Vikas Swarup joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and served in diplomatic assignments in Ankara, Washington DC, Addis Ababa, London, Pretoria and Osaka-Kobe. Most recently, he was India’s foreign office spokesperson (2015-2017), High Commissioner to Canada (2017-2019) and Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (2019-2021). Since retiring from the Foreign Service in June 2021, he has begun hosting a popular programme on international relations called ‘Diplomatic Dispatch’ on India’s parliamentary channel. Swarup is also the author of three bestselling novels, Q&A (adapted as the multiple Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire), Six Suspects (adapted as The Great Indian Murder on Disney/Hulu) and The Accidental Apprentice. His books have been translated into more than 45 international languages.