Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize (2011). Her short story, 'The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappudum,' was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Her short fiction has been published in both Indian and International presses. Most recently she is the author of The Heavens We Chase, a novel set in pre-partition India under the British colonial rule. She is currently a feminist research scholar at the TATA Institute of Social Sciences. She was awarded the Institute gold medal for academic performance (2015-2017) by TISS.