Mishi Saran

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Mishi Saran’s first novel, The Other Side of Light (HarperCollins India, June 2012) was shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. Her travel book-cum-memoir Chasing the Monk’s Shadow: A Journey in the Footsteps of Xuanzang (Penguin, 2005) is available in hardback, paperback and e-book versions, as well as in a French translation. The book was shortlisted for the 2006 Hutch-Crossword Award for Literary Non-Fiction, and long listed for the 2006 Lettres Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage. To research the book, Saran spent a year tracing the footsteps of Xuanzang, a 7th Century Chinese Buddhist monk who travelled along the Silk Road from China to India, passing through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Saran is currently working on her third book, also a novel, set in Shanghai in the 1930s, as well as researching the history of Parsis in China.

Saran writes in English and is also fluent in Mandarin, French and Hindi. Following an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College (USA), she worked in Hong Kong as a news reporter and as a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in a variety of international publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books and Quartz, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the South China Morning Post and the Asian Wall Street Journal. Her short stories have won awards and been broadcast on the BBC.

Saran was born in India and spent the first ten years of her life in New Delhi. Since then, she has lived in Switzerland, Indonesia, the United States, China, Hong Kong and Korea. She moved back to Hong Kong in the summer of 2014, after eight years spent living in Shanghai.

Awards and Achievement



Lettre Ulysses Award

Longlist (Germany)


Chasing the Monk’s Shadow on bestseller lists



South China Morning Post Short Story Competition

Third Prize


South China Morning Post Short Story Competition

First Prize

Books and Anthologies

Recent Articles

Hong Kong Cinema

March 01, 2016

Indie film captures Hong Kong angst over future under China

Narendra Modi's Visit to China in 2015

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Modi in Shanghai

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Flames in a Mirror

June 03,2014

Tiananmen Sqaure, then and now..

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