Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto (born 1966) is a Mumbai-based Indian English poet, novelist, short story writer, as well as journalist. Pinto's works include Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (2006), which won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards, Surviving Women (2000) and Asylum and Other Poems (2003). His first novel Em and the Big Hoom was published in 2012.[1] Pinto won the Windham-Campbell prize in 2016 for his fiction.[2] He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016 for his novel Em and the Big Hoom.

Jerry Pinto
Jerry Pinto at KLF-2018.jpg
Pinto at Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode, February 2018
Occupationjournalist, poet
Em and the Big Hoom
AwardsSahitya Akademi


Jerry Pinto is a Roman Catholic of Goan origin, and grew up in Mahim Mumbai.[3] He received a liberal arts degree from Elphinstone College, University of Mumbai, and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai.


His 2006 book about actress Helen Jairag Richardson titled The Life and Times of an H-Bomb,[4] went on to win the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema in 2007.

His collection of poems, Asylum and Other Poems appeared in 2003. He has also co-edited Confronting Love (2005), a book of contemporary Indian love poetry in English. He returned to magazine journalism as a Consulting Editor at Man's World magazine.[5] Later, he joined Paprika Media (the publishing house that brings out Time Out Mumbai and Time Out Delhi) to edit their special projects. He is now a freelance journalist, writing articles for the Hindustan Times and Live Mint newspapers, as well as The Man and MW

In 2009, he coauthored Leela: A Portrait with Leela Naidu, a semi-biographical book of anecdotes and photos from Leela Naidu's life. Leela Naidu was continuously listed as one of top ten or top five most beautiful women in the world in the 1950s and 1960s by magazines like Vogue.

His first novel, Em and the Big Hoom, was published in 2012, and won The Hindu Literary Prize that year. It was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.


  • Surviving Women. Penguin Books, 2000. ISBN 0-14-028715-9.
  • Bombay, meri jaan: writings on Mumbai, with Naresh Fernandes. Penguin Books, 2003.
  • Asylum and Other Poems. (Poetry in English). Allied Publishers India., 2003. ISBN 81-7764-527-7
  • Confronting Love, (edited with Arundhathi Subramaniam ) . (Poetry in English). Penguin Books India., 2005. ISBN 0-14-303264-X
  • Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb. New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 2006. ISBN 0-14-303124-4.
  • Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa. Penguin Group, 2006. ISBN 0-14-310081-5.
  • Bollywood Posters, with Sheena Sippy. Thames & Hudson, 2008. ISBN 9780500287767
  • Leela: A Patchwork Life with Leela Naidu. Penguin Group, 2009. ISBN 9780670999118
  • Em and the Big Hoom. Aleph Book Company, 2012. ISBN 8192328023
  • Phiss Phuss Boom, with Anushka Ravishankar and Sayoni Basu. Illustrated by Vinayak Varma. Duckbill, 2013. ISBN 978-93-83331-08-6
  • Monster Garden. Illustrated by Priya Kuriyan. Duckbill, 2016. ISBN 978-93-83331-26-0
  • When Crows Are White, 2013.

Awards and honoursEdit


  1. ^ [1] Archived 2 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine Em and The Big Hoom|Aleph Book Company website
  2. ^ "Windham-Campbell prize: Winners". Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ Rediff Interview / Jerry Pinto 29 March 2006.
  4. ^ ‘Helen: The Life and the Times of an H-Bomb’
  5. ^ "Who's behind Man's World?". Man’s World. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010.
  6. ^ Staff writer (17 February 2013). "The Hindu Literary Prize goes to Jerry Pinto". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  7. ^ "'Popular choice' ruled at book awards". The Times of India. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Nine writers win Yale's $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prizes". Yale News. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.

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