Dr.Sudhir Kakar is a practising psychoanalyst and novelist. He lives in Goa, India.
Dr.Kakar took degrees in engineering and economics before training as a psychoanalyst at the Freud Institute in Frankfurt. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, New York Academy of Sciences and a Training Analyst of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society.
He has been a Lecturer at Harvard University and a Research Fellow at Harvard Business School. He has also been a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Indian Institute of management in Ahmedabad, Chairman of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and visiting professor at the universities of Chicago, McGill, Vienna, Hawaii and Melbourne. His many honors include the fellowships of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton and Berlin, the 40th anniversary fellowship of the Centre for Study of World Religions, Harvard University, the Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, the Kardiner Award of Columbia University and Germany's Goethe Medal.
He has published sixteen books which have been translated into twenty languages. They include: "Culture and Psyche", "The Inner World", "Shamans, Mystics and Doctors", "The Analyst and the Mystic", "Identity and Adulthood", "The Indian Psyche", "Colors of Violence" and the novels "The Ascetic of Desire and "Ecstasy"(2001). His most recent books are a new translation of the Kamasutra (2002) and the novel "Mira and the Mahatma"(2004).