Author & Journalist
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The India edition of the award-winning 'Lost at 15, Found at 50' is now available on Amazon India & in bookstores.
'Always A Foreigner' (Rupa Publishers).
An award-winning memoir that takes you racing through time and space, starting with India to icy Cold War Moscow, to Washington, to a Sikkim in turmoil, to military-ruled Burma, to snow-capped Switzerland, and to South Korea.
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A memoir

Lost at 15, Found at 50

Ashwini has been a front row spectator to various political developments and upheavals over the years: Moscow at the height of the Cold War; America mired in the Vietnam War; Sikkim in the midst of a pro-democracy movement that would overthrow the monarchy; India during turbulent times; South Korea, where student demonstrations convulsed the country... 
  • Winner in the Singapore Literature Prize 2020         Readers' Favourite for English
  • Shortlisted in the Singapore Literature Prize 2020    Creative Nonfiction Category

"The author-journalist's memoir focuses on the human elements of her nomadic life"

- The Hindu

- Times of India

"A life measured by moments in history"

"This book [is] special ... for its earnestness, sincerity and refined story telling"

- The Straits Times (Singapore)

"Journalist-author Ashwini Devare's memoir Lost at 15, Found at 50 revisits historic political events"

- New Indian Express

"It is like a mountain stream that navigates its way; it is effervescent, bubbly and finally it finds its steady course. The beauty is it is told with great simplicity, economy of words, clarity of thought … that is the kind of strength [Ashwini] brings to her book."

- Jawed Ashraf, former Indian High Commissioner to Singapore

"Part memoir, part travelogue and part international history primer … a welcome snapshot of a youthful, independent India learning to make its way in the world."

- Gayatri Rangachari Shah, The Book Review



Ashwini is a former reporter with BBC’s Asia Business Report and CNBC India.

Her first book, Batik Rain (2014) is a collection of short stories that received critical acclaim. 

Ashwini is a regular moderator and speaker at leading literary festivals in Asia.

Ashwini began her broadcasting career in Maryland, USA, where she worked as a reporter/presenter for CTV News for five years. 

Ashwini graduated from American University in Washington DC with a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Her articles have featured in regional publications including Jakarta Post, Straits Times and Deccan Chronicle (India).

She finds inspiration for her writing through music and nature, both of which she says unfailingly fire up the imagination.

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Lost at 15, Found at 50

a memoir  

Batik Rain and Other Stories

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Always a Foreigner (India edition of 'Lost at 15, Found at 50')


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Ashwini is a regular moderator and speaker at literary festivals. She has spoken on a variety of subjects from geopolitics and journalism to gender issues. 

Speaker, Kolkata Literary Festival (Jan 2019)

Panels: The Song of the Road: On Travel Writing 

First Draft of History: Responsible Journalism Today

Moderator, Singapore Writers Festival 

Panels: India Unbound (Nov 2016)

The Indian Condition (Nov 2015)

Book Launch of Batik Rain at Singapore Writers Festival 

November, 2014

Moderator, Ubud Writers Festival 

Panels: Imagining India (Oct 2016), How We Write (Oct 2016), On Who We Are (Oct 2015), Influenced by Indonesia (Oct 2015), Rape: Weapon of Mass Terror (Oct 2014)


Panel: India's Daughters, (Oct 2015)

Book Launch of Batik Rain at Ubud Writers Festival

October, 2014

Moderator, Pune Literary Festival

Panel:Women, Law & Relationships, (Sep 2016)

Speaker, Hyderabad Literary Festival 

Panel: Cross-Cultural Journeys (Jan 2015)