Abeer Y. Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She has published a monograph of travel photographs and poems (The Long Way Home, 2013), a collection of stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers, 2015), and a memoir (Olive Witch, 2016). See more at olivewitch.com.
Translator from French/English to Marathi. Translated excerpts by Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus; ‘The Outsider’ - Albert Camus; ‘Creative Circuit’ - K.G. Subramanyan. Writer, editor and lecturer (cinema and visual arts) at institutes like FTII (Pune), NFAI (Pune), J.J. School of Arts (Mumbai). Creative Head, Pune International Film Festival.
Aditya Sudarshan is the author of three novels, A Nice Quiet Holiday (Westland Books, 2009), Show Me A Hero (Rupa and Co., 2011) and most recently, The Persecution of Madhav Tripathi (Harper Collins India, 2015). His short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies. He is also the author of a number of produced plays, including The Green Room, winner of the Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award for 2011. He writes literary criticism for The Hindu Literary Review and other publications, and political satire for NDTV's The Great Indian Tamasha.
Writer of Six Books. Namely SMS, Bawari Radhika, Rudali, Prashnachinna, Majya Kavitanchi Diary, Olya Saanj Savlya. Won National Award of Bharatiya Basha Parishad-Kolkata for ‘SMS’. Goa Konkani Academy & Konkani Basha Mandal award for Bawari Radhika. Last Year Govt. of Goa presented prestigious ‘Yuva Srujan Puraskar’(Literature) to me. I am a Journalist, Coloum Writter & Bussinessman. I am the Director of Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir Ponda .
Born in Rangoon, Burma 16.12.1934 . He has done his Schooling at St Mary's High School, Mount Abu-- Senior Cambridge 1951 , College at St Xavier's College, Bombay B.Sc 1956 and Diploma in Business Management at University of Bombay in 1968. my Work Experience J Walter Thompson Co (India) Ltd from 1957 to 1963, V M Salgaocar e Irmao Ltd.from 1963 to 1965 , Cosme Mathias Menezes & Co Ltd. from 1965 to 1969 ,V M Salgaocar & Bro. Ltd.from 1969 to 1973 ,Dil Udyog Electronics Pvt Ltd (our own company)from 1973 to 2015 (retired December 2015).and Specialisation in Marketing.
Amita Kanekar is an architectural historian and novelist. Her novel about the Buddha, A Spoke in the Wheel, was published by HarperCollins (2005) and republished by Navayana (2014). She has also written a guidebook on the architecture of the Portuguese Sea Forts of Goa (Deccan Heritage Foundation, 2015), has published papers on the architecture of the Ikkeri Nayakas, and writes a regular column on issues of history, architecture, and politics.
Amruta Patil, writer and painter, is the author of graphic novels Kari (2008), Adi Parva: Churning the Ocean (2012) and Sauptik: Blood and Flowers (2016). http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com
Angélica Freitas (Brazil, 1973) is the author of two books of poetry, Rilke shake, translated by Hilary Kaplan and winner of the Best Translated Book Award and of the National Translation Award, and Um útero é do tamanho de um punho (A uterus is the size of a fist). She also published a graphic novel, Guadalupe (2012). Freitas’s poems have been published in magazines such as Granta, Modern Poetry in Translation and The White Review.
After 20 years of working in the fields of journalism, communications and graphic design, Aniruddha Sen Gupta has returned to his first love – writing – since he moved to Goa in 2006. So far, he has authored a couple of books in a children's adventure series, a graphic guidebook on environmental matters, and a sprinkling of short stories and comics in various anthologies. He is currently working on a chronicle of his travels by road around India with his wife Anjali and their dogs. Interspersed with all this, he enjoys setting, conducting and participating in quizzes, and is a founder-member of Goa's Sunday Evening Quiz Club.
Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay. Her first novel, Saraswati Park, won the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliott Prizes and the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for fiction. Her second novel, Another Country, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Award. The Living, her third novel, appeared this year. www.anjalijoseph.com.(Photo credit : C J Humphries)
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.
Anubhav Tulasi (1958) is a major voice in Assamese literature. He is a literary translator, also wrote poetry and film criticism, and short-fiction. Authored thirty odd books out of which fourteen are poetry collections in Assamese. Teaches English in a Gauhati University college and lives permanently in Guwahati.
Anuradha Goyal is the author of best-selling book The Mouse Charmers - Digital Pioneers of India that documents the business biographies of pioneering digital companies of India. She authors the award-winning Travel Blog - IndiTales and writes a travel column 'Stories from the Road' for Navhind Times. Her book reviews blog 'AnuReviews' has over 500 books reviewed across genres and it finds a place in Limca Book of Records for being the largest book reviews blog of India. In her earlier avatar, she has worked in IT industry for 12 years. She has lived in 15 cities in India and abroad before choosing to live in Goa with her library.
Arshia Sattar is a critically acclaimed translator, writer, scholar, teacher and the founder of the Sangam House International Residency Programme in Bangalore. She has a Ph.D. from the Dept. of South Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Her much loved English translations ofValmiki’s Ramayana and the Kathasaritsagara are Penguin Classics. Juggernaut has just published her 'Ramayana for Children' and her next book, 'Uttara: The Book of Answers' was published byPenguinRandomhouse in November 2016.
She is also the author of ‘Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish’, 'The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India' and three books for children: ‘Kishkindha Tails,’ ‘Pampa Sutra’ and 'Adventures with Hanuman.
Arthy Muthanna Singh is a children’s writer, freelance journalist, copywriter, editor and cartoonist, whose daytime job is that of Senior Editor, Limca Book of Records (since 2003). Books published: 35+ with publishers like Penguin, Puffin, Scholastic, Tata Donnelley, Frank, Ratna Sagar, Mango Books (DC Books), etc. She conducts creative writing workshops at the British Council Library (Mumbai and Delhi), IIT Delhi, IBS Business School, Gurgaon, The British School, Delhi, etc.
Being born and brought up in small town USA, Asha Aggarwal is the original ABCD. She loves to travel and experience different cultures through cuisine. She has recently achieved her dream of being a published writer, short stories and poetry is her forte. Her husband and two daughters are extremely supportive and give her plenty of fodder for her stories. She has been blessed with a dirty mind and a wild imagination.
Professor, Dept. of English, Tripura University, Agartala.Born in a family of theatre exponents and painters, Ashes is a painter and documentary film maker on the ethnicity and culture of Tripura and has been translating extensively from Kokbarak and Bangla to English. His areas of academic interest include colour-emotion parameters, landscape-literature correlations, performance and theater, refugee narratives of partition and formulation of a distinct North Eastern aesthetic and critical paradigm. A strong dissenting voice that perpetually counters perceived notions of marginality attributed to NE creativity, Ashes is an exponent of North Eastern centrality. He has authored the following books "The Fragrant Joom "A Translation of Modern Kokbarak Poetry to English," Colourscapes "Theorising Colours and the forthcoming edited vol. Imaging and Imagining the North East.His most appreciated documentaries include "Vanaaj"In Search of Green ,"Fading Melodies" Ethnic Musical Instruments of Tripura and "Doibee" An Encounter with the Gods
Astri Ghosh is a writer and a translator. She has translated 12 books into Norwegian, English and Hindi and her translations have been included in three anthologies. She has recently acted in two films. When she is not looking sad in movies, she enjoys walking on the beach in Goa.
Augusto Pinto teaches English at a college in Goa and is a book reviewer, essayist and a translator of Konkani into English. He has translated the work of several important Konkani writers. Forthcoming is translation of a selection of stories of Jayanti Naik: The Salt of the Earth: Stories from Rustic Goa, Goa1556.
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a film-maker and cinematographer based in Mumbai. He works in various genres of film and video making, is actively involved in art, cinema and cultural pedagogy and works as a curator of film programmes. He also works with visual artists as a collaborator on installation art projects. His films include 'Nostalgia for the Future', 'Electric Shadows - Journeys in Image-making', 'To Let the World In', 'Vertical City', 'Certified Universal' and 'Snapshots from a Family Album'.
