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Namit280NAMIT ARORA is an author, humanist, travel photographer, and former Internet technologist. He grew up in Gwalior, famous for its fort and the first epigraphic evidence of zero. After IIT Kharagpur in 1989, he got a masters in computer engineering from Louisiana, moved to Silicon Valley, and played a cog in the wheel of Internet technology at three failed startups and at Nokia, Cisco, and McAfee. It’s not clear if this made him wise but it did enable him to attend lectures of dubious practical value at Stanford and to live, work, or travel in scores of countries, including yearlong stints in London and Amsterdam. He quit this profession in 2013 and returned to India. For two years, he volunteered for the DDC, an advisory body of the Delhi government tasked to find innovative solutions to civic problems, where he led the drafting of Delhi's solar energy policy and worked on the problem of air pollution.

Namit has written for venues like 3 Quarks Daily, The Humanist, Philosophy Now, The TLS, The Caravan, The Philosopher, Himal, Kyoto Journal, The Wire, Outlook India, and four college anthologies in the U.S. He won the 3QD Arts & Literature Prize in 2011. During a two-year break (2004-06), Namit traveled across India and created a photojournal. Over 15 museums, 30 academies, and 50 publishers have licensed his photos. His videography includes River of Faith, a film on the Kumbh Mela. He spoke at Nirmukta Thinkfest 2015 and TEDx Gurugram 2016. He is the author of The Lottery of Birth (2017), A California Story (US) / Love and Loathing in Silicon Valley (India) (2019), and a forthcoming book on travel and history (2020).

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