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Afsana Rashid
Afsana Bhat

Passion for writing and highlighting issues concerning masses at grassroots level brought Afsana Rashid into journalism. For her, journalism is all about helping the masses and giving a voice to voiceless.With 11 years reporting experience, Afsana Rashid is currently, associated as Senior Reporter with California based Global Press Institute and New Delhi based English fortnightly, Milli Gazette,with previous experience of working with national newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar, The Tribune, and ETV News The Kashmir Times, Kashmir Images, The Daily Etalaat (English), Women International Perspective (WIP).Author of book “Widows and Half widows: Saga of Extra-judicial arrests and killings in Kashmir” (ISBN-10: 81-7221-048-5; ISBN-13:978-81-7221-048-9), published by Pharos Media and Publishing Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi - www.pharosmedia.com. She is a recipient of Sanjoy Ghose Humanitarian Award( 2006-2007);U.N. Population Fund-Laadli Media Award for best reporting in adverse conditions on gender issues in April 2008 and awarded Best reporter on grass root innovations by Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) North India, 2007. Afsana was awarded Fellowships, about “Corruption and Transparency in India” by Global Integrity – US in 2009; “Empowering the vulnerable: Strengthening grassroots governance and empowering civil society action in conflict affected areas of Kashmir” by Indo Global Social Service Society and European Union and Welthungerhilfe, Germany (August 2011 – July 2012); Sanjoy Ghose Media fellowship for “Role of women journalists in conflict areas” for the year 2006-2007 by Charkha Communication Development Network, New Delhi (Dec 7, 2006); “Impact of conflict on subsistence livelihood of marginalized communities in Kashmir and alternatives” by Action Aid India in 2005-06. She has Attended various workshops at international level and national level - “Resolving Conflict” organized by Thomson Foundation in association with Foreign and Commonwealth office at Cardiff and Belfast, UK (Feb 20 - March 10, 2006); “Through Women’s Eye’s” at Amsterdam-Netherlands (24-31 October, 2007) and “Conflict Reporting” organized by Panos South Asia at Kathmandu-Nepal (Jan 20-25, 2009).She has also Conducted Training workshops at EMMRC ,University of Kashmir under two projects on Developmental Reporting organized by BBC World Service Trust (2008-2009) and PANOS South Asia(2010-2011).

 
Amish Tripathi
Amish Tripathi

Described as the ‘Paulo Coelho of the East’ by Business World and a ‘People’s author like Jeffrey Archer’ by The Telegraph, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon. Released in March 2010, Amish’s Shiva Trilogy (of which two books, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas have been published) has over 7,50,000 copies in print with gross retail sales of nearly Rs 17 crores. Amish is a graduate of IIM-Calcutta and worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to full time writing. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.

 

Amitabh Kumar
Amitabh Kumar

Amitabh Kumar is a designer/artist from New Delhi. He has graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda and has worked as a part of the Sarai Media Lab (2006 -2010) where he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed books and co-curated an experimental art space. He is visiting faculty to the Srishti School of Art and Design and Technology and is an initiating member of the Delhi based comics ensemble, The Pao Collective.

 

Amruta Patil

Amruta Patil is a writer and painter with an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the author of the graphic novels Kari (HarperCollins 2008) and Adi Parva (HarperCollins 2012). Her short graphic stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines in India and abroad. http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com

 
Aniruddha Sen Gupta

After 20 years of working in the fields of journalism, communications and graphic design, Aniruddha Sen Gupta has returned to his first love -- writing -- since he moved to Goa in 2006. So far, he has authored a couple of books in a children's adventure series, a graphic guidebook on environmental matters, and a sprinkling of short stories in various anthologies. He is currently working on a chronicle of his travels around India with his wife Anjali and their dogs -- six of them at the last count. Interspersed with all this, he enjoys setting, conducting and participating in quizzes and is a founder-member of Goa's Sunday Evening Quiz Club.

Anushka Ravishankar
Anushka Ravishankar

Anushka Ravishankar is a children's writer based in Delhi. She has written over twenty books for children, many of which have received international awards.
Her books include the Zain and Ana series, Elephants Never Forget, Song of the Bookworm and To Market! To Market! Her most recent books are Excuses! Excuses!, Moin and the Monster and Moin the Monster Songster. Several of her books have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages.

 
Asiya Zahoor

Asiya Zahoor is Assistant Professor English Literature at a college in Kashmir. She was awarded the Ford Foundation International Fellowship for Leadership and Social Justice in 2007, which took her to University of Oxford, where she studied Psycholinguistics. Her research areas include postcolonial theory, Caribbean literature, Kashmiri Literature, Diaspora (the literature of exile) and psycholinguistics. She has written for many journals and magazines such as NATECLA, Oxonion and Miras. She has also written two books.

Astri Ghosh
Astri Ghosh

Astri Ghosh is a translator, journalist and teacher. She coordinates jazz festivals, and has translated short stories by Tagore to English and Qurratulain Hyder to Norwegian. Her book Sanger fra Adigranth is a collection of songs from Sikh scriptures. She has also translated novels by Lars Saabye Christensen and Per Pettersson and is currently translating the works of Henrik Ibsen to Hindi.

Chandrahas Choudhury

Chandrahas Choudhury is a novelist and literary critic based in Delhi. He is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf (HarperCollins, 2009), published in German and Spanish in 2012 under the title The Little King of Bombay. He is also the editor of an introduction to Indian fiction, India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion. His book reviews appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He writes a literary weblog at The Middle Stage (http://middlestage.blogspot.com), and a weekly column on India for Bloomberg World View. He is also the Fiction & Poetry editor at the Indian monthly magazine The Caravan.

