Veena S Rao is a retired IAS officer with a distinguished career in Karnataka and Government of India. She is a post-graduate in Political Science from the University of Jammu and Kashmir, and Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is an expert on development issues and governance, particularly malnutrition, and writes extensively in national and international publications. She works closely with the Government of Karnataka, the World Bank, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK. Charlotte’s End is her first work of fiction.