Sonia Faleiro is an award-winning writer. She is the author of a book of fiction, The Girl (2006) and one book of non-fiction, Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars (2010).
The New York Times hailed Beautiful Thing as 'an intimate and valuable piece of reportage that will break your heart several times over.' The Sunday Times called it 'a tour de force of reportage' while The Observer praised it as a 'brilliant investigative foray into the dance bars of Bombay.'
Beautiful Thing was an Economist, Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus, and Observer Book of the Year, CNN's Mumbai Book of the Year and a Time Out Subcontinental Book of the Year. It was The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year 2011 and one of NPR's Five Best Travel Memoirs 2012. The book has been published worldwide and translated into several languages including Hindi, French, Polish, Swedish and Dutch.
In 2011 Sonia was awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar for Social Justice 'for drawing attention to India's most vulnerable and writing about them with sensitivity, humanity and integrity.'