Sangeeta Bahadur, author of the Kaal Trilogy, is also an Indian Foreign Service Officer. Having recently returned to India after completing her tenure in London, she is now deployed as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
The daughter of a civil servant, she was born in Kolkata and brought up in various cities across India, which helped carve her pan-Indian identity. With a double major in Economics and English, she went on to obtain her Post Graduate degree in English Literature from Bombay University. She subsequently appeared for the Civil Services examinations, qualifying for the prestigious IFS in 1987.
The spiritual action-adventure epic, Jaal, written by her and published in 2012 by Pan MacMillan (India) as Book I of the Kaal Trilogy. The sequel, Vikraal, was launched in April 2015. She is currently working on the final book of the series, Mahakaal. The Kaal Trilogy creates its own mythology rather than drawing on an existing one. It is also possibly the first book in the genre to explore and incorporate into popular fiction the wealth of Indian mysticism, ranging from Tantrik Buddhism to the Shakta traditions, in an eminently enjoyable form.
Sangeeta is also a good, though eclectic singer, a voracious reader and a dedicated traveller.