Shubhangi Swarup is a writer based in Mumbai. She completed her M.Sc. in Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a B.A in Literature at St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai. She works as a journalist with OPEN Magazine, trained in Turkish folk dancing with ‘Fire of Anatolia’, a Turkish dance troupe, and is a founding member of the community group ‘Hamara Footpath’ which teaches street children in Mumbai. She has endured 37 leech bites, 70 bedbug bites, and posed as a pimp to research her novel, one that she hopes to complete during her 2012 tenure as Charles Pick South Asian Writing Fellow at UEA.