Ved Mehta is a writer of novels, journalism, travel writing and memoir. He was a staff writer for the New Yorker for more than thirty years, and has held academic posts at Yale, Vassar, Columbia, Stanford, and Balliol, where he also studied as an undergraduate. Mehta was born in Lahore, which was then in India; at Partition in 1947 his Hindu family escaped as refugees when the city became part of Pakistan. He had lost his sight at the age of four, and was sent to schools for the blind in Mumbai and America, but famously aims to live and write, in his own words, very often “as if he could see.”
Ved Mehta by Paul G. Oxborough (2012). Courtesy of the Master and Fellows of Balliol College.