Steven Gutkin, who runs the weekly newspaper Goa Streets, is an award-winning journalist who has reported from some two dozen countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. An international newsman for 30 years, Steven served as Bureau Chief with the Associated Press, the world’s largest news gathering organization, in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, AP Bureau Chief in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as AP’s Chief of Southeast Asia Services, first in Singapore and then in Indonesia. Steven has also worked for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek and CBS Radio. He covered the rise and fall of the Medellin and Cali cocaine cartels in Colombia, rode into Kabul with a triumphant Northern Alliance and directed coverage of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and Lebanon. He also led coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for the AP, and helped lead the news cooperative’s operations in the southern United States. The Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was caught partly because he lingered on the phone with his son to answer Steven’s questions, and the cops traced the call. Steven covered the killing of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Mexico, the death of Yasser Arafat, the Elian Gonzales case in Cuba, a coup in Fiji and the rise to power of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.
Born on 31st August 1968. I have completed my Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Goa College of Arts, Bombay University in 1989. Have 10 solo shows to my credit, Amchem Sobit Ddiaz an exclusive exhibition of paintings and drawings for The 46th International Film Festival at the ESG, Art Gallery ,Goa 2015;The Passion of Christ, Art Chamber, Goa in 2006; Galeria Vieira da Silva, Embassy of Portugal, New Delhi in 2004. Apart from this I have been a part of numerous shows. The Sacred , by Galleria at The Museum Gallery, Mumbai in 2008; The Sacred , by Galleria at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi; Aparanta-, The Confluence of Contempory Art In Goa, Goa; Mapping the roots, the 3rd European Union Cultural Weeks by The Embassy of Portugal, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi in 2007; Draw the line ,Sunaapranta Goa 2011; ;Group show ,NewDelhi 2013; Two Artist Exhibition ,Lalit Kala ,NewDelhi 2013. I have been a recipient of the Artist’s Residency Program at the Convento Da Arrabida, Portugal from the Fundacao Oriente of Portugal in 2002; State Art Awards, in Painting instituted by Govt. of Goa in 1994, 1996, 1997; was nominated for the UNESCO Award in Painting by Kala Academy, Goa in 1994; had received a Research Grant Scholarship in Painting from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 1992-92. Have won the prestigious award,’YUVA SRUJAN PURASKAR” (Navasarjan Chetna Puraskar) from the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa for the year 2012-2013 in the field of Painting 2014 - Have also received the SENIOR FELLOWSHIP for 2012- 13 in the field of Painting (Visual Art) for a period of two years with effect from 1st August 2014 awarded by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. New Delhi.
Saikat Majumdar teaches world literature at Stanford University and is the author, most recently, of the novel, The Firebird (2015), which tells the story of the vanishing world of Bengali popular theatre as seen through the eyes of a young boy and his actress mother. Saikat’s first novel, Silverfish (2007), was set in colonial Bengal and late-twentieth century Calcutta; his book of criticism, Prose of the World (2013), explored the question of the ordinary and the everyday in modern and contemporary world literature. His fiction, non-fiction and criticism appears in leading academic venues and in mainstream outlets such as The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Outlook, Caravan, Mint, Scroll, etc. Saikat grew up in Calcutta and has spent the last sixteen years studying and teaching in the US and Canada, and has taught as a visiting professor in Jawaharlal Nehru, Jadavpur, Ashoka and Delhi universities.
Francesca Marciano is an Italian novelist, filmmaker, and screenwriter. To date Marciano has written four novels: “Rules of the Wild”, listed as one of the NYT notable books of the year, ”Casa Rossa”, “The End of Manners” and “The Other Language”, her first collection of short stories. When she writes for film and television she uses her native tongue, but for novels and short stories she uses English. She knows how to hold a reader’s attention, how to set a scene. Her dialogue, unsurprisingly, is always fluid. Marciano has lived all over the world, and her stories encompass her experiences, taking place in Africa, the U.S, India, and of course, Italy. Her characters are often women who live abroad, are alone and free from their domestic routines, if only temporarily. Marciano’s stories are never less than engaging, as she brings to life characters stepping outside their boundaries into new passions and destinies, exploring the power of change—in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures—she reveals unexpected aspects of ourselves.
