Banarasidas was a poet, philosopher and merchant. He had no precedent in literature or tradition that might have inspired him to write his lifes story or guided him in his task.His motivation to write his story was simple: Let me tell my story to all. Completed in the winter of 1641, in Agra, Ardhakathanak is the first autobiography in an Indian language. Rohini Chowdhury has published several books for children including a novel and a short story collection. Her interests include translation, mathematics and history. She lives in London and is currently working on a historical examination of pre-colonial India. Rupert Snell taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research interests include poetics and aesthetics in pre-modern Hindi; and poetry in Braj Bhasha and Awadhi dialects. He is now Professor, South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin.