Vasant Davé was born in East Africa where his parents had migrated from India before WWII. He was schooled in Kenya when it had just attained freedom from the British rule. Although English is not his mother tongue, he could learn it fairly well with the help of two very dedicated British teachers, Ms. H. C. Davies and Mr. A. Bullock.
A teetotaler and a vegetarian, Vasant studied science in Elphinstone College and graduated as an electrical engineer from the University of Bombay. Besides providing Industrial Market Research services in India, he catered to corporate clients in Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Singapore, the UK and the USA. His work called for extensive traveling throughout India. It helped him to address a deep interest in archaeology by visiting numerous ancient sites.
During one of his frequent tours he happened to visit Lothal in Western India, and was awed to learn that it was a sea-port that conducted maritime business with Mesopotamia. Subsequently he visited other Indus Valley archaeological sites and had had discussions with authorities on the subject. Studying Mesopotamia, he found that 4,000 years ago women were more emancipated than their great great grand-daughters are today in what is now the Middle East. Gradually, a rough plot started emerging in his mind revolving around trade and cultural links between two of the most ancient civilizations in the world. After retirement in 2008, he took up writing 'Trade winds to Meluhha' and completed it three years later.
Earlier, Vasant's anecdotes and articles were published in 'Readers' Digest', 'Economic Times', 'Business India', 'Shankar's Weekly', 'Telematics India' and 'Studio Systems'. His technical background helped him to understand and apply historical, geographical, environmental and cultural nuances bearing upon the life during the Bronze Age, the period in which 'Trade winds to Meluhha' is set.
Where to find Vasant Davé online
Novelizing the Ancient Indus Valley
by Vasant Davé
Price: Free! 4410 words.
Published on July 4, 2012. Nonfiction.
This e-Booklet contains six articles discussing various aspects involved in creating interesting fiction from historical and archaeological facts.
Trade winds to Meluhha
by Vasant Davé
Price: $2.99 USD. 68790 words.
Published on January 14, 2012. Fiction.
Recounts young Samasin's adventure in Bronze Age Mesopotamia & Indus Valley Civilization. Implicated in murder, Sam flees to Meluhha to search Siwa Saqra – name uttered by the dying man. He falls in love with Melluhhan Velli but she adores another man. He also meets a mysterious Mesopotamian Ann.(Cover shows both ladies) Meeting Siwa, he finds that the murder held an enigma.
How I wrote a Pre-Historic Novel
by Vasant Davé
Price: Free! 7890 words.
Published on July 20, 2011. Nonfiction.
In this small e-book Vasant Davé shares his experience of writing a Pre-Historic Novel and how he endeavoured to raise the conviction factor of his narrative far above earlier novels dealing with Indus Valley Civilization. 'Trade winds to Meluhha' was published at Smashwords in January, 2012.
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