Saumya Roy is the author of Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Waste Pickers of Mumbai a narrative non fiction account of the garbage landfill of Mumbai. The book is among NPR’s Best Loved books of 2021. She has written for Forbes India magazine, Mint newspaper, Outlook magazine, wsj.com, bbc.com, thewire.in and Bloomberg News among other publications. She also co- founded and ran Vandana Foundation to support the livelihoods of Mumbai’s poorest micro entrepreneurs by giving small, low interest loans. She received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Blue Mountain Center, Carey Institute for Global Good and Sangam House to write Castaway Mountain. She has Masters Degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and Mumbai’s Sophia College, where she teaches magazine writing.
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