We all know that Pune was once called ‘The Oxford of the East’ due to its large number of educational institutes. The city yielded the highest number of graduates and post graduates in the state and we still see that the majority of the population is students, many of whom are non-Pune residents. On a similar note, what many may not know is that Pune is also the preferred residence for many authors. The greenery, peace and relaxed pace of the city attract writers and creative folks all around to come and settle down here. Here are five authors you may have seen on Crossword’s best-seller lists but would not have known that they are Punekars themselves:1.
1. Sonja Chandrachud:
Author of: The Hilarious Hauntings Adventures, The DOA Mystery Case Files, Full-on Fashionista.
Dubbed the ‘Desi Rowling’ by the media, Sonja deftly brews up fantastical tales filled with magic, mayhem & mischief inspired by her experiences in Africa, Middle East and America. Published by Penguin Puffin India, Potion of Eternity & Pearls of Wisdom are the bestselling books in the much loved Hilarious Hauntings Adventures series. Her second YA series – DOA Detective Files takes you deep into ancient historical times where cryptic curses, mysterious murders and lost treasures beckon.
2. Deepak Dalal:
Author of: Sahyadri Adventures, Ranthambore, Snow Leopard, Vikram Aditya Advenures.
Deepak Dalal chucked up a career as a chemical engineer to write stories for children. He lives currently in Pune with his wife, two daughters and several dogs and cats. He enjoys wildlife, nature and the outdoors. The Sahyadri Hills of Pune are a short journey from his home. When not at his desk writing, he is either trekking their slopes or cycling their valleys.
3. Salil Desai:
Author of: The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen, Killing Ashish Karve, Murder n a Side Street, Lost Libido.
Salil Desai is an author and film maker. The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen is his fourth book and the second one of the Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series. He has penned two more crime novels, Killing Ashish Karve and Murder on a Side Street as well as a collection of short stories, Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction.
4. Gouri Dange:
Author of: 3, Zakia Mansion, The Counsel of Strangers and Viva Voce.
A writer, editor and counselor, Gouri Dange lives in the city with her two dogs. She has written three novels so far, viz. 3, Zakia Mansion and The Counsel of Strangers and Viva Voce. She is an ardent blogger and publishes chapters of her third novel on her blog regularly.
5. Manjari Prabhu:
Author of: A Symphony of Hearts, Silver in the Mist, Roles : Reel and Real, The Cosmic Clues and The Astral Alibi.
Manjiri Prabhu is a television professional, writer and filmmaker from Pune. She has written several books, notable among which are A Symphony of Hearts, Silver in the Mist, Roles : Reel and Real, The Cosmic Clues and The Astral Alibi. One of her unpublished novels has been adapted into a Hindi film titled Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha.