Sethu (A Sethumadhavan) has been writing in Malayalam for the past five decades. He is a banker by profession and a writer by passion, with 38 titles to his credit, consisting of novels and collections of short stories. Many of his works have been translated into other languages, including English, Hindi, German, and Turkish. His novels translated into English include The Wind from the Hills (2008); Pandavapuram (2014); Once Upon a Time (2014); The Saga of Muziris (2016); and Aliyah: The Last Jew in the Village (2017). Sethu received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards in 1978 and 1982 for his works Pediswapnangal and Pandavapuram respectively; the Vayalar Award for Adyalangal in 2005; and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2007 for Adayalangal. Sethu is a former Chairman of the National Book Trust and the South Indian Bank.
Aditya Sudarshan is the author of three novels – A Nice Quiet Holiday (2009); Show Me a Hero (2012); and The Persecution of Madhav Tripathi (2015). He writes a monthly column about the Indian English-speaking community in The Hindu Literary Review. Sudarshan currently lives in Goa, where he is working on a book of non-fiction.
Amita Kanekar is an independent writer and researcher in architectural history, a novelist and columnist, and a member of The Al-Zulaij Collective. She is the author of a novel on the Buddha, A Spoke in the Wheel (2005, 2014). Kanekar has also written an architectural guidebook, The Portuguese Sea Forts of Goa, Vasai and Chaul (2015) and published papers on architectural history. She writes newspaper columns on issues of history, politics, and architecture. She is currently working on a novel set in the late Mughal period. Kanekar is also a member of the Social Justice Action Committee–Goa.
Amrita Narayanan earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Stanford University and worked in hospital and community mental health clinics in California before returning to India begin a private practice and write. Her most recent published work is an edited anthology, The Parrots of Desire: 3000 years of Erotica in India (2017). She is the author of a book of short fiction, A Pleasant Kind of Heavy and Other Erotic Stories (2013). Narayanan is currently a recipient of a Homi Bhabha Fellowship and working on a new book based on her numerous non-fiction essays on women, sexuality, and psychoanalysis that have been published in the UK and the US. She lives in Goa.
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Angela Ferrao is an independent cartoonist based in Goa. Her cartoons have been published in local newspapers such as The Goan and O Heraldo as well as in national online media like Raiot. She is also the author and illustrator of a children's book, Fuloos Plays with the Sun (2013); the illustrator of the children’s book Once Upon a Time in Goa (2014) by Pantaleão Fernandes; and a contributor to an anthology of graphic stories titled Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back (2015).
Ankita Verma Datta is an Economics graduate from Mumbai University and is trained in advertising communication and marketing at the Xavier Institute of Management/Communication. She spent more than a decade in the advertising industry, handling a wide range of clients from finance, insurance, education, food industry, and also government sector and political campaigns, before starting her own communications consultancy in 2003. Apart from marketing and advertising, Datta has interests in various other fields, including curating antique Portuguese houses in Goa and ‘hobby-breeding’ the exotic dog breed of Tibetan Mastiffs. An ardent nature and animal lover, she spends her time between Mumbai, Lonavala, and Goa. Her debut novel Trust Me Not was published recently.
Annie Zaidi is the author of the novella Gulab (2014); Love Stories: # 1 to 14' (2012), a collection of short stories; and Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales (2010), a collection of essays short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Awards. Zaidi is also the co-author of The Good Indian Girl (2011); and the editor of Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women's Writing (2016) and Equal Halves: Famous Indian Wives (2017). She has written Crush (2007), a book of illustrated poems; and won the Prakriti prize for poetry (2011). Her script, Name, Place, Animal, Thing was short-listed for The Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award; and the script for a radio play, Jam, was the South Asia winner for the BBC’s International Playwriting Competition 2011. Zaidi made the documentary film, In her Words: The Journey of Indian Women.