Judah began his career in Russia as a reporter for Reuters in Moscow, travelling widely in Russia and the former Soviet Union. As a conflict reporter he covered the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the 2010 Kyrgyz Revolution and the 2011 Tunisian Revolution. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to Standpoint (magazine) reporting extensively from the Caucasus, Siberia, Central Asia and Xinjiang. In 2010 he joined the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think-tank, as a Policy Fellow researching Vladimir Putin and Russian politics. His report Dealing With A Post-BRIC Russia was reviewed in the Financial Times by John Lloyd, who summarized it as arguing "Russia is no longer to be counted with Brazil, India and China a rapidly growing state." In 2013 he was a Visiting Fellow at the European Stability Initiative in Istanbul, researching Russo-Turkish relations. His first book Fragile Empire (2013), a study of Vladimir Putin's Russia, was published by Yale University Press. In a review the Economist said "he shuttles to and fro across Russia's vast terrain, finding criminals, liars, fascists and crooked politicians, as well as the occasional saintly figure." Fragile Empire was chosen by Gideon Rachman as one of the Financial Times summer books of the year 2013, who called it "a beautifully written and very lively study of Russia that argues that the political order created by Vladimir Putin is stagnating." John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley, former chief executive of BP, told the Financial Times the book was top of his summer reading list. Perry Anderson praised the book as "a fine analysis of the nature and prospects of the Moscow opposition." Judah has since become a regular columnist on Russian affairs and London's role as a money laundering centre, writing in frequently in The New York Times, the Financial Times and The Sunday Times. He is a regular guest on CNN, BBC NEWS and Channel 4 News and is a contributing writer for Politico Europe where he reports on Britain. In 2016 he was shortlisted for Feature Writer Of The Year at the British Press Awards. His second book This Is London (2016) was published by Picador. The poet Blake Morrison, reviewing the book for The Guardian writes that this "epic account of contemporary London is ... motivated by a desire to show our capital in its true (new) colours: as a megacity of global migrants, some of them rich, most of them poor, few of them happy with their lot." John Gapper praised the book in the Financial Times saying "it recalls the journalism of Orwell," as did Rachel Cooke in the New Statesman who said "every MP should be given a copy immediately. On every page lies an uncomfortable truth, in every paragraph sheer horror. It is a book that demonstrably improves the eyesight. Read it, and the streets will look different: I guarantee it."
Benyamin has published fifteen books in Malayalam including seven novels, three short story collections and a travelogue and memories. His most famous work, Goat days is a best seller in Malayalam and translated into many languages like English, Arabic, Tamil, kannada. Thai, Nepali etc.. It is a text book for many universities and received Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 2009 and long listed for Man Asian Literature Prize 2013 and Short listed for DSC prize for South Asian literature 2014. The Arabic translation of the books is banned in Saudi Arabia and UAE. His other major works include Euthanasia, Second book of Prophets, 20 years of Christian Quarrels and Yellow lights of death. His latest work ‘Al Arabian novel factory’ is also banned in UAE.
She has a BFA (Applied Art) from Sir JJ School of Art, with 25 years in Graphic design and copywriting. She is among the few Art/ Creative directors who also write. Her debut fiction novel will be published early next year by Goa,1556. It is an illustrated novel. She is a member of Goa Writers.
Brian Mendonca, poet, writer and blogger teaches English language and literatures in English at Carmel College, Goa. He has self-published two volumes of poems, viz. Last Bus to Vasco: Poems from Goa (2006) and A Peace of India: Poems in Transit (2011). He was guest editor of Muse India’s special issue on Goan Literature (Volume 50). Brian chronicles the life and times of Goa in his column titled ‘On My Mind’ in Weekender published in Goa on Sundays. He lives in the port town of Vasco with his wife and son. His work can be accessed at www.lastbustovasco.blogspot.in.
Chandan Gowda teaches at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. He has recently translated UR Ananthamurthy's story, Bara(Oxford Univ Press, 2016) and edited,Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan (HarperCollins, 2016). He has also directed Sahitya Sahavasa (In the Company of Literature), a series of video lectures of UR Ananthamurthy on modern Kannada writers which were telecast on Doordarshan in 2014. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state and editing,The Post Office of Abachooru, a book of short stories of KP Purnachandra Tejasvi (HarperCollins, 2017). He also writes a weekly column on culture and politics in Bangalore Mirror.
Constantino Xavier, Fellow, Carnegie India Dr. Constantino Xavier is a fellow at Carnegie India, based in New Delhi, where his research focuses on India’s foreign policy, in particular relations with its neighboring countries. He holds a Ph.D. in South Asian studies from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and is a graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University. As an Indo-German Portuguese with strong links to Goa, he has extensively written on and lobbied for closer links between India and the Portuguese-speaking world, and co-edited a special issue of Seminar on “India and the Lusosphere” (2012). He previously worked as a correspondent for the Portuguese weekly “Expresso” across South Asia, and his research was funded by awards from the United States Fulbright program and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Cyprian Fernandes is the author of Yesterday in Paradise Cyprian Fernandes has been a journalist for 56 years. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya on September 16, 1943. He was forced to leave school at the age 13. He became a journalist in 1960 and the rest as they say is history. Yesterday in Paradise is his debut novel. http://www.syahee.com/page/cyprian-fernandes
Darshan Darshi (D.K.Vaid) is a Dogri poet, novelist and literary critic of eminence.A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 2006, he also stands honoured by J&K Academy of Art,Culture and Languages. His poetry is taught at post-graduate level by the Dogri Department of Jammu University besides undergraduate classes.He also translates from dogri to english.A former Director of education with J&K Govt., he lives in Jammu.
A teacher by profession. Writes in Konkani. Wrote several books i.e. Novels, short stories, literature for children & poems. Won several awards including Sahitya Akademi award in 2007.
Dhruba Hazarika was born in Shillong and educated in St. Edmund’s School & College. He completed his Masters in Economics in 1979 from Guwahati University. Before joining the Civil Services in 1983 he had also worked as a salesman in Delhi and as a lecturer in economics in Jagiroad college, Assam. In early 2016 he retired from the Indian Administrative Service. He has written over a 100 short stories and essays in various magazines, journals, newspapers. He has authored three books till date comprising two novels, A Bowstring Winter, Sons of Brahma(novels) and Luck(short stories). He is a recipient of the DY365 Literary Award (2014) and the Katha Award(1994) besides being a founder member of the prestigious North-East Writers Forum.
Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow (National University of Singapore), Edwin Thumboo has been involved in Singapore’s literary developments since 1951 as poet, critic, anthologiser, and arts administrator. His initiatives include the Creative Arts Programme, National Poetry Festival, and what has become the Singapore Writers Festival. Word-Gate, his seventh book of poems, was published in 2013.
Faisal Devji is Reader in Indian History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Antony's College. He is the author of four books, Landscapes of the Jihad (2005), The Terrorist in Search of Humanity (2009), The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence (2012) and Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea (2013).
Fatima M Noronha’s work has featured in national and regional publications in India, as well as overseas, online and on air. Born in Lisbon, having called many places home, she has returned to her roots in Goa. Stray Mango Branches, a collection of vignettes of life in Goa, appeared in 2013.
Fernando Jorge Colaço is a prominent Advocate and Notary in Goa, particularly respected for his knowledge of the Portuguese law applicable in the region. Born in Loutulim, Salcete, Goa, he is a Law Graduate (‘Licenciado em Direito’) of the University of Lisbon. This year, he releases his memoir, a book on the death penalty and a third work on the judiciary in Goa, Daman and Diu in the aftermath of 1961
Dr. G Aloysiusa has authored various books, among which are his recent books Lakshmi Narasu`s religion of the modern Buddhist, 2002; Swami Dharmatheertha’s no freedom with caste: the menace of Hindu imperialism (edited and introduced,2004; Lakshmi Narasu’s what is Buddhism (edited & introduced), 2006. Dr. G Aloysius has also published numerous research papers and booklets on various topics reputed international journals like economic and political weekly, critical quest. He has research and teaching experience from 1991 – 2008. Dr. Aloysius has been a visiting professer at Cafod (U. K.) And Cebemo (Netherlands), University of Hyderabad, University of Heidelberg, Delhi University. He has a field world experience in the organizational and educational activities among the tribals and scheduled castes of Jharkhand from 1977 to 1988. His educational qualification includes a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), An Integrated 3 Year Course in Philosophy – Theology, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Arts, (Sociology), Master of Philosophy (Sociology). His language fluency includes English, Hindi and Tamil.
G.Akila's poems (free verse, haiku, haibun and tanka) have been published in many anthologies and online journals. She is a member of the Twin City Poetry Club, Hyderabad and is closely associated with Nivasini Publishers, Hyderabad as a part of their editorial team.
Geetanjali Shree has written the novels Mai, Hamara Shahar Us Baras, Tirohit and Khali Jagah, and has five short story collections. She is acclaimed for her innovative and adventurous style, both in terms of theme and language. Her new novel "Ret Samadhi"is in the press and will be out shortly.
While her creative writing is in Hindi, her non-fictional writings are in English and Hindi. She has been translated in other Indian languages and in European languages such as English, French and German. She works on and off with a theatre group called Vivadi in Delhi and devises scripts for performances.
Gerson da Cunha : Five years in PTI-Reuters and 25 years in Lintas and Hindustan Lever, the last 10 as head of Lintas. Ten years in UNICEF in Latin America and New
York. Works with citizen groups in Mumbai. HarperCollins has published his poems, “So Far.” A lifetime in the theatre and cinema.
Giriraj Kishore is a Short Story Writer, Novelist, Play Wright, Essayist, Column -Writer in various newspapers and Journals. He is the Head, at the Center for Creative Writing, I.I.T., Kanpur from 1981 till retirement in 1997. The said Centre was founded by him. The President of India Awarded Padmashri in 2007 by the President of India for his services in Hindi Literature and Education.
