Esther David (born 17 March 1945) is a Indian Jewish author, an artist and a sculptor. She was born into a Bene Israel Jewish family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She won Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for The Book of Rachel.
After her schooling in Ahmedabad, she joined Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, as a student of Fine Arts and Art History. There she met Sankho Chaudhary, a sculptor, who taught her sculpture and Art History. After her graduation she returned to Ahmedabad and started her career as a professor in art history and art appreciation. She taught at the Sheth Chimanlal Nagindas Fine Arts College, CEPT University and NIFT.
She started writing about art and became the Times of India art critic, a national English daily. Later she became a columnist for Femina, a women’s magazine, the “Times of India” and other leading national dallies. She is an advisory editor of Eve Times, Ahmedabad. She has written several books. She had edited and contributed in some books also. Her books are related to Bene Israel Jews in Ahmedabad.
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) featured Shalom India Housing Society in the Hasassah-Brandeis 2010–2011 calendar, which highlights 12 Jewish women authors across the world whose “writing illuminates a particular city”. The title of the calendar was Jewish Women Writers and the Cities that Influence Them.
The Walled City 1997 East West Books, Madras. Re-published by Syracuse University Press USA.
By the Sabarmati
The Book of Esther
The Book of Rachel
My Father’s Zoo 2007
Shalom India Housing Society 2007
One Church, One All Jewish Faith, One God 2008 Media Creations,Inc.
The Man with Enormous Wings 2010 Penguin Books
Sari Sutra, contributed a chapter on Bene Israeli Jewish costumes.
City Stories “The Worry Box and The Laughing Lady” Scholastic India.
Growing Up as a Woman Writer “Nanki Chirai” Sahitya Academy New Delhi.
Gattu’s Wildlife Adventures
Ane Dhara Dhruji