An alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the National Defence Academy, Pune, and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Mukul Deva was commissioned in December 1981 into the Sikh Light Infantry of the Indian Army. He took early retirement from the army after fifteen years of service that included a decade of combat operations in India and overseas. The co-founder of MSD Security Pvt Ltd, headquartered at Delhi and the Singapore-based Influence Solutions Ltd, Mukul has also served as a mentor on the UNITAR Fellowship for Afghanistan. Now settled in Singapore, he is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and an Executive, Business and Creativity Coach. He is the author of the best-selling Lashkar series: Lashkar, Salim Must Die, Blowback and Tanzeem.