Navtej Sarna is currently the Indian Ambassador to the US. He is an Indian author-columnist, diplomat, and former Indian Ambassador to Israel, and former High Commission of India to the United Kingdom. Before holding his current post, he was Joint Secretary for external publicity at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), since October 2002, and holds the distinction of being the longest-serving spokesperson of the ministry, and served 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 also writes short stories, and book reviews. His first novel published was We Weren’t Lovers Like That in 2003,followed by The Book of Nanak in the same year, his latest, The Exile, published in 2008, is based on the life of Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, and son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.