Tishani Doshi: A new voice in Indian English poetry

Tishani Doshi is a distinctive new voice in Indian poetry in English. Poems from her collection Countries of the Body have been published earlier this year, and the book itself have already won awards both in India and in the UK.

Recently, she won an award for the Best First Book at the Forward Prize awards. As if that were not enough, she has a novel forthcoming with Bloomsbury, is working on a biography of cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, works as a choreographer with Chandralekha in Chennai where she is based and does freelance writing.

"Dance has affected my writing in a very profound way, because dance demanded far more discipline than I ever demanded of myself as a writer. It forced tautness into the work, the removal of extra flab, forced laziness out, forced me to take it seriously", says Tishani.

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