Kishalay grew up in Shillong and was a teacher and copywriter before joining broadcast news. Half of his two decades in news, has been in conflict zones. He is former Resident Editor NDTV (North East) where he spent 17 years of his two decade long engagement with video journalism. He was also Chair, Internal Security and Senior Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. His debut non-fiction work is Che in Paona Bazaar: Tales of Exile and Belonging in India’s Northeast (Pan Macmillan, 2013) (though he believes the north east doesn’t exist). He was based in Calcutta, not Kolkata. Since that’s a city Mamatadi doesn’t believe exists, he now lives in Delhi and is working on his new book and writes regularly on conflict and politics.