Soorina Desai was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. She completed her graduation at the University of Mumbai in English Literature and History.


In her own words, Soorina sums up her career choice- "Although I enjoyed writing as a young girl, my desire to make a career out of it remained dormant for decades due to other priorities. Even at the cost of sounding dramatic, I must admit that I was motivated to resume writing by an unknown source within me. At first I wrote poetry and articles and sent them to various publications. Then I stumbled upon a personal diary of my grandmother's that inspired me to explore and capture the essence of a bygone era. The story of love, forbidden love in the constraints of a culturally orthodox society interested me. Consequently my first book Anamika simply poured out of me and I completed it in a short span of six months. My second book Barefoot to Paradise was in the genre of character exploration and delved into the mind of a young and struggling artist. It took relatively longer to write; the book grew along with me and brought about many positive changes in my circumstances. It is due to the books that I am compelled to believe in the esoteric world. Paradoxically, my experiences in the field of writing have also brought me in touch with my pragmatic side. I realized that an artist's job is to create to the best of their ability, without relying on lucky breaks or misplaced hope. All in all my journey as a writer has taught me to respect the force that drove me towards this path but to accept the fact that I am solely responsible for what I make of it."

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Soorina’s maiden novel Anamika was written in the year 2005. It was a story of forbidden love set in the post independence era and was long-listed for the Crossword book awards in the year 2006. The book was reviewed and appreciated in several reputed publications such as The Afternoon, Mumbai Metro, The Times of India, The Week, The Free Press Journal, among others.


Her second novel, Barefoot to Paradise, about a struggling painter was published by Macmillan in 2010. In the course of writing this book she interacted with many well known International editors such as Catherine Knepper, Miriam Tager, Sarah Cypher and Marion Urch.



A few words from her editors:

"I so appreciate Soorina's thoughtfulness and her many insights about love. And as always her characterization is remarkable in Barefoot to Paradise."
Sarah Cypher, Editor, B.A. (Creative Writing) CMU, USA.
"Barefoot to Paradise is brimming with promising characters, ideas and images...Soorina has a good ear for dialogue."
Director and Editor in Chief-Adventures in Fiction.
MA-Royal College of Art (London). UK.

The launch of Barefoot to Paradise was covered in several newspapers all over the country. The book won rave reviews in prominent publications such as The Afternoon, Savvy, Indian Express, Mid-Day, HT Cafe, Deccan Herald as well as some leading vernacular publications like Saamna and Navshakti.


Soorina has written several poems and articles, many of which have been nominated for awards by the International Library of Poetry, International Society of Poets etc. A number of her poems have appeared in their publications as well. The poems have also been put up on Indian as well as International websites. She won an award for an article in Femina magazine in the year 2000 and has also written a short story for the same magazine, published (in two parts) in the year 2010.

Soorina is currently working on her third novel, Blame it on Destiny. An excerpt from this book is available on the website.