Maria Chaudhuri was born in Bangladesh. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Post-college, Chaudhuri studied Screenwriting and Feature Writing at New York University. In 2009, Chaudhuri received her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Vermont, where she studied creative nonfiction and started working on her memoir, Beloved Strangers, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. She currently lives and writes in Hong Kong.