He has written a number of short stories, namely, NeemKePhool, Char Moti Be Aab, Paper Weight, RishtaAurAnyeKahanian, Shahar Der Shahar, Hum PyarKarlen, JagattarniAvemAnyeKahaniyan, Gana Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Ka, Valdrozi, YehDehKiskiHai, Hamare Malik Sab Ke Malik. Most of the stories are now compiled in five volumes published by Praveen Prakashan, New Delhi.
His novels include Loog, Chidiyaghar, Doo, IndraSunen, Davedar, TeesriSatta, Yathaprastavit, Parishist, Aslaha, Antardhwans, Dhaighar,(translatited in URDU, Tamil, Oria, Bangla, EnglishEtc.) Yatnaghar, PehlaGirmitia (An epic Novel on Gandhi's life in South Africa) translated in Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati and English. BAA (translated in Oriya, Gujrati, Kannada, Marathi), Swarnmrig, AnjneyeJayete (to be published) Eight short novels are compiled in two volumes namely Ashtachakraprt. 1 and 2 published by Atma Ram & Sons, Delhi.
Narmedh, Praja Hi Rehne Do, ChehreChehreKiskeChehre, Kewalmera Nam Lo, JurmAyed, Kath Ki Topi are the names of the plays written by him.
Among the various honours and awards he has also been the recepient of Shatdal award by The President of India on behalf of Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata.
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar lives and works in Jharkhand. His novel, "The Mysterious Ailment Of Rupi Baskey", won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2015, while his collection of short stories, "The Adivasi Will Not Dance", was launched at the GALF 2015. His next novel, "A Memorial", is forthcoming in 2017.
Hema Myer Sood completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1985 from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. The wisdom of the Bhagavad Geetha deeply influenced her writing and formed the theme of her initial books. The first two books of the Karmic trilogy were released in 2015. The City of Lord Brahma and The City of Lord Vishnu use the genre of fiction to acquaint the reader with profound insights of ancient Indian philosophy. It is a light hearted portrayal of a group of people whose lives are enhanced and transformed by their encounters with the Soul. The Soul reveals enlightening wisdom and imparts unique insights into cosmic mysteries. The trilogy is interspersed with poetry and mystical wisdom and propagates different levels of consciousness. Her sixth book- Karmic Cords with Warren Hitesh Myer is being released at GALF 2016. It is poignant narrative of the author’s personal loss of her only sibling in October 2014. He was 53 years old and it shattered her parents and extended family. He lived in San Jose, CA. He created the world's first mortgage website in 1992 and won many prestigious awards. This book is written as an accolade and celebration of his brilliant achievements in the US. It also includes many newspaper articles and Facebook posts tributes. Hema is based in Goa, India. She is a certified Reiki Grandmaster and practices alternate healing and channelling.
Imphal Talkies is a six member folk rock band from Manipur, formed in 2008 by Akhu Chingangbam. The band has cut two albums so far, Tiddim Road(2009) and When The Home Is Burning(2014) and have released singles from time to time.
The band is known for its political songs and representing the minority communities in India through its music. The band's front man, Akhu Chingangbam, has collaborated with British electronica act Asian Dub Foundation for the television series The Dewarists of Star World.
The band conceived The Imphal Music Project in January 2013, an attempt to make musical collaboration possible between artists from Indian subcontinent. The project has brought together artists like Rahul Ram of Indian Ocean, Tangkhul Folk singer Guru Rewben Mashangva, Mumbai based guitarist Summit Attempt, etc.
The band was chosen as one of the 33 bands from 33 countries for the music album compilation entitled “Album of the Revolution” released in UK by Un-convention and In Place of War.
The band is currently working on their third album
The band's single “Eche (A tribute to Irom Sharmila)” was used by Amnesty International India as part of their campaign to release Irom Sharmila.
Under Akhu's initiative the band is currently working under the project titled A Native Tongue Called Peace at a children home in Imphal with 65 children. The project has released four original songs.
1. Ronidkumar Chingangbam (Akhu) – Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica
2. Sachidananda Angom – Guitars
3. Karnajit Laishram – Bass
4. Sunil Singh – Drums
5. Irom Singthoi – Cajon
6. Chaoba Thiyam – Pena (Traditional Bow Instrument)
Ivan Arthur is the author of five books, Pavement Prayers, Brands Under Fire, Once More Upon a Time, Jossie and The Fourteen Stations and creator/publisher of two hibernating blogs, Excalibur and Thurifer. Arthur is a three-times winner of the WPP international Atticus Award for original writing. He was inducted into India’s Communication Arts Guild Hall of Fame. He is a former Area Creative Director of JWT, in charge of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangla Desh. As Vice-Chairman and trustee he designed and conducted the Communication Specialization at the Asian Institute of Communication and Research. He has addressed international advertising conferences in the Philippines and Cairo. He has conducted workshops on creativity in Sri Lanka, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh and in Milan. He now lives with his wife in Goa.
Dr. Jayanti Naik who hails from Amona in Quepem taluka of Goa is an eminent Folklorist and Konkani litterateur. After studying Sociology in Mysore University at post – graduate level she has completed her doctorate in Konkani at Goa University. She has also done post- graduate Diploma course in Folklore of IKS of Mysore University. She has written 34 books, 16 of which are on folklore and the other are on various genres of literature including short story, poetry, drama, essay, children’s literature, and translation etc. Beside English her own stories have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, and Mallyalam languages. Her works are studied at graduate and post graduate leval. She has participated in number of state and national level seminars and presented research papers. Also she has guided number of workshops on literature and folklore as resource person. She is recipient of number of state and national level awards, most notable of which are Kala Academy Literary Award I 2002; Sahity Akademy Literary Award in 2004 for her collection of short story ‘ Athang ‘ and Yashodamini Award in 2009 of Dir. of Women and Child development , Govt. of Goa for her over all literary contribution. She is the Editor of ‘ Ananya ’ – A six monthly literary journal of Goa Konkani Akademi.
Jayprad Desai is a writer-director and a film graduate from New York. His debut Marathi feature film Nagrik is the winner of 5 Maharashtra State Awards including Best Social Film, Director and others numerous awards including Best Director, Jury award at MICTA, Sydney. He has also made major television commercials and documentaries in India and abroad. He’s currently working on his Hindi feature.
Jerry Pinto is the author of Em and the Big Hoom (winner of the Hindu Lit for Life Prize, the Crossword Award for Fiction, and the Windham-Campbell Award administered by the Beinecke Library at Yale University) and Helen: the life and times of a Bollywood H-Bomb (winner of the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema). He teaches journalism at the Sophia Polytechnic's SCM post-graduate media course in Mumbai (scmsophia.com). (Photo credit : Ashima Narain)
Jessica Faleiro writes. Her fiction, non-fiction and poems have appeared in Indian Quarterly, Rockland Lit, Mascara Literary Review, Muse India, IndiaCurrents, TimesCrest, tambdimati and in various anthologies. Her debut novel ‘Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa’ was published by Rupa in 2012 and she is working on her next novel. Jessica also hosts talks on the writing life and runs writing workshops in Goa. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK. For more information, please visit her website: https://jessicafaleiro.wordpress.com
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Jorge Barreto Xavier was born in Goa, India, in 1965. In 1970, he moved with his parents and siblings to Guarda, a town in Northern Portugal, where he lived until 1984. It was at that time that he began to form the perspectives that guide him till today : work to build a citizens’ society; belief in the value of Man and of every man and woman; choice of the social and cultural areas as a standing point for my public action. After completing secondary education, he moved to Lisbon in 1984 to study Law.
In 1986, when Xavier was 20 years old, he founded the Portuguese Club of Arts and Ideas, which became the largest Portuguese non profit organization supporting young artists.
In 1987, he coordinated the I Portuguese Arts and Ideas Show. The show gave rise to a series of annual competitions that included: New Values of Culture (1988), Culture and Development (1989 and 1990), and Young Artists (1990-2012).
In 1992, he created the Paideia program – art in secondary schools – which ran in 180 schools throughout the country until 1997.
In 1998, he created the Common Place, Center for Art Experimentation (the most important at that time in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe), at the Gun Powder Factory of Barcarena, in Oeiras, which he ran for about four years, until January 2003.
In 2003, he became deputy mayor of the City Council of Oeiras, with responsibility for Culture, Youth, and Consumer Protection. During this period, he also coordinated the inter-ministerial working group for Education and Culture for the Portuguese Government.
From 2006 to 2008, he coordinated the Rehabilitation through Art Project for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In April 2008 he was appointed director-general of the arts at the Ministry of Culture, a role which he occupied until July 2010.
In November 2010, he became a member of the Council of the Department of Communication and Arts at the University of Aveiro, and in April 2011 he started collaborating with the Choices Program of the High Commissioner for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI).
In September 2011, he became an invited assistant professor at ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, where teaching Public Policy of Culture and Management of Creative Industries and writing his PhD on Public Policy.
