Kalpana Swaminathan lives in Mumbai. Since Cryptic Death (1997), Lalli has appeared in seven novels, the most recent being Murder in Seven Acts (2018). Kalpana’s other novels are Ambrosia for Afters, Bougainvillea House and Venus Crossing, which won the Crossword Fiction Award in 2009. Kalpana writes with Ishrat Syed as Kalpish Ratna. Their most recent work of non-fiction is A Crown of Thorns—The Coronavirus & Us (September 2020).