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Adnan Jaffar

Adnan JaffarAdnan Jaffar is a graduate of the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). He has performed in various theatre plays which include productions of NAPA Repretory Theatre Company (NRTC) Mantorama, Oedipus Rex, Art, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also branched out in television and has worked in popular dramas, telefilms, music video and commercials. He is currently working on a few cinema projects. Theatre, though, remains his first love.

Afia Aslam

Afia AslamA former development sector specialist, Afia Aslam has used her passion for education to inform and inspire her work at Desi Writers' Lounge and Papercuts magazine. As Editor of Papercuts, she has led the magazine's effort to position itself as a platform for interesting, accessible literature, with a focus on developing new writers and new readers. Afia has represented Desi Writers' Lounge at the Jaipur and Lahore Literature Festivals. She lives in Karachi with her husband and two boys. She is working on her first collection of short stories.

Anil Zankar

Anil ZankarAnil Zankar is a free lance film maker, writer, teacher and media consultant. He is an alumnus of FTII with 33 years of experience in media. He was a full time faculty at Film and Television Institute of India [1980-1995] and Whistling Woods International [2007-2011]. He has made 21 short films. He has won two national awards for writing. He has published a book on History of World Cinema in Marathi[Rajhans Prakashan, 1997] and his latest publication is Mughal e Azam - Legend as epic [HarperCollins, India, 2013]. He has also contributed chapters to the Routledge Handbook On Indian Cinema[2013] and The Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema[ Britannica, Popular Prakashan, 2001]. He has written many essays and articles for various newspapers and journals in Marathi and English. He conceptualized the Mass Media Studies Course for CBSE. He introduced IB Film Course in India in [2002]. He has been a Visiting Faculty at various National Institutes, Universities, Media Institutes, Cultural Organizations.

Aniruddha Sen Gupta

Aniruddha Sen GuptaAfter 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 -- three 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.

Antara Dev Sen Antara Dev Sen is founder editor of The Little Magazine, the independent journal of ideas and letters, the first Indian magazine to focus on contemporary South Asian literature and offer it in English translation. Sen is also a literary critic and translator, a newspaper columnist and commentator on the media, politics and culture. She has edited several books including the TLM Short Stories from South Asia series.

Earlier, Sen has been Senior Editor of The Hindustan Times and of The Indian Express in Delhi. She was a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University. Sen is also associated with other media, literary, educational and voluntary organisations in India and overseas. She lives in Delhi.

Arupa Patangia Kalita

Arupa Patangia KalitaArupa Patangia Kalita, a Ph. D in English literature, teaches at Tangla College, Assam. She has to her credit quite a number of short story collections and several novels including Ayananta and Felanee. Ayananta is available in English translation as Dawn, publiced by Zubaan, Delhi. Felanee, published by Zubaan again, was short listed for Cross word translation award. Ayananta got translated into Hindi also. A good number of her stories have been translated into English for inclusion in various anthologies. She has been honoured with several literary awards including Katha award for short story, Bharatiya Bhasa Parishad award. Her writings reflect and interpret our society in its various facets. Women and the down trodden section of society are her chief concerns.

Arun Sakhardande

Arun SakhardandeArun Sakhardande, one of the leading Konkani Poet, has published three poem books “EKA ZADAK GHAR ZAI” (1989); “KAVLYACHEM SRADDHA” (2007) and “MOG KINARI” (2008). His Konkani poems are translated in Marathi, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Hindi & English. Poems translated in Hindi have been published in the Journal ‘SAMKALIN BHARTIYA SAHITYA’ published by Sahitya Akademi. His awards include Sahitya Academi Award 2010 (In Konkani) at National level instituted by Central Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi; Konkani Bhasha Mandal’s Sahitya Puraskar for “KAVLYACHEM SRADDHA” for the year 2007 and Jana Ganga Sahitya Puraskar of Cunchorem Kala And Sahitya Kendra for the year 2007. He has also won “Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award” and a “Certificate of Education Excellence” instituted by Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi for outstanding achievements and remarkable role in the field of education. He has also won the Best Lyricist award for Konkani song “Suklelya Zadaru” in musiz award competition 2013 organised by Ravindra Bhavan, Margao-Goa. He has been the Founder Secretary of “Konkani Seva Kendra”, Sankhali Goa; Founder Vice-President of “Bardez Konkani Asmitai Kendra” Mapusa Goa; Member, Managing Committee, “Konkani Prajecho Awaz”; Member, Executive Committee, Goa Konkani Akademi.He was Principal of Narayan Zantye College of Commerce in Goa from 1995 to 2013.

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of four books of poetry, the editor of The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (Oxford University Press, 1992), Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar (Bloodaxe, 2010), and A History of Indian Literature in English (Columbia University Press, 2003), and the translator of The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry (Penguin Classics, 2008) and Songs of Kabir (Hachette-Black Kite/NYRB Classics, 2011). A volume of his essays, Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History was published by Permanent Black in 2012. His Collected Poems are to appear from Penguin in 2014. He lives in Allahabad and Dehradun.

Aumkar K. Shah

Aumkar K. ShahBorn in 2000, to professionally and creatively inclined parents, Dr. Hemangini and and Mr. Kishore Shah, Mast. Aumkar of std 8th, Sharada Mandir School, Goa has been into creative writing since he was 8 years old, little realizing that he would be chosen as one of the igenius Young Author Talent, at the National Level . Encouraged , he is now putting forth a book for children, a compilation of his stories. Balancing a consistent impressive academic record, with his varied interests of being a brown belt in karate, a certified independent scuba diver, computer programming & robotics and other extracurricular activities, he is also enamoured towards aeronautics where his creative streak is also reflected by way of aeromodelling. He was a key member of the Junior school squad which represented the school and state, at the International World Peace Confluence in 2012 at Lucknow ,winning accolades for the Afro Jazz dance and skit competition and clinching the Overall Junior School Champions trophy.

Ayaz Memon

Ayaz MemonAyaz Memon has been a journalist for more than 35 years. A graduate in economics and law from Mumbai University, he started off as a sports writer and went on to edit newspapers like Mid-Day, Bombay Times and DNA apart from being editor of Sportsweek magazine and sports editor of the Independent and Times of India at various stages.

He is now consulting editor with NewsX and a columnist with the Dainik Bhaskar Group, Hindustan Times, Mint, Mail Today, Deccan Chronicle/Asian Age and Times of India writing on sports, politics, cinema and social issues. He has also been a commentator on cricket at various times with Star Sports and SetMax. Ayaz has covered over 300 Test matches and more than 400 One-Day Internationals all over the world. He has also covered 8 Cricket World Cups, the 2006 Football World Cup, the 1988 and 2012 Olympics, Wimbledon in 1991 and 1993, the 1998 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 1990 Asian Games. He has written two books on cricket and co-authored one on 50 years of India's independence titled India 50 - The Making of A Nation.

Bilal Tanweer

Bilal TanweerBilal Tanweer is a writer and translator. He is an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, a recipient of the PEN Translation Fund Grant, and in 2011, was selected as one of Granta’s New Voices. He teaches fiction writing at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His first novel, THE SCATTER HERE IS TOO GREAT will be published in India in November 2013, and the UK, US, France in 2014.

Bina Ramani

Bina RamaniBina Ramani devides her time between New Delhi, Goa & New Yord and enjoys exploring the cultural roots of people of all races. She is passionate about Sufi music, painting, phography, travel, cookding and other good things of life, she currently works for the rehabilitation of child victims of sexual abuse and networks with exceptional women in an effort to empower underprivileged women across the globe.

Chetan Raj Shrestha

Chetan Raj ShresthaChetan Raj Shrestha was born in 1978 in Gangtok, Sikkim. He is a trained architect, specializing in conservation architecture. He currently works in a collaborative architectural practice in Gangtok. His first book, The King’s Harvest, was published by Aleph in June 2013. It has been shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award.

Chris Mooney-Singh

Chris Mooney-SinghAustralian-born Chris Mooney-Singh’s latest collection is‘The Bearded Chameleon’ (2011). His fiction has appeared in numerous South-East Asian anthologies and his short plays have been staged in Singapore where he has established two full time literary arts organisations during the past decade. He is the co-founder/director of Litup.sg - a Singapore multi-arts festival and has been a guest at several other international festivals, including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Festival in Delhi. At present he is completing a PhD and verse novel at Monash University, Melbourne. Chris is also poetry editor for kitaab.org, an online journal based in Singapore.

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Damodar Mauzo

Damodar MauzoDamodar Mauzo is a short fiction writer and novelist writing in Konkani. He is also a columnist, critic and a script writer. He has 12 books in Konkani to his credit besides a few more on the anvil. Among his many awards are the Sahitya Akademi award, Katha Award, World Konkani Centre’s Vimla Pai Sahitya Puraskar and several State literary awards. His award winning novel, KARMELIN is translated into over a dozen languages. THESE ARE MY CHILDREN , a collection of stories in translation has been published by KATHA. His novel for young adults, TSUNAMI SIMON will soon be published in translation into English by PONYTALE BOOKS scheduled for launch at Goa Art & Literary Festival in December 2013. Another collection of translated short stories published by RUPA PUBLICATIONS will be ready in 2014. He was awarded the Best Screenplay award (2005) and Best Dialogues award (2003) at the Goa State Film Festival. He is a co-curator of GALF.

Datta Naik

Datta NaikCEO of KDN Group of Companies which has diverse interests in Horticulture, Food Processing ,Logistics, Housing & Retail. The Flagship Company, Commonwealth Developers Pvt. Ltd. is one of the leading Real Estate Developers in Goa, better know for their Projects under the banner of CD Homes. M/S Kashinath Damodar Naik are C&F Agents of renowned FMCGs like Britannia, V-Guard India Ltd. and Ferrero. New Millennium Bakers, Manufacturing Franchisee of Monginis Cakes in Goa is having State-of–Art bakery in Verna which caters to 42 retail exclusive cake outlets throughout Goa. Rich Bake Retail owns “Canapé ” a food boutique of international standard launched three years back in Fatorda, Margao. Mr. Datta Damodar Naik is a graduate in Economics and Statistics and completed number of Management Courses including condensed course at IIM, Ahmedabad. He is currently president of Gomant Vidya Niketan. He was past president of Credai – Goa & Samaj Seva Sangh.

