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About Abha Dawesar

Abha Dawesar is a novelist and an artist. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as a Lambda Literary Award. Her talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh (June 2013) can be viewed here:

New York’s weekly magazine Time Out listed Abha Dawesar as one of 25 people who will make their mark. India’s leading weekly magazine India Today named Dawesar as one of twenty-five path-breaking Indians. She has also been called one of India’s 12 remarkable women by Femina magazine and named by the leading national English language newspaper, The Hindustan Times in its Next Big Things. The New York Foundation of the Arts awarded Dawesar a Fiction Fellowship in 2000. Her books have been short-listed in France for Le Prix Médicis Roman Etranger, Le Prix Bel Ami, le Prix Femina, and le Prix RFI témoin du monde.

Abha Dawesar has been invited to read, speak and conduct seminars in various cities in the U.S., across Europe, India, and Australia. An internationally exhibited artist, enthusiastic cook, and avid science junkie, Dawesar can be reached via one of the many social media links on this page.


The author of several books of fiction, Dawesar has also published short stories in anthologies and articles. Her novels include:

Abha Dawesar’s books are translated into several languages including French (Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson), Italian (Feltrinelli Editore), Spanish (Alfaguara), German (Zaglossus), Thai (Sanskrit book), Dutch (Artemis), Turkish (Meram), Portuguese (ASA), Hebrew (Ko’rim) and Brazilian Portuguese (Sá Editora).


A visual artist, Dawesar has had on-and-off training in photography starting with a plastic 115mm camera when she was a teenager. Her most recent novel Sensorium (American edition releasing soon) includes doodles and cartoons. Her works include pen and ink drawings, paintings, installations, and photogrpahs. Abha Dawesar’s work has been exhibited at:

  • Soapstone Gallery, NY. Group Show Styles upon Styles, June 2010
  • Vidyasagar Art Gallery, Hyderabad, Solo Show, January 2009
  • Viridian Artists, Chelsea, NY. Nineteenth annual juried exhibition. Judge: Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum of Art. July 2008
  • Global Fusion Art, The Spark, Chelsea, NY. July 3rd 2008
  • Micromuseum, Brooklyn. Juried group show, “Animals in Your Kingdom” Curated by Kathleen Laziza. June 2008.
  • International Group show Your Documents Please curated by Daniel Georges and Rumi Tsuda. Venues: The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Japan April 4-April 20, 2008; ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan August 2-August 17, 2008; 2b Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Late November 2008; Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany January 2009; Galéria Z, Bratislava, Slovakia February 2009; Galería Ajolote Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico April 17-May 8, 2009 & Chelsea, NY, USA November 2010
  • Solo Painting Show, The Village Quill, NY, July 13-27, 2006
  • Photographs, Café Babylon, New York, March-April 1999
  • Photography exhibition, The Lincoln Center, NY, Aug 1997
  • Joseph Papp Public Theater, Multi-media piece including photo projection, March 1999
  • Student group photo show at Carpenter Center, Harvard University, January 1995
  • Micromuseum, Brooklyn. Juried group show, “Animals in Your Kingdom” Curated by Kathleen Laziza. June 2008.


  1. Madame,

    Je viens de vous decouvrir ecrivaine a travers deux de vos livres, “L’Inde en heritage” et “Dernier ete a Paris”. Je suis un “vieux” (77 ans, bientot 78), qui lit beaucoup depuis … toujours mais j’ai rarement pris autant de bonheur en lecture. Vous etes la premiere de tous les ecrivain(e)s vivant(e)s que j’ai lu a qui j’ai envie de dire mes sentiments de lecteur.
    Merci. Je vais continuer, petit a petit, a vous decouvrir.

    Michel Dion

  2. De même que le précédent lecteur, c’est la première fois que je laisse un témoignage pour un(e) auteur(e), mais là j’ai littéralement dévoré “Babyji”.
    Ce roman, quelques pages lues par jour entre deux stations de métro, m’aura carrément fait oublié le temps, l’espace et la réalité pendant mon trajet maison-bureau-maison. Ce fut une belle découverte!!

