Ajaya Mahala is an officer of Indian Revenue Service. A post-graduate in economics, he is into poetry and story-writing in Odia. He specializes in haiku, a traditional poetic genre of Japanese haikai tradition. This has brought the writer several laurels and international recognition. The first ever poetry compilation in Odia haiku Ghunchu Na Thiba Jahna(The Unmoving Moon)(2018) has received noteworthy acclaim.