Dhruba Hazarika

Dhruba Hazarika Dhruba Hazarika has been writing (in English) for almost three decades now. He has written over sixty short stories published in various magazines & newspapers, a collection of short stories, 'Luck' published in 2009, (Penguin, India) and a novel, 'A Bowstring Winter' published in 2006 (Penguin, India). The next novel 'Sons Of Brahma' (Penguin, India) is already in print and should be in out by November/December. A second collection of short stories, ' Smokeball' is on the anvil. He is a founder member of the vibrant North East Writers' Forum', an eighteen year old literary organization comprising writers from the seven north-eastern states as well as Sikkim and presently he is the Forum's Secretary. In 1996, was awarded the Katha Prize for creative writing in English. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and presently posted as Secretary to the Government of Assam in the Tourism, Transport and Urban Development Departments. He was born in Shillong, that once very fine place now crowded with pestilential cars and concrete structures and where he first learnt whatever little literary ropes he was capable of while in school at St Edmund's. He later completed his Masters in Economics.

Eunice de Souza

Eunice de SouzaEunice de Souza 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.

Farheen Zehra

Farheen ZehraFarheen Zehra graduated in 2003 with a major in marketing from a leading business school of Karachi. After graduation she worked in the corporate sector for a few years but soon became disenchanted of it all and started teaching. She joined Desi Writers’ Lounge in early 2013 and is responsible for managing offline activities, primarily in Karachi. Acting is her secret passion and she has acted alongside her husband, a professional theatre actor, in the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) Repertory production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2011. She was also a part of the first NAPA Theatre Festival in 2012 where she again acted with her husband in Dr. Enver Sajjad’s play, Koel. She was one of the participants who completed the first DWL Short Story Workshop in 2013. A writer by choice, she is currently working on turning her synopsis into complete pieces of fiction. She blogs at beanbagtales.blogspot.com and tweets at @farocleopoco

Floyd Cardoz

Floyd CardozFloyd Cardoz is the Executive Chef/Partner of North End Grill, of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group. Located in Manhattan's Battery Park City, North End Grill is a neighborhood gathering place for the residents of BPC and downtown communities, as well as the business people who work in the financial district and other nearby areas. The menu features the seasonal dishes of Chef Floyd and has an emphasis on seafood. Before embarking on this new restaurant, Floyd was the executive chef of Tabla, a groundbreaking restaurant serving New Indian cuisine cooked with the sensual flavors and spices of his native land. With Floyd at the helm, Tabla received numerous accolades including a three star review from The New York Times. The restaurant also spawned an entirely new category of modern Indian restaurants across the country and internationally. After 12 incredibly rewarding years, Tabla closed its doors in December 2010. He was also nominated 4 times by the James Beard House for Best Chef New York Floyd began his career in his native Bombay, where he attended culinary school and interned in the kitchen of the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel. To further his classic culinary technique, Floyd moved to Switzerland, and spent his days at the hotel management and culinary school, Les Roches. Floyd later moved to New York, and worked under Chef Gary Kunz of the venerable Lespinasse. During his seven years at the world-renowned restaurant, he rose from Chef de Partie to Executive Sous Chef. In October 2006, Floyd released his first cookbook, One Spice, Two Spice (William Morrow), which includes his favorite New Indian recipes from Tabla, demystifies Indian food and flavors and teaches how to expertly add Indian spices to American cuisine. In April of 2007, Floyd and Tabla partnered with Fresh Direct with a couple of lines of food from, microwavable meals to marinated and ready to cook entrees. The Tabla line of foods has been a very successful partnership for the 2 companies. In November of 2008 along with Danny Meyer, Floyd helped conceive El Verano Taqueria at Citifield, the home of baseballs New York Mets. At the ball park Floyd celebrates the wonders of Mexican street foods and tacos. Floyd has been a featured chef in many National as well as International food and wine events (Argentina, Brazil & Singapore). He has had multiple appearances on the Today Show as well as The Early Show. He has also been a guest on Martha Stewarts Sirius Satellite radio station and has discussed food from tacos to breakfast to easy dinner meals. Actively engaged in the community beyond the walls of his restaurants, Floyd received the "Humanitarian Award of the Year Award" from Share Our Strength in 2007. In 2011, Floyd received the title of Top Chef on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters series, winning the grand prize of $100,000 for his designated charity of choice, the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Frederick Noronha

Frederick NoronhaFrederick Noronha is the Founder of Goa,1556. This alternative book publishing initiative helps create and promote mostly non-fiction related to Goa. Named after the year of the arrival in Goa of the first moveable type Gutenberg press in Asia, this tiny organisation has published nearly 70 titles over the past six years. He is an active online networker and community-builder in cyberspace. FN (or Rico, as he is called by friends) has been a key volunteer whose work has helped to sustain Goanet, one of the oldest cyber-initiative across South Asia which enters its 20th year in 2014. Since his college days, he has been a journalist, spending three decades in that profession, much of the time a freelancer by choice. He also dabbles in photography and bogging. He claims to have a collection of 1500 books on Goa and one of the shortest Twitter user-names @fn The latter, at times, leads to a confusion of his identity with that of the anti-immigration Right-wing French party!

Gaiutra Bahadur

Gaiutra BahadurGaiutra Bahadur is an American journalist and book critic who writes frequently about the culture and politics of global migration. Her reporting, criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review,Washington Post Book World, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The (London) Observer, Global Post and Ms. Magazine, among other publications. “Coolie Woman” is her first full-length book. A former daily newspaper reporter, Gaiutra has told the stories of immigrants and asylum seekers and reported from the U.S.-Mexico border, Baghdad and refugee outposts in Syria and Jordan. Born in Guyana, she moved to America with her family at the age of six. She studied literature at Yale and journalism at Columbia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. In 2013, she won awards from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, a national feminist arts organization in the U.S.

Geeta Dharmarajan

Geeta DharmarajanGeeta Dharmarajan, children's writer, translator and social entrepreneur, is the Executive Director of Katha, a nonprofit organization that she founded in 1988. Interested in learning across boundaries, she is deeply interested in how communities – women, children, men – communicate, become responsive, responsible citizens; and how story helps in this process. Literary translation is integral to this process for her, especially as a counter-divisive tool in the strengthening of a richly diverse society. Her interests have shaped the inclusive and integrated work of Katha – she and her teachers work with 220 slum communities and their children in Delhi; as well as with the Lisu tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh. The Katha publishing programme, for children and adults, was started by her in 1988. Katha books have won many awards and recognitions in India and abroad. Basically a creative writer, she loves writing fantasies for children. Many of them have gone into multiple languages and have won awards for the publisher. As a professional editor, she has served on the editorial teams of Target, a children's magazine in the India Today Group, and of The Pennsylvania Gazette, the award-winning alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania. As Founder-Editor of Tamasha! she was writer, designer, editor for the magazine that reached out to about 25,000 rural subscribers each quarter. Passionate about Indian classical dance, she has given more than 200 classical Bharatanatyam recitals in India. And has represented her state in tennis. Geeta received the Padmashri in 2011 for her contributions to literature and education. She was named a Millennium Alliance Innovator, jointly by USAID, Government of India and FICCI, in 2013. She is Honorary Chairman of the national Bal Bhavan, an autonomous institutions under MHRD, GoI. It was started by Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs Indira Gandhi was its first Chairman.

George Menezes

George MenezesGeorge Menezes became one of the best-known and most popular Goan writers via his 'middles, written regularly for many years for the Times of India. His career began with distiction in the Air Force - including Diplomatic Service in Paris - and he then devoted more than two decades to the multinational Hoechst Pharmaceuticals, eventually retiring as Director: Personnel. In between, he has always maintained a vibrant writing career, which has earned him accolades from around the country.

Gieve Patel

Gieve PatelWriter and painter; He has published three books of verse: 'Poems' (pub. Nissim Exekiel, Bombay, 1966), 'How Do You Withstand, Body' (pub. Clearing House, Bombay, 1976), and 'Mirrored, Mirroring' (pub. Oxford University Press, Madras, 1991). His poems are represented in many anthologies, in India and in other countries. He has written three plays. All three have been performed. They are 'Princes' (first performed 1970, Bombay), 'Savaksa' (first performed 1982, Bombay), 'Mister Behram' (first peformed 1988, Bombay). 'Mister Behram and Other Plays', was published by Seagull Books, Calcutta, in 2007. He has been conducting a poetry workshop for school students annually at Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, since the last two decades. 'Poetry with Young People" (pub. Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2007) is an anthology of poems written by the students in the course of the workshop. The book includes a lively and detailed essay by Patel, discussing the process by which the poems got to be written. He is considered to be one of the most important painters in the country, of the generation that first came to public notice in the seventies. His paintings are in public and private collections, in India and in other countries. He is an occasional writer on contemporary Indian art. These essays are considered to be of seminal importance. He is a recipient of Woodrow Wilson and Rockefeller Fellowships.

Guadalupe Dias

Guadalupe DiasGuadalupe Dias has won the Goa Konkani Akademi Best Book Award, Konkani Bhaxa Mandal Best Book Award, All India Poetess Conference Kavya Seva Puroskar (New Delhi) Janaganga Puroskar and Late Meghashyam Yuva Sahitya Puroskar. She has written 5 books -- 3 of which titled Bhuimfodd, Mollobganga, Jalasthal consist of poetry. A nursery book titled Mamacho Ganv and Jvalamukhi in Romi konkani which comprises of more than 60 essays. Her poem titled TE DIS has been selected for National Symposium of poetry held in Bhuwaneshwar. Contributed literature to many magazines and daily's like Dor Mhoineachi Rotti, Umalle, Konkan Times, Gulab, The Goan Review, Sunaparant, Vavraddeancho Ixtt, Nokhetr, Nuvemcho Pormoll, Jivit, etc. She has participated in Kovi Sammelins at the regional and national level.


GulzarA man of many facets – Poet, Filmmaker, Lyricist, Writer: he was born in Deena. Jhelum now in Pakistan. He spent his school days in Delhi and then came to Bombay, to a celebrated career in films. The Poet in him has flourished simultaneously; he was closely associated with the Progressive Writers Movement. Many collections of poems, short stories, and scripts have flowed from his pen. He has received both national and international acclaim for these works. In his creative repertoire are also Plays, Ballets, Music Albums and Serials. Along with the respect and adulation of his audience and readers, he has also been the recipient of prestigious National Award seven times not to speak of the 21 Filmfare Awards that he has won. He is also well – known for his books for children. His works have been translated in to many languages. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for the best Urdu Writer in 2002 and was conferred Padma Bhushan in 2004. He was awarded the Oscar, Academy Award for best original song ‘Jai Ho’ (Slumdog Millionaire) in 2009. He is the recipient of 27th Indira Gandhi National Integration Award in 2012. He is presently the chancellor of Assam University. His creative endeavour still goes on !

Harsh Mander

Harsh ManderHarsh Mander, social worker and writer, works with survivors of mass violence, hunger, homeless persons and street children. His books include ‘Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives’, ‘The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and the Poor in India’, ‘Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre’, ‘Fractured Freedom: Chronicles from India’s Margins’, ‘Untouchability in Rural India’ (co-authored), and his newest ‘Ash in the Belly: India’s Unfinished Battle against Hunger’. He regularly writes columns for the Hindu and the Hindustan Times, and contributes frequently to scholarly journals. His stories have been adapted for films, such as Shyam Benegal’s Samar, and Mallika Sarabhai’s dance drama Unsuni. He writes and speaks regularly on issues of social justice. He teaches courses on poverty and governance in the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Past teaching assignments include the LBS National Academy of Adminsitration, Mussoorie; and the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, JamiaMilliaIslamia, Delhi. He is Director, Centre for Equity Studies and Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case. He is the founder of the campaigns Aman Biradari, for secularism, peace and justice; Nyayagrah, for legal justice and reconciliation for the survivors of communal violence; Dil Se, for street children, and ‘Hausla’ for urban homeless people. He worked formerly in the Indian Administrative Service in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh for almost two decades.

Ilona Yusuf

Ilona YusufIlona Yusuf is a poet, printmaker and designer. Her poems have been published in book form (Picture This, Alhamra Publishing, 2001) and thereafter in literary journals, in print and online, in Pakistan and abroad. She has also written essays on Pakistani poetry in English, and worked on editing projects, most recently as a guest editor for a special issue on poets from Pakistan for the Canadian poetry journal Vallum. She freelances for several magazines, writing on art and literature. She has recently begun to integrate word and image, making artist’s books. Her work can be viewed at ilonayusuf.blogspot.com

Jahnavi Barua

Jahnavi BaruaJahnavi BaruaJahnavi 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.

Janice Pariat

Janice PariatJanice is based between the UK and India. Her first book Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories (Random House, India; October 2012) won the Young Writer Award from the Sahitya Akademi (Indian National Academy of Letters). Her work – including art reviews, cultural features, book reviews, fiction and poetry – has featured in a wide number of national magazines & newspapers including OPEN, Art India, Tehelka, The Caravan: A Journal of Culture & Politics, Outlook & Outlook Traveller, and Biblio: A Review of Books, among others. She edits Pyrta, an online literary journal of poetry, prose, photo essays and sketches.

Jeroninio Almeida

Jeroninio AlmeidaJeroninio Almeida (a.k.a Jerry the Karma Teacher by friends and associates) is an internationally certified life coach, leadership trainer, management consultant and teacher. Jerry works closely as a coach with 3 veteran ministers, some young parliamentarians, several CEOs/CXOs and Leadership Teams in companies to help them achieve their optimum potential in their personal and professional lives. Jerry is also a certified master practitioner of NLP, Enneagram, Gestalt, Logotherapy and an observer and eternal learner of human behaviour, social/ ancient sciences and literature that can help human beings achieve their optimum potential.

Jerry Pinto

Jerry PintoJerry Pinto is the author of several books including Helen: the life and times of an H-Bomb (which won the National Award for the best book on cinema) and Em and the Big Hoom (which won the Lit for Life Hindu Award for 2013). He has just started translating with  Sachin Kundalkar's Cobalt Blue. He is at work on editing  Adil Jussawalla's selected prose and a translation of several women poet-saints of Maharashtra.

José Lourenço

José LourençoJosé Lourenço is a civil engineer based in Margao. He is the author of a book on “The Parish Churches of Goa”. His English and Konkani short stories have appeared in various periodicals like Parmal, Himal Southasian, Sunaparant, Jaag and Unisun Publications anthologies. He is a member of Goa Writers Group, and co-edited their anthology Inside Out. His publishing firm Amazing Goa Publications experiments with innovative products for education and information.

Jugneeta Sudan

Jugneeta SudanJugneeta 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’. Her stint as a curriculum advisor to educational institutions led her to develop workshop modules on fiction, non- fiction books as tools of teaching learning process. She has conducted Book Reading Workshops on Classics, Fiction and Non – Fiction books in cities in India (Mumbai, Bangalore, Vizag) 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 , critiquing books and storytelling. She blogs at http://bookedandhow.blogspot.in/

K Satchidanandan

K SatchidanandanK Satchidanandan is perhaps the most translated of contemporary Indian poets , having 23 collections of translation in 19 languages including English, Irish, Arabic, French, German and Italian besides several poems in Russian, Latvian, Chinese, Spanish, Welsh and Swedish. His book While I Write: New and Selected Poems (Harper-Collins) came out in 2011. Satchidanandan writes poetry in Malayalam, and prose in both Malayalam and English and has more than 20 collections of poetry besides several books of travel, plays and criticism including five books in English on Indian literature. He has also edited 12 works in English and 8 in Malayalam besides having edited many journals including Indian Literature, the journal of the Indian National Academy. He has represented India in many Literary Festivals and Book Fairs across the world including those in London, Paris, Leipzig, Berlin, Frankfurt, Beijing , Rotterdam, Sarajevo, New York , Lahore, Abu Dhabi , Moscow, Montreal, Medellin, Delhi and Jaipur. He was a professor of English, and later the chief executive of the Indian National Academy of Literature ( Sahitya Akademi) and the Director of the School of Translation Studies, Indira Gandhi Open university, Delhi. He is a Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and has won 27 literary awards including the Sahitya Akademi (Indian National Academy) award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi award ( five times, for different genres), Kusumagraj National Award , NTR National awar and Bharateey Bhasha Parishad Award besides Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy and India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland.

Keki Daruwalla

Keki DaruwallaKeki N. Daruwalla has been publishing poetry since 1970 when he came out with his first volume Under Orion. He has now 11 poetry volumes including “Collected Poems” (Penguin 2006) and Selected Poems (ARC Publishers Todmorden, UK 2008). He has four short story books. His latest publication was the Novel “For Pepper and Christ 2009 (Penguin) which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Asia, UK 2010). Penguin India published his Selected Short Stories, under the title Love Across the Salt Desert in2011. Daruwalla lives in Delhi. A short story book entitled “Islands” and a poetry volume “Fire Altar: Poems on the Persians and the Greeks”, are forthcoming this year. He won the Commonwealth Poetry Price, Asia in 1987, for his book Landscapes.

Kiran Budkuley Dr. Kiran Budkuley is Professor of English at Goa University. She teaches British Poetry, Shakespearean Drama and Indian Writing in Translation. A critic, poet and a translator, Dr. Budkuley has been actively involved in writing, editing and translating several books in English, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi. Some of them are Mapping the Mosaic of Culture, Musings in the Meadows of Konkani Literature, Aksharsarita, Sahitya Niyaal, Paschimi Samikshekaden Ishtagat, Shatakaantika, Paani pe Lakiren, Konkani Katha Maratheeth(ed.) and Darpan(ed.). She was awarded the ‘G. S. Amonkar Triennial Award’ in 2003 for her contribution to Literary Criticism in Konkani. She was also the recipient of the Konkani Bhasha Mandal’s “N.D.Naik Sahitya Puraskar” in 2011 and the Goa Konkani Akademi’s Sarvotkrushta Konkani Granth Puraskar in Lalitgadya in 2012.
Kiren Rai

Kiren RaiKiren Rai is a writer, a naturalist, a history enthusiast and an art curator for leading chains of hotels in India. After her early childhood that was spent in Uganda, East Africa, Kiren migrated to India and completed her education here. For the first part of her career, she worked as a newspaper reporter, media specialist and an e-content writer. She also promotes upcoming and contemporary art, bringing together different mediums, cultural hues and individual styles from across the globe. She has recently written The Sacred Indian Tarot, a first ever Indian Tarot book, with twenty-two cards uniquely hand-painted with images taken from the rich pantheon of Indian mythology. Kiren is shortly bringing out two other books, a light-hearted fiction on the digital world of online dating and a second Deck of Chakra cards. She can be reached on her website www.arte-india.com and her blog http://thesacredindiantarot.blogspot.in/

Kishwar Desai

Kishwar Desai (born 1 December 1956) is an Indian author and columnist. Her latest novel The Sea of Innocence has just been published in India and will shortly be published in UK and Australia. She started as a print journalist working for the Indian Express newspaper, and other magazines before switching to television where she worked for over 25 years. Kishwar wrote a play, Manto! Her first book was a biography of two Indian film stars, Darling : The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Her second book was a novel, Witness the Night (Harper Collins, India and Beautiful Books , UK, 2010) won the Costa First Novel Award and was Long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize , Shortlisted for the Author’s Club (UK) award, Long listed for the DSC South Asian Literary Prize among others. The novel featured a feisty social worker, Simran Singh, and dealt with the issue of female foeticide and infanticide in India. It has been translated into over 25 languages. Her critically acclaimed second bookin the Simran Singh seriesThe Origins of Lovewas published in June 2012. It examines the growing commercialisation of Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART). This has become a huge international business and a very exploitative industry, led by the medical profession trying to “help” infertile couples. She has recently finished her thirdand the lastbook in the Simran Singh series, which is set between Goa and the UK, and deals with the brutal death of a teenager on a Goa beach. Kishwar Desai is deeply interested in Indian cinema. She writes columns and is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Film Festival of India. She is married to economist Meghnad Desai, a member of the British House of Lords. She lives between London, Delhi and Goa---travelling all too frequently!

Krishna Udayasankar

Krishna UdayasankarKrishna Udayasankar is the author of The Aryavarta Chronicles, a series of mytho-historical novels. The first book in the series: Govinda (Hachette, 2012) has received critical acclaim and has also featured on bestseller lists. The second book: Kaurava (Hachette, 2013), has just been released and has already been featured on The Asian Age ‘s bestseller list. Krishna is also the author of Objects of Affection - a full-length collection of poetry (Math Paper Press, 2013). Her current projects include working on Book 3 of The Aryavarta Chronicles, as well as a historical novel that is based on the origin story of the island-nation of Singapore. This project is supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore. She is also the Guest Editor on Body Boundaries: The Etiquette Anthology of Women’s Writing (The Literary Centre, Forthcoming, 2014.) Krishna is a graduate of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Nanyang Business School, where she presently works as a Lecturer. She lives in Singapore with her family, which includes two book-loving Siberian Huskies.

