Anita Desai was born Anita Mazumdar in 1937 in Mussoorie. Her mother was of German origin and Desai learned German as a child. She was educated in Delhi and earned a B.A. in English literature from Delhi University. After graduating she married Ashvin Desai, a businessman. She started writing short stories, even before she was married. Her first novel appeared in 1963. Many of her early novels were about the bourgeois but she later wrote about the underprivileged. She has taught in Britain and the United States, most recently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As well as stories and novels for adults, she has also written books for children.
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