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Namit280NAMIT ARORA is an essayist, 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 he obtained a Masters in Computer Engineering from Louisiana, followed by a great escape in 1991 to Silicon Valley, where he played a cog in the wheel of Internet technology at three failed startups and at Nokia, Cisco, and McAfee. This didn’t make him wise but it enabled 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 moved from California to Delhi NCR. He often volunteers his time 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’s essays have appeared in venues like The Humanist, Philosophy Now, The TLS, The Caravan, The Philosopher, Himal, Kyoto Journal, The Wire, and four college anthologies in the U.S. He wrote a column on 3 Quarks Daily for seven years and has finished a novel that he hasn’t published yet. His review of Joothan won the 3 Quarks Daily 2011 Arts & Literature Prize. 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 documentary on the Kumbh Mela. He spoke at Nirmukta Thinkfest 2015 and TEDx Gurugram 2016. He is the author of The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities (2017), published by Three Essays Collective.

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