Born in Motihari, Bihar, in 1946, Priyadarshi Thakur ‘Khayal’ studied history at Patna University and later at Delhi University in the 1960s. He taught history for three years at Delhi University before joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1970. He retired as a secretary to the Government of India in 2006 and later worked as the director general of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises at Ljubljana in Slovenia. He now lives in Gurugram.
Priyadarshi Thakur ‘Khayal’ has eight volumes of poetry in Hindi and Urdu to his name, and is included in the list of poets on the noted website Rekhta.org. His ghazals have been sung by Jagjit Singh, the Hussain brothers, Dr Suman Yadav and others. He has also translated Orhan Pamuk’s novel Snow Hindi.