Vikram Seth was born on 20 June 1952 in Kolkata, India. His father, Prem Nath Seth, was an executive of Liberty Shoes and his mother, Leila Seth, a barrister by training, became the first female Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
Seth has published six books of poetry and three novels. In 1980, he wrote poem of Mappings, his first poem. The publication of A Suitable Boy, a 1,349-page novel, propelled Seth into the public limelight and won the WH Smith Literary Award in 1993. An Equal Music, published in 1999, deals with the troubled love life of a violinist. Seth's work Two Lives published in 2005 is a memoir of the marriage of his great uncle and aunt.
â€œI sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.â€
â€œIs it not love that knows how to make smooth things rough and rough things smooth?â€
â€œWhat is the difference between my life and my love? One gets me low, the other lets me go.â€
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