Madhup Mohta was born in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh and graduated in medicine from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1981. After a brief stint in the Paramilitary Forces, he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1985. He has served in Indian Diplomatic Missions in Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand and United Kingdom. He has also served as Director, Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Director, Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi. He knows Hindi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi, German, French and Chinese. He writes prolifically in Hindi and English and
has edited several publications. His collection of Hindi poetry Samay, Sapana Aur Tum has been awarded the “Maithili Sharan Gupt Puruskar”(2003).