Born in 1947 to a Zoroastrian business-family in Bombay, Hoshang Merchant holds a Master’s from Occidental College, Los Angeles. His book on Nin, In-discretions, earned him a Ph.D from Purdue in 1981, and is published by Writers Workshop which has also published eight books of his poetry since 1989. He helped establish the Gay Liberation at Purdue. Rupa and Co. published his book of poems Flower to Flame in 1992 in the New Poetry in India series. Currently he teaches Poetry and Surrealism at Hyderabad University and is unmarried by choice.