Jahnavi Barua is a writer based in Bengaluru. Her first book, Next Door, a collection of short fiction, was publushed by Penguin India in 2008 to wide critical acclaim. The second, a novel, Rebirth, was published in 2010 and shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize. Undertow is her third book. She was awarded the Charles Wallace Trust fellowship for creative writing in 2006. Her books are on the syllabi of many universities and her short fiction has been widely anthologized. Undertow has won the AutHer Award and the Kalinga Award, and has been longlisted for the JCB Prize as well as the BLF Atta Galatta Prize.