Welcome to Pallavi Aiyar's website. Pallavi is a foreign correspondent and author of the Vodafone-Crossword Award winning book, Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China. After stints in Beijing and Brussels, she now lives in Jakarta, where she reports on Southeast Asia. Her first novel, Chinese Whiskers was published in early 2011. U.S., Dutch and Italian editions are now in bookstores as well. Her new book Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis is pubished by Penguin in India and St Martin's Press, Macmillan, in the U.S. as New Old World: An Indian Journalist Discovers the Changing Face of Europe.
Praise for Punjabi Parmesan/New Old World:
Amitav Ghosh: "In sum it is the story of the shared journey of Europe, India and China over the last tumultous decade. It is an enormously ambitious narrative, yet the human scale of its perspective, its unflinching honesty, its critical acuity, its humour and generosity, and the directness of the writing make it wonderfully readable as well as richly instructive."
Pankaj Mishra:"Turning her sharp gaze from China to Europe, Pallavi Aiyar showcases brilliantly the many advantages of broad-based experience and comparative analysis. Anyone interested in the ironies, contradictions and dilemmas of globalization should read it.'
Read a detailed review by Amitav Ghosh at: http://amitavghosh.com/blog/