 
Damodar Mauzo
Damodar Mauzo

Damodar Mauzo is a short story writer, novelist, columnist and screenplay writer and has been writing in Konkani for over four decades. He has three novels, four collections of short stories and five books for young adults and children 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 and the Best Screenplay Award in 2005 besides many other literary awards.

 

Dilip D'Souza

Dilip D'Souza is trained in engineering (BITS Pilani) and computer science (Brown University). For years, he worked in software company in the US(8 years) and then in India (13 years). At some point he began writing, and soon realized that was where his passion lay. He has published four books (before this one, "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America") and has won several awards for his writing, including the Newsweek/Daily Beast Prize for South Asia Commentary. He lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha, children Surabhi and Sahir, and cats Cleo and Aziz.

E.V.Ramakrishnan
Dr.E.V.Ramakrishnan

Dr.E.V.Ramakrishnan is a bilingual poet, translator and critic. He has published poetry in both English and Malayalam. He has three volumes of poetry in English: Being Elsewhere in Myself (Calcutta, 1980), A Python in a Snake Park (New Delhi, 1996) and Terms of Seeing: New and Selected Poems (New Delhi, 2006). His work has appeared in several anthologies such as the ones edited by Eunice de Souza and Jeet Thayil.
Arundhati Subramanyam comments: “The distinguishing characteristic of EVR’s poetry is its ability to combine irony with wonder, critique with elegy, metaphor with moral concern, a capacity for image with philosophical immersion. This is poetry of resistance, reflection and of song.”
He has translated poetry from Malayalam, Hindi and Gujarati into English and has edited The Tree of Tongues: An Anthology of Indian Poetry (Shimla, 1999). As a critic he has published five books of criticism in Malayalam and seven books in English.
He is Professor of Comparative Literature at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India.
He is a recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Literary Criticism (1995), K.K.Birla Foundation Fellowship for Comparative Literature (1997-1999), Indian Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship (1992-3), Fulbright Fellowship (2001) and Faculty Enrichment Award of Canadian Government (2012). He has been part of an Indian delegation of writers to Moscow in 2010.

 
Eunice De Souza
Eunice DeSouza

Taught English Literature at St Xavier's College, Mumbai for over thirty years, and retired as Head of Department. Collected poems, A Necklace of Skulls published by Penguin in 2010. Penguin have also just published These My Words, the Penguin Anthology of Indian Poetry edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo. Has published two novellas, and several anthologies of material from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Poems have been published in Portugese, Finnish, Italian, Swedish.

 
Fahad Shah
Fahad Shah

Fahad Shah is a Kashmiri journalist and the chief editor of the monthly magazine, The Kashmir Walla. He has been recently finalized for the Manthan South Asia Award for his contribution in the media. Shah has written extensively for national and international news organizations namely, The Christian Science Monitor, Firstpost, Dawn, Tehelka, The Indian Express to name a few. His recent interviews have also appeared on NDTV, BBC and Al-jazeera. Apart from being a journalist, Shah has been writing about literature, art and history. He has given several talks on socio-political issues related to Kashmir at various universities. His edited book titled, An Anthology of Essays and Stories from Kashmir is going to be released in 2013.

 
Frederick Noronha
 
Harish Trivedi
Harish Trivedi

Harish Trivedi is former Professor of English at the University of Delhi, and has been visiting professor at the universities of Chicago and London. He is the author of Colonial Transactions: English Literature and India (Calcutta 1993; Manchester 1995), and has co-edited The Nation across the World: Postcolonial Literary Representations (New Delhi 2007; New York 2008), Literature and Nation: Britain and India 1800-1990 (London 2000), Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice (London 1999), and Interrogating Post-colonialism: Theory, Text and Context (Shimla 1996; rpt. 2000, 2006).
He has edited with an introduction and notes Hardy’s Tess (Oxford University Press, 1988) and Kipling’s Kim (Penguin Classics 2011). He is currently editing an anthology of Indian Literature from 1500 B.C. to 2000 A.D., and is a co-ordinator of an international project based in Stockholm for writing a history of world literature.
He is Chairperson of the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (2005-- ) and Vice-President of the Comparative Literature Association of India (2007-- ).
He has translated from Hindi into English several works of modern poetry and fiction, and
also a biography: Premchand: His Life and Times (1991) by Amrit Rai. He has published several articles on Hindi literature in English, including “The Hindi Premchand: the Urdu Premchand” (1984) and “Hindi and the Nation” (2003). He also writes in Hindi.

 
Iftikar Gilani
Iftikhar Gilani perhaps one of most widely read journalists in South Asia. Till recently he was heading the Delhi Bureau of multi-lingual Kashmir Times, the widely circulated newspaper from Jammu and Kashmir published from Jammu and Srinagar simultaneously. Currently, he is Senior Assistant Editor in Delhi Bureau of Daily News Analysis (DNA), India’s fifth largest selling English newspaper. He has headed the Political Bureau at Tehelka.com and its financial daily “Financial World”.

He was also the Special Correspondent (India) for Daily Times, an independent and mainstream English newspaper of Pakistan, published from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. Gilani also covered India for Urdu Service of Radio Deutche Well (DW), German Radio. His columns appear regularly in The Friday Times, an esteemed weekly from Pakistan, Urdu daily Inquilab (India), Daily Dunya (Pakistan), and in Weekly Kashmir Life, published from Srinagar (Kashmir).

He has worked with various national newspapers in India like Indian Express and The Pioneer. He has also participated in a research project on “Insurgencies in South Asia”. Gilani was conferred the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Media’ by the government of Jammu and Kashmir in 2010.

