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SATYAJIT SARNA was born in New Delhi and grew up in Bhutan, Iran, Switzerland and the United States. He studied law at the National Law School in Bangalore, India and graduated in 2008 with a BA Law Honours degree. Until 2009, he worked as a capital markets lawyer at a major corporate law firm. After turning from corporate law to litigation practice, Sarna also worked as a junior with an eminent senior counsel and as an associate with a leading law firm’s litigation team.
Sarna’s debut novel, The Angel’s Share, was published by HarperCollins India in 2012. The Angel’s Share is a coming-of-age story told from a place of loss and reconsideration. The novel is a sharp and unstinting look at the corporate worldview, an elegy and a humorous look at the decision-making abilities of youth.
A Permanent Position, Sarna’s noir short story, was released by HarperCollins India as a standalone e-book as part of its Harper 21 initiative. His poetry has been anthologised in Penguin India’s First Proof: New Writing from India Vol. 2, while individual poems have been published elsewhere.
An occasional book review critic with Biblio and The Book Review, Sarna has published a number of legal articles particularly relating to environmental protection. He appeared at the Bangalore Literary Festival in 2013.
As of 2013, Sarna has been working as an independent litigation lawyer advising clients and appearing in courts in New Delhi, ranging from district courts to the Supreme Court of India.
Sarna is also an inveterate traveler, happiest when on the road with his backpack full. His particular interests are history, the mountains and cycling.
The Angel’s Share, HarperCollins, 2012