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Vikram Chandra is an Indian-American writer who has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his first novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain in 1996.He began writing his first novel while studying at Columbia University. At the University of California, Berkeley, and George Washington University, he started teaching literature and writing as a lecturer after 1987. During his college days at Columbia University, he also served as a computer programmer and software and hardware advisor. As a computer programmer, his clients were the oil companies, non-profit organizations, and the Houston Zoo. His first novel was published by Penguin/India in India. Soon, it was also released by Faber and Faber in the UK and by Little, Brown in the United States. Vikram Chandra got the inspiration to write his first novel from the autobiography of James Skinner the Irish Raja of Hansi in Haryana. James Skinner was the legendary 19th-century Anglo-Indian soldier.Vikram Chandra released his second book in 1997, which was a collection of short stories and the title of the book was Love and Longing in Bombay. It was honoured with the title best book in the Eurasia region soon after the release of the book. In 1996, it won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Later, it was also nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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Vikram Chandra is an Indian-American writer who has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his first novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain in 1996.He began writing his first novel while studying at Columbia University. At the University of California, Berkeley, and George Washington University, he started teaching literature and writing as a lecturer after 1987. During his college days at Columbia University, he also served as a computer programmer and software and hardware advisor. As a computer programmer, his clients were the oil companies, non-profit organizations, and the Houston Zoo. His first novel was published by Penguin/India in India. Soon, it was also released by Faber and Faber in the UK and by Little, Brown in the United States. Vikram Chandra got the inspiration to write his first novel from the autobiography of James Skinner the Irish Raja of Hansi in Haryana. James Skinner was the legendary 19th-century Anglo-Indian soldier.Vikram Chandra released his second book in 1997, which was a collection of short stories and the title of the book was Love and Longing in Bombay. It was honoured with the title best book in the Eurasia region soon after the release of the book. In 1996, it won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Later, it was also nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize.Sacred Games was published by Vikram Chandra in 2006. It was his second novel. The main character of the novel Sartaj Singh, a policeman, was already a character of his second book named Love and Longing in Bombay. Reportedly, the leading publishers in India, UK and the US bid high for publishing his book Sacred Games.Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, the book that was written by Vikram Chandra was on the final nomination list of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism) in 2013.Vikram Chandras famous novel Sacred Games was adapted into a Netflix web series in 2018.the New Yorker featured Vikram Chandra as Indias leading novelist on their cover page in June 1997. Vikram Chandras books and articles have been translated into 20 languages. In 2015, Vikram Chandra earned the Guggenheim Fellowship. Vikram Chandra established Granthika Corporation in California, which is a software venture in 2016. To re-invent writing and reading on a digital platform, the site of the venture enables the access of writing tools from word processing. The writers can use this online editing platform where they can create knowledge and transform that into text and convert that into semantics. [2]Granthika.In October 2000, for the movie Mission Kashmir, Vikram Chandra wrote the story of the movie Mission Kashmir along with Suketu Mehta. Hrithik Roshan, along with Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, and Jackie Shroff were in the star cast of the movie that was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. A poster of the film Mission Kashmir.Vikram Chandras mother, Kamna Chandra, is the famous television and radio writer of the 1950s. Vikram Chandras mother is a writer in Hindi films and scriptwriter in radio plays telecasted on Doordarshan and All India Radio. The stories of the movies like Prem Rog and 1942: A Love Story were written by Kamna Chandra.Vikram Chandras sister, Tanuja Chandra, is a Hindi film director and scriptwriter who has scripted the movies like Sur and Sangharsh.

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