Swarnalatha Rangarajan is Associate Professor of English, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, India. Her interest in fiction was kindled by a course in advanced fiction writing that she took at Harvard University as a Fulbright scholar. Her short fiction has been featured in Zubaan’s 21 under 40,Penguin's First Proof, South Asian Review, India Currents,and Asia Writes. She is passionate about the environment and is the founding editor of the academic journal, The Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Final Instructions is her first novel.