Upendra Tankha hails from the valley town of Dehradun, where his Kashmiri forbears landed in
1850. He studied at The Doon School, where his only sporting distinction was a spell of bowling
against a rival house in a juniorsí cricket match. Later, he got to sow his wild oats at Allahabad
University. He has worked as copyeditor for National Herald, The Financial Express, and The Economic Times, but never been accused of mucking up a copy, and believes while writing is a lark, editing is a knottier proposition. He also made a mark as film critic for nearly three decades for several publications, notably The Statesman, and hugely enjoyed sitting through film festivals simply because he was paid
to do so. He buys many more books than he manages to read. But when someone switches a TV on, he
retires to the study and nestles with a tome. He lives in the Capital with his family.