Minakshi Thakur was born in Ipswich, United Kingdom, and grew up in Patna, India. Her first book, An Indian Evening, a collection of poems in English, was published by Writers Workshop in 2002. She has since published two collections of Hindi poems: Jab Utthi Yavanika (When the Curtains Rose) in 2003; and in 2010, Neend Ka Akhiri Pul (The Last Bridge of Sleep), which was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Young Writers’ Prize, 2011. In 2012, she was awarded the Sangam House Fellowship, an international writers’ residency in India.
Minakshi has trained in Khayal and Dhrupad for sixteen years, enjoys singing, cooking, baking, travelling and reading books obsessively. She is passionate about translation and cultural exchange, and confesses to frequently indulging in a latent shoe fetish.
She is currently a senior commissioning editor with HarperCollins Publishers India (where she set up the Harper Hindi imprint and now handles the Harper Perennial list), organizes the annual Let’s Talk Translation festival in New Delhi and has recently published her first novel in English, Lovers Like You and I, which was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013.