Novelist, playwright and children’s writer Mariam Karim was born in Lucknow and educated at JNU, New Delhi, and the Sorbonne in Paris. A teacher of French language and literature, she has travelled widely and brings the flavour of her travels both within the country and outside, into her writing. Her books and plays have been nominated for International and Indian awards. She writes for children under the name Mariam Karim-Ahlawat. She lives in Delhi.