Murzban F. Shroff is a Mumbai-based writer. He spent sixteen years in advertising, working at multinational ad agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and McCann Erickson, helping build some of the country’s most reputed brands. After five years as Creative Director, Shroff started his own creative consultancy, which grew so fast and made so many demands on him that he felt he was turning into some kind of an unnatural growth machine. ‘There was gratification and a measure of achievement, but no real fulfilment,’ he says. He therefore returned to his first love – writing – and worked on the nuts and bolts of it for six years.
In February 2008, Shroff’s debut short story collection, Breathless in Bombay, was published by St. Martin’s Press in the USA, and Picador in India. For its ability to capture the lives of the invisible and show a city in transition, a city in the throes of seismic modernisation, the work received great critical acclaim from forums like Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, the Huffington Post, and the BBC Asian Network. In 2009, Breathless in Bombay was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the best debut category from Europe and South Asia. In 2012, the Guardian rated it as among the ten best Mumbai books.
In December 2015, Shroff launched his novel, Waiting For Jonathan Koshy, the second part in his Mumbai trilogy. The novel was a finalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and received high praise from writers like Madison Smartt Bell (National Book Award Finalist) and Robert Olen Butler (Pulitzer Prize-winner).
To date, Shroff has published his fiction with over sixty literary journals in the USA and the UK, including the Gettysburg Review, Triquarterly, the Minnesota Review, the South Carolina Review, Southwest Review, and World Literature Today. His fiction has also appeared in publications such as the Saturday Evening Post and Chicago Tribune. His non-fiction has appeared in India Abroad and the American Scholar. In the UK, his stories have appeared in Aesthetica, Cadenza, Short Fiction, Stand, and Structo. Shroff is the recipient of the John Gilgun Fiction Award and has garnered six Pushcart Prize nominations, the highest award for the short story in the USA.