Shalini Akhil is a Melbourne-based Indo-Fijian fiction writer. In 2001, she won a competition run by the Melbourne Writers' Festival in which writers were required to pitch ideas for novels to a panel of judges and a vocal audience. In 2003 she entered 'Raw Comedy', run by radio station Triple J, and went on to become a national finalist. In 2005 Shalini Akhil was completing a Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing at Deakin University.
The Bollywood Beauty2004single work novel Kesh is born and bred in Australia: drinks at the pub; studies feminist theory; a fun-loving gal of Fijian-Indian background. Rupa is born and bred in Fiji; scared to leave the house; makes own roti; the full-on 'Bollywood Beauty'. When Rupa comes to stay with her cousin Kesh, it's a complete culture clash. (Publisher website)