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Nila Gupta

Nila Gupta was born in Montreal, lived briefly in India as a child, before returning to Canada in 1967. Gupta completed a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph-Humber. A writer of poetry, drama and short fiction, Gupta is also an instructor at George Brown College in Toronto.

Fiction (Short stories)

The Sherpa and Other Fictions

Toronto: Sumach Press, 2008.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

In this riveting new collection, author Nila Gupta reveals intersections of contemporary Canadian and Indian cultures with raw authenticity. A young Canadian travels to India to explore her roots and find the woman who loved her like a daughter; a doctor struggles against military corruption as he investigates a soldier’s suspicious injuries in Kashmir; a gay man returns to the India of his childhood in search of redemption for his betrayal of his first love. Readers take a rickety tin bus up the side of a mountain, taste the sweetness of ras gullas, experience the tension between a young Canadian-raised woman and her father and sink into the scented jostle of the ladies compartment on an Indian train.

Awards and Honours

2009 Commonwealth Book Prize (Shortlisted)

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Nila Gupta.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 235.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


Publisher Sumach Press