Priyadarshi Patnaik is currently a professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur, India. He received his master's in English literature in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in Indian aesthetics (Indian aesthetic emotions) in 1995. His areas of research include Indian aesthetics (aesthetic emotions), visual culture and communication, cultural translation theory and practice, media and multimedia studies, and nonverbal communication. He has published about 30 research articles in national, international journals, and edited books, written eight volumes of critical and creative writing on areas such as aesthetic emotions, Indian aesthetics, communication, translation, and poetry, edited three books on aesthetics and aging and has published more than 30 of his poems, visual arts, illustrations and photographs in international journals. In the past, he has, in association with the Defense Institute of Psychological Research, India, undertaken two projects on lie-detection using nonverbal cues and negotiation and interrogation using nonverbal cues.