Esther David is an author. She has received the Sahitya Akademi Award for English literature, specifically for Book of Rachel, which is based on Jewish life in India.
Esther David is known to be one of the pioneers of Indo-Jewish literature. Her novels are translated in French, Hebrew, Gujarati and Marathi. She has been a speaker at many literature conferences in India and abroad. She was art critic and columnist for The Times of India, Ahmedabad, where she wrote about art, nature, women and city-centric issues. Esther David often teaches an elective How to Look at Art at CEPT University and was Chairperson of Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademy, when she also co-ordinated art activities for the West Zone Cultural Centre. She studied sculpture and art history at Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U. Vadodara under the guidance of Guru Sankho Choudhuri and held exhibitions of her work in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, before she started working in the area of Art for Development, known as Action through Art, based around the theme of Outsider Art, which was exhibited at UNESCO, Paris.
Novels by Esther David – The Walled City, By the Sabarmati, Book of Esther, Book of Rachel, My Father’s Zoo – translated as Mara Daddy nu Zoo by R.R.Sheth &co., Shalom India Housing Society, The Man with Enormous Wings, Ahmedabad:City with a Past, Bombay Bride.
I am a Seed of the Tree, a Jewish Woman’s Search for her Identity and contributed a chapter on Bene Israel Jewish costumes book on India’s Jewish Heritage, edited by Shalva Weil.