Anita Desai was born on June 1937. She has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize as a writer. She is Emerita John E. Burchard, Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her novel Fire on the Mountain earned the Sahitya Akademi, the Indian National Academy of Letters, an award in 1978. Her novel The Village by the Sea won the British Guardian Prize in 2009.