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Nikita Deshpande is the author of the novel It Must’ve Been Something He Wrote (Hachette). She has short stories in the anthologies A Case of Indian Marvels (Aleph), Magical Women (Hachette) and Grandpa Tales (Scholastic), and a poem in The World That Belongs to Us (Harper Collins). Her writing has been published in The Deadlands, The Rumpus, Grazia, Scroll, Buzzfeed, and Firstpost, among others. She received a Vermont Studio Center fellowship to work on her fiction in 2015, and won the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize in 2023.


She assisted directors on feature films like Fukrey and Mirzya before going on to write for Chai Chai, an animated series streaming on Amazon Prime in the US. She was also a writer on The Big Day, a documentary series on Netflix.

'A true romp of a novel' 
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

'A comforting example that popular writing in English is perhaps finally coming of age'
New Indian Express

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