About Salil
 
Born in Bombay, India, Salil Tripathi is a writer based in London, currently working on a novel set in Southeast Asia in the 1940s and 1990s. He writes journalism on economic, political and cultural issues, and over the last 18 years, he has published nearly 1,000 articles in publications in Asia, Europe and America.
 
Salil began his career as a journalist in Bombay, with the Indian Post and then India Today. Among the assignments he covered for India Today were the build-up to the Gulf War of 1991. He was the first Indian correspondent reporting from the Iraq-Jordan border on the refugee crisis in August, 1990. He also wrote about the Indian ban on The Satanic Verses and its violent aftermath, and the rise in communal tensions during the build-up of the Babri Masjid controversy in India. The story on the Rushdie controversy won the first prize at the Asian Magazine Journalism Awards in 1989.
 
He later moved to Singapore, where he was a correspondent at Business Times, from where he went on reporting trips to South Africa, writing about the changes that accompanied Nelson Mandela's release from prison, the announcement of elections and the dismantling of the apartheid. Later, he was Southeast Asia correspondent at Asia, Inc., where he pioneered the annual ranking of Asian business schools, and reported extensively from Asian states, and East Asia. His 1994 story on Ageing in Asia was one of the winners of the Citibank Pan-Asia Journalism Awards for economic reporting. He later moved to the Far Eastern Economic Review, as its regional economics correspondent, covering the Asian economic crisis, including the collapse of Indonesian economy and the fall of Suharto.  
 
Since moving to London, he has been writing frequently for the Asian Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal Europe, The New Statesman, and Index on Censorship. His articles have also appeared in The Guardian, The Times, The Literary Review, Asiaweek, Shinchosa, The Canadian Forum, Tank, and Asian Business. He has recently begun a column for Little India on issues affecting the Indian Diaspora. In India, he has written for the Times of India, the Indian Express, the Telegraph, Tehelka, Verve, The Sunday Observer, Sunday, Celebrity, Society, Ovation, the Economic Scene, and Mid-Day.
 
Salil has also appeared frequently on television, for stations including CNBC, BBC, Doordarshan, and TCS (Singapore). He has also appeared on radio, for Radio France Internationale, BBC, All India Radio, WTSL, Deutsche Welle, WNHV, and the Radio Corporation of Singapore. He has presented papers at conferences and seminars, held at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House -- London), the International University of Japan, Hong Kong University, the National University of Singapore, the University of Bombay, Oxford University, Humbolt University (Berlin), Warwick University (Britain) and Murdoch University (Australia).
 
Salil studied at the New Era School and Sydenham College in Bombay, and later graduated with a Masters degree in Business Administration from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, United States. At university in India, Salil was a Dorab Tata Scholar. He was also awarded the S. Khan Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Extracurricular Activities, and the College Award for Proficiency and Character. He went to Dartmouth in 1983 on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship, and has worked at the United Nations Development Programme office in Geneva in 1985 on a John Sloan Dickey Endowment Fellowship. He has lived in Bombay, New York, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong, and now London.