Author of 2005 Penguin book ‘My Days in Prison’. Urdu translation of his book won India’s prestigious Sahitiya Akademi award, the highest literary prize, in 2008. A visiting fellow of Dart Centre, Australia, a project of Columbia University of Journalism, Iftikhar Gilani has been deputy chairman of Indian Parliament’s Press Advisory Committee and also vice-president of the Press Association of India. Currently, he is also a Trustee of Delhi Centre for Media Research and Publication Trust and member, national executive of Delhi Union of Journalists. Having several research papers to his credit, he is also an external discussant at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), a premier security thin-tank in India and research advisor at Centre for Land ware Studies (CLAWS), a strategic think-tank.

 
Jahnavi Barua
Jahnavi Barua

Jahnavi Barua is a writer based in Bangalore. Her first book, Next Door, a collection of short fiction was published by Penguin India in December 2008, to wide critical acclaim. Her second book, a novel, Rebirth ( Penguin India, January 2011), was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, 2011 and for the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2013.

 
Jeet Thayil
Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil is a poet, novelist and musician. He has performed at many venues around the world, including the Brighton Festival, the Jaipur Literary Festival, the London Book Fair, the Edinburgh Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Southbank Centre and the Knitting Factory. His four poetry collections include These Errors Are Correct and English, and he is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His libretto for the opera Babur in London tours internationally in 2012, and he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. His debut novel Narcopolis was published in six languages. He lives in New Delhi.

 

Jerry Pinto
Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is the editor of The Greatest Show on Earth (Penguin), an anthology of writing about Bollywood. He has also edited Reflected in Water: Writings about Goa (Penguin). He is the co-editor, with Naresh Fernandes of Bombay Meri Jaan; Writings about Mumbai (Penguin) and with Arundhathi Subramaniam, of Confronting Love (Penguin), an anthology of love poems by Indian poets writing in English. He is also the author of Asylum, a collection of poems; and of Helen; The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (Penguin) for which he won the National Award for the Best Writing on Cinema, in 2006. He worked with Leela Naidu on her autobiography, Leela; A Patchwork Life (Penguin). He has written a book for children: A Bear for Felicia (Puffin) and celebrated Bollywood's poster art in Bollywood Posters (Thames & Hudson). He has co-edited, with Rachel Dwyer, a collection of essays, Beyond Bollywood (Oxford University Press). Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Book Company) is his first novel. When Crows are White (Scholastic) is the first graphic novel on which he has collaborated.

Jessica Faleiro
Jessica Faleiro

Jessica began her career as a lobbyist for the private sector before switching sides to put her skills to use working with international charities on social and environmental development issues. Her work has taken her to Afghanistan, Haiti, Malawi, the Philippines and Zambia. Jessica has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK, has written travel articles for The Times of India Crest and opinion pieces for the Goan newspaper ‘O Heraldo’. She considers herself to be a global nomad. Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa (Rupa publications), is her first novel.

 
 
Jose Lourenco
Jugneeta Sudan
Jugneeta Sudan

Jugneeta Sudan is an academician with teaching and administrative experience of two decades in schools and colleges. She is a freelancer and writes a book column for the Goan newspaper ‘Navhind Times’. She has conducted Book Reading Workshops on Classics, Fiction and Non – Fiction books in cities in India and the Kala Academy, Sunaparanta, ICG and Gitanjali Gallery in Goa. She actively pursues a career in administration, in- depth study of English literature, Books/Writing Forums and critiquing books and storytelling.

Jyotsna Singh
Jyotsna Singh

Jyotsna Singh has taught philosophy at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and has recieved a Ph.d for her thesis on Kierkegaard(D.U.1995 ). At present , she is working as an artist in terracota and fired Enamel on metal. She is the director of the Dara Shikoh Centre, Srinagar and of the Amar Mahal Museum and Library, Jammu, which is presently being developed as a resource centre for Pahari Miniature art.

Kiran Nagarkar
Kiran Nagarkar

Kiran Nagarkar belongs to that endangered species called the bilingual author. He is a novelist, playwright, social, political, and literary critic. His novels include Saat Sakkam Trechalis which  is considered a landmark in Marathi literature and according to  some critics, reinvented Marathi, the language of the state of Maharashtra. The book’s translated into English as Seven Sixes Are Forty-three (first published in Australia by QUP). The rest of his novels are in English: Ravan and Eddie, Cuckold, God's Little Soldier and The Extras. His novels are translated into Marathi, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. While Cuckold won the Sahitya Akademy Award (National Academy of Literature prize) for best novel in 2000,  the doyen of Indian literature, Khushwant Singh remarked that '...Cuckold written in English I regard as the best by an Indian.' The New York Review of Books will publish Ravan and Eddie which Katherine Boo called ‘Wicked, magical, hilarious, enduring: A masterpiece from one of world literature’s great cult writers.’ in November 2012 in their new Discoveries e-book series.
In a recent survey of its members conducted by Litprom (the prestigious German Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature), Nagarkar was ranked 12th in the list of ‘the Best 30 authors’, along with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer and Salman Rushdie. 'God's Little Soldier' was among the list of  Litprom's '30 best Books'.

Kishwar Desai

Kishwar Desai’s controversial second novel, Origins of Love, dealing with surrogate motherhood, has been published internationally by Simon and Schuster, in May 2012. Her debut novel, Witness the Night (Harper Collins India; Simon and Schuster) won the prestigious Costa First Novel Award (2010), was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize,the DSC South Asian Literary Prize, the Waverton Good Read Award and shortlisted for the UK Author’s Club Award, among many others. It has been translated into multiple languages (including Chinese) and has been optioned for an international film. Her first book , Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt (HarperCollins India, 2007) was a biography of the iconic Indian film actors, and covers 100 years of Indian cinema and history. She had previously worked in television as anchor/producer and her last job in TV was as Vice President, Zee Telefilms. She has just completed her third novel, The Sea Of Innocence, to be published in May 2013, and is working on a book on cinema on Devika Rani and Himansu Rai. She is also a columnist for The Asian Age, The Week and The Tribune and has published articles in The Guardian as well The Daily Mail, among other international newspapers. She lives between London, Delhi and Goa.