Kula Saikia

Kula SaikiaKula Saikia (born.1959) had his Post Graduation from Delhi School of Economics after which he was teaching Economics for a while in the Hindu College, Delhi University. He also worked as an officer in the Indian Economic Service and Indian Railway Service .Presently he is an Indian Police Service Officer in the rank of Addl DGP. Shri Saikia has been a regular contributor to literary magazines and national dailies in Assamese and in English like the Times of India, The Hindu, The Telegraph, the Assam Tribune.. He has got 18 short story collections and a novel published to his credit. He was awarded the Munin Barkataki Award for Best Book of the year in Assam. In 2000 he was selected for prestigious KATHA AWARD for his short story "Avarta".His fiction writing has been influenced by Post Modernists’ style of story telling with doses of stream of consciousness taking the readers to the world of Magic Realism. His poems have been printed in a number of journals. Shri Saikia, a highly acclaimed dramatist, has scripted and directed two telefilms under Door Darshan apart from writing a number of serious plays some of which were staged in different Theatre Festivals in the country. A number of popular short stories of Shri Saikia have been dramatized and filmed by different production houses for the Television and stage media. Some of Saikia's short stories have been translated and published in other Indian regional languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telegu etc. apart from English. Prominent Hindi journals like Sahitya Academy’s Samakalin Bharatiya Sahitya , Bhasa etc. have published his short stories. After his selection for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship Program he was in the Pennsylvania State University, USA during which he was invited on a number of occasions to speak on contemporary drama and traditional Indian art forms. Shri Saikia has been awarded President’s police medal twice.

Leana Lyn Doray

Leana Lyn DorayLeana Lyn Doray is a trained educator, having obtained a double degree in Arts and Education at the University of Sydney. Serendipity led her to teach in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in Singapore for four years, where she discovered her love for reading to young children and providing a holistic education above and beyond basic academia. Leana is writing a series of six children's picture books with support from the Media Development Authority of Singapore. The first three will be available in print in Singapore and as eBooks internationally by the end of 2013.

Leonard Fernandes

Leonard FernandesLeonard is trained in Mechanical Engineering but all his work experience has been in software development. After spending 5 years in the US at BankOne, later JPMorganChase, and completing his MBA at the Ohio State University he was almost desperate to start something of his own. In 2005, his wife and he founded dogearsetc.com, an online bookstore, inspired by his days as a student during which he and his companions bought second-hand books through Amazon Used Books. Leonard and his wife founded CinnamonTeal Publishing, India's first provider of self-publishing services, in 2007, which has to date published more than 250 titles in 11 languages and catered to clients in more than 30 countries. Through these two organizations as also through Publishing Next, an annual conference on publishing they organize each September, Leonard seeks to explore how the boundaries of publishing can be further pushed to realize its potential to both make books accessible in a way that the reader prefers. After work Leonard enjoys reading, watching sports on television and playing with his two dogs.

Manjiri Prabhu

Manjiri PrabhuManjiri Prabhu is a Doctorate in Communication Science and has been a children’s Television Producer and a short-filmmaker for over two decades. She has directed more than 200 children TV programmes and more than 50 short fiction and travel films. Her unpublished psychological thriller novel was adapted into a Hindi feature film by NFDC, titled Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha. Manjiri has been acknowledged as the pioneer amongst women mystery writers in India, and has been referred to as the ‘Desi Agatha Christie’. She has published 7 books till date, two of which have been published by Bantam/Dell USA. ‘The Cosmic Clues’ had been selected as a Killer Book by Mystery Booksellers of America and ‘The Astral Alibi’ had been honored as Notable Fiction in the Kiriyama Prize. Two more titles ‘Snowflakes in Summer’ and ‘In the Shadow of the Inheritance’ are due for release next year by Fingerprint Publishing and Penguin, India. Manjiri Prabhu is the Co-Founder/Organizer of the Pune International Literary Festival which took place for the first time in September 2013.

Malavika Sangghvi

Malavika SangghviMalavika Sangghvi is a journalist, editor, author and poet, who has edited some of India's largest -circulated newspapers including the Bombay Times, the Sunday Review supplement and the DNA and has written for The New York Times and the Sunday Times (UK) amongst other international titles. She has also been India Editor for the UK based Harpers and Queen. She has authored a book on women for the Indian Merchants Chamber and one on 'Samovar' her mother's iconic art café. She has anchored TV shows and has been a broadcaster with BBC radio. Currently, she is a consulting editor for Business Standard, for which she writes a Saturday column, writes a weekday diary in Mid-day and a Sunday column in DNA. She lives and works in Mumbai, a city that fascinates her.

Margaret Mascarenhas

Margaret Mascarenhas Margaret Mascarenhas is a multi-lingual and transnational writer, consulting editor, and independent curator of Indo-American origin with an academic background in comparative literature at UC Berkeley. In the 80s,she abandoned further studies in law to train under art-historian Dr Saryu Doshi, with whom she worked as an assistant editor for several years at Marg, and subsequently as a consulting editor on numerous art, literary and start-up magazine projects, as well as a consulting editor for the environmental organisation,Goa Foundation.During an illness, while bedridden for several months, she wrote the diasporic novel, Skin (Penguin India 2001), which has been translated in several languages and is taught in many colleges and universities and highlighted in numerous academic papers on post-colonial literature in India, Portugal and the USA.Last year, Skin formed part of the discourse at a conference at Yale, "Goa: a post-colonial society between cultures," where she was also a coordinator and speaker. Her second novel, The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos (Hachette USA 2009), set in Venezuela, where she grew up, was the recipient of a Publishers Lunch award and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick in literary fiction. She has contributed literary and academic essays to numerous journals and anthologies, which include Coloquio Letras, the literary magazine of the Gulbenkian Foundation, edited by poet and literary critic Nuno Judice. She was the founding Director of Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts which she started and ran from 2008 to 2011, and she remains on its advisory board. She is currently the Founder and Director of the Blue Shores Prison Art Project, a 4-year curriculum of poetry, performance art and visual art designed for inmates,that explores the relationships of image, movement and text, and the ways in which they function, independently and inter-relatedly, in the creative process to express and/or elicit emotion. Although she has been writing poetry and sketching for over 20 years as part of her daily journaling regime, Triage--casualties of love and sex (Harper Collins India 2013), is her first published collection of poetry and sketches. She is working on her third novel.Mascarenhas lives most of the year in Goa, where she has ancestral roots, and where she maintains a residency for working artists and writers from India and around the world.

Maria Aurora Couto

Maria Aurora CoutoDr. Maria Aurora Couto is an educationist. She has taught at Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi and written on environmental issues, communal harmony related to Goa. (The Hindu). Her writings include One the frontier : Graham Greene. Politics and Religion in the novels (1985), Goa : A Daughter’s Story ( 2004), Ethnography of Goa , Daman and Diu ( 2008) A translation of a classic from Portuguese and Filomena’s Journeys : Portrait of a marriage, a family and a culture (2013).

Manohar Shetty

Manohar ShettyManohar 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. He has edited 'Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa' (Penguin India) which is a standard text in colleges in Goa. His short stories have appeared in 'The Baffler' (MIT, Mass.), among other journals.

Meera Kosambi

Meera KosambiDr. 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), Women Writing Gender: Marathi Fiction Before Independence (Permanent Black, 2012), Mahatma Gandhi and Prema Kantak: Exploring a Relationship, Exploring History (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Unsettling the Past: Unknown Aspects and Scholarly Assessments of D.D. Kosambi (Permanent Back, 2013). Her forthcoming book is Gender, Culture and Performance: Marathi Theatre and Cinema Before Independence (Permanent Black).

Meghnad Desai

Meghnad DesaiProfessor Lord Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai, is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He served as Lecturer of Economics at the London School of Economics since 1965 and its Professor from 1983 to 2003. He started his professional career in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, in 1963. He established the Centre for the study of Global Governance in 1992. He was created Lord Desai of St Clement Danes in 1991 and was awarded PADMABHUSHAN in 2007, Pravasi Bharatiya Puraskar (Distinguished Overseas Indian Award) in January 2004 and Bharat Gaurav by the Indian Merchants Chambers in 2002. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics in July 2005. Professor Lord Desai studied at the University of Bombay, and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of several Honorary Degrees from universities such as Kingston, Middlesex, East London, London Guildhall and Monash University, Australia. He has authored several books on international economics as well as ‘Pakeezah: An Ode To A Bygone World’ published by HarperCollins.

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.

Mitra Phukan

Mitra PhukanMitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and classical vocalist who lives and works in Guwahati, Assam. She is acknowledged to be one of the foremost literary voices from India’s Northeast region, working in English. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, and a novel, “The Collector’s Wife” published by Penguin-Zubaan. Her most recent works are another novel, “A Monsoon of Music” published by Penguin-Zubaan in September 2011, and a collection of fifty of her columns, “Guwahati Gaze”, which appeared in March 2013. 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 is the current President of the North East Writers’ Forum, an important literary body that draws its membership across eight States of the region.

Moushumi Kandali

Moushumi KandaliMoushumi Kandali , is a bilingual writer ( Assamese and English) , art critic-historian and translator . She has been regarded as one of the most innovative, original and experimental fiction writers of Assamese literature by the critics and readers. She has received several prestigious national/ regional awards for her creative writing and has represented India and North-East at several international and national fora . Her stories have been published in several national and international literary magazines and edited anthologies ( Oxford anthology of North East Writing, Penguin anthology of fifteen classic Assamese short stories etc) and have been translated into many Foreign & Indian languages such as German , Korean, English, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Nepali and many others. With her double masters in Art History & Aesthetics and Philosophy, she has done extensive study about the discourse of modern art and cultural practices in the North-East. She has been regularly publishing art related research essays and articles in various international and national journals. Her doctoral thesis deals with the dynamics of identity and art activism in the visual art practices of Assam in the post colonial period. She has been actively engaged in translations from English, Hindi and Bengali to Assamese and from Assamese to English. Salvador Dali’s DIARY OF A GENIUS into Assamese and poetry of the Missing tribe of Assam to English, published by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi are notable along with a range of modern /contemporary Hindi Poems into Assamese. Her other areas of interest are Gender Studies and Eco-Criticism. She is an assistant professor at the School of Culture & creative expressions in the Ambedkar University of Social Science & Humanities in Delhi.

Mridula Garg

Mridula GargVyas 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 Farooqi

Musharraf FarooqiMusharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. He was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and now divides his time between Toronto and Lahore. His novel, "Between Clay and Dust" was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012. His earlier novel "The Story of a Widow" 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 novel "Tik-Tik, The Master of Time," the story collection "The Amazing Moustaches of Mocchhander the Iron Man and Other Stories" 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), and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, "Hoshruba" (2009). 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 and on twitter at @microMAF

Nandita Haksar Nandita Haksar has been a human rights lawyer practising in the Supreme Court of India. She has been representing people and organizations from the Northeast for more than thirty years; she began her career by filing the first case in the Supreme Court challenging the notroious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. She has taken up cases on behalf of Burmese and Iraqi refugees and set precedents in humanitarian law. Haksar has evolved courses on human rights and humanitarian law for several universities, including the National Law School, Bangalore. Haksar has written several books, which include: Framing Geelani, Hanging Afzal Patriotism in Time of Terror, Rogue Agent How the Indian betrayed the Burmese resistance, The Judgement that Never Came (co-authored with Sebastian Hongray), ABC of Naga Culture and Civilization and Across the Chicken Neck Travels in the Northeast.

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Neerja Mattoo

Neerja MattooNeerja 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.

Neeta Raghunath Torne

Neeta Raghunath TorneNeeta Raghunath Torne is a Poet, Writer and Compare. She is a Associate Professor in Marathi at Government College of Arts & Commerce, Virnoda, Pernem. Her Published work includes Ek Oll kavitechi (Collection of Poems - 2011) and Jagatana While Living a Multi-Lingual way of Expression - Collection of Multi-Lingual poems (Original Marathi Translated in Konkani, Hindi and English) to be released at the GALF 2013. Her awards includes the “Kavi B” award of 2012 Ankursahitya sang Akola, “Kavi Narendra Bodke Smruti Puraskar” 2012 Prabhat Publications Pernem Goa, “Yeshwantrao Yuvati Pratibha Gaurav Award”, for immense contribution in the field of Social Welfare and Literature awarded by The Lalit Rangbhumi Aurangabad and College Katta Pune. She has presented several Research Papers at various seminar and conferences in Goa as well as Maharashtra. She is also a freelance writer and has presented many Programmes at All India Radio.

Nimra Bucha

Nimra BuchaNimra Bucha is a theatre and television actor who has worked in the UK and Pakistan. Her one-woman play, The Dictator's Wife, has been performed internationally to great reviews. She played the role of Priya in BBC World Service's radio production of Midnight's Children. She has been part of several popular television serials in Pakistan along with directing and performing on stage. She played the titular role in Javed Siddiqi's hugely popular Begum Jaan. Her latest work has been directing and performing in plays from Mark Ravenhill's, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat series.

Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee

Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee ( b.1947) taught English Literature at Gauhati University and Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He held many other important positions in his career which include Director, National Book Trust; Editor, Sahitya Akademi's journal Indian Literature; Director, Rabindra Bhavan, Visva-Bharati; and Director, K K Birla Foundation. At present he is working as the Director, Niyogi Books, New Delhi. An accomplished translator from Bengali into English and vice versa, his English translations of novels by Mahasweta Devi, Sunil Gangopadhyay and Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Bengali translation of Stories by U R Ananthamurthy have been well received. Winner of IBBY Congress's international award for translation, Shri Bhattacharjee co-edits the web journal,Translation Today brought out by the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. He has also co-edited a volume on the displacement narrative entitled Barbed Wire Fence ( 2012).

Odette Mascarenhas

Odette MascarenhasMs Odette Mascarenhas COO of OnM Creative Consultants is a Management Consultant, author, food critic, columnist, TV anchor on the local channel Goa 365 as well as co founder of the Goan Culinary Club (Goa chapter). She is the winner of the ‘Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2008’ the special Jury award for the book on her father in law Masci the Man behind the legend. In 2004, on seeing the documentary of the centenary year of the Taj, she authored her first book - a biography of the first Goan Executive Chef – Masci…Minguel Arcanjo Mascarenhas. The book was titled Masci-The Man behind the legend, which ultimately won the ‘Special Jury Award; from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008. She has also been selected as the ‘unsung enterpreneur’ of India a title awarded to those who have achieved things in life…an initiative of CNBC TV18 and Lufthansa. On the local front she has been awarded the GCCI – Certification of Appreciation’ for her literary efforts. She is at present a food critic of the restaurants in Goa for the Times of India, the BBC Good food magazine and hosts a popular food show which features homemakers and chefs in the culinary art for the local channel Goa 365. Besides two books for ‘tweens’ – the Alfie Alphonso series, she has authored 4 books on food. After Masci the Man behind the legend, her other books include ‘A Culinary Escapade of Goa’ – a travel food guide on the different talukas of Goa (winner of the Gourmand best guide of India), Goan recipes and More (winner of the Gourmand Best in photography)…a recipe book on preparations from local Goan kitchens. Her recent book The Culinary Heritage of Goa, to be released at the fourth annual Goa Arts & Literary Festival (GALF) from 5th to 8th December 2013 in Goa The book showcases lifestyles of the locals pre Independence (before 1960). It also traces the different influences over the centuries that has impacted Goan cuisine. This coffee table styled book also documents 100 (+) long forgotten researched recipes. As the co founder of the Goan Culinary Club, she along with the chefs and home makers strives to preserve the authenticity of Goan cuisine and research long lost recipes of the past. She lives in Alto Porvorim with husband Joe and has one son Nolan.

Omer Wahaj

Omer WahajOmer Wahaj is a writer and a musician. Having studied physics and mathematics, dabbling in film, playing guitar and practicing marketing, he has since emerged as an independent penman, managing and developing web content, writing short stories, essays, articles, abstract reveries and even an unfinished novel or two and occasionally mixing and producing various genres of electronica. He is also currently working as the Managing Editor for Papercuts, a biannual magazine of the Desi Writers' Lounge.

Osman Khalid Butt

Osman Khalid ButtOsman Khalid Butt is a twenty-seven year old actor, director, choreographer, writer and video-blogger based in Islamabad, Pakistan, and is also a self-professed struggling-artist stereotype. A journalism graduate, he is the cofounder of Desi Writers’ Lounge, as well as poetry editor and creative consultant for Papercuts. He has also remained a freelance writer for Instep, The News, as well as the Editor of the web-zine Text Teen, and wrote his first screenplay for the indie-horror movie ‘Siyaah’, which released nationwide in 2013. Though he has dabbled in television, TVCs and film, theatre remains his first love; he has directed four productions under the banner of his company, ‘The Living Picture Productions’, one of which he wrote himself. He has also collaborated with the Lahore Grammar School, Islamabad, directing three plays with its student body, and regularly gives theatre workshops across the country. He says he juggles all of this by drinking too much Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for his own good.

Paresh N Kamat

Paresh N KamatPharmacist by profession, Paresh Narendra Kamat has mastered his passion for poetry writing from young age. Born in 1968, he has been continuously contributing towards Konkani literary field. He has four collections of books to his credit that include, ‘Alang’, ‘Garbhakhol’, ‘Shubhankar’ and ‘Chitralipi’. Shri Kamat has participated and recited poems at various national level seminars and meets that include poets meet organised by sahitya akademi at Shillong, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Goa, Kochi etc. His poems are translated in Hindi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Marathi, Punjabi and English languages. He has translated ‘Do Panktiyon Ke Beech’, a sahitya akademi award winning poetry collection in Hindi by Rajesh Joshi into Konkani for sahitya akademi. He has won several awards that include, Konkani Bhasha Mandal Puraskar, B. B. Borkar Memorial Award, Kala Akademi Sahitya Puraskar, Janaganga Sahitya Puraskar, Konkani Akademi Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Srujan Puraskar by Govt. Of Goa.

Pat Hughes

Pat HughesPat Hughes MBE is from Swansea in South Wales, sharing her birthplace with the great Welsh poet and playwright, Dylan Thomas. A veteran actress, Pat took her own Merlyn Theatre Company to New York in 1994, launching the International Year of Literature and Writing at the Lincoln Centre. In recent years she has taken her One Woman Show, featuring the works of Dylan Thomas and other Welsh poets, to the USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and India. Additionally, Pat conducts guided tours, lectures and performs in Wales for British and overseas visitors to the country, working closely with members of the Wales Tourism Alliance. Pat can be contacted at patmerlyn1@yahoo.co.uk and on www.dylanthomas.uk.com

Patricia J. Pereira-Sethi

Patricia J. Pereira-SethiPatricia J. Pereira-Sethi, is an award-winning journalist who worked for two decades as correspondent, editor and the United Nations Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine in New York. She has interviewed nearly 45 heads of state during her career (among them: Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet, Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, George Bush Sr, Robert Mugabe, Pham Van Dong). She has recently authored the biography of industrialist Ramesh J. Chauhan, chairman of Bisleri and creator of India’s favourite soft drinks brands, entitled Thunder Unbottled: From Thums Up to Bisleri. Sethi now lives in Goa where she contributes regular columns to the NavHind Times, Goa Today and Planet Goa.

Prajwal Parajuly

Prajwal ParajulyPrajwal Parajuly is the author of the widely acclaimed collection of short stories "The Gurkha's Daughter." Land Where I Flee, his novel, will be out starting November. Parajuly, the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother, divides his time between Oxford and New York but disappears to Gangtok, his hometown in the Himalayas, at every opportunity. He is a writer in residence at The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Pranav Singh Pranav Kumar Singh, translator and a promoter of reading habit among children, is the Publisher of Ponytale Books, an independent children and young adult imprint that focuses on providing India context reading options, that he founded in 2007. Translation from Indian languages and stories that deal with contemporary issues is a key focus area for him. Pranav has translated Premchand’s selected short stories into English and is currently translating the best short stories from Hindi for young adults. He is actively involved with different publishing industry bodies. Earlier Pranav had worked in diverse functional areas and industries having proven his credentials as a strategic planner in the fields of investor relations, marketing, communications, public relations and branding.

Pratibha Ray

Pratibha RayPratibha Ray, Ph.D (b.1943) formerly Professor in Education and Member, Public Service Commission, Odisha, is one of the leading fiction writers in India writing in her mother tongue Odia. Her thrust being on psychosocial analysis, Pratibha grapples with issues of contemporary relevance. Dealing with a variety of subject matters, Ray’s work is unsparing in its indictments of social evils and injustice. Among numerous state, national and international awards, she is the recipient of both the awards given by Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust for literature, (1) Jnanpith Award (2011) for her total contribution to Indian literature, and (2) Moorti Devi Award (1991) for her novel “Jajnaseni”. Sahitya Akademi Award (2000), “Padma Shree” (2007) for her contribution to the field of Indian literature and education. Best Writer Award by Odisha Society of America (1995) and Indian Society of Canada.(2012) Her writings have been translated into various Indian languages, English and Hungarian. She has published twenty novels, twenty four collections of short stories, ten travelogues, nine books for children, ten books for Neo-literates, two essay collections, one biography in English, three translated books from Hindi, one book of lyrics and one anthology of poetry and her much awaited autobiography. She is a member of many learned societies and has visited thirty foreign countries on speaking tours. She is the Founder President of Bhashayan, a national literary Organisation in Odisha.

