Vikram Seth Biography, Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Children, & More

Renowned for his literary prowess, Vikram Seth is an esteemed Indian novelist and poet who has left an indelible mark on the writing world. With over three decades of experience, he is hailed as one of the most influential and accomplished writers of the modern era. Seth’s writing is enriched by his academic background in economics and his deep understanding of politics, seamlessly blending these disciplines with his poetic talents.

Vikram Seth Biography

Golden Gate,” published in 1986, further solidified his status as one of the most highly regarded novelists of his generation, earning him accolades from both readers and critics alike. Seth’s talent extends beyond prose, as he also showcases his skills as a poet. Notably, his poetry collections feature translations from various languages, with “Three Chinese Poets” (1992) standing out as a remarkable example. Seth’s poetry collections, such as “Mappings” and “Beastly Tales,” make significant contributions to the canon of Indian English language poetry, further showcasing his versatility as a writer.

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Personal Information

Full Name Vikram Seth
Nickname AKA N/A
DOB (Date of Birth) June 20, 1952
Age age 71 years
Birthplace Kolkata, India
Zodiac sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Hometown Calcutta
Religion Hindu


School St. Michael’s High School, Patna, St. Xavier’s High School, Patna, The Doon School, Dehradun, Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun, Tonbridge School, England
College/  University Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England, Stanford University, California, Nanjing University, China
Qualification PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England in 1975, Master’s in Economics from Stanford University, California in 1979

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 3”
Meter 1.60 m
Centimeters 160 cm
Weight 76kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name  Prem Nath Seth
Mother Name Leila Seth
Siblings Brother- Shantum Seth Sister- Aradhana Seth
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife N/A
Children N/A


Girlfriend   Gabrielle, Philippe Honoré


Profession Poet & Novelist
Net Worth 61m USD


Color Black
Food Chapli Kabab, Shamli Kabab, Awadhi Biryani, Konkani Biryani, Hyderabadi Biryani
Poets(s) Timothy Steele, Donald Davie
Book “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin
Movies Diljale, Aashiqui 2
Hobbies Reading, Writing, Listening to Music, Swimming, Singing
Destination Europe
Vikram Seth Young Age Picture
Vikram Seth Young Age Picture
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Vikram Seth Parent’s Picture
Vikram Seth Brother (Shantum Seth)
Vikram Seth Brother (Shantum Seth)
Vikram Seth Sister (Aradhana Seth)
Vikram Seth Sister (Aradhana Seth)


His family background is marked by notable achievements and diverse talents. His father, Prem Nath Seth, held an executive position at Bata Shoes, adding to the family’s association with the business world. Vikram Seth mother, Leila Seth, achieved remarkable milestones in the legal field. She served as the first female judge of the Delhi High Court and held the distinction of being the first woman Chief Justice of a state High Court in India.


He was born on Friday, 20 June 1952 in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Now he is 71 years old.


His educational journey began at The Doon School in Dehradun, where he completed his schooling. Afterward, he pursued higher education at Stanford University in California, where he obtained his post-graduation degree in 1979. Initially, Seth was on the path to completing his Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. However, he made a significant decision to abandon his Ph.D. studies in the middle and instead dedicated himself fully to becoming a writer. This pivotal choice marked the beginning of his successful career as an acclaimed author and poet.

Height and Weight

He is 5 feet 3 inches tall and has a weight of 65 kilograms.

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Wife / Girlfriend

In a candid interview, Vikram Seth openly discussed his sexuality and revealed that he identifies as bisexual. He shared details about his past relationships, including his romantic involvement with a woman named Gabrielle. Additionally, he had a significant relationship with Philippe Honoré, a French violinist. Seth further disclosed that he had been in a monogamous relationship for an extended period, and expressed his sadness when that relationship came to an end.


Vikram Seth embarked on his writing journey in 1980 with the publication of his debut poetry book, “Mappings.” During the years 1980 to 1982, he conducted field research in China, further enriching his poetic endeavors. His body of work includes eight books of poetry, among them “The Humble Administrator’s Garden” (1985), “All You Who Sleep Tonight” (1990), and “Three Chinese Poets” (1992), which garnered critical acclaim and brought attention to his poetic talent.

In 1985, Seth released another collection of poems titled “The Humble Administrator’s Garden,” showcasing his versatility as a writer. Notably, he also ventured into children’s literature with his book “Beastly Tales from Here and There” (1992), which presents ten animal stories uniquely crafted in verse.


Novels List

  • A Suitable Boy (1993)
  • An Equal Music (1999)
  • The Golden Gate (1986)

Poetry List

  • Two Lives (2005)
  • Three Chinese Poets (1992)
  • The Tale Of Melon City (1981)
  • The Rivered Earth (2011)
  • The Louse and the Mosquito (2020)
  • The Humble Administrator’s Garden (1985)
  • The Frog and the Nightingale (1994)
  • Summer Requiem: A Book of Poems (2015)
  • Non-fiction
  • Mappings (1980)
  • From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983)
  • Elephant and the Trapogan
  • Children’s fiction
  • Beastly Tales (1991)
  • Arion and the Dolphin (1994)
  • All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990)
  • A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945

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