Basharat Peer is an award-winning author. His first book, “Curfewed Night” (Random House) was a bestseller. He grew up in Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir and he evocatively captured the tragedy of strife-torn Kashmir and what it had done to the people there who were drawn into it, destroying their erstwhile peaceful and happy lives. He studied Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University and Journalism at Columbia University. He started his career as a reporter at rediff.com and Tehelka.Later, he was an Assistant Editor at Foreign Affairs and is presently a writer in residence at Open Society Institute in New York. He also writes for publications such as The Guardian, Financial Times, The National and the New Statesman. He is one of the most promising young Indian writers and is currently working on his next book.