Landeg White
Landeg White

Landeg White was born in south Wales in 1940 and now lives in retirement in Portugal. He spent his professional career teaching in the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, 1964-1968. The University of Malawi, 1969-1972. The University of Sierra Leone, 1972-1974, the University of Zambia, 1974-1979, the University of Kent at Canterbury, 1979-1980, the University of York, 1980-1997 (where he directed the Centre for Southern African Studies) and the University Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal (1997-2010).

His books include V.S. Naipaul: a Critical Introduction (Macmillan, 1975), Capitalism & Colonialism in Mozambique: a Study of Quelimane District (with Leroy Vail, University of Minnesota Press, 1980), Oral Poetry from Africa (with Jack Mapanje, Longman 1983), Magomero: Portrait of an African Village (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Power & the Praise Poem; Southern African Voices in History (with Leroy Vail, University Press of Virginia), and Bridging the Zambesi: a Colonial Folly (Macmillan, 1993).

He has also published eight collections of poetry, viz., For Captain Stedman (Peterloo Poets, 1983), The View from the Stockade (Dangaroo Press, 1991), Bounty (Dangaroo Press, 1993). South (CEMAR, 1999), Traveller’s Palm CEMAR, 2002), Where the Angolans are Playing Football: Selected & New Poems (Parthian Books, 2003), Arab Work (Parthian Books, 2006), and Singing Bass (Parthian Books, 2009, along with a novel Livingstone’s Funeral (Cinnamon Press, 2010)

His verse translation of The Lusíads of Luis Vaz de Camões (Oxford World's Classics, 1997, rev. ed., 2001) won the TLS translation prize for 1998. His verse translation of The Collected Lyric Poems of Luís de Camões was published by Princeton University Press in 2008.

Leonard Fernandes
M. K. Raina
M.K. Raina

M K Raina is an actor/director who has been working in theatre, films and television for the last 3 1/2 decades. He has been honoured with various awards like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Sanskriti Samman, the B. V. Karanth Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre among others. He has also worked with both New Wave directors like Mani Kaul, Kumar Sahni, Mrinal Sen, Avtar Kaul, Govind Nihalani and mainstream directors like Aamir Kahn, Farhan Akhtar and Aditya Chopra. 0
He has directed a number of short films, television serials, telefilms, documentaries and over 150 plays in various languages of South Asia. He is also deeply committed to the use of culture as a tool of intervention to bring about social change which is evident in his association with SAHMAT and his efforts to revive the arts in Kashmir.

Mamang Dai
Mamang Dai

Dai is a poet and novelist writing in English from Arunachal Pradesh in India’s northeast. She is the first woman from her state to be selected to the Indian Administrative service which she left to pursue a career in journalism. Dai was correspondent the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers and President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working journalists. She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme. Her first publication: ‘River Poems’ hailed her as one of the most intensely poetic voices from the North east region. In 2003 Dai was honoured with the state’s Verrier Elwin Award for her book ‘Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land,’ that documented the culture and customs of her land. She has featured in several national and international forums to promote the disappearing traditions of her state in the face of modernity and give voice to its people through the imaginative space of prose and poetry.A long time member of the North East Writers’ Forum (NEWF) Dai is a recipient of the Padma Shri, 2011, (Literature and Education.) Currently she is Member, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. Dai lives in ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Books: The legends of Pensam (novel), Stupid Cupid( Novel), River Poems (poetry), El bálsamo del tiempo (The balm of time) – bilingual poetry edition Arunachal Pradesh-the hidden land ( Non fiction), Mountain Harvest- the food of Arunachal, The sky queen and Once upon a moon time (illustrated folklore for young readers).

Manohar Shetty
Manohar Shetty

Manohar Shetty (b 1953 in Bombay) has published five books of poems, including ‘Domestic Creatures’ (Oxford University Press, New Delhi). His new book is ‘Body Language’ (Poetrywala). 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’, ‘The Common’ and ‘New Letters’. Several anthologies feature his work, notably ‘The Oxford-India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets’ ( ed Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, OUP, N Delhi) and in anthologies edited by Eunice de Souza and Vilas Sarang.. His poems have been translated into Italian, Finnish, German, Slovenian and Marathi.

 
Maria Aurora Couto
Maria Aurora Couto has had a long career in teaching starting from Dharwar, later in Goa in the first years after Liberation 1963-65 when i"there was so much idealism and hope in Goa" and the longest teaching stint in Delhi University's Lady Shriram College (15 years) where she also started a FIlm Society which is active even today. Her first book was Graham Greene : On the Frontier. Politics and Religion in the Novels (1985 Macmillan , London ). This was followed by Goa : A Daughter's Story ( 2004, Viking, Penguin),
Translation from the Portuguese Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu : (A.B. de Braganca Pereira) ( 2008 Viking Penguin). Filomena's Journeys: Portrait of a Marriage, a Family and a Culture ( Aleph to be published in APril 2013). She lives in Aldona , a village in North Goa.

 
Meena Kandasamy
Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, writer, activist and translator. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010). She has read at poetry festivals around the world. She was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa's International Writing Programme (2009) and the Hong Kong Baptist University (2012). Her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess will be published next year.

