Jerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai. He has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian, journalist and columnist. He is now associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. His published works include a book of poems, ‘Asylum’, and ‘Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb’, which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007. ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ is his first novel.