Language, Literature and Translation
Vivek Shanbhag with Karthik Venkatesh
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays. He has edited two anthologies, one of which is in English. Vivek was the founding editor of the literary journal Desha Kaala. His critically-acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar is translated into 18 languages worldwide. Ghachar Ghochar was on the list of the best ten books of 2017 by NY Times as well as The Guardian. It is one of Vulture‘s 100 best books of the 21st century.
Vivek is the co-translator of U R Ananthamurthy’s book “Hindutva or Hind Swaraj” into English.
He was a Fall 2016 Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. Vivek taught creative writing at Ashoka University as a Visiting Professor.
Vivek is an engineer by training. He lives in Bangalore.
Karthik Venkatesh was born in Kolkata, but lived much of his early life in Bengaluru. He has an MA in Elementary Education from TISS, Mumbai. Between 2005 and 2016, he lived in Bathinda, Punjab where he ran a rural school. He now lives in Bengaluru and works with a publishing firm as an editor. He has written extensively on history, language, literature and education.