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Aniruddha Bahal
Aniruddha BahalAniruddha Bahal is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cobrapost.com, an Indian news and views website and television production house. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Tehelka.com , the news website famous for Operation Westend, which uncovered widespread corruption in defence procurement in India. Bahal was one of the reporters who broke that story and is equally famous for his exposure of match-fixing in international cricket. More recently he headed Operation Duryodhana, an investigation into Indian Parliamentarians taking cash for asking questions in the Indian parliament. Cobrapost produces several investigative shows for different televsion channels in India. Bahal has also worked for India Today, Down to Earth, Financial Express, and Outlook, among other publications. Bahal is also a novelist. His latest book The Emissary is a historical novel set in ancient Greece. In 2003 he published Bunker 13 to international acclaim.


Charles Correa
Charles Correa was born in Hyderabad, India. He studied architecture at the University of Michigan and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after which he established a private practice in Bombay in 1958.
His work in India is an adaptation of Modernism to a non-western culture. His early works attempt to explore a local vernacular within a modern environment. His land-use planning and community projects continually try to go beyond typical solutions to third world problems.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, at the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

All of his work - from the planning of Navi Mumbai to the carefully detailed memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad has placed special emphasis on prevailing resources, energy and climate as major determinants in the ordering of space.


Damodar Mauzo
Damodar MauzoDamodar Mauzo is a short story writer, novelist, columnist and screenplay writer and has been writing in Konkani for over three decades. He has two novels, four collections of short stories and three books for young adults to his credit. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Karmelin. This novel and his short stories have been translated into many languages. He is the recipient of Katha Award for Creative Fiction 1998, the Best Dialogues Award at the Goa State Film Festival 1997, the Goa Kala Academy Award and Konkani Bhasha Mandal Award.


Dilip D'Souza
Dilip D'SouzaOnce a computer scientist., Dilip D'Souza now writes. Sometimes that's a big difference, sometimes it isn't. His writing has won several awards, including the Outlook/Picador prize. He has written three books, most recently "Roadrunner". He lives in Bombay, misses his Rhodesian Ridgeback and hopes to play in a rock band and visit Tristan da Cunha some day.


Edgar Ribeiro
Edgar FN Ribeiro Director, Millennium Spire India Management, formerly Chief Town Planner to the Government of India, has worked as a consultant to World Bank, UNCHS, and Asian Development Bank during his association with various city planning bodies in the UK, Jamaica, China, Malaysia and Portugal. He served as the Commissioner Planning, Delhi Development Authority, and is currently Director, Association of Metropolitan Development Authorities, and is on the Expert Panel of the DUAC and INTACH. Edgar has been involved with the education of architecture and planning for over thirty-five years, in his capacity as Director of the SPA at Delhi and as visiting faculty member of Universities of Trondheim, Norway, Leuven, Belgium, Kharagpur, Ahmedabad, Pune and Roorkee. During his illustrious career, Mr. Ribeiro, has been responsible for the regional plans for Dhanbad, Singrauli, Papankala, Greater Noida and Maneshwar amongst others. Mr Ribeiro has also researched extensively on the growth and development of town and cities in India and abroad for UNCHS. He was the first Asian to be elected Vice President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners and has served as the president of the Institute of Town Planners.


Frederick Noronha
Frederick NoronhaFrederick Noronha is an independent journalist based in Saligao, Goa, India.He has been a full-time journalist since 1983. From November 1987 to December 1994, Noronha was staff correspondent for Deccan Herald. From 1994 onwards, he turned a freelancer, and has written for India Abroad News Service (now Indo-Asian News Service), on news related to Goa and, more recently, Information Technology. He also worked as an editorial consultant with Herald (Goa) from October 2003 to April 2004.
He has written articles on Goa, Goan books, media,, environment, development, and information technology. From 1996 to 2006, he has been part of the Admin Team of Goanet, a volunteer and not-for-profit network that links the Goa] diaspora community. Publications that have featured Noronha's works include The Economic Times, The Financial Express, Spider Internet Magazine (Pakistan), Associated Press (photographs), Dawn, BBC website and Outlook.

