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Vaseem Khan is the author of two crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series, and the Malabar House historical crime novels. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, now translated into 15 languages, and introduced Inspector Chopra of the Mumbai police and his sidekick, a one-year-old baby elephant. The second in the series won a Shamus Award in America. In 2018, he was awarded the Eastern Eye ACTA (Arts, Culture and Theatre Award) for Literature. Vaseem was born in London, but spent a decade in India as a management consultant. Since 2006 he has worked at University College London’s Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. The first book in his new series is Midnight at ...more

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Vaseem Khan Hi Afshaan,

I am now 42. i went to India aged 23 and returned 10 years later - so I actually spent a decade in India during my most impressionable adul…more
Hi Afshaan,

I am now 42. i went to India aged 23 and returned 10 years later - so I actually spent a decade in India during my most impressionable adult years which is quite a long time. The reason I write about India is because those were the best years of my life. I fell in love with the country, the people and the city of Mumbai. My life there is fondly remembered each and every day - my wife is actually a Mumbaiker who has moved to the UK with me. All my old friends from India are in touch with me on various social media groups - so in many ways it feels like I have never left. As a writer I wanted to explore those wonderful memories; I also knew that there were many people in the west who might like to know what modern India is like and so I decided to take them on this journey with me via my books.
Hope that answers your question. Warm regards, Vaseem(less)
Vaseem Khan Who doesn't have a creative side? Writing allows me to express that side of my personality. Sometimes writing is like trying to fight your way out of …moreWho doesn't have a creative side? Writing allows me to express that side of my personality. Sometimes writing is like trying to fight your way out of a dark cellar, with a blindfold on; you can't see where the plot is going, you can't relate to the characters you've created. At other times, the plot is a wild bull you somehow found yourself on, and all you can do is cling on for dear life. That's when writing brings unalloyed joy. And the best part? When readers pat you on the back and quietly tell you 'That'll do. That made my day.' (less)
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Vaseem Khan added a status update: OK, people. TODAY is your last chance to vote... My novel Midnight at Malabar House is longlisted for one of the UK's biggest crime fiction awards, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Fiction Novel of the Year. The shortlisting stage involves a public vote... Take pity on me and vote here, please: https://harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.... .... Thank you very much! Vaseem
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“The only way to avoid falling prey to the perils of confusion is to never be confused about what you are. If you are an honest man, as I hope you will prove to be, never allow the circumstances of a moment to make you act against your nature. That way lies the ruin of everything you stand for.”
Vaseem Khan, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

“The trouble with most Westerners was that they lived a rarefied life in India, cossetted by wealth, enthralled by the snake-charmer-and-swami "mystique" of the subcontinent. It was the rare foreigner who got their hands dirty in the slums, the poverty, the myriad other malaises that plagued the country.”
Vaseem Khan, Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

“In his younger days, he had believed in the concept of certainty. It had been a chastening experience to feel the sand being sucked from under the shoes of that belief. The human condition was truly inscrutable, he now knew, the sewage wallowing at the bottom of a man's soul dark and turgid.”
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