Tino de Sa

TINO DE SA – Author, poet, civil servant

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Three things people don’t know about you?

My real name is Anthony de Sa, I am an IAS Officer who has been one of the longest serving Chief Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh, I took a post-grad degree at Harvard in the USA

Who are your favorite authors?

Jeffrey Archer, Ruth Rendell, Manu Pillai

Is there a book you love to reread?

Pride and Prejudice

One Superpower you wish you had?

I would love to be able to look into people's minds at will

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Look not on his sins, but his faith

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

The ability to sing well

When and where do you write ?

Generally at night, and on my desktop (I prefer it to a laptop)

Silence or music?


Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write - even when you don't feel like it.

Tino de Sa grew up a thousand miles away from his ancestral island village of Divar, Goa, in the dusty little central Indian railway town of Bhusaval, where his father ran a picture house and, off and on, was Mayor. He took degrees at St. Xavier’s College in Bombay and then, as a Mason Fellow, at Harvard in the USA.
He joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1980. His varied assignments included a stint with the United Nations, and culminated in his being the longest serving Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh.
Some of his poems have been included in anthologies of the Poetry Society of India and Delhi Poetree. He has twice been the first prize winner in the Times of India national short story competitions. "One for Sorrow, Two for Joy" is his second published collection of short stories, the first being "The Disrobing of Draupadi and Other Stories".

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