 
Meera Kosambi
Dr. Meera Kosambi

Dr. Meera Kosambi lives in Pune where she completed her education up to her first Master’s degree (in English Literature). She then pursued her post-graduate studies in sociology briefly at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), but mainly at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, where she obtained her Ph.D. and the post-doctoral degree of ‘Docent’. Her fields of specialization are Urban Studies and Women’s Studies, and she had lectured, participated in conferences, and published articles in many countries. She retired at Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies, S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai.
Dr. Kosambi’s recent books include Pandita Ramabai’s American Encounter (Indiana University Press, USA, and Permanent Black, 2003), Crossing Thresholds: Feminist Essays in Social History (Permanent Black, 2007), Dharmanand Kosambi: The Essential Writings (Permanent Black, 2010), and Women Writing Gender: Marathi Fiction Before Independence (Permanent Black, 1912). Her two forthcoming books are: Unsettling the Past: Unknown Aspects and Scholarly Assessments of D.D. Kosambi (Permanent Back, 2013), and Gender, Culture and Performance: Marathi Theatre and Cinema Before Independence (Permanent Black).

Mitra Phukan
Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and classical vocalist who lives and works in Guwahati, Assam. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, and a novel, “The Collector’s Wife”. Her most recent work is another novel, “A Monsoon of Music” published by Penguin-Zubaan in September 2011. Besides, her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her works have been translated into several languages. She is the North East correspondent of the Chennai-based journal of the performing arts, “Shruti” and President of the NorthEast Writers’ Forum.

 
Mridula Garg
Mridula Garg

Vyas Awardee Mridula Garg is an eminent Hindi writer with published works in many genres, 7 novels (the latest is Miljul Man), 90 stories, 3 plays, 1 travelogue, 2 essay collections and 2 books of satire.
Along with Krishna Baldev Vaid and Nirmal Verma, she has liberated the Hindi novel from the shackles of romanticism, creating a space for irony. Her literary craftsmanship makes us identify with her novels in their totality as distinct entities and not with particular characters, locations or historical content. Her protagonists face a maze of choices and sometimes get incarcerated in narrow spaces. But they continue to aspire and struggle for freedom as they refuse to give up their right to make a choice. Her stories are memorable for their geographical range; variety of social strata probed; intriguing characterization and the mix of lyricism and irony in the language. In the words of Bhagwan Singh, "Garg probes the bleak darkness within us ruthlessly as she journeys from one depth to another."
She also writes in English. Her essays published in leading Indian and foreign literary magazines are famed for their incisive and unprejudiced insight in social, historical and literary order and disorder. She has traveled extensively in Europe; Germany, Italy, Russia and Denmark as well as Japan and the USA on the invitation of their Universities and Literary-Cultural Forums to lecture on literature and read from her works. Many of her stories, compiled in various anthologies and 3 novels, Chittacobra, Anitya Halfway to Nowhere and Country of Goodbyes are available in English, Marathi, Malyalam, German and Japanese translations.

 
Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. He was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and now divides his time between Toronto and Karachi. His new novel, Between Clay and Dust, was published to critical acclaim by David Davidar's Aleph Book Company in April 2012. His earlier novel The Story of a Widow (Knopf Canada/Picador India) was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2010, and longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children's fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler's Holiday Or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes (2008, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press) and the collection The Amazing Moustaches of Mocchhander the Iron Man and Other Stories (2011, Puffin India), shortlisted for the India ComicCon award in the 'Best Publication for Children' category. He is the author of the critically acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza (2007, Modern Library), and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba (2009, Urdu Project/Random House India). An illustrated novel, Rabbit Rap, with art by Michelle Farooqi was published by Viking/Penguin Books India in August 2012. He can be reached through his website: www.mafarooqi.com

 
Naseem Shafaie
Naseem Shafaie

Naseem Shafaie is a Kashmiri language poet who writes about variety of topics. She became the first kashmir women to win the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Shafaie was born in Srinagar. She has a post-graduated degree in Kashmiri language and literature from the University of Kashmir and retired as professor in higher Education Dept. of J&K Govt.
Shafaie has published her poetry collections. Derche Machrith (Open Windows) was published in 1999. Her second collection Na Thsay Na Aks in 2009 won the 2011 Sahitya Akademi Award and was also among the eight winner of the inaugural Tagore Literature award in 2009. She has also received Bakhshi Memorial award in Kashmir, award of Honour by State Board of School Education in 2008, Kashmir Women Leadership award by space communications in 2009.
Her Poetry has been translated into English, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi and Telugu.
Shafaie has written articles on The importance of mother tongue, Deena-Nath Naadim –A study for Sahitya Academy and many more.

Neerja Mattoo
Neerja Mattoo

Neerja Mattoo is a Kashmiri writer and translator, who has published various books including three collections of Kashmiri short stories by prominent writers translated into English. She has been a professor of English for more than three decades at the Government College for Women, Srinagar from where she retired as Principal. She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the HRD Ministry Government of India to work on four Kashmiri women poets. She has been devoting her time to showcase the best of Kashmiri literature at various forums including the Jaipur Literature Festival, where she has been a speaker on two occasions. She is also the Chief Editor of a cultural literary magazine, ''Miraas'' which aims to introduce Kashmiri writing to readers in English and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst the wider Kashmiri community.

 
Nicolas Wild
Nicolas Wild

Born in 1977, Nicolas Wild is a former student of the renowned illustration workshops at the 'École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs' in Strasbourg.
Son of a pastor and born in Alsace, he initiated and co-wrote Le Voeu de Marc with Boulet and Lucie Albon (same publisher): a tender yet slightly crazy story for all ages where Wild's sarcastic yet harmless humour is already present. This same humour had already met with huge success in Le Bourreau for 'Les Oiseaux de Passage'.
With Kabul Disco, a graphic novel about Wild's adventures in Afghanistan, Nicolas touched the hearts of several thousand readers and of the press.
His next graphic Novel « Ainsi se tut Zarathoustra » is a religious thriller set in Iran amongst the zoroastrian comunity. It will be released in France in february 2013.

