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Rohinton Mistry

Why Is He Famous?
Rohinton Mistry is a renowned novelist and author. Rohinton was born in India and presently settled in Canada. "One Sunday" was Mistry's first short story and won him the first prize in the Canadian Hart House Literary Contest. "Tales from Firozsha Baag" was Mistry's short story collection and was published for the first time in Canada in the year 1987. Rohinton Mistry's style of writing is distinct and has made a mark for itself. His notable novels are "Such a long journey", "A Fine Balance" (set during the State of Emergency in India in the 1970s), and "Family Matters". Such a Long Journey and A Fine Balance were both short listed for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and Family Matters was short listed for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Background
Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay, India, on 3 July, 1952, in a Parsi family. Rohinton had his undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics at the Bombay University. He moved to Canada in the year 1975. In Canada (Toronto), Mistry worked as clerk in a bank. But at the same time he studied English and Philosophy part time at the Toronto University. It was while he was a university student in Canada that Rohinton began to write and publish fiction.

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