Ashok Patwari is a Pediatrician and a Public Health Researcher by profession. He has been Professor of Pediatrics at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi and Research Professor in International Health at Boston University School of Public Health. He has also served the World Health Organization, giving him the unique opportunity of travelling around the world and exposure to a wide spectrum of social issues and events which often jiggle a creative mind. In his extensive voyage through life and lands, he has striven to find “tongues in the trees, books in the running brooks”.
Though drawn from particular backgrounds, Ashok’s stories, situations and characters generate a universal appeal, and he holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters are not individuals but mostly species, being “the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the world will always supply, and observation will always find.”
Ashok Patwari has been regularly contributing to online and print journals including Muse India,Contemporary Literature Review of India and Phenomenal Literature. He also writes in Urdu. His collection of Urdu short stories titled Kuch Lamhey Kuch Saayey was awarded by Delhi Urdu Academy in 2005.