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Jeet Thayil

August 3, 2012

Jeet Thayil

 Thayil is the son of the writer and editor, Padma BhushanTJS Georgeork. Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay.

He received a Masters in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (New York), and is the recipient of grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Swiss Arts Council, the British Council and the Rockefeller Foundation

He is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist, and has published four collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). He currently lives in New Delhi.

                   Jeet Thayil’s “Narcopolis” in the Man Booker Prize for the year :2012

His works      


  • These Errors Are Correct, Tranquebar Books (EastWest and Westland), Delhi, 2008
  • English, Penguin, Delhi and Rattapallax Press, New York, 2004. 
  • Apocalypso , Aark Arts, London, 1997,
  • Gemini, Penguin-Viking, New Delhi, 1992. (two-poet volume ) 


  • Narcopolis, Faber and Faber, London, 2012, 

As an editor

  • The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, Bloodaxe, U.K, 2008
  • 60 Indian Poets, Penguin India, 2008.
  • Divided Time: India and the End of Diaspora, Routledge, 2006
  • Give the Sea Change and It Shall Change: 56 Indian Poets, Fulcrum, 2005
  • Vox2: Seven Stories, Sterling Newspapers, India, 1997



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