    J’ai hâte de lire le “Dernier été à Paris”.

    un lecteur qui recommande Babyji

  3. Great TED talk. Thank you. Have you considered time in terms of PAUSES and TURNING POINTS?

    For example, I am working on the idea of using the EASY button, from Staples. When you press it, it says: that was easy. This makes me think about how I can find easy steps in life. This encourages me to keep trying

  4. I listened to your Ted Talk several times. I did not watch you as I was walking my little dog in the park. Perfect timing. What a lovely voice and articulation. I should have known when you mentioned baked goods in France that you spoke French as well.

    What struck me from your talk, and I am going to get in a little trouble here, is that from your Grandfather’s shoulder’s one can see the arc to your life as an observer of soul-time. Seems like there is a more heartfelt story wanting to be told as you stare at the Bear, but your talk was about something else. You are on to something about the time we live and the time we can observe. The world is lucky to have your voice.

  5. compliments. I found a lot of my things in your own words what you think of our times. I learned to follow you in your professional growth through even TED. Best regards . Nunzio

  6. Loved your talk, ‘timely’ indeed for me. Just deactivated Facebook for a wee detox, amazing how much time I have reclaimed.

  7. Hi Abha, I was amazed at how much I agreed with your talk. In fact, on a very similar note, a few friends and I have started a Facebook page called Take Back Our Lives. It’s about gadget addiction and the need to rediscover what’s real. We only just launched a few hours ago but we’ve got 140 likes. I’ve also shared your talk on the page. I think you’ll relate to the page. Please check it out here, and share among like-minded people:

  8. I am currently a student in college and I was just introduced to your work by my English teacher. We watched your “Life in the Digital Now” video and I just wanted to say that I was amazed. I was glued to my seat throughout the entire video and since then have watched it maybe another 5 times. It is so educational and it opened my eyes to so many things that I had not given a second thought to up until now. Thank You so much for your amazing words. I wish there were more educated people like you in the world.

  9. A fascinating talk indeed. I’d strongly recommend you a book which I was being constantly reminded of whilst listening to your talk. The tile of the book is ‘Duft der Zeit’ (by Han Byung-Chul, a renowned Korean philospher resident in Berlin) and although I don’t think it has been translated into English yet, do get a copy of the book if you can, it’ll definitely provide rich veins of inspiration.

  10. Identical thoughts
    A family like voice and manner
    Someone who knows what she is talking about

    Abha- Thanks!

  11. Hi Abha,

    I really enjoyed listening to your TED Talk: Life in the “Digital Now”! It was very poignant and thought-provoking!

    My name is Julia and I am working with Skillcrush, an interactive online learning community for creatives, thinkers, and makers. I came across your TED Talk and website and think that our mission is aligned with your message. We would love to share your message with our members through a webinar or a guest blog post.

    The Skillcrush community is 20K+ strong with a global reach – our top markets are NYC, SF, and LA, and our reach extends as far as Seoul and Paris. Skillcrush users are generally educated women, aged 25-55, who are acutely enthusiastic about learning technology skills to enhance their careers and the world around them.

    Please let me know if this is something that interests you! I can be contacted by email at julia[at]skillcrush[dot]com

  12. Abha Dewesar,

    I happened upon your TED TALK as I was searching for articles expounding on the virtues of hand written communications.I was stunned to hear your TED talk and realize just how wonderfully you put into words so many things I have thought about over the last decade or so. Working in Higher ed for half of that time I really have wrestled with the tyranny of technology.

    For the last eight years I have worked in Landscaping and just recently returned to higher ed as a College Success Coach at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia. My focus is working with first generation, low income students, doing whatever I can to help them succeed.

    Of course we don’t have any kind of budget to do this kind of thing, but the idea of you coming to the second smallest community college in the Virginia Community College system and presenting a program like your TED talk is way beyond any stretch of the realities I experience. But I have to ask, is there any way? First of all I would have to talk to the Student Activities director, and she would have to see if the Student Senate has any interest, but wow, once they see your TED Talk I don’t think there would be much resistance.

    I feel a deep spiritual resonance with your words and feelings and count it an unusual and fortuitous circumstance that brought your existence to my attention. I am going to show this to my wife and children and to any one else I think it will benefit. You are a timely development in a world that is way too information rich, but communication poor.

    Mahalo and Aloha

    Christopher T. Shiraki
    College Success Coach
    Dabney S. Lancaster
    Community College
    Clifton Forge, Virginia
    540 460-6262

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