The author, Rajeswaran Parameswaran, hails from Pondicherry, India, and has lived in several parts of the African continent for the last thirty-odd years. He has travelled extensively across the world while keenly observing cultures and religion. His primary focus of interest is the history of religions, and he likes to analyze if it has been more of a boon or a bane to humanity. He is also fascinated by Etymology, and particularly researches origin of words in Sanskrit, Tamil, and English. Under the pen-name Swa Raj that translates to ?self-rule? his two-decade-long quest for writing has resulted in his debut novel, On its own?.