Preeti Gill

Preeti Gill Preeti Gill has been in publishing for the last 20 years and is Consulting Editor with Zubaan, at present. She has worked with Kali for Women and Zubaan and has represented both at the Frankfurt Book Fair as their Rights Director. She has worked extensively on issues related to women and conflict in the Northeast of India and has a number of reports, articles, essays to her credit. She is the Editor of The Peripheral Centre: Voices from India's Northeast and has researched and scripted three documentaries as well as television series on the Northeast. She is the Festival Director of Cultures for Peace, a series of festivals showcasing thewriting and the varigated culture of the Northeast.

Pundalik Naik

Pundalik Naik Pundalik Naik was a teacher for six years (1972-78). He later took up directing Konkani Plays for stage. (1977-81). He joined All India Radio, Panaji Goa as Sub-Editor in 1979 and later Asst. Editor (Scripts). He was a member of Advisory Committee for Official Language Cell – Goa (1991), Vice – President of Goa Konkani Akademi. (1993-96), member of Advisory Committee of Rights to Information Act (2003) and President of Goa Konkani Akademi by Government of Goa (2002-2005 , 2005-2008 & 2012). He was invited by University of Pennsylvania from United State of America for ‘C. R. Parekh Indian Creative writer in Residence Spring 2002’ From February to April 2002. He received the Paters Australian Award for the play ‘SHRI VICHITRACHI ZATRA’ by Australian Academy of Broadcast and Science in 1988, Gundu Sitaram Award in 1980, All India Doordarshan Award for Children’s Programme. 2007-08, Kala Academy ‘GOMANT SHARADA’ Award for the contribution in the Konkani Literature 2010, Sangeet Natak Academy Award – 2013, among numerous others.

Rahedeen Ali

Rahedeen AliRahedeen Ali has a Master’s degree in Art and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and has been an educator for the past ten years. She has worked with diverse age groups and has helped to implement an activity based approach to learning. Rahedeencurrently teaches English Language to O levels at Haque Academy, Karachi and is also involved in the curriculum development for English Language and Literature for Grades 6 through 11 and the planning and implementation of their in-house Professional Development programmes. While her primary focus has been English Language, her teaching experience has also extended to the teaching of English Literature and The History of Art and Design in the past. In addition to teaching English Language at Haque Academy, Rahedeen also teaches painting through music. With her love for art, music and dance she also believes in honing children’s uniqueness and creativity by encouraging them to express themselves through multiple mediums. This class seeks to explore the relationship and impact that sound has on visual expression. When she isn’t educating students, she’s instructing others how to. Being on the administration of the school she fights the system from within. She has the propensity for defying the established order. You might not find her on the streets during riots or protests, but don't be mistaken, she rebels through her unconventional teaching methods. By refusing to conform to the generic school curriculum, and enforcing critical thinking instead.But on a serious note,Rahedeen has designed and conducted various trainings for disciplines such as Art and Display, English Language but in particular Pedagogy with special emphasis on Project based Learning, Lesson Planning and Subject Integration. In her free time she often writes fictional short stories.Rahedeen is currently working on developing a collection of her own short stories.

Rajay Pawar

Rajay PawarHas done Ph.D. on ‘Konknni kavitent Goemchem Samajdarshan : 1960 te 1990 meren ujwaada aayillya devnagrintlya Konkani kavitanchya sandarbhant’. This is the first ever doctoral study on Konkani Poetry. Has presented and published several Research Papers related to Konkani language & Literature. His poems are included in the academic syllabi of Goa Board & Goa University. He has done a Minor Research Project titled ‘The Poetry of R. V. Pandit : A Critical Study’ of UGC, New Delhi. Authored and published books in Konkani- Pavasfullam :(collection of poems) : 1995, Anta Anta Shirimanta : (drama) : 2006, Aamcho Haath Jagannath : (drama) : 2007, Darne Ka Naay : (drama) : 2008,Jamle Re Jamle : (drama) : 2009, Girmeet : (collection of essays) : 2009, Natak eka Natkache : (drama) : 2010, Tension Free : (drama) : 2013. He has been awarded the National Award titled ‘Sahitya Puraskar - 2009’ by Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata. This the first ever award for Konkani language in the history of 32 years of Parishad and ‘Kavita Puraskar - 2012’ by Kavita Trust, Mangalore for his contribution in the field of Konkani Poetry at national level.

Rajiv D’Silva

Rajiv D’SilvaRajiv D’Silva is an architect, quizzer, quizmaster, birder, Goaphile and general busybody. In 2009, he co-founded Business Goa, Goa’s only periodical dedicated to business, and wrote for the publication for a while before he grew tired of it. His architectural practice, which he runs with his wife in Panjim, has won numerous awards, and in 2012 Architect & Interior magazine listed him as one of the ’50 Young Architects That Are Shaping India’. He has a keen interest in comics and graphic novels and spends a not unsubstantial portion of his income on comics which are ostensibly for his two sons.

Raman Shreshta

Raman ShreshtaEarly on in life, Raman Shresta experienced the magic of storytelling through his grandmothers and mother, a gifted spinner of yarns. In 1979, when Raman was just four years old, his grandfather started Rachna Books in Gangtok. Raman loved the books, enjoyed watching the excitement the bookshop gave to grown-ups and children who visited Rachna’s to seek out their favourites. By the time he was in high school, the bookshop had completed its first cycle of life and closed down around 1988. After completing his education, and a job in the corporate world, Raman's soul-searching brought him back to his roots. He blames a few books he read during this time that changed the course of his life. In 2001, he restarted Rachna Books. Now almost twelve years running, Raman's bookshop has grown fourfold in size from those early days, has an added 'Café Fiction' downstairs and a B&B upstairs, making Rachna’s a vibrant cultural landmark in Sikkim. In the last decade, Rachna Books, along with Friends@Rachna, a collective of enthusiasts, has organised and hosted over sixty events, ranging from readings, talks, exhibitions, screening, installation art shows, book-launches, workshops, plays and musicals. Together, we have come a long way for an independently run bookshop in a small hill town. Perhaps the greatest pleasure Raman, the Bookman (as his friends call him) derives even after all these years is from opening up bundles of new arrivals. The thought of these books reaching out, changing lives, is stuff books could be written about! On a personal level, the happiness the surrounds him while he is on the job is too heady for him to ever let go of the bookshop during his lifetime at least!

Ramesh Bhagavant Veluskar

Ramesh Bhagavant VeluskarMr. Ramesh Bhagavant Veluskar is a multifaceted literary personality basically writes in Konkani and has equally written in other Indian languages like Marathi, Hindi. He is a poet of repute in Konkani with his finest articulation in Konkani language and with the help of it's rich idiom he re-creates new idiom making the language from rich to richest. He has eight collections of poetry published with different subjects. Collections like Morpakham, Mati, Hiranyagarbha, Saulgori are very important. Mr. Veluskar, along with poetry has written lot of prose in the form of essays, travelogues and literary appreciation. In addition to this he loves writing for children too. He has eight books for children. He has translated books of reputed literary figures like Bhas from Sanskrit, Tukaram from Marathi, Tagore from Bangla, Shri Aurobindo, Andha yug from Hindi anid Khalil Gibran very successfully. Mr. Veluskar wrote few dramas which were staged by institutions like Kala Academy, Rudreshvar and others. He was awarded Shitya Academy Puraskar for his poetry collection Saulgori. Kala Academy Puraskar, Padmashri B.B.Borkar Puraskar, Goa State Cultural Award and Amrut Mohotsav Sanman Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Vardha 2013 are few important awards.

Ramesh Chauhan

Ramesh ChauhanRamesh Chauhan joined Parle in 1963. He started Limca in 1971 and Thums Up in 1978. After selling the brands to Coca Cola in 1993, he dedicated himself to develop Bisleri and giving safe drinking water to public at large. With a career spanning over 50 years, his undying determination and vision has made Bisleri a premium mineral water brand and a household name. The creator of brands such as Thums-up, Goldspot, Citra, Maaza, & the ever popular Limca has been an icon in himself who with his foresight developed these super brands in the Indian market.

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit HoskoteRanjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of more than 20 books, ranging across poetry, art criticism, cultural history and poetry in translation. 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). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012), which is the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poet’s work. Hoskote’s poems have appeared in Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Coldnoon Travel Poetics, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition, Poetry Review (London), Prairie Schooner, Sangamhouse, 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 written or edited numerous artist monographs, most recently, Atul Dodiya (Prestel Verlag, 2013). With Ilija Trojanow, he has co-authored Kampfabsage (Random House/ Blessing Verlag, 2007; in English as Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West, Yoda Press, 2012). Hoskote 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 has been research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2010 and 2013). He has been awarded the Sanskriti Award for Literature, the S H Raza Award for Literature, and the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award for Literature. Hoskote has curated more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim, 2008), a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay & New Delhi, 2005), two survey exhibitions of Atul Dodiya (Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, 2001 & National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2013), a monographic exhibition on Indian abstraction, ‘Nothing is Absolute’ (CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2013), and the first-ever Indian national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011).

Robin Gupta

Robin GuptaBorn in Delhi on 1st October 1948, Robin Gupta joined the I.P.S. in 1972.After a brief stint in the police, he was accepted into the I.A.S. in 1974.Robin was first posted as SDO/Magistrate-in-Charge of Raiganj in 1976 and,Siliguri in 1977. He has been posted as Divisional Commissioner in the field on seven separate occasions, a record in the history of the Indian Civil Service. Also, Robin Gupta has the distinction of having served in four provinces; Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab apart from a long period of deputation with the Central Government. His final posting was Financial Commissioner Revenue in the rank of Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab. Widely travelled in India and abroad, an international scholarship holder who studied in the USA and renowned institutions - Bishop Cotton School, Simla,New Trier High School,U.S.A and the St. Stephens College, Delhi, Robin throughout his career has been writing poetry and prose on diverse subjects ranging from nature, history, art, music, culture, to Sufism. Apart from writing for leading newspapers and journals, Robin Gupta authored 'A Bouquet of Thoughts 'published by the Minerva Press, London, in 2002. In the words of Khushwant Singh "Robin Gupta has writers' ink flowing in hisveins. His memoirs mirror the chiaroscuro of contemporary india as observed by a civil servant...[This book] is a literary milestone."

Sachin Kundalkar

Sachin Kundalkar Sachin Kundalkar is a writer and a filmmaker. Cobalt Blue, his first novel was published in Marathi in 2006. He has one national award each for his films Nirop and Gandha. He has written five plays in Marathi and has written and directed four feature films. He is in the process of preparing for his next film to be shot in Goa, in January 2014.

