Author/singer-songwriter and “booktrack” innovator Tanuja Desai Hidier was recently named the recipient of the 2015 South Asia Book Award for her novel “Bombay Blues.”

The award-winning sequel to “Born Confused,” crossover/adult novel “Bombay Blues” sees heroine Dimple Lala journey from New York to India.

Set against the backdrop of Mumbai’s contemporary indie music and arts scene, “Bombay Blues” continues to explore everything this diasporic generation faces today with a heady mix of uncertainty and determination, despair and inspiration, haunting loss and revelatory love… as the metropolis of her motherland becomes Dimple’s challenging muse and partner on a journey into the unmapped — and unexpected, said a press release.

Hidier grew up in Wilbraham, Mass., and moved to New York City after attending Brown University. During her NYC years, the Indian American author worked jobs as a copy editor, magazine writer/editor, interned at the Paris Review, was a hostess at a Tex Mex restaurant, worked as a secretary in the Whitney Museum’s Film & Video Department, and wrote and directed the award-winning short film “The Test.”

Hidier is also the recipient of the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and the London Writers/Waterstones Award. Her short stories have been included in numerous anthologies.

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