In October 2012 he accepted the invitation of the Prime Minister of Portugal, to work directly with him as Secretary of State for Culture what he has done until October 2015 (the term of the Government).
In 2016, he is back to Lisbon University Institute, to teach, to write his PhD thesis and creating a new initiative, the Programme on Culture, Development and Society.
Jose Lourenco's short fiction, poetry, translations and essays in Konkani and English have appeared in various publications. He is also the author of The Parish Churches of Goa, a study of façade architecture. His publishing firm Amazing Goa Publications experiments with innovative products for education and information. He is presently the Vice-President of Goa Konkani Akademi
Josh Steinbauer is an award-winning filmmaker living in New York City. He has three films currently in festivals: Cap’n Flapjack, Paper Stars and Matter Out Of Place. Many of his short films (including poetry videos with Abeer Hoque) can be seen here: vimeo.com/joshs
Jugneeta Sudan has led a peripatetic life. Her rootlessness roots her. She keeps herself occupied with classical literature in dialogue with music, art, philosophy, theology, history and cinema. Her non-fiction writing stems from her preoccupations and book reading activity. She is learning to live a poetic life with a marvelous kind of negative capability.
K. Satchidanandan is a Malayalam poet and playwright, bilingual critic, translator and editor. His collected poems in Malayalam( Kavitakal, 1965-2015, DC Books ) and Selected Poems in English ( The Missing Rib, Poetrywalla)were published in 2016.His translations from world poetry has appeared in four volumes. He has four books in English on Indian literature besides several volumes of essays in Malayalam and many edited volumes of prose and poetry. He has won 37 awards and honours including Sahitya Akademi award and Knighthood from the Govt of Ital, was on the Ladbroke list of Nobel probables in 2009 and 2011 and is a Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and was a National Fellow at IIAS, Shimla. (For more details see entry on K. Satchidanandan , Wikipedia)
Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi. He is the author of the novels Family Planning (2008), a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Association of Small Bombs (2016), recently named a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, n+1, and other venues. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is at work on his third novel.
Kaustubh is a writer and researcher from Goa. An alumnus of Ambedkar University Delhi, he is currently named the D.D. Kosambi Junior Research Fellow by the Government of Goa. He writes a fortnightly column for an English daily ‘The Goan’ and occasionaly writes Marathi poetry and prose.
Keshava Guha is a writer of fiction and literary and political journalism. He writes regularly for Scroll and The Hindu, and his work has also appeared in Business Standard, Caravan, Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times and The Telegraph, among other publications. He lives in Bengaluru and Delhi.
Dr. (Mrs.) Kiran Budkuley is Professor and Head, Department of English and Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literature at Goa University. Besides teaching at postgraduate level, she has guided research for M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees on topics related to Literary Studies and Comparative Studies in Translation, Language and Culture. Her own areas of research include ‘Gender and Culture Studies’, Indian Literature, Translation Studies and ‘Konkani Literature and Folklore’. She has presented papers at National and International Conferences and her critical articles in English, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi have appeared in anthologies and reputed journals. -A multilingual scholar, Dr. Budkuley has written eleven books, published/funded by reputed bodies such as National Book Trust India, Sahitya Akademi New Delhi, Institute Menezes Braganza Panaji, Goa Konkani Akademi, V. M. Salgaoncar Foundation, Directorate of Art & Culture Goa, Asmitai Pratisthan. The titles of her books are: Musings in the Meadows: Essya on Goan Literature and Culture(2013), Devotee of the Desirable (Trans. 2011), Darpan: Konkani Kathaeim Hindi Mein (Ed. 2010) Mapping the Mosaic of Culture: Essays on Language and Literature (2009), Akshar Sarita (2009), Shatakaantika (2009), Pani Pe lakeereim (Poems:2009), Konkani Katha Marathit (Ed. 2008; 1st edn 2005),Shenoi Goembab: The Man and His Work (2003), Samikshekaden Ishtaagat(1998), and Sahitya Niyaal: Antarang ani Kayaarupam(1998). --A poet, translator and public speaker, she also writes on social issues. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in several magazines and news papers. She has trans-created the lyrics and commentary into English for the docu-drama ‘Gomant Darshan’ and also penned the commentary for 45 minutes documentary on the life and work of Ravindra Kelekar. -She has been awarded (1) ‘Late Shri Gundu S. Amonkar Triennial Award’-2003, (2) “Late Shri Narsinha Damodar Naik Sahitya Puraskar- 2011” and (3) Goa Konkani Akademi’s Sarvotkrushta Konkani Granth Puraskar- 2012 for her salient contributions to Konkani literature.
German Writer Kornelia Santoro follows the cutting edge of food knowledge since teenage years. After completing her education as a certified journalist, she worked for a decade as news editor for radio and political journalist for a newspaper in Bavaria. She also coached young journalists in Poland during a program of the European Union, shortly after the opening of the Iron Curtain. Then she met her Italian husband while riding an Enfield Bullet through India. The couple settled in Goa. After the birth of her son, Kornelia Santoro started writing cookbooks. As a creative spirit she loves to experiment in the kitchen and to explore the human relationship with food in a profound way. Her first two cookbooks, Kornelia’s Kitchen – Mediterranean Cooking for India and Kornelia’s Kitchen 2 – Cooking for Allergies, have both won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for India. She also writes for magazines and websites in India and Europe. Kornelia Santoro believes that “everything is possible and happiness is a moment of bliss.”
Landeg White works in retirement in Portugal. His books range between literary criticism, history, ethography, fiction, and nine collections of poetry, most recently Living in the Delta: New & Collected Poems, 2015. His verse translation of The Lusíads (Oxford World's Classics) won the TLS translation prize for 1998. His verse translation of The Collected Lyric Poems of Camões (Princeton) appeared in 2008. (www. landegwhite.com)
Leonard Fernandes is co-founder of the Margao-based publishing house, CinnamonTeal Publishing, and of Publishing Next, India's only publishing conference. He is also the co-founder of The Dogears Bookshop in Margao. He has a master's degree in business administration from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Goa Engineering College.
Lou Majaw of Shillong is known for his energetic and electrifying live performances. Though he is largely known for his Bob Dylan celebrations he is one of the earliest “Rock and Roll” songwriters of India. The album “The Road Ahead “ celebrates 50 years of Lou Majaw in the Indian music scene and his music. He is usually accompanied in his live performances by Arjun Sen(Guitar), Sam Shullai (Drums) and Albert (Bass).
Luis Assis Correia has led a colourful life, as a travel agent, journalist and writer. Now with his home for part of the year in Goa, he has written a series of interesting books, dealing with history, his experiences in Africa, and prominent Goan figures like Francisco Luis Gomes. His work has been well received and contributed to the debate in Goa, the diaspora and beyond.
Mahabaleshwar Sail is an eminent Konkani writer based in Goa. His stories successfully encapsulate experiences of living in various social strata through his novels Khol Khol Moolan, Adrista, Aranyakand, Hanvtthan, Yug Sanvar and more. Kali Ganga is one of his highly acclaimed novels, which has a river as its protagonist. Sail's novels consistently showcase a rare blend of the various dialects of Konkani used right from Pedne in North Goa, to Karwar to the South of Goa, and also the Konkani dialect found in Cochin, Kerala. He received the Sahitya Akademi award for his short story collection Tarangam in 1993, but his broad, sweeping style eddying into numerous subplots and drawing deeply from dialect and folklore and indigenous religious practices is better suited to the novels. Having travelled extensively in India and abroad, owing to his induction in the armed forces, Sails uses his experiences as inspiration for his books, which are quite unique to the genre of Konkani fiction. One of his short stories had been made into a film called Pelthadcho Manis by noted Director, Lakshmikant Motegaonkar. The film won the Critic's Award at the Toronto Film Festival. He has been conferred with Sahitya Academy award (1993), Dr. T.M.A. Pai Award (1997), Goa Kala Academy (1989 and 1996), Katha Award (2007), Cultural Award of Goa Government (2006) and Literary Award of Goa Government (2007). He also won the Vimla V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar 2010 for his novel Hautan.