I grew up in Burma, married and had two daughters there. We repatriated to Goa in the early 1980s and I now live in my paternal family home in Saligao, Goa. I was a teacher and now work as a school counsellor. I love reading, writing and travelling to visit and spend time with my daughters and their families. My first book 'Songs of the Survivors' was published in December 2007.
Assavri Kulkarni, is an ace photographer, very passionate about her craft. Her fascination for capturing images, mostly in natural light and setting, sets her apart from her contemporaries. A Bachelors in Fine Arts, Assavri is a creative soul, her portfolio of over 13 years encompassing photo shoots of luxury resorts, interesting personalities and cuisine, travel and fashion for high end magazines like kingfisher Hi!Blitz, Verve, Lonely Planet, BBC Food, Time Out, Business Goa and Man’s World. Assavri forte also lies in her ability to enthuse and teach her photography students the art of creating stories with their images which she imparts at her ‘Assavri Kulkarni Photography’ studio that she has started a year ago. Using a distinctive style of teaching with hands on equipment and understanding of light and shade in her teachings, her workshops on landscape, Food and portrait photography help students beyond the scope of mere images and transform still frames into works of art. She has won Gourmand International Awards (2011) best photographs in Goan Recipes, Silver Medal Goa College of Art, Vilas Bhende Award, Goa Heritage Action Group Award and Goa Tourism award. In her latest endeavor, Assavri has painstakingly put together Markets of Goa, her tribute to a land she loves. She believes in empowering youth and children with the ability to capture ‘Goa’ differently and hence works with organizations like Goa For Giving and Hamara school in Panjim. In her own words, Assavri says “ Let children enjoy creating pictures of what they see and feel, and they will grow into creative adults” Besides which she also gives an equal importance to fitness and has been practicing Yoga for a decade and firmly opines that a fit body and mind is required for a creative soul. Assavri also has a soft corner for village and tribal communities and this has led her to spend time amongst the Kunbis and Velips in Goa, Buguns in Arunachal Pradesh and Dhangars in Maharashtra amongst others. Assavri stays in the village of Nerul in North Goa along with three Capricorns and a thriving vegetable garden that she tends to. In her spare time she enjoys cooking Goan food as a hobby as much as she enjoys photography as a profession.
“Kitchen goddess, mother, cookbook author.” With these words Kornelia Santoro describes herself. Two decades ago, she gave up her career as political journalist at a newspaper in Bavaria. After two years of riding an Enfield Bullet through India, she married her Italian husband and soon after a son was born. Nowadays, she channels her literary ambitions and her experiences as a passionate foodie into writing cookbooks and managing a website and a blog. Both her books, Kornelia’s Kitchen – Mediterranean Cooking for India and Kornelia’s Kitchen 2 – Cooking for Allergies, have won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Her new book, dealing with the mood influencing qualities of food, will be published by HarperCollins India in June 2016.
K. Anis Ahmed is the author of three works of fiction: The World In My Hands (novel); Good Night, Mr. Kissinger (stories); Forty Steps (novella). He is a publisher of Bengal Lights, an international literary journal, and Dhaka Tribune, a new national daily. He is also the founder of the Dhaka Translation Center and a director of the Dhaka Literary Festival. He is currently at work on a novel about extreme foodies in New York.
Narayan Ramchandran is father of two girls, husband of writer, social entrepreneur, columnist and emerging market investor in that order. He worked on Wall Street (mostly at Morgan Stanley) for over 20 years, most recently as head of global emerging market investing and then country head of Morgan Stanley in India.
Annie Zaidi writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scripts. She is the editor of Unbound: 2,000 years of Indian Women’s Writing and the author of Gulab, Love Stories # 1 to 14, and Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales. She is also the co-author of The Good Indian Girl. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, Mumbai Noir, Women Changing India, and Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now. (blog/site: www.anniezaidi.com)