Fatima Shahnaz’s first novel, Golconda, was published in New York; Khaki, Poems on Pulwama follows several collections of her poetry include Sarasavati, Shards, Prince of Tears, Kaleidoscope Eyes and others; an introduction and poem by her were selected for an anthology, In the Arms of Words, published by Sherman Asher Publishers in the United States.
She obtained her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She was awarded a citation by the Government of France in 2010 as “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’). Her interest in Hyderabadi and Western cuisine led her to a course at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris in her teens. She is currently working on her next book: A Gastronomical Album of Indo-French Cuisine of The Deccan Dastarkhan!