Dai is a poet and novelist writing in English. She was correspondent the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers and President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of working journalists. She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme. In 2003 Dai received the state Verrier Elwin Award for her book Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land featuring the culture, folklore and customs of Arunachal’s different communities. She has featured in several national and international forums, and her poems, fiction and articles have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. In 2011 Dai was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution in the field of literature and education. Currently she is Member, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. Books: The legends of Pensam (novel) Stupid Cupid( Novel) River Poems (poetry) Midsummer- survival lyrics (poetry) El bálsamo del tiempo (The balm of time) (poetry ) Arunachal Pradesh-the hidden land (Nonfiction) Mountain Harvest- the food of Arunachal The sky queen and Once upon a moon time (illustrated folklore for young readers) Hambreelsai’s loom- (folklore)
Indian educational activist, folklorist, poet and editor Shri Manas Ranjan Mahapatra has by now 4 anthologies of poetry. He is also a fiction writer and has two books to his credit. He has rendered more than 30 books from Hindi and English into Oriya. He has founded many literary organizations in the country and has been awarded by many organizations for his writing. A regular talker of AIR since 1976 he has presented many programmes in All India Radio. He has also been interviewed on his literary achievements by Door-Darshan, ETV and other TV channels. He worked as the language editor (Oriya) in the National Book Trust, India from 1990 to 2001, and presently heads the National Centre for Children’s Literature. He is on the experts panel of organizations like Door-Darshan, AIR, Sahitya Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Vigyan Prasar, NCERT, IGNOU, Directorate of Adult Education, Gujarat Council of Science City, Lok Sabha Secretariate, Central Hindi Directorate, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, UNICEF, Staff Selection Commission, University of Delhi, Berhampur University, Utkal University, Sambad School of Media and Culture, Staff Training Institute of Radio and Doordarshan and IIMC.He served an Editor in National Book Trust,India from 1990-2016 and headed its National Centre for Children's Literature. Now, he is the Director, Information,PR, Art and Culture in North Eastern Council,Ministry of DoNER, Shillong.
Manohar Shetty has published 7 books of poems including 'Domestic Creatures' (Oxford University Press, N Delhi) and' Living Room' (HarperCollins). His poems have appeared in several journals in the US and in the UK, including 'The Baffler' , 'Shenandoah', 'The Common', 'Poetry Wales', 'The Poetry Review' and 'London Magazine'. Several anthologies feature his work. He has edited 'Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa ' (Penguin India) and 'Goa Travels: Being the Accounts of Travellers from the 16th to the 21st Century' (Rupa). He has lived in Goa since 1985
An adventurous soul, who is always on the go, she takes each hiccup as a hurdle that leads to the next best adventure that has to be lived and loved until the next comes along. she runs for marathons, goes on long treks and has taken part in car rallies, bungee jumping and cliff jumping. Along with handling home, hearth, husband and kids and now some writing—all her activities run the gamut of her roles and achievements!
As one of India’s youngest Rajya Sabha MPs at the age of thirty-two, and a Minister of State in Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet at forty-two, Margaret Alva is among India’s longest serving Parliamentarians. She has held several important positions in the Government of India and the Congress party, and served as Governor of four states. Over the years, she has been witness to several events that have played an important part in the political narrative of our times—among them the Emergency, Indira Gandhi’s Chikmagalur election, Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and Sonia Gandhi’s entry into politics. Margaret Alva now lives in Bangalore with her husband.
Novelist, playwright, and children’s author Mariam Karim has been a university teacher of French language and literature. She was born in Lucknow and educated at the JNU, Delhi, and the Sorbonne, Paris. Her novels and plays have been nominated for International and Indian awards
My Little Boat, (Novel, Penguin India 2003/ Vitasta 2013). Nominated for the IMPAC International Award 2005 and the Hutch Crossword Award
The Street of Mists: Novel, Longlisted for the Man Asian Prize 2009 (Vitasta 2013)
The Betrayal of Selvamary : Play, Shortlisted for the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright Award 2010
The Undoing : Play, longlisted for the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright Award 2011. Performed by Pierrot’s Troupe
The House of a Hundred Stories A children’s fable (Life Positive, July 2016)
Musical about street children, “A Bagful of Dreams” performed in Delhi, Stein Auditorium, produced by Mr. Arun Kapur with music by well known author and musician Peggy Mohan.
She writes for children under the name Mariam Karim-Ahlawat. Her books for children (Tulika Publishers) have been translated into several Indian languages.
Mayank Austen Soofi blogs about loves and lives of Delhi on his blogsite The Delhi Walla (thedelhiwalla.com), which shall reach its 10th anniversary next year. He is
also the author of Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District. Also a photographer, Soofi has an archive of more than 1,00,000 photographs of
contemporary life in Delhi.
Meera Menezes is an art critic and curator. As the Delhi correspondent of Art India and a regular contributor to Artforum she has tracked the Indian art scene over two decades. She has several curatorial projects to her credit including Living off the grid and Slipping through the cracks and was one of the curators of the United Art Fair, 2013.
Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and trained classical vocalist who lives in Guwahati, Assam. Her published works include four children’s books, a biography, the novels “The Collector’s Wife” and “A Monsoon of Music”, and a collection of her columns, “Guwahati Gaze”. Her latest works are a translation of a novel, “Blossoms in the Graveyard”, and a collection of her own short stories, “A Full Night’s Thievery.” Her fortnightly column “All Things Considered” in The Assam Tribune is very widely read.
Journalist-Poet Tiamerenla Monalisa Changkija is the only woman Editor, Proprietor and Publisher of an English Daily - Nagaland Page - in the Northeast. She was awarded the 2009 Chameli Devi Jain Awarded for an Outstanding Woman Media person. She began her career in journalism in 1985. She is a recipient of the Poetry Society of India award in 2009, the NSUD Inspiration Award 2013 for Literature, the Nagaland Governor’s Award for Distinction (Outstanding Achievements and Contribution) in Literature in 2014 and the 30th FICCI Women Achiever of the Year 2013-2014 for Outstanding Contributions as a Journalist. Her poems are taught in the Alternative English course of the Nagaland Board of School Education since 2007, the BA and MA English courses in Nagaland University since 2004 and in the M. Phil course of the North East Hills University since 2011. Several MA, M. Phil and Ph. D scholars continue to write their dissertations and theses on her poems, articles, features and Editorials. Her first volume of poetry Weapons of Words of Pages of Pain was published in 1993. Her second volume of poetry Monsoon Mourning was published in 2007. Her short stories, poems and features have been published in several Anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers. Her book titled Cogitating for a Better Deal, a compilation of six seminar papers, published in 2014, was banned by the Ao Senden, the tribal Hoho of the Ao tribe, to which she belongs.
Monikuntala Bhattacharjya is a well known and popular figure in modern assamese literature . Within a very short period , she established herself as a very versatile and prominent writer . Her writings are very unique and marvellous , different and vibrant as from intimate romantic stories to social issues like witch hunting , aids , old age home, mobile theaters, legendary biopics to children novels monikuntala covers 360 degrees of a writers atmosphere . In the year 2000 she has expressed herself through poems ( Four poetry collection and one autobiography in verse ) and in 2004 she won munin borkotoky award. In the year 2008 she was awarded bisnu rabha bota by sahitya sabha and in2010 she won bhabani sarma smarak award. she has total thirty seven books with some hindi and english translation including 16 Novels , Four novels collections ,Six short story collections, Three children novels ,Two article collections ,three translation work. She is a script writer also for future film and tv serial which are based on her story. She is a regular writer of daily news paper and monthly magazine.
Mrinalini Harchandrai is an independent copywriter and faculty for copywriting at Ecole Intuit.lab, Mumbai. She has previously worked fulltime for print and online publications like Elle, Architectural Digest, and CNNGo.com. Her poem ‘A Bombay in My Beat’ was performed live and won runner-up position at the poetry slam, One Night Stand (2008), held at Blue Frog, Mumbai. Another poem ‘No Kissing Allowed Medem’, appeared in the print compilation KaviKala (2010). Four of her poems, entitled ‘City Cymatics’, appeared alongside the paintings of US artist Jenna North for a group art show entitled Breaking Ranks (2011), at the Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco. She is looking to publish her first book of poetry.
Mustansir Dalvi is an Anglophone poet and translator. His first book of poems, Brouhahas of Cocks (2013), is published by Poetrywala. Dalvi's translation of Iqbal’s ‘Shikwa’ and ‘Jawaab-e-Shikwa’ from the Urdu as ‘Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer’ (Penguin Classics, 2012) has been described as ‘insolent and heretical’. His latest book is 'struggles with imagined gods', translations of poems from the Marathi by Hemant Divate (Poetrywala, 2014).
N. Shivdas is a an award winning novelist and short story writer from Goa. He is also well known social activist who has been agitating against prevailing cast based discriminations and practice of social injustice done to the Goan Hindu masses i.e. non Brahmins in most of the Hindu temples managed and looked by local Goan higher cast brahmin Hindus. Recently he has published a novel entitled 'HINDU ??? MAHAJAN . The novel now also has been translated in Marathi by Pune based publication Anubandh Prakashan. Mr.Shivdas so far has to his credit twenty five books of almost all from of literature . He has sucessfully attempted to write Marathi novel called BHAGDAD for which he won the famous Tuka Mhane literary award from Buldana district of Maharastra A recipient of prestigious Sahitya Academy award for his Konkani short story collection BHANGARSALL. In the year 2005 and also another national award for children's literature from NCERT New Delhi in the year 1999.He was honored with other state awards from Government of Goa and Goa Kala academy. Presently active in literary activities for budding Konkani writers by heading the Goa Konkani Lekhak Sangh. He was president of Goa Konkani Academy a government institution for all round development of Konkani language in the state of Goa.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen is a major creative writer in Bangla, and an academic of international recognition. Has received national and international acclaim for both creative and academic works including Padmashri, Sahitya Academi etc . Retired after an illustrious career as Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Dev Sen has more than Eighty publications in an amazing variety of genres. She is the founder President of Soi, Women Writers; Association of West Bengal and President of PEN (West Bengal) and of Shishu Sahitya Parishad.
