Astri Ghosh is a literary translator based in Goa. She has translated plays, novels, poems and short stories.She is currently translating a crime novel by Jo Nesbø into Hindi. She is also in the process of translating twelve prose plays of Henrik Ibsen, four of which were published in 2015 : Samaj ke stambh, Pretchhaya, Janata Ka Dushman, and Gudiya Ghar. Jangli Battakh and Samudra ki Nari will be published in December, while Rosmersholm and Hedda Gabler will be brought out early next year. Some of the authors she has translated are Qurratulain Hyder, Rabindranath Tagore, Lars Saabye Christensen and Per Pettersson. In Sanger fra Adigranth she translated a collection of Sikh hymns to Norwegian. She does poetry performances with actors and musicians based on poetry in translation, and has acted in a feature film recently. She also writes, organises jazz festivals and curates art exhibitions
Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. His short fiction has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Baffler, Prairie Schooner and Elle. His debut novel, ‘The Smoke Is Rising’, won the Tata First Book Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Crossword Prize. 'One Point Two Billion', his collection of short stories, was published in October 2015
Loretti Joyce Pinto is a graduate in Painting from Goa University and post-graduate from MS University of Baroda. Loretti has designed the poster for GALF 2015. Presently she is employed as Art Instructor at Kendriya Vidyalaya at INS Mandovi. She was a guest faculty at Goa College of Art and at Kala Academy. She has participated in around 30 art show in Goa as well as other parts of India including at trice at Lalit Kala Akademi, she is also recipient of several awards and scholarships. She has delived lectures at National Museum Institute, New Delhi amongst other prominent seminars and workshops
Shubha Vilas is a best - selling author with a degree in Electronic Engineering and Patent Law. He found his calling in spirituality, choosing to be a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. Writing books is an extension of his spiritual calling. Traveling across the globe, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations. He interacts with the youth across the world, inspiring them through pioneering management courses based on his books titled ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’. The books provide deep insights on how human relationships work or how they fail; how leaders can maximize their potential; and how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. The USP of his seminars is application of scriptural wisdom in day-to-day living, addressing needs of personnel of corporate houses on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, and ‘Circular Leadership’. Given his love for books, he heads Tulsi Books Publications, a publishing house that propagates spiritual thinking and reasoning.
Ivo de Figueiredo (b 1966) is a Norwegian-Goan historian, author and literature critic. He has published a number of books on Fascism/World War II, biographies, literature history and true crime. In 2002 he was awarded the National Brage Prize for his biography Free Man, and his biography on the playwrite Henrik Ibsen, The Man and the Mask (2010), is published in several languages, an English edition soon to be published by Yale UP. He contributes regularly as a non-fiction critic in Norwegian newspapers, and is currently working on a book on his Goan familys migration history. Ivo de Figueiredo works as a freelance, based in Oslo, Norway.
Admiral Arun Prakash retired as India’s 20th Naval Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff in end-2006. An aviator by specialisation, during his 40 year career, he commanded a carrier-borne fighter-squadron, a naval air station and four warships; including the aircraft-carrier INS Viraat. In flag rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet, the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command, the Western Naval Command and the National Defence Academy. On staff, he served as the head of the Aviation and Personnel Branches and as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. During his tenure at the helm, the Service saw initiatives being launched in the fields of doctrine, strategy, transformation and foreign maritime cooperation. He is a graduate of the IAF Test Pilots School, Defence Services Staff College and the US Naval War College. During the 1971 War, he was awarded the Vir Chakra while flying with an IAF fighter squadron. Post-retirement, he lives in Goa, and writes and speaks on strategic and security related topics. He served two terms as a member of the National Security Advisory Board and was Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation.
Haseeb Asif is a journalist and a writer, currently working for Dawn Media Group's monthly magazine, Herald. His work has appeared in numerous Pakistani publications, such as The Express Tribune, The News, Books & Authors, The Friday Times and Dawn News. He has also written for Outlook India. He writes both in English and Urdu, and some of his creative/ fiction work has appeared in local literary journals and gazettes.
Meena Kakodkar is a short story writer, a novelist and also a stage artist.She has published- Three short story collections One essay collection One Novel - “ Vastu “ One three act play for children One translation of Amitav Ghosh’s novel - “ Shadow Lines” Among the various awards following are some main awards won by her:Sahitya Akademi Award for short story collection “Sapan Fulam” Padma Binani’s “Vatsallya Prraskar” “Shashwathi Award” Vishwa Konkani Kendra’s Vimala Pai Sahitya Puraskar for her novel “Vastu”She has been felicitated by Govt. of Goa for her literary excellence by - Yashodamini Award, State Award and Rang Sanman Puraskar. Has been writing short stories, essays, one act plays in Konkani for past 45 years. Several of her short stories have been translated into different languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, English and Portuguese etc. Attended several literary conferences, seminars and presented papers and stories.. She is a social activist associated with a NGO - GAWT working for welfare of stray dogs.
Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She has published a coffee table book of travel photographs and poems called The Long Way Home (Ogro Bangladesh, 2013). Her first book of fiction, The Lovers and the Leavers, is a collection of linked stories, photographs, and poems (Bengal Lights Books 2014, HarperCollins India 2015). Her memoir, Olive Witch, is forthcoming from HarperCollins India (January 2016). She has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of San Francisco and has held two solo photography exhibitions. See more at olivewitch.com.
Fatima M Noronha has published fiction and non-fiction for over forty years. Stray Mango Branches, a collection of vignettes and stories of life in Goa, appeared in 2013. Born in Lisbon, having called many places home, especially during twenty years of gypsying with her fighter pilot husband, she has returned to her roots in Goa. She works as a mum, gardener, freelance writer and editor, and as a psalmist of sorts, adapting traditional psalm tones to the responsorial psalms sung in church. There is more about her at http://fatimamnoronha.webs.com and she can be contacted at email@example.com