Nabarun Bhattacharya (1971-2019) did his early schooling in Shillong, Meghalaya, and later graduated with English (honours) from Ramakrishna Mission College, Narendrapur, Kolkata. By profession, he was an officer in the Customs and Excise Department of the Government of India. An amateur photographer and an intrepid trekker, Nabarun was also a wildlife enthusiast. He had won prizes in the D.J. Memorial photography competition in India and the famed Maria Luisa Memorial photography contest held in Spain in 2012. A posthumous exhibition of a selection of his photographs was held in Guwahati in November, 2019. An avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, Nabarun used to regularly contribute articles to The Statesman, Kolkata, under the pseudonym Arun Acharya.