Georgina L Maddox
Georgina L MaddoxGeorgina L Maddox is a writer, curator and visual artist who lives and works in Delhi. She is currently working with The Indian Express as Senior Assistant Arts Editor.
Her writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as Art India, Art and Deal, Biblio, The Indian Contemporary Art Journal, Art Critic for Times of India and Mumbai Mirror.

Jerry Pinto
Jerry PintoIn his own description of himself, Jerry Pinto is a poet. His first book of poems Asylum (Allied Publishers) was released in 2004. Some of these poems are to be found in Reasons for Belonging; Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets edited by Ranjit Hoskote. His poems are also to be found in Fulcrum Number 4; An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, 2005) edited by Jeet Thayl; in Atlas; New Writing (Crossword/Aark Arts, 2006) edited by Sudeep Sen; and Ninety-nine Words (Panchabati Publications, 2006) edited by Manu Dash.

His first book was Surviving Women (Penguin India, 2000) a manual of gender politics, written for confused Indian men, which has gone into several reprints. Bombay Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (Penguin India, 2003), which he co-edited with Naresh Fernandes, has also been reprinted. He has also edited Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa (Penguin India, 2006). Together with Arundhathi Subramaniam, he has edited Confronting Love; Contemporary Indian Love Poems in English. They have also edited A Pocketful of Wry; Indian Poets Also Laugh expected soon from Penguin India.

In 2006, Helen: The Life and Times of an H Bomb was released. It was as much a study of Bollywood’s gender and race politics as it was an affectionate examination of a dancing legend who had served the Mumbai film industry for nearly 30 years.

The book won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema.

Kiran Budkule
Kiran Budkuley- a literary critic and Reader at the Department of English in Goa University

Dr. Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih
Dr. Kynpham Sing NongkynrihDr. Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih was born in Sohra, Meghalaya, in 1964. He has published three poetry collections in Khasi and two poetry collections in English, besides other books in Khasi and English. His third poetry collection in English is forthcoming from HarperCollins, India. He received the first Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award for literature in 2008 from the Madhya Pradesh Government, and the first North-East Poetry Award in 2004. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.


Lee Siegel
Lee SiegelSiegel studied comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley and fine arts at Columbia University. He received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford for a dissertation in the field of Sanskrit. He then was hired by the University of Hawaii as Professor of Religious Studies, where he has taught ever since.
In 1988 Siegel was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. He has received numerous fellowships and grants including five Senior Research Fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Smithsonian Institution (1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1996), four research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council (1982, 1985, 1987, 1990) and one from the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. In addition Professor Siegel has been two Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching (1986 and 1996). He has been a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation, and twice at the Bellagio Study Center (1990 and 2003). He also was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College of Oxford University (1997).

Leonard Fernandes
He is the winner of the Young Creative Entrepreneur Award in publishing for 2010 from British Council. He is the Co-Founder of CinnamonTeal Publishing, a self-publishing platform providing end-to-end support for authors.

Manikuntala Bhattacharya
Manikuntala BhattacharyaProlific young writer,she is a well known Assamese poet,short story writer,and a novelist. She is a regular contributor to all literary magazines and dailies. She has won a best novel writer award by Asom Sahitya Sabha and also awardee of short story writer in two more occasion. Her poems,story and novels are also been translated into English and Hindi version.she participated in the last SAARC festival and also participated in many writer's meet of Sahitya Academy.Her books includes:  Arundhati, Sandhya, Mukti, Baahi, Bordowani, Dastakhat,and fourteen more novels. She has four story collections,two poetry collection,one article collection and two children novels. Her books Chitrapat is the first autobiography in verse in assamese literature. She is a regular script writer of Doordarshan Kendra.


Madhav Borkar
A renowned poet and assistant director of All India Radio, Panaji. He won the Sahitya Academy award for his poetry collection 'Yaman'.


