Ajneya is one of the biggest names in Hindi letters today. His impact, both on Hindi fiction and poetry, has been considerable, and is a part of a growing legend. Even the way Vatsyayan acquired his pen name ‘Ajneya’ (the un-knowable) has a story to it. A freedom fighter, he had to smuggle his early writings out of prison. The only way to publish them was under a pseudonym. Hence the name ‘Ajneya’. His oeuvre today consists of fourteen volumes of verse, four novels and several volumes of short stories and essays.