Vikram Chandra was born in 1961
in New Delhi. and completed most of his
secondary education at the prestigious
Mayo College boarding school in
Ajmer, Rajasthan. After a short stay at
St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, he
came to the United States as an
undergraduate student. In 1984, he
graduated from Pomona College (in
Claremont, near Los Angeles) with a
magna cum laude BA in English, with a
concentration in creative writing. He
then attended the Film School at
Columbia University in New York.
While in the Columbia library he happened upon the autobiography of Colonel James "Sikander" Skinner, a legendary nineteenth century soldier, born of an Indian mother and a British father. This book inspired him to write his ...