Author and playwright Swadesh Deepak was born in Rawalpindi on 6 August 1942. After his MA in English Literature, he taught for a long time at the Gandhi Memorial National College, Ambala Cantonment. Following a period of illness from 1991 to 1997, when he had little contact with anyone other than his family and close friends, he made a momentous return to the world of letters with an autobiographical account of his illness, Maine Mandu Nahin Dekha, and the play Sabse Udaas Kavita. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2004. He has a total of 15 published books to his name including short-story collections such as Tamasha, Baal Bhagwan and Kisi Ek Pedh Ka Naam Lo and hugely successful plays such as Court Martial and Kaal Kothri.
In 2006 he left home for a walk and never returned. He has been missing ever since.