Usha Rajagopalan has had an eclectic working life before switching to full time creative writing. Her books include a writer’s manual (Get Published, ed. 2001), novel (Amrita, 2004), short fiction (Corpse Kesavan & Other Stories, 2008) and translation (Selected Poems of Subramania Bharati and Panchali’s Pledge, both to be released by Hachette India later this year). She is currently finalizing a suspense novel titled Tracking Purnima based in Bangalore, where she lives. What has been constant so far are the milieu of her writing – India, and the language she writes in – English. Since moving to Bangalore in 2006, she has taken up the cause of neglected lakes in the city. She led a campaign to get the civic administration to revive a lake in her locality and formed a Trust to officially maintain it. Their feat was included in the 2011 Amazing Indians TV series.