aman-sethiAman Sethi was born in India and educated both in India and the States. He obtained his honours in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Delhi University in 2004 and attended the Asian College of Journalism the following year. In 2009, he qualified with his Master of Arts in Business and Economics Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.


In 2011, Sethi’s book, A Free Man was published. A reportage based on five years of research in New Delhi, the book is based on the lives of a group of daily-wage labourers who sleep on Delhi’s pavements and tells the story of the radical transformation of a developing world metropolis. In 2011, the book won the Economist Crossword Award for Indian non-fiction and the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2012.


Between 2005 and 2008, Sethi worked as a reporter for Frontline, a national English language newsmagazine in India which covers politics and development with a circulation of about 100,000.


Sethi has also contributed to various publications. In 2008, his report in Sarai Reader explored health policies and tuberculosis in India. That same year, he published in AIDS Sutra, an anthology of reportage by 16 of India’s best known writers on the AIDS crisis in India. In 2009, he contributed a story in The Digitised Imagination on the digital media landscape in India.


Between 2010 and 2012, Sethi worked as a Central India Correspondent for The Hindu, one of India’s oldest newspapers with a daily readership of about 2.5 million. He currently works as the Africa Correspondent for this newspaper, covering emerging stories from a developing world perspective, rather than relying on western reportage and perspectives.


Sethi speaks English, Hindi and Urdu.



A Free Man, Random House, 2011