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. Since then, she has been posted in several Missions abroad and has also served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi.
She wrote her first novel at the age of 14, following it up with at least another ten or so during high school and college. Though she never got around to sending any of these for publication, they became a rage with her fellow students. Finally, after several years in service, she decided to go back to her first and most enduring passion of creative writing, choosing speculative fiction as her genre. The result was the spiritual action-adventure epic, Jaal, 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.
The Kaal Trilogy is currently under serious consideration for conversion into a spectacular TV series.
Sangeeta is also a good, though eclectic singer, a voracious reader and a dedicated traveller. A mother of two, she is married to an architect who is also a writer, and who has contributed several spiritual concepts and ideas to the Kaal Trilogy.