Pavan K. Varma

Pavan K. Varma

Writer & Diplomat

Pavan K. Varma has been Press Secretary to the President of India, the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, Joint Secretary for Africa, High Commissioner for India in Cyprus, Director of the Nehru Centre in London, Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi and Ambassador of India to Bhutan. Up until July 2016, Varma was a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). He has written over a dozen bestselling books, including Krishna: The Playful Divine, Ghalib: The Man, The Times and Havelis of Old Delhi. His first book on a contemporary subject was The Great Indian Middle Class followed by Being Indian: The Truth About Why the 21st Century Will Be India’s, which was described by The Economist as “one of the most subtle recent attempts to analyse the continent-sized mosaic of India and simplify it for the general reader.” Other books include Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity, Chanakya’s New Manifesto: To Resolve the Crisis within India and his latest, The New Indian Middle Class: The Challenge of 2014 and Beyond. His first work of fiction, When Loss is Gain, was published in 2012 to much critical acclaim and is to be made into a Bollywood film. Varma has also translated the poetry of Kaifi Azmi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Gulzar. Gulzar’s translation of Varma’s poem ‘Yudhister & Draupadi’ was released in 2013 and has since been adapted into a play by Gulzar himself, with extensive performances both in India and abroad. Varma is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Honorary Doctoral Degree for his contribution to the fields of diplomacy, literature, culture and aesthetics by the University of Indianapolis. Varma was also presented the Druk Thuksey Award, Bhutan’s highest civilian award, by His Majesty the King of Bhutan.



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