B.N. Patnaik was born in village Subarnapur, Odisha in 1942. A linguist and teacher, he spent most part of his teaching career at IIT Kanpur, where he taught linguistics and English. He has written the first partial generative grammar of Odia, published papers on a range of topics in linguistics and language pedagogy and is a co-editor of Noam Chomsky's The Architecture of Language. Presently committed to Sarala Mahabharata, he is the author of Introducing Saaralaa Mahaabhaarata and Retelling as Interpretation: An Essay on Sarala Mahabharata, has published papers and writes a blog on this remarkable work. He lives in Bengaluru.