Sanjay Bahadur grew up in half a dozen cities in north and west India. He completed his graduation from Elphinstone College, Mumbai in 1987 and his Masters in Economics from the University of Mumbai in 1989. In the same year, he qualified for the Indian Civil Services Examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
He has worked in various capacities in Govt. of India in diverse areas such as tax administration, investigation, federal policy making, e-governance, market regulation and training.
He has travelled extensively through several countries and has also trekked in the Western Ghats and the Himalayas. He enjoys reading, music and cooking and is an enthusiastic practitioner of Taekwondo and Karate-do.
His new novel titled Bite of the Black Dogs, a military action thriller, is scheduled to release in July 2017 by internationally reputed publishers, Hachette. The novel is based on real life commando operations in Kashmir.
He holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt from Kukkiwon, South Korea and promotes women’s empowerment through self-defence. He is training for 1400 km ultra-cycling trip from Mumbai to Delhi by the end of 2017. At present, he is stationed in Mumbai.
His debut novel, The Sound of Water, a literary fiction, was longlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize 2007 and has been published in India and internationally (2009) by Simon & Schuster, earning critical acclaim. The Indian Subcontinent edition was published by Roli Books. Italian language edition was published by Cairo Publishing titled “Il-rumore-dell-acqua”.
a His Second novel, Hul – Cry Rebel, a historical fiction based on Santhal Tribal Rebellion of 1855, was published in 2013 by Roli Books/ IndiaInk and received rave reviews in major magazines/newspapers.
His third and forthcoming novel is tentatively titled Bite of the Black Dogs, a military action thriller, and is scheduled to release in April – May 2017 by internationally reputed publishers, Hachette. The novel is based on real life commando operations in Kashmir.
His 4th novel is nearing completion and he is also researching on 2 more works of fiction for future completion, including an anthology of short stories.
Sanjay Bahadur believes that good writing is about the ability to write across genres, on varied themes and for a wide variety of readers. He thinks a writer should be able to tell a good tale in any form - from literary fiction to action-thriller so he likes to choose his themes and genre accordingly.