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Vikram Chandra

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Vikram Chandra

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Full Name: Vikram Chandra
Born: New Dehli, India
Occupation: Writer, Teacher
Nationality: Indian


Chandra was born in New Delhi in 1961. His father Navin Chandra was a business executive who is now retired. His mother Kamna Chandra has written several Hindi films and plays. Her most notable works include the films Prem Rog (1982) and 1942: A Love Story (1994), and Chandni, directed by Yash Chopra. His sister Tanuja Chandra became a filmmaker and screenwriter. She has also directed several films, including Sur and Sangharsh (1999). His sister Anupama Chopra is a film critic and consulting editor for India's NDTV.

Chandra received his high school education at Mayo College in Ajmer, Rajasthan. He attended St. Xavier's College in Mumbai and, as an undergraduate student, transferred to the United States. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, with a B.A. magna cum laude in English (concentration in Creative Writing). Chandra attended film school at Columbia University, leaving halfway through to begin work on his first novel. He received his M.A. from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 1987. He has taught at George Washington University, and lectured at University of California, Berkeley.

Chandra is married to the writer Melanie Abrams. They both teach creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley. Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and Oakland, California, United States.

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