Dr Raj Balkaran is a scholar of Sanskrit narrative texts and the author of The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth and The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth. He tutors at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies where he also serves on the Curriculum Development Board. He is the Founder of the School of Indian Wisdom featuring online courses centred on the practical life wisdom to be found in the philosophical and mythological traditions of ancient India. Beyond teaching and research, Dr Balkaran runs a thriving life consulting practice and hosts the New Books in Indian Religions podcast.