Poile Sengupta is a novelist, poet, playwright and short fiction writer, for both children and adults. In 1968, she began “A Letter to You”, a humour column for the children’s magazine, Children’s World, which ran for nearly three decades. She has written columns for children in Deccan Herald, Bangalore, The Times of India, Bangalore, and in Midday, Mumbai. Her recent fiction for children includes Role Call and Role Call Again, 2003, Vikram and Vetal, 2005, and Vikramaditya’s Throne, 2007. She did her Masters in English from Delhi University and later studied Children’s Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa. She has taught at college and school levels, and is a well-known theatre person. She has acted in several plays and in the award-winning films The Outhouse and Shaitan.