Nabina Das has two poetry collections "Blue Vessel" and "Into the Migrant City", a short story collection "The House of Twining Roses: Stories of the Mapped and the Unmapped", and a novel "Footprints in the Bajra". She teaches creative writing. A 2015-16 Commonwealth Feature Writer, a 2012 Charles Wallace Fellow, and a 2012 Lavanya Sankaran Fellow at Sangam House. Nabina has dabbled in street theater and folk and Hindustani music, and most recently, is co-editor of "40 under 40: an anthology or Post-Globalisation Poetry".
Nandini Sundar is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Her book, The Burning Forest: India’s War in Bastar has just been published by Juggernaut Press. She was awarded the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Social Anthropology (2010), and the Ester Boserup Prize for Development Research (2016). Her public writings are available at http://nandinisundar.blogspot.com.
Naomi Duguid is a traveler, writer, and photographer whose most recent book is Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. Her previous book, Burma: Rivers of Flavor, like her six previous books, is an award-winning book of food and travel. All her books explore home-cooked foods in their cultural context. Naomi leads food culture tours to Burma and intensive cultural-immersion-through-food sessions in northern Thailand each winter; in Autumn 2017 she plans to lead food-culture tours to Georgia and to Iran.
Narendra Dengle is an architect, writer,and educationist based in Pune. He is the Academic Chair at PVPCOA Pune. His practice is evolved around cultural, contextual and aesthetic issues. His works have featured in Indian and international journals of architecture. Author of three books, he has made films on the scope & appreciation of architecture.
Neeta Raghunath Torne is a Poet, Writer and Compere. She is a Associate Professor of Marathi at S. S. A. Government College Pernem Goa. Her Published works includes ‘EK Oll Kavitechi (Anthology 2011) and ‘Jagtana-While Living –A Multi lingual way of expression which was released at the hands of Renowned Poet and Lyricist Shri.Gulzaar at IVth GALF 2013. ‘Quest for new light’ selected poems translated into English and Kannada published in june 2016. She has received Kavi B Puraskar 2012, ‘Kavi Narendra Bodke smruti Puraskar 2012, for Ek oll Kavithechi . She has also worked as the Co-ordinator of Short film and Documentary Competition for the IInd and IIIrd Goa Environmental film Festival organized by the Kalakruti Porvorim Goa. She has presented various poems at National and State level poetry recitation programmes. She has Presented various Research Papers at various Seminars and Conferences in Goa as well as in Maharashtra.
Nidhi is the author of the recently published book- The Lost Generation- Chronicling India's Dying Professions. A young journalist from Kolkata, she has written extensively on books,society, subcultures and cultural oddities in newspapers and magazines. Currently, she is currently working on her second book which will be published by Penguin Random House again,to be out in 2018.
Before Goa, Nilankur Das was working with various socio- political organisations. Here in Goa, he is spearheading 6 Assagao project to create a platform for information sharing, which reaps attractive stories and connects them to contemporary issues, lives, and aspirations.
Nirmala Govindarajan is the author of The Community Catalyst – a novel inspired by the life experiences of a civil servant. She has earlier co-authored the book Mind Blogs 1.0. She worked as a full time journalist with leading publications till she quit in 2013 to involve herself further in writing books and documenting for the social sector. Presently a freelance journalist who writes for leading publications on literature, art and culture, Nirmala dabbles in theatre and western piano/violin as well. She has been involved in literary activities, has curated and co-directed the debut Times of India Literary Carnival, Bangalore in January 2014. More recently, in 2016, Nirmala has debuted the Literary Lounge sessions for British Council, opening up avenues for insights and discussions on the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction as well as the Man Booker titles for the year.
Commissioned into the helicopter stream of the IAF in 1984, Nitin Sathe has flown extensively in India and abroad on various types of missions. Presently he is involved in selection of the future officers of the Armed Forces. Nitin Sathe is into adventure, sports and writing for leisure.
He has authored two books. In the first one titled “A few Good Men and the Angry Sea” he narrates the events during and post the Tsunami of December 2004 showcasing the Armed Forces capabilities in reviving the destroyed Air Base and the Island at Car Nicobar. His second book titled ‘Born to Fly’ has recently been released at the hands of the Defence Minister at Delhi on the 24th of October. In this biography, he has written about the life of a quadriplegic pilot of the IAF- Fg Offr MP Anil Kumar, who, with sheer determination, became an icon and inspiration for many.
Odette Mascarenhas COO of OnM Creative Consultants is a Management Consultant, TV host, author and critic of culinary preparations. With that passion for writing she has eleven books to her credit. Her latest book is a novel, an exploration. In fact her books explore different genres…a biography, children books, guide, recipe book, historical exploration of Goan food down the ages and the Times food guide which is a collation of restaurants and nightlife in Goa. This versatility has enabled her to creatively conceptualize books which has brought in two International awards.
Her literary efforts have won her the ‘Special award of the jury 2008’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008 for her very first book Masci-the Man behind the legend..the same prestigious international award won by Julia Childs in the year 1993. The second award winning book ‘Best in the World for Historical Recipes’ from Gourmand was won in 2015. The Culinary Heritage of Goa was released in at The GALF.
Masci The Man Behind the Legend (Gourmand Special Jury Award 2008) a biography, Alfie Alphonso series (The Search for the Mystical Crystal and The Blot on the canvas) Children books, The Culinary Escapade of Goa (Gourmand Best in India) a guide, Goan Recipes and More (Gourmand Best in photographty – India) Recipe book The Culinary Heritage of Goa (Gourmand Best in the World) Coffee table Historical Recipe book, The Shadow of the Temptress…latest novel to be released.
Open Sky Slam is an art community in India which aims to create open conversations about mental illness and social issues through the power of art. They have monthly events in over 6 cities in India, in order to provide an open platform for enthusiastic artists all over the country. Their mission is to build a platform that is non-competitive and non-judgemental. They want to create a space that is about art, artists and the appreciation of their varied forms. One can find them in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Calicut, Hyderabad and Chennai.
P.Sivakami is a prolific and a well known Tamil writer. She has authored five novels , more than hundred short stories ,essays and poems. Several of her works have been translated into English and published by leading publishers. Formerly in the IAS, she took voluntary retirement in 2008 to work for the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society. She is an activist and her areas of activism are towards the upliftment and empowerment of dalits, women, tribes and transgender. She edits a literary magazine titled Pudhiya Kodangi from 1995 for the benefit of the subaltern and runs a political party by name Samuga Samatua Padai from 2009.
Palash Krishna Mehrotra was born in Bombay in 1975. He was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, where he did a BA in philosophy, and won the Radhakrishnan-Chevening scholarship to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford.
His debut collection of stories, Eunuch Park: 15 Stories of Love and Destruction, was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Hindu Prize for Fiction. His first book of non-fiction, The Butterfly Generation: A Personal Journey into the Passions and Follies of India's Technicolor Youth, was a finalist for the Crossword Book Award. He is the editor of two anthologies, Recess: The Penguin Book of Schooldays and, most recently, House Spirit: Drinking in India. He also writes regular columns for Mail Today Sunday, DailyO, Mail Online India, Catch News and Man’s World.
Mehrotra lives in New Delhi and Dehradun.
Pantaleao Fernandes is a Goa-based writer, photographer and ethnographer. His Books include, “100 Goan Experiences”, “Goa Remembered”, “Traditional Occupations of Goa” and a children’s book “Once Upon a Time in Goa”. Currently he scours the Goan villages, for hidden cultural stories which he tells with his short documentary films entitled, “Untold stories from Goa”.
Paresh Tiwari likes to paint pictures with words and compose poetry with paint. His works which include haiku, haibun, tanka free form poetry and fiction have been published internationally in various reputed journals, and print anthologies. His first collection of poetry ‘An inch of sky’ was published in the winter of 2014 and is available on amazon.com
Patricia Pereira-Sethi is an award-winning American journalist who has interviewed more than 45 heads of state during a two-decade career as correspondent, editor and United Nations Bureau chief for Newsweek magazine in New York. She now lives in Goa where she writes regular columns and has authored the biography of industrialist Ramesh Chauhan, entitled “Thunder Unbottled: From Thums Up to Bisleri.”
Rachna Chawla is a management consultant and coach with a secret wish to spend life lying on a beach with a book in hand and my Labrador, Elmo, by her side, she instead spends her days at work. Her evenings and weekends are spent travelling, trying to write, and taking up women’s issues as a volunteer. Her two teenaged kids continually encourage her to face her fears and to try new things. They also appreciate her cooking skills and think her attempt at writing is ‘pretty cool’.
