘Towers of Silence’ where the Parsee dead are left to be eaten by vultures.

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