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Pinki Virani is an author, journalist, social campaigner, and human rights activist, who hails from Mumbai. She has written numerous nonfiction books such as Once Was Bombay, and Deaf Heaven. Virani obtained a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. After returning to Mumbai, she worked as an editor for Mid Day. She tirelessly advocates for various human rights laws which promote human dignity. The success of all four of her books earned her a National Award. Virani is married to Shankkar Aiyar, a noted journalist and public intellectual. Together, they divide their time between Pune, Mumbai, and New Delhi.