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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 Budkuley- a literary critic and Reader at the Department
of English in Goa University
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.
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).
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.
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.
A renowned poet and assistant director of All India Radio,
Panaji. He won the Sahitya Academy award for his poetry collection
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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"
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 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.
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 is the co-founder of URBZ, which facilitates
the production and exchange of information, knowledge, ideas
and practices towards better cities for all.
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
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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
Butalia is an Indian feminist and historian. She is the Director
and Co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing
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
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 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.