Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi (b. 1977) was born in Bombay and educated in India, USA and England. He holds an MA in International Journalism and an MS in Mass Communications.
He has been a chef, and a kennel boy at a farm in Nottingham, England, while pursuing his Masters degrees. His entry into the literary scene was through his novel The Last Song of Dusk, a dreamy, magical story that he spun to regale his friends.
Siddharth Shanghvi is one of the youngest Indian writers to have made his mark through his debut novel. He currently lives in Mumbai.
The Last Song of Dusk is an unusual novel. It’s a book about karma and colonisation; about love, fate and the healing powers of music.
Set in colonial India, The Last Song of Dusk follows the fortunes of a young woman, Anuradha, whose fabled beauty is such that the peacocks of Udaipur gather to bid her farewell as she journeys to meet her groom, Vardhmaan, in Bombay. Anuradha’s bittersweet story interweaves with that of her cousin Nandini—a seductive orphan with a dark heart, a penchant for panthers and an extraordinary gift for painting—and with the secret history and slow-burning revenge of a house.