Rahul Chandawarkar, resident of Colva, South Goa was Resident Editor of the Sakal Times newspaper in Pune for three years (2012-15) and also managed the GT newspaper in Goa for most of 2015. Rahul was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award in the environmental reporting category in 2009. Rahul has also made BUILDING BRIDGES, a 45-minute documentary film on the sights, sounds and people of Lahore, Pakistan in 2012.
Bhembre (Mrs) Rajani A. Educator & Writer, married to Ashok, two daughters; Ret. Teacher.Liaison officer, Konkani Kala Sahitya Kendra; Convenor, Shenai Goembab Katha Mala; Member, Advisory Board for Konkani, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi 1993.-97; Member, Advisory Board, Konkani Bhasha Mandal; Member, Advisory Committee of Taluka Library also Marg Abhiyan, Margao.Written & published twenty books.Awards: Sahitya Puraskar of Konkani Bhasha Mandal 1992, Yashodamini Puraskar, Kala Gaurav Puraskar, Patrakar Puraskar. Constant contributor to A.I.R. for last 30 years and Doordarshan Panaji for last 15 years.
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 its rich idiom he re-creates new idiom making the language from rich to richest. He has nine collections of poetry published with different subjects. Collections like Morpakham, Mati, Hiranyagarbha, Saulgori and Zen Kavita 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’s School of Drama, 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, Amrut Mohotsav Sanman Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Vardha 2013 and a national award for his SAMUDRAMUDRIKA a poetry collection in Hindi by Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Rana Ayyub, 33 is a political affairs and investigative journalist and has recently self published her best selling book Gujarat Files. Rana in her decade long career in journalism has worked with top news channels in the country and is a former editor with Tehelka. She lives between Mumbai and Delhi and is now an independent journalist who is a regular contributor to NDTV , Huffington Post and Outlook besides appearing on various international shows as a current affairs analyst. Her investigation on the fake encounters in Gujarat not just sent the first serving home minister of a state behind bars but also got her the coveted Sanskriti award for excellence in journalism in 2010.In the year 2011 she was named as the 50 most influential Muslims in post independent India by a leading tabloid.
A leading Anglophone Indian poet, Ranjit Hoskote has also been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism. Hoskote is the author of 30 books, including Central Time (Viking, 2014; shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize for Poetry), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems(Penguin 2006), and I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011; for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award).
Ravikumar Kashi is an artist who works in different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and installation. His works combine or cut across defined expectations from these mediums. His idea / concept driven works are layered and connect with the viewer in multiple ways. Desire, decay and death are a major concern in his works along with introspection. Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore in 1988; M.F.A. from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1990; and M.A. in English from Mysore University, in 1995. He learnt handmade papermaking from Glasgow School of Art, U.K. He also learnt Hanji, traditional Korean papermaking, from Jang Ji Bang, Korea. He has shown his works in solo shows and curated shows across the world in galleries, art fairs, biennales and museums. He has received National award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi and two awards from Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy and one from Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy for his works. He writes on art in Kannada and English. Two of his books, 'Anukta' and 'Kannele' have been published from Akshsra Prakashana, Hegggodu. His book 'Kannele' has received Karnataka Sahitya Academy award. He teaches at CMR University School of Architecture as Associate Professor.
Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student from India. Some years on she became a citizen and a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award. The Permanent Resident is her first book. She can be found at roannagonsalves.com.au and @roannagonsalves
'The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories' and ‘Four Degrees of Separation’ are her books. Widely anthologized, a few of her stories and poems have won awards. She was a writer-in-residence at Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), Fall 2015. She has read poetry at several fêtes, and conducts haibun-writing workshops. www.rochellepotkar.com (Photo credit: Thomas Langdon)
Recognized as a leading contemporary photographer, Rohit started his career and spent close to two decades in advertising at JWT before eventually moving out to start his own design and film production company. His solo exhibitions include Wanderlust, Tribute to Raja Ravi Verma, Klimt - The Sequel, Free da! - The Homage, World of Wearable Art , Goa Style. Besides garnering considerable critical acclaim , his work has been exhibited at various venues across the world and his photographs are a part of major private collections and museums. He enjoys food photography and this is his third coffeetable book on the subject after " The Fine Art of Food " . & " The Bangla Table from Chettinad " . He is currently also the Creative Director for the India Today Group . The central theme of his work is essentially travel which he considers the perfect antidote to any stress . He lives between Delhi & Goa with his wife Saloni and his two incredible dogs Jaan & Jiya .
Ryan Lobo is an award winning filmmaker and photographer. He is the author of the work of literary fiction “Mr. Iyer Goes to War” to be released by Bloomsbury UK in November 2016. In 2009 Ryan spoke at the TED conference about storytelling with photography to a standing ovation. Ryan owns Mad Monitor Productions, a film and photo Production Company based in Bangalore, India. He has worked as a producer and cinematographer for more than 80 film projects for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, OWN and other clients, including shooting undercover for the Emmy-nominated film Child Slaves of India, producing several films for Oprah Winfrey and several film projects in conflict zones like Iraq, Liberia and Afghanistan. Ryan Lobo has co-produced the critically acclaimed 2011 Sundance film festival award winning film, “The Redemption of General Butt naked”, the story of General Butt Naked, a former African warlord who terrorized Liberia with his child soldiers. The film won for best cinematography at the Sundance film festival in 2011 and was nominated for best feature length documentary film. He has produced episodes for the OWN series ‘Belief’ on the Kumbh Mela, Jain initiation and Holi. He currently shoots various film and photography projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and for the C&A foundation. His photographs and writing have been featured in numerous magazines like GEO, Tehelka, Bidoun, The Caravan, National Geographic, the Boston review, Chimurenga, Onzeweruld, the Wall Street Journal and others. As an artist, Ryan’s limited edition photographs have been exhibited all over the world and are present in many collections. As a writer Ryan has produced the work “War and Forgiveness” from his travels in Iraq, Afghanistan and Liberia. His photographs from supermax American prisons have been used in the book “Torture and the War on Terror” by polish philosopher Tzevatan Todorov. Ryan Lobo is the founder trustee of “The Sunbird Trust” which works towards ensuring education for children in insurgency affected areas of North Eastern India with the intention of bringing peace to conflict areas via education.
S.Diwakar has published over 30 books of short fiction, poetry, essays, translations and literary criticism. As a journalist he has served as reporter, assistant editor and editor in such newspapers and journals like Samyukta Karnataka, Mallige, Sudha, Prajavani and The Times of India. He was was a Karnataka Specialist at the American Consulate General in Chennai for nearly two decades. Presindly he is a literary advisor for the leading Kannada publishing house, Vasantha Prakashana, Bangalore.
Diwakar is an unusual writer who has interacted closely with the best of Navya writers to be influenced by their concerns and their style. A highly acclaimed short fiction writer, Diwakar occupies a unique position for the way in which he indigenizes his varied experiences, collapsing his wide reading and expertise into his short stories. He weaves in and out of different perspectives, time periods, and characters to explore grief, hope, passion, and alienation.
An author, folklorist and educational activist, Sailabala Mahapatra is a post-graduate in Odia literature & language and has advance diplomas in Assamese and Hindi, besides degrees in Education, Philosophy and English. Writing in Odia since 1975, She has by now six original books to her credit. She has edited two Odia magazines. Badadanda & Gangasiuli and one anthology of poems Jeevan Kavita. Her literary creations have been translated into various languages. She has also translated 15 books for children. Sailabala Mahapatra has presented thematic papers in various prestigious national and international seminars which include a paper on Odia Ramakatha in the one organized by IGNCA and on Odia Children’s Literature in the one organized by National Bal Bhawan. She has also been associated with National Institute of Open Schooling, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, National Centre for Children’s Literature, NCERT, SCERT, SRC (BBSR), Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Directorate of Adult Education, Border Security Force, UNICEF, UNESCO, All India Radio and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as an expert.
Saima Afreen is a Features journalist with The New Indian Express. Her poems have been featured in The McNeese Review, The Nassau Review, The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Friends Journal, Shot Glass Journal, Visual Verse, Open Road Review and have been part of several prestigious anthologies. She received ‘The Nassau Review Writer Award in Poetry’, 2016 by Nassau Community College, USA. She’s an art and food critic. She’s currently working on the manuscript of her first poetry collection.
Samhita Arni is the author and illustrator of The Mahabharata - A Child's View, Tara Books, 1996 and, in collaboration with Moyna Chitrakar, created the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Sita's Ramayana, Tara Books, 2011. Her third book, The Missing Queen, 2013, was published jointly by Zubaan and Penguin. Samhita was a screen writer on the feature film Good Morning Karachi and worked as the head scriptwriter on The Defenders, a TV show in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was the 2014 writer-in-residence at the FIND - India Europe Foundation for New Dialogues, and has been awarded the 2015 FIND Foundation grant. Earlier in 2015, Samhita was a British Council - Charles Wallace India Trust Writing Fellow at the University of Kent.
Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator. Her fourteen books include five poetry titles, three novels and a short-story collection about Bombay, Dirty Love (Penguin, 2013). Her latest books are her translation of Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems (HarperPerennial, 2014) and Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an Alien (HarperCollins, 2015). http://sampurnachattarji.wordpress.com/
Sathya Saran edited Femina for 12 years. She has successfully launched unique Sunday magazine Me.for DNA. Now consulting editor with Harper Collins India. Author of 3 biographies all of which have won public approval and critical acclaim. Also author of The Dark Side short story collection now in third reprint. Adjutant professor at NIFT Mumbai and Kangra teaching Fashion Journalism. She is currently working on two books.
Savia Viegas is a writer, artist and academic living in Carmona, Goa. Her novels and exhibitions include "Museum thru Indian eyes" - a photographic exhibition at NCPA sponsored by USEFI held in March 2005. Her debut novel "Tales from the Attic" was published in March 2007. In December 2009 "Picturing Us" her solo exhibition of paintings was held. Her second novel, "Let me tell you about Quinta" was published by Penguin India in 2011. Her illustrated fiction work "Abha Nama" and "Eddi and Diddi" was published in November 2012. Her second solo show entitled 'Mementos' was exhibited at Sunaparanta in 2014.
Shafey Kidwai is a distinguished bilingual critic whose recent book Urdu Literature and Journalism : Critical perspectives (Cambridge University Press) has received wide acclaim. His fortnightly column on literature, culture and media, "Going Native" appears in Friday Review, The Hindu. He has published 12 books in English and Urdu . He has been teaching communication, translation and cultural studies at Aligarh Muslim University for more than three decades.
Sujata Noronha is an educator who works with literacy and reading resources and runs an organisation called Bookworm in Goa.
Supriya Nair is an editor at Brown Paper Bag. Her writing has appeared in The Caravan, Mint, The New Republic and the Financial Times. She lives and works in Mumbai.
Dr. Suresh Mane is an Advocate and Legal Consultant, Member of Supreme Court & Bombay Bar Associations, is a Former Professor and Head of Post Graduate Department of Law, University of Mumbai. He is a visiting scholar of the Sage Colleges, Troy & Albany, New York, USA. Currently he is Guest Faculty at Post-Graduate Dept. of Law, University of Mumbai & various Law Schools Being a prolific writer he has a long list of publications to his credit, including more than ten books, seven monographs and fifty research articles on a wide range of issues, such as, Constitutional Law, Economics, Politics, Social History, Human Rights, and Indian Constitutional law. His important books include, “Leading Cases in Constitutional Law” (2005), “Glimpses of Socio-Cultural Revolts in India” (2009-II Edn.), “Indian Constitutional Law: Dynamics and Challenges” (2007), “Crime Criminal Law & Criminology” (2008), “The Man Who Codified Indian Independence” (2010), “The Global Law” (edited-2011), “A Paradigm Shift in Legal Education & Research” (edited-2011), “Indian Constitutional Law: Dynamics and Challenges” (II Edi. 2012) and “Demons of Democracy-Crony Capitalism, Corruption & Corrupt Political Class” (2013). Some of his books have been also translated in Tamil and Malayalam languages. Along with his writings on various subjects, being an eloquent public speaker he has delivered several endowment lectures on various themes of national and international importance in universities, law schools, national institutions and various social, political and educational public forums in India as well as abroad.
Suresh Rituparna , born in 1949 is an M.A., M.litt. , Ph.D. in Hindi Literature from Delhi University, India . He has published about 20 books published including two collections of poetry. He has worked as a lecturer in Hindu College ,Delhi University between 1971 to 2002. He also served as a diplomat in Trinidad; Professor in Mauritius on JawaharLal Nehru chair of Indian Studies; and Visiting Professor Of Hindi in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies , Japan, between 2002 to 2012. At present he is Director at K.K.Birla Foundation,New Delhi.
Sushila Sawant Mendes has a doctorate in history from Goa University. For the past 26 years, she has been the head of the Department of History at the Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Quepem in Goa, where she worked as Vice Principal for two terms. Her interest in history has been life-long, while her focus on political consciousness began during her years as a front ranking student activist. This preoccupation led her to research the impact of Luis de Menezes Braganca on Goa’s anti-colonial struggle. She presents papers regularly at state and national seminars, many of which have found a place in books on the history of Goa. Ms. Sawant Mendes is a trustee of the Manovikas Public Charitable Trust. She is also a trustee of Silver Star Appeal (India), a foundation devoted to awareness of diabetes. She is widely travelled across the country as well as Europe.
Dr. Mrs. Teresa Albuquerque , Recipent of the Senior Fellowship Award of the Indian Council of Historical Researche ,New Delhi, and fellows of the Heras Institute of Indian history and culture , St Xavier College , Bombay has contributed several articles to historical Journals,international seminars , art magazines and newspapers and also authored a number of books on Goa , Bombay and Bassein with special emphasis on the Indo-Portuguese impress . She has also leactured on the subject both at home and abroad
Tony Martin teaches English at SS Angle Higher Secondary School since 1999. He was a sub-editor with the The Navhind Times (incharge Goa pages) and has written extensively for local English dailies including front page lead stories besides writing four books. Tony has been in the forefront of various social issues in his native Canacona. He was felicitated by the Lions Club in 2010 for all round contribution as a teacher and social activist.
Trusha Ganesh is a 15 year old schoolgirl from Curtorim, Goa. An avid blogger, she loves writing on anything and everything. She started her first blog at the age of 9 and has since moved on to maintaining the following 4 blogs – chiqutam.wordpress.com, woofdiaries.wordpress.com, preteenrebel.wordpress.com, and theklutzdaily.wordpress.com, each having its own sets of loyal followers. In 2013, she was a “Grand First Prize Winner” at the nationwide “Max Life Insurance i-Genius Young Author’s Hunt”, which received over fifty thousand entries. Her story was one of the fifty short stories published in the book “i-genius A twist in the Tale”, published by Rupa, making her the youngest published author in Goa at age 11. The selection jury included Chetan Bhagat and Ruskin Bond. Additionally, she has authored several newspaper and magazine articles. Her writing and interviews have been featured in the Times of India, Planet Goa, The Navhind Times, The Herald and the national magazine, Creature Companion. She has also been featured in the Author Speak section of AnuReviews.com, India’s most prolific book reviews’ blog.
Dr. Ulhas G. Nachinolcar, 72 years is consultant Orthopedic Surgeon practicing at Taleigao Goa.He has retired as Professor and Head of Orthopedic Surgery Department, Goa Medical College, Bambolim Goa. He is actively involved in Konkani Literature and has published following three books "Padbimb" Collection of Poem , "Ankalyo Mankalyo", "Dotoralyo Kanyo", "Stories for Children" , " Bhav Tarang" Long Stories .
Professor Varun Sahni is Vice-Chancellor, Goa University. He is also Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (currently on deputation leave). Since 2006, he speaks annually at National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi. He researches and writes on nuclear deterrence issues, regional security, emerging balances in the Asia-Pacific, evolving security concepts, emerging powers, international relations theory and Latin American issues. He was conferred the prestigious VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences for 2006, and served (2008-12) as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu.
Vidya Pai has translated 5 Konkani novels (Acchev, Kali Ganga, Karmelin, Havthan and Aranyakand) as well as several short stories and essays. An age of Frenzy, her translation of Mahabaleshwar Sail's Konkani novel Yug Sanvar will be published by Harper Collins shortly.
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 and other church institutions. Vincy Quadros has been awarded and honoured by Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Dalgado Konkani Akademi, Goa Konkani Akademi, Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra ani many other social organisations. He has assisted research works as well including Konkani-English Dictionary. Presently he is President of All India Konkani Writers' Organisation and also serves as Secretary for Dalgado Konknni Akademi, which works for the upliftment of Konkani in Roman Script.
Vinutha Mallya is an editor, journalist and publishing-industry consultant based in Bangalore.
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies, one of them in English. For 7 years from 2005 to 2012, he published and edited the literary journal Desha Kaala. His acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar was published in English translation in 2015. He was a Fall 2016 resident at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. An engineer by training, Vivek Shanbhag lives in Bangalore.
Willy Goes (Wilfred Eusebio Goes) (born, 1963) writes in Konkani and in English. Has written five novels in Konkani, ‘Altoddi ani Poltoddi’, ‘Khand’, ‘Kantto’, ‘Kotrin’ and ‘Kapaz Jaki’. He has written one book for children titled ‘Pedru Tiva’, a collection of his short stories in Konkani titled ‘Mon Sanvrona’ and a collection of his short stories in English titled ‘Cobo’s Sofa and other Short Stories From Goa’.
Yudhishthir Raj Isar straddles different worlds of cultural theory and practice internationally. Professor at The American University of Paris and the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). Past President of Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, notably Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development.
Yusuf 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.