poet, novelist, short‐story and travel writer, born in India and educated at Corpus Christi, Oxford, Stanford University, and Nanjing University, China. Early works included collections of poems, Mappings (1981) and The Humble Administrator's Garden (1985). His novel The Golden Gate (1986), set in San Francisco, and written in 14‐line rhyming stanzas, is a virtuoso performance of Byronic verve with audacious rhymes and great metrical fluency, dealing with ultra‐modern protagonists in what might have been thought an archaic medium. A Suitable Boy (1993), set in India some years after Partition, is a long and intricately structured novel about the Mehras' search for a suitable husband for their daughter, Lata. An Equal Music (1999), set largely in London, is a romance narrated by the second violinist in a string quartet, and Two Lives (2005) is a memoir of Seth's great‐uncle and great‐aunt. See Anglo‐Indian literature.