Salil Chaturvedi

Salil ChaturvediSalil Chaturvedi is a writer, poet and amateur photographer based in Chorao, Goa. His short stories have appeared in various anthologies. He is the Asia region winner of the Commonwealth Shortstory Competition 2008, and the winner of the Unisun/British Council Short Story Competition 2007. For the past few years he has turned his attention away from society and towards trees. In the works are photographic and oral histories about trees.

Samar Halarnkar

Samar Halarnkar Samar Halarnkar is a part-time writer and cook and full-time father. A journalist for 23 years and former managing editor of Hindustan Times, he continues to be a columnist for that paper and Mint, where he also writes on science and technology and cooking. He has written two books: "A Married Man's Guide to Creative Cooking -- And Other Dubious Adventures"; and "Under the Rain Tree", a chronicle of India's Internet revolution. Halarnkar has been a fellow at the American Society for Microbiology and The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi. In 2012, he was a visiting lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of California-Berkeley. He is a native of Pednem, Goa, and lives in Bangalore with his wife and three-year-old daughter.

Samhita Arni

Samhita ArniSamhita Arni is a writer based in Bangalore, India. Arni's first book, The Mahabharata - A Child’s View, has been published in seven language editions and won the Elsa Morante Literary Award. Arni’s second book, Sita’s Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels for two weeks in 2011. Elle Magazine named Arni as one of twenty young upcoming South Asian writers to watch out for. Her latest book, The Missing Queen, a speculative-fiction mythological thriller, has been published in India by Penguin (Viking) and in Italian by Elliot Edizioni. Arni also works on screenplays and has collaborated with Locarno-award wininng director Sabiha Sumar on the script for Sumar's latest film, Good Morning Karachi. Earlier this year, Arni spent six months in Kabul working on the scripts for a thirteen-part police drama, The Defenders, for Tolo TV, a television network in Afghanistan. Samhita is an alumnus of the United World College in Italy and has a double-major in Religion and Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College (USA). She has lived in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Italy and the USA.

Sandesh Prabhudesai

Sandesh PrabhudesaiSandesh Prabhudesai is first an activist and then a journalist. He has worked in the Student, Youth and Workers’ movements. He initiated the Street Play movement in Goa, in the 1980s. He edited and wrote for Student and Youth magazines. He has been actively participating in organising cultural and literary festivals, especially for the students and youth in Goa. Sandesh joined professional journalism in 1987, and has since worked in local Konkani, Marathi and English dailies in different positions, from Reporter to Editor. He has also worked for national and international media, including The Sunday Observer, The Pioneer, BBC in Print, Radio and Internet. He has also worked in the TV, anchoring debates, election analysis as well as interviews. He edits Goa’s first news website goanews.com, which he set up in 1999. He has written opinion columns throughout his career for several newspapers, periodicals as well as Internet portals in Konkani, Marathi and English. He has translated Bhagat Singh’s famous book “Why I am an Atheist” in Konkani for the National Book Trust. His books, a compilation of his columns, are being published in Konkani, Marathi and English.

Sanjoy Hazarika

Sanjoy HazarikaSanjoy Hazarika,is the Managing Trustee of Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) and also holds the position of Director, CNES and in addition holds the Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is the Chairman of the Task Force to promote educational opportunities and welfare of students from North East Region belonging to SCs, STs and PwDs, Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI. A member of the Executive council of the Nagaland University, a member of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla. He is an Executive Board Member of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, a Trustee of the National Book Trust (NBT) and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Society for Environmental Communications which publishes the ‘Down to Earth’ magazine. He was a member of the first National security Advisory Board (1998-99) and a member of the Advisory Panel (NE) for the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution. He is a former member of the committee to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He was a member of the National Steering Committee on Health in the Planning Commission, GoI.(2011-12)

Satish Sonak

Satish Sonak“Though I belong to the human species, I am essentially a book worm” This is how Satish Sonak looks at himself. “I live to read” and I prefer the smell of book leaves to the fragrance of roses he confesses. Immensely fond of reading Adv. Sonak practices law in his spare moments. But that is not all as it is impossible for any sensitive reader to sit contented. A time comes every now and then when one must stand up for social causes and against all sort of nonsense. For Satish every moments is such time. His numerous heart to heart multilingual writings on wide range of topics in various newspapers, magazines and journals are natural products of such encounters. His words also time and again focus on appreciating good deeds and good doers.

Satyanand Nirupam

Satyanand NirupamSatyanand Nirupam is editorial director, Rajkamal Prakashan Group and creative director, Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages' Festival. In the past, he has worked with Delhi Press as associate editor and with Penguin Books India as editor. In his years with Penguin, he steadily built a list of important titles, by established as well as emerging authors, focusing exclusively on original works. These offbeat titles spoke to the evolving needs of Hindi readership. Nirupam plays an active role in promoting a book-reading culture and debates-discussions in Hindi through all possible media channels. As member, programme advisory committee, India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), he coordinates a poetry reading series there called Kavi ke Sath. He has also been coordinator and co-concept developer for Bahastalab, a popular debate series.

Sidharth Bhatia

Sidharth Bhatia Sidharth Bhatia is a journalist, columnist and author and has been in the media for over three and a half decades. He has worked for several Indian and international media companies and was a foreign correspondent in South Africa during the historic transition to democracy in 1993-94. He was an Associate Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University during 2001-2004. In 2005 he returned to India and joined the editorial team that launched the English daily DNA in Bombay in 2005. Currently he is a regular commentator on current affairs and popular culture in several publications such as Times of India, Asian Age, Mint, Hindustan Times and also on national television. His books, Cinema Modern The Navketan Story and Amar Akbar Anthony have been published by Harper Collins. A third, on India in the 1960s and 70s is due out by early 2014.

Sitanshu Yashaschandra

Sitanshu YashaschandraEminent Indian poet, playwright, critical theorist, cultural historian.Writes in Gujarati and English.Translation of his poems and plays available in Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Rajasthani, English, German, French. His plays have been performed in major drama festivals in India and USA and staged professionally by leading theatre groupsn Gujarat. Received National SahityaAkademi Award, KabirSamman (Madhya Pradesh), GangadharMeher Award (Orissa), KrutiSamagraPuraskar (BharatiyaBhashaParisdhad, Kolkotta), KaviKusumagrajPuraskar (Maharashtra), RanjeetramSuvarnaChandrak, NarmadChandrak (Gujarat), National Integration Award (Delhi) and Padmashree (Govt of India). He is a Fulbright Scholar (1968). Received Ford West European Fellowship (1971).Earned a Doctorate in Comparative Literature (Bloomington, Indiana) and in Indian Poetics (Bombay University). Taught and researched at the M S University (Vadodara),Jadavpur University (Kolkata), Sorbonne University (Paris), University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago (USA) etc. He was Vice Chancellor of Saurashtra University (1990-1993). Chief Editor, Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature (1977-82). Edits the research journal ‘Forbes Gujarati SabhaTraimasik’.

Shashi Deshpande

Shashi DeshpandeNovelist and short story writer, Shashi Deshpande has ten novels, two crime novellas, a number of short story collections, a book of essays and four children’s books to her credit. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for `That Long Silence’. `Small Remedies’, `Moving On’, `In The Country of Deceit’, `Ships that Pass’ and `Shadow Play’, which was released very recently, are her latest novels. Some of her short stories and novels have been translated into a number of Indian as well as many European languages. Apart from fiction, she has written essays and articles on literature, language, on Indian writing in English, feminism and women’s writing, some of which have been collected in a book `Writing from the Margin’. She has written the script for the award-winning Hindi feature film `Drishti’ and translated two plays by Adya Rangacharya, eminent Kannada writer, as well as his memoirs, from Kannada into English as also a novel by Gauri Deshpande from Marathi into English. She was on the Advisory Board (for English) of the Sahitya Akademi for five years and the Chairperson of the Jury for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, 2000. She has been invited to participate in various literary conferences and festivals, as well as to lecture in Universities, both in India and abroad. She was awarded the Padmi Shri in 2008. Shashi Deshpande lives in Bangalore with her husband, a pathologist.

Shubha Vilas

Shubha VilasShubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work Life Balance’ to name a few. He believes that a good teacher, no matter how knowledgeable he may be, always sees the process of learning and teaching simultaneously as an inherent aspect of personal and spiritual growth. Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the country, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling. He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern day life situations.

Sridala Swami

Sridala SwamiSridala Swami is a poet, photographer and critic. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor, was published by the Sahitya Akademi in 2007. A second collection, Escape Artist, is forthcoming. Swami is currently Writer-in-Residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She blogs at The Spaniard In The Works.

Sunil Sethi

Sunil SethiSunil Sethi graduated with an honours degree in English Literature from Delhi University in 1974. He is Senior Editor at NDTV and hosts the popular weekend literary show Just Books on the influential NDTV 24x7 and NDTV Profit channels. His weekend show on arts and entertainment Limelight on the same channel ran successfully for five years from 1999 to 2004. He has been a nationally syndicated columnist, with weekly columns in both the country’s leading English dailies, the Times of India and the Indian Express. His column Al Fresco on public affairs appears every fortnight in the financial paper Business Standard. Sunil Sethi was among the founding editorial team of India’s premier newsmagazine India Today (1976-1985). He has been Features Editor of Sunday Mail (1986-1988) and the Hindustan Times (1989). He was India correspondent of The Boston Globe and reported on South Asian affairs for The Economist. He has scripted and presented documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 television networks. In 1989-90 Sunil Sethi was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2003 he was awarded the Japan Foundation fellowship. A specialist on architecture and design, his books Indian Interiors (2001) and Inside Asia (2005), a two-volume architectural exploration along the Buddhist route from India to Japan, are both published by Taschen. His latest book The Big Bookshelf: Sunil Sethi in conversation with 30 famous writers was published by Penguin in 2011. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar in the United States; in The Guardian, Daily Telegraph magazine, Tatler, World of Interiors and Conde Nast Traveller in Britain; and many other publications round the world. Sunil Sethi is married to the textile designer Shalini. They have one daughter and live in New Delhi.

Tony D’Souza

Tony D’SouzaTony D’Souza was born and raised in Chicago; his mother served in the US Peace Corps in Karnataka 1966-68, where she married his father, a Manglorean Catholic from Chikmugulur. Tony has published three novels with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; his second, “The Konkans,” was released in India by Rupa. His recent novel, “Mule,” centers on the US drug trade and was optioned for film by Warner Bros. Tony has contributed to the New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Salon, Granta, Prospect, and many other magazines. He has been honored in the States for his fiction and journalism, receiving prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the US National Endowment for the Arts, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He teaches at the University of Tampa, and lives in Florida with his two small children, Gwendolyn and Rohan. His novel, “Whiteman,” based on his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and the Ivorian Civil War, won or was a finalist for nearly every US first novel prize. It was a New York Times Editor’s Pick and was named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “greatest fiction travel books of all time.”

