About Ashwin

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 and The Sialkot Saga). In addition he has co-authored a New York Times bestselling crime thriller with James Patterson called Private India (followed by another in the series called Private Delhi). 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 and 13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth) 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 Best Selling Author.

1969 – 1990 :
Early Years

1991 - 2000/2003:
Business

2004 – 2017 :
Writing

Early Years and Schooling

1969

Born in Mumbai to Mahendra and Manju Sanghi

1980

Maternal granduncle started sending a book to read each week. This carried on for more than ten years.

1985

Graduated from Cathedral &
John Connon School, Mumbai

1990

Graduated from St Xavier’s College
Mumbai with a BA (Economics)

First Stint with writing and Business

1991

Started writing articles for the SOM Chronicle, a monthly magazine at Yale—
witty and irreverent takes on MBA life.

1993

• Graduated from the Yale School of Management USA with an MBA
• Started working with the MK Sanghi Group

1995

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.

1998

• Visited the Rauzabal tomb in Srinagar for the first time. Started reading up on it.
• Married Anushika

2000

Tried establishing a business
start-up and failed.

2003

Son Raghuvir was born

Career as a writer and a few milestones.

2004

Started writing The Rozabal Line while continuing to work full-time.
Completed it two years later and was rejected by 47 literary agents
and publishers.

2007

• 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.

2008

The Rozabal Line was published by Tata-Westland in India under the name Ashwin Sanghi and went on to become a bestseller.

2010

Published Chanakya’s Chant that stayed on AC Nielsen’s India Top-10 for over two years.

2011

Chanakya’s Chant won the Crossword Popular Choice Award.

2012

Published The Krishna Key. Shot to #1 on the AC Nielsen all-India fiction rankings within the first week of its release.

2013

• Included by Forbes Magazine in India’s Celebrity 100
• Stopped working full-time at MK Sanghi Group and switched to a part-time routine

2014

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.

 

2016

• 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.

2017

Private Delhi, the second installment of the of the Private India series,
co-authored by James Patterson, released on 11th January 2017.