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Vikram Chandra

Author of Sacred Games

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About the Author

Author Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi, India in 1961. He attended college in the United States receiving a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Pomona College and attended the film school at Columbia University before dropping out to work on his first novel. His first show more novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, was inspired by an autobiography of a nineteenth century soldier named Colonel James "Sikander" Skinner. It won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. His next novel, Love and Longing in Bombay, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region) and was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize. In 2000, he and Suketu Mehta co-wrote the Bollywood movie Mission Kashmir. He teaches creative writing at the University of California and currently divides his time between Berkeley, California and Mumbai. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Vikram Chandra

Sacred Games (2006) 1,977 copies
Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995) 958 copies
Sacred Games: Netflix Tie-in Edition Part 2 (2018) — Author — 12 copies
Shanti (2019) 10 copies
First Fictions. Introduction 12 (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies
Shakti [short fiction] (1997) 2 copies
Dharma 1 copy
The Red Tent 1 copy

Associated Works


20th century (21) anthology (112) Asia (14) Bombay (46) computers (12) contemporary (11) contemporary fiction (17) crime (45) crime fiction (12) fantasy (76) fiction (545) gangsters (11) horror (46) India (370) India fiction (15) Indian (41) Indian fiction (24) Indian literature (60) Indien (20) literature (60) magical realism (21) Mumbai (47) mystery (47) non-fiction (32) novel (74) organized crime (13) own (21) police (14) programming (12) read (16) Roman (18) short stories (129) signed (14) South Asia (12) stories (12) storytelling (12) thriller (16) to-read (248) unread (49) writing (12)

Common Knowledge



This is what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "Fantastic! Modern Mumbai amidst all its crimelords, movie stars, good cops / bad cops, greed and goodness, and Ethnic and religious tensions. Hmmm . . . Maybe I should have a guru . . . "
MGADMJK | 49 other reviews | Jul 31, 2023 |
What an interesting experience to meet unlikeable characters and yet still care what happens to them. Really enjoyed this book and am sad it is over.

Fascinated to see the changes made for the Netflix series. Some huge differences that make me wonder who made the decisions and why.
toddtyrtle | 49 other reviews | Dec 28, 2022 |
Only 1/3 about code; the rest was Indian philosophy which went a bit over my head. That a formal grammar for Sanskrit was developed a few thousand years BCE was amazing.
Castinet | 11 other reviews | Dec 10, 2022 |
Life, crime and death in Mumbai. The writing and pacing did not pull me through this long complex novel nor did deep involvement with the characters only one of whom was mostly agreeable, but only mostly. It is also a bit of a self parody in that a film made within the story echos the most dramatic elements of the outer story, but without any of the blazing patriotic heroism. Still, there is a weary, gritty grappling with what's real in life that makes the effort, and it is some effort, of reading worthwhile.… (more)
quondame | 49 other reviews | Nov 14, 2022 |



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