Achala Moulik, born in Calcutta in a family of scholars and diplomats, went to schools in Washington, New York, and London, where her father Moni Moulik was posted on diplomatic assignments. She graduated in Economics, Political Science, International History, and Law from London University. Thereafter, she studied Italian Renaissance in Rome. Her civil servant and writer husband Mohandas Moses encouraged her literary endeavors. After graduation, Achala joined the Indian Administrative Service. She has worked in various capacities, among them as Education Secretary, Government of India when the national education program 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' was formulated and as Director-General, Archaeological Survey of India. She has published books on international relations, political and cultural history, along with biographies on Tagore and Tolstoy, four acclaimed novels, and a collection of poetry. Her play 'Pushkin's Last Poem' was staged in Moscow and Petersburg to a standing ovation. For her contribution to Russian history and literature, Achala received the Sergei Yesenin Prize and the prestigious Pushkin Medal from the Russian President.