Scholar-in-residence: Mahesh Rao (March 2018)

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Mahesh Rao is a novelist and short story writer. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Baffler, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. His debut novel The Smoke is Rising is set in his hometown Mysuru, which won the Tata First Book Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for many awards like the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award and Crossword Prize. As a writer without background or experience, he speaks about writing as a curiosity, involvement in the natural around and more.

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