Antara Dev Sen is the founder editor of The Little Magazine, an independent journal of ideas and letters, and 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 was Senior Editor of the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express in Delhi. She has also been a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University. Sen is associated with other media, literary, educational, and voluntary organisations in India and overseas. She lives in Delhi.
Anthony Gomes (also known as Antonio Gomes), MD, FACC, FAHA, is a native of Goa. He is a Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Consultative Service, and Senior Consultant, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC. Gomes has authored more than 170 original scientific publications, more than 10 chapters in national/international textbooks of Cardiology, and a textbook in Cardiology, Signal Averaged Electrocardiography (1993). He has also published articles in the humanities and is the author of two books of poetry: Visions from Grymes Hill (1994); and Mirrored Reflections: A Collection of Poems (2013); and a novel, The Sting of Peppercorns (2010).
Anthony M Barreto aka Tony Martin, holds post graduate degrees in English literature and Philosophy, and teaches English at SS Angle Higher Secondary School (1999- ). He has written extensively for local dailies for over 15 years and was a Sub-Editor with The Navhind Times, where he also wrote regular columns KrackShots and Off Course. His co-authored book, Canacona: The Last Frontier (with F N Nadaf), was published by the Department of Official Languages, Government of Goa, in 2012. His compilation Life is Beautiful (2006) has sold over 30,000 copies. Barreto’s other publications are It’s A Funny World (1994); Naked Goa (2003); The Practical English Teacher (2001); and Sinful Goa: Paradise in Peril (2013). He initiated the turtle conservation project at Galgibaga Beach along with Harvey D’Souza of Southern Bird Wing in 1998.
Anuradha Goyal is the author of best-selling book The Mouse Charmers: Digital Pioneers of India (2014) that documents the business biographies of pioneering digital companies of India. She authors the award-winning Travel Blog - IndiTales. Her book reviews blog 'AnuReviews' has over 600 books reviewed across genres and finds a place in Limca Book of Records for being the largest book reviews blog of India. In her earlier avatar, Goyal 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 an Indian translator, facilitator, author, and director. She has a PhD from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago where she worked with the renowned Indologist Wendy Doninger. Sattar works with the epics and story traditions of the sub-continent. She has translated Valmini’s Ramayana (1996) and Tales from Kathasaritsagar (1997) into English. Her most recent books include Uttara: The Book of Answers (2016) and Ramayana for Children (2016). Sattar is also the co-author (with Gurcharan Das) of The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India (2015). She has also worked with documentary film and theatre and taught Indian Studies at the Mahindra United World College of India in Pune.
Arthy Muthanna Singh is a children’s author, freelance journalist, copywriter, editor and a cartoonist. She is currently the publisher at Scholastic India, before which she was the Senior Editor, Limca Book of Records, for about 14 years. She has been a part of the organizing committee of the Ooty Literary Festival (OLF) held annually in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, since 2016. Singh has published more than 35 books for children with Penguin, Puffin, Scholastic, Tata Donnelley, Frank, Ratna Sagar, Mango Books (DC Books), Writers Workshop, and others. She has been a freelance journalist with Verve, Elle, Inside Outside, Outlook Interiors, Deccan Herald, Young at Art, and Children's World. Singh has also conducted creative writing workshops at the British Council Library (Mumbai and Delhi), IIT Delhi, IBS Business School, Gurgaon campus, The British School, Delhi, etc.
Arun Prakash retired as the 20th Naval Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff in end-2006. A naval-aviator by specialization, Admiral Prakash has held appointments in command of ships, air squadrons, and a naval air station. In flag-rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet; the National Defence Academy; the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command; and the Western Naval Command. During the 1971 war he saw action with the IAF and was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry. Since his retirement, Admiral Prakash served two terms as member of the National Security Advisory Board, and was Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation. He currently holds a Distinguished Chair at India’s Naval War College and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Delhi Policy Group. Settled in Goa, he writes and speaks frequently on strategic and maritime affairs.
