Pallavi Aiyar

Indonesia-based journalist and author

Pallavi Aiyar is an award-winning journalist and author. She is currently based in Indonesia where she writes about Southeast Asia. She was previously the Europe correspondent for India’s Business Standard and the Beijing bureau chief for the Hindu.

She is a 2014 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Ms Aiyar is the author, most recently, of Babies and Bylines: Parenting on the Move published by Harper Collins India in 2016. Before that, she authored Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis, published by Penguin India. Her book Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China was published by HarperCollins to wide acclaim in 2008.

Her novel, Chinese Whiskers, a fable set in Beijing, was published in 2011 by HarperCollins in India, the U.S., Belgium and Italy. She has also lead authored a Lonely Planet guide on China specifically catering to the Indian travel market.

She is the winner of the 2007 Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting, the youngest person ever to receive that honor. Also in 2007, she was awarded a Reuters Fellowship to Oxford University.

Ms. Aiyar holds first class degrees from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi, Oxford University and the London School of Economics.

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