Satendra Nandan, born in Fiji, studied in India, England and Australia. He was elected to Fiji Parliament in 1982 and 1987, when he became a minister in Timoci Bavadra's cabinet. He came to Canberra after the first two Fijian coups in 1987. He returned to Fiji in 2006 to help establish the University of Fiji; in 2012 he was a appointed a Commissioner to help draft the new constitution of Fiji on which Fijian elections were held in 2014. He is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra, and writes a weekly column in Fiji's leading daily, the FijiSun. His fourth book of essays, Dispatches From Distant Shores, will be published in 2016.