NAMIT ARORAÂ grew up in the cow-belt city ofÂ Gwalior, famous for its fort and the first epigraphic evidence ofÂ zero.Â His training atÂ IITÂ Kharagpur led him to Louisiana for a masters in computer engineering, and a great escape to Silicon Valley in the early ’90s, where, for two decades, he played a cog in the wheel of Internet technology at three failed startups and three big corporations.Â This didn’t make him wise, but enabled him to attend lectures of dubious practical value at Stanford andÂ to live, work, or travel in scores of countries, including yearlong stints in London and Amsterdam. He recently quit this line of work and moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Delhi NCR.
Years ago on a two-year break, Namit traveled across India and created aÂ photojournal. Over a hundredÂ organizations, including 15 museums, 30 academies, and 40 publishers have licensed his photos. His writing has appeared inÂ venuesÂ like theÂ Humanist,Â PhilosophyÂ Now, theÂ Kyoto Journal,Â Culture Wars,Â The Philosopher, and four college anthologies in the U.S.Â He has a column onÂ 3 Quarks Daily, often writes forÂ Himal, and has finished aÂ novelÂ that he hasn’t published yet. Namit’s review ofÂ JoothanÂ won theÂ 3 Quarks Daily 2011 Arts & LiteratureÂ Prize.Â His recent work includesÂ River of Faith, a documentary film about the Kumbh Mela. Visit his home on the web atÂ shunya.net.