Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi, India in 1971. He has lived in the United States since he was eight years old. He is an award winning short story writer and novelist, and has worked as an attorney, investment banker and screenwriter. Describing what he learned from spending almost thirteen years writing his autobiographical novel Family Life, a novel about an Indian immigrant family grappling with a catastrophic injury to one of its members, he says, “I have become intolerant of unhappiness. When I feel sadness creeping in, I think: Will you waste even more time being unhappy?” Akhil Sharma’s attendance at Worlds was sponsored by the US Embassy.