 
Nikhil Chopra
 
Orijit Sen
Orijit Sen

Orijit Sen is a graphic artist and designer based in New Delhi, India. He trained at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
He has helped conceptualise, design and execute several exhibition and museum design projects, including the India Pavilion at the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan and the Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.
Orijit also works with graphic narrative forms. His pioneering graphic novel
'The River of Stories' was published in 1994. He is a one of the founders of the Pao Collective – a group of comics artists and graphic novelists in Delhi.
In 1990, he co-founded People Tree, a centre for design, crafts and sustainable living, which has grown to become a celebrated and unique cultural space in Delhi. He heads People Tree’s in-house design studio.

 
Prava Rai
Prava Rai

Prava Rai was born in Sikkim, the erstwhile himalayan kingdom. She was educated in the village school before winning a scholarship to study in Mt. Hermon School, Darjeeling and completed her studies in English literature from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and School of Languages and School International Studies at Jwaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
She taught at the school and university levels , worked in the Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi, edited a literary journal The Book Review and worked with an NGO PRADAN. Eighteen years ago she moved to Goa and has worked and lived here ever since. She edited the Goa Heritage journal PARMAL, a journal of art, culture and heritage. She has edited academic books on sociological studies, history and politics of Sikkim and is an active member of Goa Writers Group.

 
R.Benedito Ferrao
R.Benedito Ferra~o

R.Benedito Ferrao is a columnist for O Heraldo and The Goan. Additionally, he has written for Kenya's AwaaZ and California's Trikone and India Currents. Apart from covering such diverse subjects as Freddie Mercury and the quilting traditions of African-descended Indian women, Benedito's academic research is on postcolonialism and diaspora as those themes relate to the connections between Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe in fiction.

 
Ranjit Hoskote
Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). His poems have appeared in Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition, Poetry Review (London), Wasafiri, and Wespennest, as well as in numerous anthologies, including The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, 2008) and Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton, 2008). Hoskote has co-authored Kampfabsage (Random House/ Blessing Verlag, 2007), with Ilija Trojanow. He has also co-authored, with Nancy Adajania, The Dialogues Series (Popular/ Foundation B&G, 2011), an unfolding programme of artist conversations. Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), Theater der Welt, Essen/ Mülheim (2010) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). He is research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ Basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht (2010-2011). Hoskote has curated more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim, 2008) and the first India Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).

Rita Kothari
Rita Kothari

Rita Kothari is an acclaimed academic and translator with a range of publications, fellowships and other forms of recognition to her credit. A former Fulbright Faculty, Rockefeller Foundation and Social Science Regional Council Fellow, she is the author of Translating India : The Cultural Politics of English, The Burden of Refuge : Sindh, Gujarat, Partition and Borders and Communities in Kutch, Banni (forthcoming). She is the co-editor of Decentring Translation Studies : India and Beyond and Chutnefying English : The Phenomenon of Hinglish. Her translations of note include Unbordered Memories : Partition Stories from Sindh, Angaliyat : The Stepchild and Speech and Silence : Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women. Kothari is currently a Professor of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.

 
Rudolf C. Heredia
Rudolf C. Heredia

Rudolf C. Heredia has his doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago (1979), and taught sociology at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, where he was the founder director of the Social Science Centre during 1980–1992, and director again in 1994–2003. In 1992–94, he was director of the department of research at the Indian Social Institute, and edited the institute’s journal, Social Action. He was a visiting fellow at Boston College for the summer of 1997. From 1998–2003, he was the rector of St. Xavier’s College. He was a research fellow at the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, from 2004–2011, and edited Social Action during 2005–08.

His interests include issues related to religion, education, and globalization. He has also published in various journals like the Economic and Political Weekly, Contributions to Indian Sociology, New Frontiers in Education and Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection, as also in national newspapers like the Times of India, The Hindu and the India Express.

Some of his earlier publications are: Voluntary Action and Development: Towards a Praxis for Non-Government Agencies (1988); Tribal Education for Community Development: A Study of Schooling in the Talasari Mission Area (1992); Urban Housing and Voluntary Agencies: Case Studies in Bombay (1989); Tribal Identity and Minority Status: The Katkari Nomads in Transition (1994); The Family in a Changing World (1995); Secularism and Liberation: Perspectives and Strategies for India Today (1995); Mobile and Marginalized Peoples: Perspectives from the Past (2003); and Changing Gods: Rethinking Conversion in India (2007).

 
Saadut Hussain
Saadut is a blogger and a free lancer from Srinagar, Kashmir. Has been writing since last decade and a half for local and international newspapers about issues related to Kashmir, environment and conflict resolution.
 
Samanth Subramanian
Samanth Subramanian

Samanth Subramanian is the India correspondent for The National and a contributing editor at Caravan. His first book, Following Fish:Travels around the Indian Coast, won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2010. He is currently working on a book about the civil war in Sri Lanka.

 
Samar Halarnkar
Samar Halarnkar is Contributing Editor for the Hindustan Times and Mint. A former Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times, he stepped down to focus on his first love, writing. Halarnkar writes on internal conflict, poverty, administrative reform, religious, science and technology. He writes three columns: on emerging India; on science and technology; and on creative cooking. He has also contributed to Newsweek magazine and BBC Online.
A journalist for 22 years, Halarnkar holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been a fellow at the American Society for Microbiology and The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi. In 2012, he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of “Under the Rain Tree,” a chronicle of India’s Internet revolution.
Halarnkar is a native of Pednem, Goa, and lives in Bangalore with his wife and infant daughter.
 
