Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest selling English fiction authors. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, The Sialkot Saga and Keepers of the Kalachakra in his Bharat Series). In addition he has co-authored two New York Times bestselling crime thrillers with James Patterson called Private India (sold in the US as City On Fire) and Private Delhi (sold in the US as Count to Ten). Included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and winner of the Crossword Popular Choice, Ashwin also co-writes the 13 Steps Series of self-help books (13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks to be followed by several other titles in the series). Scroll down to see Ashwin’s journey from an avid reader to a New York Times bestselling author.
Born in Mumbai to Mahendra and Manju Sanghi
Maternal granduncle started sending a book to read each week. This carried on for more than ten years.
Graduated from Cathedral &
John Connon School, Mumbai
Graduated from St Xavier’s College
Mumbai with a BA (Economics)
Started writing articles for the SOM Chronicle, a monthly magazine
witty and irreverent takes on MBA life.
• Graduated from the Yale School of Management USA with an MBA
• Started working with the MK Sanghi Group
Wrote a few assorted articles for Asian Age, mostly for the business page. Found it boring. Some years later wrote a tongue-in-cheek article for Cosmopolitan. Found it fun.
• Visited the Rauzabal tomb in Srinagar for the first time. Started
reading up on it.
• Married Anushika
Tried establishing a business
start-up and failed.
Son Raghuvir was born
Started writing The Rozabal Line while continuing to work full-time.
Completed it two years later and was rejected by 47 literary agents
• Self-published The Rozabal Line under the pseudonym Shawn Haigins,
• Dreamt of pursuing a PhD in creative writing. Left the thesis unfinished even four years later.
The Rozabal Line was published by Tata-Westland in India under the
name Ashwin Sanghi and went on to become a bestseller.
Published Chanakya’s Chant that stayed on AC Nielsen’s India Top-10 for over two years.
Chanakya’s Chant won the Crossword Popular Choice Award.
Published The Krishna Key. Shot to #1 on the AC Nielsen all-India fiction rankings within the first week of its release.
• Included by Forbes Magazine in India’s Celebrity 100
• Stopped working full-time at MK Sanghi Group and switched to a part-time routine
• Private India co-written by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson was
published worldwide. It hit #1 in India within two weeks of release.
• Private India entered the UK’s Sunday Times Top 10.
• Private India hit the New York Times Bestsellers list.
• 13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck was published. It hit #1 on AC Nielsen’s Non-
Fiction rankings a month later.
• Published The Sialkot Saga.
• Shot to #1 on Nielsen Bookscan in second week.
• Remained in the Nielsen Top 10 for several months.
• 13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck nominated in the Non-Fiction category
of the Crossword Popular Choice Book Award 2015.
• The second title of the 13 Steps series, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth,
released in October 2016. The book was co-authored by entrepreneur Sunil Dalal.
• Private Delhi, the second installment of the of the Private India series,
co-authored by James Patterson, released on 11th January 2017.
• The third title in the 13 Steps series,
13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks, is released in July 2017.
• Published Keepers of the Kalachakra
Shot to #1 on the Nielsen Book Scan in the second week