Prayaag Akbar an Indian journalist and novelist. He is the former deputy editor of Scroll.in and used to report for Outlook magazine. Additionally, he has written for a variety of publications including Indian Express and Caravan, covering issues of caste, class, and politics.
His debut novel, Leila was met with critical acclaim, and he was on the shortlist for The Hindu Literary Prize. The book also won the Crossword Jury Prize and the Tata Literature First Book Award. In February 2018, Netflix announced that it would be developing a series based on the novel. The book is very different from the series. Currently professor of literature at Krea University.