author laxman rao
Author Laxman Rao
Laxman Rao, is a prolific Hindi-language author who is the most famous tea seller in the Indian capital Delhi. His books are now available on online platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Shopclues, Snapdeal and eBooks are available on Amazon Kindle and Dailyhunt.


Born to a farmer in a village in the western state of Maharashtra, Laxman Rao left for Delhi in 1975 to fulfill his dream of becoming a writer. He worked as a labour, washed dishes at restaurants and finally managed to open a shop in 1977 to sell paan (betel leaves), beedi (hand-rolled cigarettes) and cigarettes on Vishnu Digamber Marg, near ITO in New Delhi. After a few years, he started selling tea as it was more profitable.

Laxman Rao is a graduate from Delhi University and is now pursuing M.A. (Hindi Literature -
final year) from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) , through a distance learning programme.

He worked hard to publish his books, but all his meetings with publishers ended in disappointment as nobody was willing to bet their money on a book written by a roadside vendor. Undeterred, he saved up enough to self-publish his first novel in 1979. Turbulent lives, the struggle to rise above grinding poverty and the ordinary pleasures of life are the themes on which Laxman Rao's novels, political essays and plays are based.

His best-selling novel ‘Ramdas’ which was first published in 1992 - explores the complexities of the teacher-student relationship through the story of a young, wayward student from Laxman Rao's village who drowned in a river. The book now in its third edition, has sold more than 4,000 copies till date.

In May 1984, Laxman Rao met the then Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi. She appreciated his work and encouraged him to write more. When Laxman Rao expressed his wish to write a book on her she insisted that the book should be on her work rather than a commentary on her life. Enthused by this meeting, Laxman Rao wrote a play based on the tenure of a Prime Minister titled 'Pradhan Mantri' (Prime Minister) but she was shot dead before Laxman Rao could present it to her. 

The tea-selling author has won many awards and also received recognition from former Indian President Mrs. Pratibha Patil. 
author laxman rao presenting his novel renu to former president of india pratibha patil
Author Laxman Rao presenting his novel 'Renu' to the former President of India

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