Tino de Sa grew up a thousand miles away from his ancestral island-village of Divar, Goa, in the dusty little central Indian railway town of Bhusaval, where his father ran a picture house and, off and on, was Mayor. He took degrees at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and then, as a Mason Fellow, at Harvard in the USA. He was selected to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1980. His varied assignments included a stint with the United Nations, and culminated in his being one of the longest serving Chief Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh. Tino de Sa has twice won the first prize in the Write India National Short Story Competition - in Season 2 as well as Season 3. He is the author of three books - two collections of short stories and a novel for young readers.