Sathya Saran
Sathya Saran is the Executive Director, Encyclomedia. She is also a Communications and Publication Consultant helping with startups in media industry. She writes regular columns for The Hindu, Mid-Day, Marie Claire, H T City and www.Firstpost.com. Her articles on lifestyles are published in Ms. Magazine, Marie Claire Malaysia, Four Season Magazine, Chicago and Vogue Germany. She has authored books titled ‘Night Train and Other Stories’ re published as ‘The Dark Side’; Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi's Journey; From Me to You: on life, love and learning. She is a Visiting Lecturer at NIFT where she teaches the Fashion Journalism module; member of the advisory board of Marie Claire fashion awards, and the Lakme Fashion Week. Ms. Saran conducts practical orientation workshops on "Writing for Print" and "Creative Writing" and courses on writing effectively for good PR, for PR agency staff.
She has worked in several important positions including Brand Alliances Director, Worldwide Media at Femina and Editor, Me, a national monthly magazine for women from DNA.
Presently she presently working on a path breaking pre school project for Edvance Learning Pvt Ltd, a joint venture with Eton House, Singapore a novel, and a biography of S D Burman.
 
Savia Viegas

Savia Viegas is a writer, artist and academic living in Carmona, Goa. Her novels and exhibitions include “Museum thru Indian eyes” - a photographic exhibition at NCPA sponsored by USEFI held in March 2005. Her debut novel “Tales from the Attic” was published in March 2007. In December 2009 “Picturing Us” her solo exhibition of paintings was held. Her second novel, “Let me tell you about Quinta” was published by Penguin India in 2011. Her illustrated fiction work “Abha Nama” and “Eddi and Diddi” will be published in November 2012.

 
Sethumadhavan
Sethumadhavan

Shri. A. Sethumadhavan (Sethu), one of the top writers of contemporary Malayalam literature, was born in a village called Chendamangalam, in Kerala in the year 1942. A graduate in Science, he worked in certain Central Govt. Departments in North India, during the course of which he started writing while he was working in New Delhi. He has 17 novels and 20 collection of short stories to to his credit, covering a span of nearly four and half decades. Many of his stories have been translated into other Indian languages. Three of his novels/stories have been filmed. His much acclaimed novel Pandavapuram has been published in English, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. This was filmed in Malayalam and Bengali also. Another novel Niyogam has been translated into English and Atayalangal into Kannada and Tamil. At present he is the Chairman of the National Book Trust, India, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, and also a member of the General Council of the Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.

Sheela Jaywant
Sheela Jaywant

Sheela Jaywant has worked in the administration of a multi-specialty tertiary care hospital for long years and for half decade in a five star hotel. And in earlier avatars, as a librarian, teacher, UNICEF volunteer and freelance writer. As an author (of “Quilted, Stories of Middle Class India”, “Melting Moments” and “The Liftman and Other Stories), she found that creative writing couldn't pay the bills. So she wrote alongside her day jobs. Her stories (some prize-winners) and essays have found their way into anthologies (“Indian Voices”, “Vanilla Desires”, “The City of Gods”, “She Writes”, “Inside Out”) and in the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series. She has also read from her work at the Mussourie Woodstock Literary Festival.She is also a member of Goa Writers Group.

 

 

 
Sudhir Kakar
Sudhir Kakar

Psychoanalyst and novelist, Sudhir Kakar has been a visiting professor at the universities of Harvard, Chicago (1989-93), McGill, Melbourne, Vienna, Hawaii, and a Fellow at the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton and Berlin.
Sudhir Kakar’s many honors include the Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Boyer Prize of the American Anthropological Association, Germany’s Goethe Medal, Rockefeller Residency, McArthur Fellowship, the Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships of India and the Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric Association. As ‘the psychoanalyst of civilizations’, the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur listed Kakar as one of the world’s 25 major thinkers while the leading German weekly Die Zeit has profiled him as one of the 21 thinkers for the 21st century. In February 2012, he was conferred the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the country’s highest civilian order.
He is the author of seventeen books of non-fiction and four novels. His latest books are the novel The Crimson Throne, the memoir A Book of Memory and the edited volume On Dreams and Dreaming. His books have been translated into twenty one languages around the world.

 
Teju Cole
Teju Cole

Teju Cole writer and photographer, was born in the US in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which was translated into eight languages, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New York City Book Award, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature, and named one of the best books of 2011 by the New Yorker, the New York Times, and over 20 other major publications. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College, and is at work on a non-fictional narrative of Lagos, Nigeria. An exhibition of his photographs, “Who’s Got the Address?”, will be on view in Panjim in late December.

 
Varsha Das

Dr. Varsha Das (b. Nov. 1942) has done her M.A. in Sanskrit and Hindi from the University of Bombay and Doctorate in Education, on ‘Potentials of Traditional Performing Arts for Inculcating Scientific Temper’ from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
She has nearly 50 publications to her credit. They include originals, translations and adaptations, in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, radio plays and books for children. She writes in Gujarati, Hindi and English, and translates from Bangla, Marathi and Oriya. Being born and brought up in the family of freedom fighters in Mumbai she imbibed Gandhian values during her childhood. She received training in writing and journalism from her father Mohanlal Mehta-Sopan in her teens, and began to translate speeches and essays of Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Vinoba Bhave, Kaka Kalelkar, Dada Dharmadhikari and others from Hindi, English and Marathi into Gujarati for various journals. She is an art-critic for the past 45 years, and is writing an art column in Hindi for Jansatta since 2003.