Manohar Shetty
Manohar Shetty has published three books of poems, including ‘Domestic Creatures’ (Oxford University Press, New Delhi). His poems have been widely published and anthologized. In the UK his poems have appeared in ‘London Magazine’, ‘Poetry Review’, ‘Wasafiri’ and ‘Poetry Wales’. He has edited a special edition on English language poets of India for ‘Poetry Wales’. In the United States his poems have appeared in ‘Chelsea’, ‘Rattapallax’, ‘Fulcrum’, ‘Shenandoah’ and ‘New Letters’, and in ‘Helix’ in Australia.


Mahableshwar Sail
Mahableshwar SailMahableshwar Sail is a Goa-based writer who has written 13 books. Most of his works which include short stories and novels had been translated into English, Marathi, and Hindi. One of his short stories had been made into a film called Pelthadecho Manis. Mr. Sail has won several awards, including the Sahitya Academy Award in 1993. He has served as a member of the Sahitya Academy, the Konkani Sahitya Academy, and the Goa Kala Academy. He has been the president of the All India Konkani Literary Conference in 2005.


Dr. Maria Couto
Maria Aurora Couto is an Indian writer and educationist from Goa. Her family hails from the Goan Catholic community, a Christian community in Goa. She taught English literature in colleges in India (particularly New Delhi) and has contributed to periodicals in India and the United Kingdom.
Currently she lives in the North Goa village of Aldona. Her late husband Alban Couto was a senior civil servant in the Government of Goa and worked in many parts of India. In 2010, she received the Padma Shri award.


Mridula Garg
Mridula GargMridula Garg writes in Hindi but has novels Chittacobra, Anitya Halfway to Nowhere, Country of Goodbyes and short stories Daffodils on Fire in English translation. Her latest Hindi novel is Miljul Man. She does not adhere to traditions, Marxist, feminist or region specific. Her milieu is contemporary but with space for parents, siblings and servants. The familiar turns unpredictable as she discards stereotypes and uses irony to elucidate the axiom, I am my choices.

Dr. Oscar Rebello
Dr. Oscar RebelloDr. Oscar Rebello is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is also a columnist.

Prakash Pariekar
A Konkani short story writer from Sattari, has won a prestigious national-level Katha ward for creative fiction in Konkani, for the year 2001, for his short story "Chandrakor" recently.


Prakash Kamat
Prakash KamatPrakash Kamat is President of Goa Union of Jounralists, body of working journalists in Goa.He is member of Goa Planning Board, Goa University's Anti Ragging Committee and Chairman of Press Accreditation committee of Goa.
He is also special correspondent of The Hindu for last 5 years and worked as principal correspondent of The Economic Times for 15 years.


Pundalik Naik
Pundalik Naik a renowned litterateur has handled almost all literary forms including, plays, poetry, stories and children's literature. He has won several awards including, the Sahitya Akademi award and Kala Academy's Sahitya Puraskar. Recently he was awarded Kala Academy's prestigious literary award - Gomant Sharada Puraskar. He was the president of Goa Konkani Akademi for two terms, from 25 Nov, 2002 upto 31 Dec, 2008.


Rahul Deshpande
Rahul DeshpandeRahul Deshpande is a Civil engineer and practicing architect. Was awarded in succession for Cancona and Cuncolim Bus stand. He was appointed on Task Force for Regional Plan P2021 and working with legendary architect Charles Correa. He is also nominated for a very prestigious international architectural award this year. He has just completed the Honda Bus stand and is finishing the Prakar and Agarshala building at Mangeshi and is presently working on re-development of EDC- Patto Plaza.


Rahul Srivastava
Rahul Srivastava is the co-founder of URBZ, which facilitates the production and exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and practices towards better cities for all.


Ramesh Veluskar
A renowned poet and author. He is one of Goa's best known modern Konkani poet. A sahitya Akademi award winner- he has several Konkani and a Hindi poetry collection to his credit and is known as pioneer to introduce folklorical and mythological elements in Konkani and offer a new ecoerotic and ecoastehtic idiom.


