"Growing up in a one room Bombay apartment shared with three other families, books were a wonderful way to see different worlds, experience different lives. My parents sent me to a better school than they could really afford, which opened up entirely new scientific and mathematical universes. I can personally attest to the fact that education is one of the best investments we can make in children, particularly in the Third World.
Manil Suri is the author of the novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi. His fiction has won the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and been shortlisted for the Pen-Faulkner Award, with translations into 27 foreign languages. He was raised in Mumbai and currently resides in Maryland, where he is professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In addition to writing, he is involved in several mathematics outreach projects.