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Salil Desai

Salil Desai is an author, columnist and film-maker based in Pune. He is best known for his much-acclaimed Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series which includes 3 and a Half Murders (2017), The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen (2015) and Killing Ashish Karve (2014).
His other popular books are Murder on a Side Street (2011) as well as a collection of short stories, Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction (2012). His sixth book, a taut, psychological drama, The Sane Psychopath will be shortly released in September 2018.

Over the years, Salil’s books have received good reviews in The Hindu, New Indian Express, The Pioneer, Bangalore Mirror, DNA, First City, The Tribune, Afternoon Despatch & Courier etc. His work has been praised by veteran authors Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De and film-maker Sriram Raghavan.
An alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Salil’s dramatized management training videos (www.relivingindia.com) are much appreciated in the corporate world. Salil also conducts intensive workshops in creative fiction writing, story and scenario design,

screenplay writing and film-making at leading liberal arts institutions, media and communication colleges and other renowned organizations across India. As a newspaper columnist, over 400 articles, op-ed pieces, features and travelogues written by him have appeared in The Times of India, Indian Express, DNA, The Tribune, Reader’s Digest, Deccan Herald, The Hindu etc. Salil was also one of the 4 international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers & Translators in June 2016.

Salil HALD Fellowship

Salil was also one of the 4 international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers & Translators in June 2016.

Salil's Books

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Workshops by Salil

Fiction Writing

Salil Desai December 2017

WRITER’S MANTRA – DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, Dec. 2017

Film-maker's Mantra

Salil Desai March 2017

Symbiosis Centre for Communication Studies, Pune, March 2017

Writer's Mantra

Salil Desai February 2017

Penning Popular Fiction – National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, February 2017

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The Sane Psychopath,
Salil Desai