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Vikram Chandra

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Indian American author Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer all his life, embracing the elegance of code alongside his love of words. His latest book, Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software is an ode to language, literary theory and technology.

Jumping between art, science and Indian history, this collection of mind-bending essays examines geek culture through an aesthetic prism and in the process discovers how both code and literature go beyond consciousness to reinvent language and change the way we look at the world.

His debut novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and his most recent Sacred Games, is a 900-page epic set in Mumbai. He talks about his prodigious, diverse approach to elegant writing and artful syntax with host Vanessa Toholka.

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