Parvez Dewan was educated at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the University of Cambridge, and was later elected a Visiting Research Fellow of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford.
At St Stephen’s, he was the President of the College Union Society and was awarded the L. Raghubir Singh History Prize for ranking first in his BA (Hons.) class. At Cambridge, he won the Jennings Prize in 1987 for obtaining the highest marks, and a distinction in the Development Studies class.
After translating into English verse, The Hanuman Chalisa of Goswami Tulasi Das (2001), with a commentary on each verse of that noble prayer book, he wrote The Book of Hanuman (2004), which summarized the story of Sri Ram’s principal
lieutenant as told in Valmiki Ji’s Ramayan. He has also put together a detailed biography of Hanuman Ji, based on the various Ramayanas of India, South-East Asia, Tibet, and East Asia.
An officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre of India’s highest civil service, the Indian Administrative Service, Parvez took voluntary, premature retirement from the IAS to concentrate on his career as a writer.