Veena Sikri

Veena Sikri Professor Veena Sikri held the Ford Foundation endowed Chair at the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University (New Delhi) from February 2009 to October 2013. She was head of the Bangladesh Studies Programme, and among other exchange initiatives with University of Dhaka, co-edited the volume on “Contemporarising Tagore and the World”, which was released by the President of India in May 2013. Her three-year assignment (November 2008 to October 2011) as Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, culminated in the book “India & Malaysia : Intertwined Strands”, which was released in New Delhi in September 2013 by the Vice President of India. Currently, Professor Veena Sikri is Vice Chairperson of the South Asia Foundation (India Chapter), a secular, non-profit and non-political organization with eight autonomous chapters across South Asia. She writes extensively and is active on the lecture and think-tank circuit, focusing on South Asia, Southeast Asia, and gender issues. Professor Veena Sikri has conceptualised and is Convener of the South Asia Women’s Network (SWAN). SWAN emerged from the Conference on “Women of South Asia : Partners in Development”, held at Jamia Millia Islamia in March 2009, inaugurated by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh. SWAN brings together women from nine South Asian countries : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Eight South Asia Women’s Networks (SWANs) have been established so that women working in similar sectors can exchange experiences and best practices, evolve joint projects, and so bond with each other in friendship and harmony. The eight SWANs cover the sectors of Arts and Literature; Crafts and Textiles; Education; Environment; Health, Nutrition and Food Sovereignty; Finance, Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship Development; Women in Media; and Women in Peacemaking. The fifth annual Conference of SWAN held in August 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has agreed upon a Roadmap for Sustainable Development for the Women of South Asia. Veena Sikri holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Before joining the world of academia, Veena has had rich and distinguished experiences for more than three and a half decades as a career diplomat with the Indian Foreign Service. She has been India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, and India’s Consul General in Hong Kong. She has held challenging and prestigious assignments in the Indian Embassies in Moscow, Paris, Kathmandu and in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in New York. She has been closely involved in multilateral diplomacy and international conferences, and has represented India in the UN Security Council, ECOSOC, UNESCO, and at Summit meetings of SAARC and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Veena was Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for almost four years from 1989 to 1992. During these years she was intensively involved in the organization of Festivals of India abroad and with developing and strengthening India’s cultural and educational ties with its neighbours and all other nations. Veena firmly believes that the key to improving relationships among nations, in friendship and harmony, lies through deepening people-to-people linkages. If people across borders understand and appreciate each other, the result can only be peace, stability and prosperity all around.

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro

Victor Rangel-RibeiroVictor Rangel-Ribeiro’s career as a writer, editor, teacher, and music critic spans seven decades and two continents. Born in Porvorim, Goa, in 1925, he began his writing career in Bombay, holding key editorial positions at the Indian Expressand Times of Indiagroups before going on to become Head of Copy Department at J. Walter Thompson Co., Bombay, the first Indian to hold that post. Migrating to the United States in 1956, he continued his dual career there, writing music criticism for the New York Times, being named Copy Chief at a New York ad agency, and getting his short stories published in prestigious literary magazines. His award-winning novel Tivolem,set in Goa and published simultaneously in the USA and in India,was widely praised by critics in both countries; Booklist named it as one of twenty notable first novels of 1998. His short storycollection, Loving Ayesha, was published by HarperCollins (India) in 2003. In India his stories have appeared in The Little Magazine, the Illustrated Weekly, andthe National and Sunday Standards, in Goathey have appeared in Navhind Times and Govapuri, and been anthologized in Ferry Crossings and Inside Out. Besides authoring several books on classical music, Rangel-Ribeiro has also edited close to forty book-length manuscripts for such publishers as Macmillan and two academic presses.He has given creative writing workshops in Mumbai, Goa,Mauritius and New York, taught in New York’s school system, been associated with Pace University’s Straus Thinking and Learning Center, and until recently mentored graduate students at New Jersey’sFairleigh Dickinson University’s Master of Fine Arts programme. Rangel-Ribeiro’s work has been assessed in two reference books, South Asian Novelists in English, an A-to-Z Guide (2003), and South Asian Literature in English, an Encyclopedia (2004).

Vijai Vardhan

Vijai VardhanAfter graduating in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Vijai Vardhan joined the Haryana Cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S.) in 1985. He is drawn to the mystic and has a deep and abiding interest in Sufism, Confucianism and Taoism. As a voice-over artiste, he lends his voice regularly to documentary films, theatre, social causes and poetry festivals. He gives occasional public recitals of ecstatic poetry of the world's greatest romantic, radical and Sufi traditions in Hindi, English and Urdu. Deeply interested in mysticism and history, he has authored four books till now. His collection of Sufi Haiku in English titled, 'Beyond the Great Beyond' and 'Ibadat - The Breath of My Soul' have been greatly appreciated by critics and readers alike. His latest book 'Kurukshetra - Timeless Sanctity' published by the reputed publishing house ' Wisdom Tree' is a result of six years of intense historical research. Vijai Vardhan has contributed to the preservation and propagation of our heritage by conceiving the Pinjore Heritage Festival, Kartik Utsav at Raja Nahar Singh’s Palace, Ballabgarh, Faridabad and by restoring the ancient Mata Mansa Devi Temple at Panchkula near Chandigarh. Vijai Vardhan lives in Chandigarh and is presently posted as Principal Secretary, departments of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archaeology & Museums, Government of Haryana.

Vikram Jit Sharda

Vikram Jit ShardaVikram Jit Sharda, is a film, theater, and art critique, writing for the vernaculars in Chandigarh, his style of writing was appreciated by editors, and readers alike, a regular writer on vkrmjit.wordpress.com his articles have been widely read, one day he plans to write a book. Vikram Jit also runs a sweet shop, a vegetarian restaurant, and budget hotels, apart from being Secretary Aurovalley Ashrum Trust, at Raiwalla, in Dheradoon, where he helps, run schools, vocational centers, and health centers, focused to uplift the girls of the region….

Vishnu Surya Wagh

Vishnu Surya WaghVishnu Surya Wagh, a multifaceted personality from Goa who has created an indelible stamp of his own in the arena of politics, literature, jounalism, art & culture with his versatility, is the proud son of Goa. Shri Wagh has been elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Assembly elections (Macrh 2012) from St. Andre Constituency with a thumping margin of electoral votes. He is well known in Goa and Maharashtra for his contribution as a Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist, Actor, Lyricist, Script-writer, Dialogue – writer, Artist, Cartoonist, Eloquent Orator and Scholar of Saint-Literature. Presently he is occupying the post of Chairman of Kala Academy Goa – the apex cultural body of Government of Goa. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa which organizes the International Film Festival of India.

Vishram Gupte

Vishram SharadA Marathi writer who has produced seven books so far. Three novels, three translations and one book of literary essays. Besides participated in seminars dealing with literature and alternative education. Like to observe the contemporary life and understand the role of media in our collective psyche.

Vishwajyoti Ghosh

Vishwajyoti GhoshVishwajyoti Ghosh is a graphic novelist and has curated This Side That Side, an anthology on Partition with graphic narratives from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. A member of the PAO Collective, Ghosh is also the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel DELHI CALM and TIMES NEW ROMAN & COUNTRYMEN, a visual book of classified ads. His comics and cartoons are regularly published in India's leading newspapers and journals. He lives and works in New Delhi.

Vivek Menezes

Vivek MenezesVivek 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.

Vincy Quadros

Vincy Quadros is a Konkani Writer, Translator, Actor, Anchor, Cultural Activist & a Organizer. Born in Raia, Goa in the year 1964 and post-graduated at Karnataka University, Dharwad, has penned down around 13 books of short stories, and novels including children literature. He has also transliterated more than 6 books. He is one of the Bible translators in Konkani. His unpublished works in the Tiatr field and poetry are also admired. Vincy Quadros has served as editor and editorial board member for several publications in Konkani. He has presented research papers at national and international level. His works are in included in many journals and books. His articles on contemporary subjects feature in most of the Konkani magazines every month. He is children litereute who has organized Children conferences. He has served and written a novel on workers movement. He is actively involved with many NGOs and educational institutions. He serves his parish as a catechist. Vincy Quadros has been awarded and honoured by Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Dalgado Konkani Akademi, Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra ani many other social organisations. He has assisted research works as well including Konkani-English Dictionary.

Vinita Dawra Nangia

Vinita Dawra NangiaVinita Dawra Nangia is a Senior Editor, Author and Columnist with The Times of India. With a vast experience of Lifestyle & Features Journalism, she specialises in society and life commentary, with a series of columns in TOI in the field of society, life and relationships. Vinita launched Page 3 and has also been a pioneering fashion journalist. At present she writes a highly popular column -- O-zone every Sunday in Times Life, on contemporary Living & Relationships. Her book "It's Your Life -- Reflections on Contemporary Living & Relationships" has sold more than 12,000 copies in less than a year. Another of Vinita's books that has been brought out this year is a coffee table book on fashion -- "Fashion Fair -- The Journey of 13 Contemporary Designers." Prior to this, she has been responsible for bringing out the 'Times Nightlife Guide' for several years and also the 'Times Style Guide.' Vinita is a regular on the Talk Circuit, and has addressed management and journalism students, a conference of psychiatrists, fashion groups, TEDx, and the international diaspora in India on varied subjects. She has edited some of Times of India’s best known lifestyle papers including Saturday Times, Bombay Times and Delhi Times, apart from conceptualising and launching several products across media platforms.

Yusuf Jameel

Yusuf JameelYusuf Jameel is a South Asian journalist known for his coverage of the Kashmir conflict. He has worked for the BBC, Reuters, Time magazine, Voice of America, the New York Times, Khaleej Times and The National and is currently the Kashmir correspondent of the Indian global newspapers the Asian and sister publication Deccan Chronicle. He received International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, New York in 1996, which recognized him as courageous journalist who had "to withstand pressure and attacks from all parties to the conflict in Kashmir". Jameel faced constant threats from all sides, was illegally detained by the Indian army, and faced half a dozen assassination attempts which include the September 1995 parcel bomb explosion in his Srinagar office in which Asian News International (ANI) cameraman Mushtaq Ali was killed. Jameel who was then working for the BBC was along with another photojournalist H.U. Naqash injured in the attack. After the incident, Jameel moved to London for a few months for treatment of the injuries he had received in the bombing before returning to India. Jameel also won the first Best Journalist/Writer award instituted by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) in 2006. 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 Kashmiri Sufi poet Abdul Ahad Zargar.