Achala Moulik was educated in England, America and Italy where her parents were posted on diplomatic assignments. She obtained a degree in Economics, International Law, International Relations and World History from London University. After graduating she joined the Indian Administrative Service where she served in various capacities such as Education Secretary, Government of India, Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, and Chairman Bangalore Development Authority. She has written widely on the literary and cultural history of Russia, Italy, Spain, on architectural heritage, a play on the Russian poet Pushkin which was performed to standing ovation in Moscow and Petersburg, a book of poems and three novels which won critical acclaim. National Book Trust has just published her fourth novel, Dangerous Dispatches, which describes the lives of three frontline journalists set against defining moments of the 20th century. The Russian government awarded her the prestigious Pushkin Medal and the Yesenin prize for her books on Russian culture. Her husband was a distinguished civil servant and author of several books on cognitive science.