Navtej Singh Sarna (born 1957) is an Indian author-columnist, diplomat and former Indian Ambassador to the United States. He previously served as the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, and the Ambassador to Israel.
|Indian Ambassador to the United States|
November 2016 – December 2018
|Preceded by||Arun Kumar Singh|
|Succeeded by||Harsh Vardhan Shringla|
|High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom|
January 2016 – December 2016
|Preceded by||Ranjan Mathai|
|Succeeded by||Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha|
|Ambassador of India to Israel|
November 2008 – August 2012
|Preceded by||Arun Kumar Singh|
|Born||1957 (age 63–64)|
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
|Parents||Mohinder Singh Sarna and Surjit Sarna|
|Education||B.Com Hons; LL.B.|
|Alma mater||St.Joseph's Academy, Dehradun; Shriram College of Commerce; Faculty of Law, Delhi University|
|Occupation||Diplomat and Author|
Early life and careerEdit
He was born in Jalandhar, India to noted writer in Punjabi, Mohinder Singh Sarna and Punjabi poetess and translator Surjit Sarna, and did his schooling from St. Joseph's Academy, Dehradun. Later he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1980. He was the longest-serving spokesperson of the Indian Foreign Ministry (six years), under two prime ministers, three foreign ministers and four foreign secretaries, till the end of his term in September, 2008.
Previously as a diplomat served in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Teheran and Washington, DC. He Served as India's ambassador to Israel from 2008 to 2012, High Commissioner to the UK 2016 and as India's ambassador to the United States from November 2016 to December 2018 and retired from the Indian Foreign Service on Dec 31, 2018 after serving his country for over 36 years.
Navtej Sarna first novel published was We Weren't Lovers Like That in 2003, followed by The Book of Nanak was published in the same year.'The Exile' published in 2008, is a novel based on the life of Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, and son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. His short stories which have appeared earlier in the London Magazine and broadcast over BBC have been put together in the collection 'Winter Evenings.' He translated the 'Zafarnama', the letter written in Persian verse by Guru Gobind Singh to emperor Aurungzeb. 'Savage Harvest' is Sarna's translation of thirty of his father's short stories on partition of India from Punjabi to English. Sarna has also contributed extensively to journals and newspapers in India and abroad including The Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, etc. His literary columns written over seven years for The Hindu have now appeared as a book entitled 'Second Thoughts on Books, Authors and the Writerly Life.'
Ambassador Sarna speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and has knowledge of Russian and Polish languages also. He is married to Dr. Avina Sarna and has one son and one daughter.
- Folk Tales of Poland, Sterling Publications, 1991. ISBN 81-207-1072-X.
- We Weren't Lovers Like That. Penguin, May 2003. ISBN 0-14-302961-4.
- The Book of Nanak, Penguin, September 2003. ISBN 0-670-04978-6.
- The Exile. Penguin, 2008. ISBN 978-0-670-08208-7.
- 'Zafarnama'- a translation, Penguin 2011
- 'Winter Evenings'- a collection of short stories, Rupa Rainlight 2012
- 'Savage Harvest'- a translation of partition stories of Mohinder Singh Sarna, Rupa 2013.
- 'Indians at Herod's Gate'- a Jerusalem narrative, Rupa Rainlight 2014.
- 'Second Thoughts- on books, authors and the writerly life'- Harper Collins 2015
- Journeys : Heroes, Pilgrims, Explores, edited by Geeti Sen and Molly Kaushal. New Delhi, Penguin, 2004. ISBN 0-670-05796-7. 2. And the Baba went along the way, by Navtej Sarna.
- The Harper Collins Book of New Indian Fiction : Contemporary Writing in English, edited by Khushwant Singh. New Delhi, Harper Collins, 2005, . ISBN 81-7223-584-4. 5. Madame Kitty by Navtej Sarna.
- 'Signals', a London Magazine anthology, UK
- "H. E. Ambassador Navtej Sarna". Embassy of India, Washington. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Basu, Nayanima (22 September 2016). "Navtej Sarna appointed India's new envoy to US". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- Navtej Sarna, envoy to Israel The Hindu, 30 March 2008.
- "New Indian High Commissioner to UK Navtej Sarna takes charge". News 18. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- PG Wodehouse: Why India still holds a flame for the English author, by Vincent Dowd, BBC news, 27 November 2020.
- Navtej Sarna, longest serving foreign ministry spokesman, ends tenure Monday[dead link] Hindustan Times, 14 September 2008.
- The Rediff Chat: Ambassador Navtej Sarna Rediff.com.
- Diplomat into novelist The Hindu, 4 January 2004.
- The Exile: A maharaja's tragic journey Rediff.com, 15 October 2008.
- H.E. Ambassador Navtej Sarna, 15 October 2008.
- Navtej Sarna Penguin.
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