Anand Balaji is an independent researcher based in Bangalore, India. A former journalist, he contributed as a staff reporter/sub editor during his stint in the field, and earned numerous bylines covering disparate topics in newspapers and magazines. He has also served in the advertising, radio and television domains. An author, poet, and playwright; he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in world history, and a Journalism degree too. He has researched various facets of ancient Egypt over nearly three decades, and is especially interested in the Amarna era. In 2014, he penned a historical fiction play on the last days of Pharaoh Akhenaten titled, Sands of Amarna . He is also fascinated by world cultures and the rich history of his own country.