K. N. Rao (Kasukhela Narasimha Rao), born in 1924, in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, is an MSC from Banaras Hindu University. He worked as Asst. Professor of Botany at Pachaiyappa's College, Madras, and later as Head of Department, Botany at D. G. Vaishnav College, Chennai, retiring from active service in 1983. Along with academics, he has pursued his hobby of creative writing and has regularly contributed stories and articles to Telugu magazines and journals. He has authored several textbooks of Botany and written a number of articles on Botany for the Telugu Encyclopedia, brought out by Telugu Bhasha Samiti. His post-retirement publications include books on philosophical thought and other areas of his interest. After retirement, he had been drafted by various institutions for preparing study material for competitive examinations and postgraduate courses, including study material for the civil services. He lives in Chennai with his son K Krishna Rao.