1952 – Born in Calcutta on the 20th of June.
1992 – He attended The Doon School in Dehradun, and told a Doon Founder’s Day gathering of his "terrible feeling of loneliness and isolation" while studying at the prestigious institution.
1975 – He undertook doctoral studies at Stanford University where he has stated that he spent "11 years not getting an economics Ph.D.
1977-1978 – He was Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing with the poet Timothy Steele,
1980-1982 – Seth did extensive field work in China gathering data for his intended doctoral dissertation on Chinese population planning; he was attached to Nanjing University while in China and became fluent in Mandarin within six months, later translating Chinese as well as Hindi poetry into English.
1983 – Thomas Cook Travel Book Award From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet.
1985 – Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) The Humble Administrator’s Garden.
1993 – Irish Times International Fiction Prize A Suitable Boy.
1994 – Commonwealth Writers Prize A Suitable Boy.
– WH Smith Literary Award A Suitable Boy.
2001 – EMMA for Best Book/Novel An Equal Music.
2005 – Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.