Keki N Daruwalla is one of India's leading English-language writers. Born in 1937 in Lahore, he holds a Masters degree from Government College Ludhiana. He has published nine volumes of poetry, the fifth of which, The Keeper of the Dead, won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982 and the sixth, Landscapes, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Asia in 1987. His Collected Poems 1970-2005 appeared from Penguin India in 2006. He is also the author of three volumes of short stories, a novella, two collections of poetry for children and, most recently, Riding the Himalayas (2006), a unique travelogue of a car-trek by the author and twelve others from the Siachen Glacier in Ladakh to the easternmost tip of the Himalayas. He is also well-known as a writer on international affairs and a prolific reviewer. Keki Daruwalla joined Government service in 1958 and served for many years in the Indian Police Service. In 1974, he joined the Cabinet Secretariat, was appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister in 1979 and, in 1980, was part of the Commonwealth Observers' Group for the Zimbabwe elections. When he retired, he was Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee. He is a Parsi Zoroastrian.