 
 
Victor Rangel- Ribeiro
Victor Rangel-Ribeiro

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro has made his mark both as a writer and in the field of music, and it is in this dual capacity that we have invited him to participate in the 2012 Goan Arts and Literary Festival. As a musician he will introduce internationally renowned opera star Patricia Rozario at our inaugural concert on December 13; as an award-winning novelist, an editor and teacher of writing he will interact with other writers and panelists who are featured in our LitFest.
Rangel-Ribeiro began writing on music in Bombay, and on migrating to New York went on to cover classical music concerts and opera for the New York Times. Later, as music director of the prestigious Beethoven Society of New York in the mid-1970s, he organized three seasons of sold-out all-Beethoven concerts that led to the Society being invited to join New York’s celebrated Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He has published several books on music, and Tivolem, a novel on Goa.

 
Vidya Dehejia
Vidya Dehejia

Vidya Dehejia who was awarded the PadmaBhushan for ‘exceptional service to the fields of art and education’is Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian Art History at Columbia University; for several years, she was also Director of the University’s South Asia Institute. Vidya is also the General Editor of MARG, an Art Journal published in Mumbai. In 2001-2002, she was Acting Director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries which together constitute the national museum of Asian art of the Smithsonian Institution; prior to that she held the positions of Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the same institution. She graduated from Cambridge University, England, with a starred first, and went on to receive her PhD from Cambridge.
Vidya Dehejia is considered one of the foremost exponents of the history of Indian art, having published 25 books and many articles in peer-reviewed journals. . She has produced seminal studies of Buddhist art and Chola bronzes that are now central to any project focused on these areas. In architecture, she published some of the first texts dedicated to early or esoteric forms of Indic architecture, such as Orissan stone temples and yogini temples (Yogini Cult and Temples: A Tantric Tradition, a National Museum, New Delhi publication). She was also one of the first art historians to critically address colonial art in the contexts of trade and imperialism, producing the very first exhibition on British-India art (From Merchants to Emperors: British Artists and India). Continuing her vigorous research, Dehejia is presently addressing the question of stone craft in pre-modern India; this work “The Unfinished: Indian Stone Carvers at Work” has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her background in Sanskrit and classical Tamil, and her knowledge of a range of modern Indian languages, has allowed her to translate ancient literary works and to relate literary ideas about art and its subjects to art objects. Dehejia couples primary research in the field with a dedication to larger theoretical questions, and has addressed such important themes as visual narrative (Discourse in Early Buddhist Art: Visual Narratives of India), gender, and patronage.
Vidya Dehejia lives and works between New York and Goa.

 
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.

 
Vivek Menezes
Vivek Menezes

Vivek Menezes is a co-founder and Festival Curator of GALF alongside his mentor Damodar Mauzo. He also leads the curatorial team for the magnificent Palacio Idalcao/Old Secretariat (scheduled to open in 2013). He is also an acclaimed writer and photographer, and frequent contributor to GQ, Vogue, Caravan, Time Out and many other publications. He is also Contributing Editor, Conde Nast Traveller India, and columnist for 3QuarksDaily.com.
VM was born in Bombay, went to high school in New York, and holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the London School of Economics.
Some previous career highlights include driving the safari train at the Bronx Zoo, cataloguing the private archives of Francis Newton Souza, serving as Capt. Jacques Cousteau's personal economic advisor, and building Sachin Tendulkar's first official website. He lives in Goa with his wife and three sons.

 
Yusuf Jameel
Yusuf Jameel

Yusuf Jameel, is journalist of South Asia. Formerly a correspondent for the BBC, he is currently the Special Correspondent with Indian global newspaper The Asian Age and its sister publication Deccan Chronicle based in restive Kashmir besides regularly contributing to the New York Times, Time magazine, Voice of America and The National.
Towards the end of 1993, he shifted to The Asian Age, also founded and edited by M.J.Akbar. The newspaper is now owned by Hyderabad-based Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited which also publishes Deccan Chronicle, the largest circulated English daily in south India and the third largest English newspaper in India in terms of readership and circulation, Financial Chronicle and AndraBhumi. In 1984, Jameel began working simultaneously for the BBC, Reuters and Time magazine. In recent times, his work has also appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi and on Aljazeera.net.
His fearless and objective reporting on Kashmir won him acclaim in the journalistic and political circles in India and beyond although it also won him enemies. As a reporter for the BBC and Reuters -news organizations widely respected as nonpartisan in Kashmir- Jameel was a conspicuous target. He has had to withstand pressure from all parties to the Kashmiri conflict. In September 1995, he survived a parcel bomb addressed to him that killed a colleague, Mushtaq Ali. After the attack, Jameel relocated to London, where he was treated for the injuries sustained in the parcel bomb explosion and on recovering completely continued working for the BBC for several months before rejoining The Asian Age.
In 2006, he won the first Best Journalist/Writer award instituted by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). He also receive International Press Freedom Award 1996 from Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), New York.
In February 2011, he received Ahad Zargar Memorial award for his outstanding contribution as a journalist. The award given annually in recognition of excellent work done in the fields of literature, journalism, public and social services has been instituted by the Ahad Zargar Research Foundation after well-known Kashmiri Sufi poet Abdul Ahad Zargar.

 
Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

Wendell Rodricks is India's Guru of Minimalism who pioneered resortwear, minimalism and eco-friendly fashion before the words were coined. Working in a remote village in Goa, his work has attracted a growing clientele and he has been invited to show in the world's most important garment fairs, including IGEDO, the Salon Pret-a-Porter Paris and BIOFACH Nuremburg. Known for his whites and using cut and colour in special handwoven weaves, the Wendell Rodricks style is unique in India and is recognised for the fluid emotion and lack of embroidery. He has done three grand finales for Lakme Fashion Week and his work has earned respect in the corporate world in India. Wendell Rodricks has written two books. Moda Goa : History and Style and The Green Room, both released in 2012. Apart from writing, he has done various design projects ranging from designing for the Goa Police to designing the packaging for the Blenders Pride carton for the festive season 2012.