Namit Arora worked as a computer engineer before choosing a life of reading and writing. Raised in the Hindi Belt, he lived in Louisiana, Silicon Valley, Western Europe, and travelled through scores of countries before returning to India over two decades later. He is the author of The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities (2017) and an upcoming book on travel and history. He won the 3QD Arts & Literature Prize in 2011. His web home is shunya.net.