Samanth Subramanian
Samanth Subramanian By dint of both circumstance and choice, Samanth Subramanian is a journalist. He is winner of 2010 Shakti Bhatt First Award for his book Following Fish. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in international relations from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. By preference, he gravitates towards the long-form, narrative version of journalism – waning today, but still rewarding and revealing to both writers and readers. His longer reported articles occupy the confluence of politics, culture and history, examining the impact of these forces upon life and society; his shorter pieces include op-eds, cultural criticism, and book reviews. He has written, among other publications, for The New Sunday Express, Mint, Newsweek, the Far Eastern Economic Review, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National and The Hindu.


Sandesh Prabhudesai
Sandesh PrabhudesaiSandesh Prabhudesai is a journalist, presently working as the Editor-in-Chief of Prudent, Goa’s TV channel. He has earlier worked as the editor of Sunaparant, Goa’s Konkani daily, besides working on the field for BBC, rediff.com, The Pioneer, The Sunday Observer, Current, Blitz as well as Goan dailies like Gomantak Times, Tarun Bharat and Rashtramat. He is also actively involved in literary and cultural activities.


Sanjit Rodrigues
Sanjit RodriguesSanjit Rodrigues is Director of Industries, Trade & Commerce and Member of the State Level Committee [SLC] on Regional Plan 2021. He is also former Commissioner, Corporation of City of Panaji.

Savia Viegas
Savia ViegasSavia Viegas is a writer, social activist and academic based in Goa. She has contributed several research papers on history of museums and the social hsitory of photography in various journals. A Fullbright Fellow, she is presently working on the history of family photographs in Goa, covered by a grant from the Government of India and has authored a book “Tales from the Attic”.

Sudeep Chakravarti
Sudeep Chakravarti’s bestselling first novel, Tin Fish, was published in 2005. He has since published Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (2008), a work of narrative non-fiction about India’s ongoing Maoist rebellion that was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Non-fiction Award 2008; and a novel, Once Upon a Time in Aparanta (2008), a dark satire set in the self-professed paradise of Goa, his home of several years. Sudeep's latest novel, The Avenue of Kings has just been published by HarperCollins.


U.R. Ananthamurthy
U.R. AnanthamurthyU.R. Ananthamurthy is a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement. He is well known among Indian authors.He is the sixth person among seven recipients of the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, the highest literary honor conferred in India.In 1998, he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India.
Ananthamurthy's works have been translated into several Indian and European languages and have been awarded with important literary prizes.His main works include Samskara, Bhava, Bharathi Pura, and Avasthe. He has written numerous short stories as well. Several of his novels and short fictions have been made into movies.


Urvashi Butalia
Urvashi ButaliaUrvashi Butalia is an Indian feminist and historian. She is the Director and Co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house.
She earned a B.A. in literature from Miranda House, Delhi University in 1971, a Masters in literature from Delhi University in 1973, and a Masters in South Asian Studies from the University of London in 1977.
She worked as an editor for Zed Publishing and later went on to set up her own publishing house. Her writing has appeared in several newspapers including The Guardian, The Statesman, The Times of India and several magazines including Outlook, the New Internationalist and India Today. Butalia is a consultant for Oxfam India and she holds the position of Reader at the College of Vocational Studies at the University of Delhi. Her main areas of research are partition and oral histories. She has also written on gender, communalism, fundamentalism and media.

Venita Coelho
Venita CoelhoA writer based in Goa, has authored many books like The Washer of the Dead: A Collection of Ghost Stories, Dungeon Tales (for children) and 'SOAP - Writing and Surviving Television'. She was previously a television writer/director in Mumbai.
Vishnu Surya Wagh
Vishnu Surya Wagh is known all over Goa and Maharashtra as a prominent playwright. A number of his plays like Tuka Abhang Abhang , Suvari , Teen Poishancho Tiatro , Dharmashree , Pedru Poddlo Baient etc. have won critical acclaim. He has also emerged a top-ranking poet in Mumbai's literary field.