About Dom Moraes
Dominic Moraes (1938–2004) was an Indian writer and poet who published almost thirty books. He is seen as a foundational figure in Indian English literature. Moraes’ first collection of poems, A Beginning, was published in 1957. When he was 19, still an undergraduate, he became the first Indian writer to win the Hawthornden Prize and was presented with £100 and a silver medal by Lord David Cecil at the Arts Council of Britain on 10 July 1958. He edited magazines in London, Hong Kong and New York. He became the editor of The Asia Magazine in 1971. He was worked in television documentary and as a war correspondent. Moraes also conducted one of the first interviews of the Dalai Lama after he fled to India in 1959. Moraes was twenty years old at this time.