Ashley D'Mello spent over 30 years in daily journalism, 25 of them with the Times of India. He has been a media fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University (2003); and a visiting scholar at the School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley (2012-2014). In recent years, D’Mello has written primarily on city and community issues. He has been especially interested in writing on the urban transformations in Mumbai. He has also been a Times correspondent for Goa (1992-1994) and written at length on coalition politics and political instability, as also environmental problems thrown up by the construction of the Konkan Railway and tourism. He was the first to draw attention to the anti-Semitic tone of the feast of St Joao.
Bama (Bama Faustina Soosairaj) is a Dalit writer born in Puthupatty (Tamil Nadu). She rose to prominence with her autobiographical novel Karukku (1992) which chronicles the joys and sorrows experienced by Dalit Christian women in Tamil Nadu. She is also the author of Sangati (1994); Kusumbukkaran (1996); Vanmam (2002); Oru Tattvum Erumaiyum (2004); Kondattam (2009); and Manushi (2011). In 2001, the English translation of Karukku won the Crossword Book Award and established her as a distinct voice in Dalit literature. In her novels and other writings, she focuses on themes related to caste domination and social discrimination. Bama’s writings have been translated into English, French Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Gujarati.
Brian Mendonca has self-published two volumes of verse, A Peace of India: Poems in Transit (2010) and Last Bus to Vasco: Poems from Goa (2006). After a decade in Delhi in school publishing he returned to his roots in Goa. He writes a weekly column, ‘On my mind' in Weekender section of Gomantak Times every Sunday. Mendonca currently teaches language and literature in Carmel College, Nuvem (Goa). He lives in Porvorim with his wife and son.
Carlo Pizzati has published the novels Criminàl (2011) and Nimodo (2014) (both in Italian), a collection of short stories and the non-fiction books Technoshamans (2012) and more recently Edge of an Era (2017). He was earlier a special correspondent for La Repubblica in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Italy. He now writes about Asia for the Italian national newspaper La Stampa and essays and reviews for The Hindu, while teaching a post-graduate communication theory course at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. Born in Switzerland, Pizzati grew up near Venice, Italy, then in Florida, Washington D.C. and New York City, where he received his Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. After living in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, he now lives near a fishermen’s village in Tamil Nadu.
Celsa Pinto earned a B Ed and MA in History from the University of Bombay, and a PhD in Indo-Portuguese History from Goa University. She taught history for more than one-and-a-half decades at S P Chowgule College, Margao (Goa) and later worked in the Directorate of Education, Government of Goa, as an administrator for 18 years, eventually retiring as the Director of Education. Pinto has more than 30 years of research experience in the field of Indo-Portuguese History. Other than several research papers in reputed national and international historical journals, she is the author of seven books, including Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese History (2007); A Revolt of the Natives of Goa: The Forgotten Martyrs (2013); Anatomy of a Colonial Capital: Panjim (2016); and Colonial Panjim: Its Governance, Its People (2017).
Chandan Gowda teaches at Azim Premji University and writes a weekly column on culture and politics in Bangalore Mirror. He recently translated U R Ananthamurthy’s story Bara (2016), and edited The Post Office of Abachooru, a book of short stories of Purnachandra Tejasvi (forthcoming). A Life in the World, consisting of autobiographical interviews with U R Ananthamurthy is also forthcoming. Gowda conceived and directed Sahitya Sahavasa (In the Company of Literature), a series of video lectures of U R Ananthamurthy on modern Kannada writers, which was telecast on Doordarshan in 2014. He has also edited The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader (2017) and Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan (2016). He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.
Chitra Viraraghavan has worked in academic publishing, taught English, and is a book editor, school textbook writer, author of The Americans: A Novel (Fourth Estate, 2014), and co-editor of Madras On My Mind: A City in Stories (HarperCollins India, 2017). Delhi Thaatha: A Great Grand Story, a children’s book about a philosopher, is forthcoming from Seagull Books (2018). She is working on her second novel, a work of historical fiction.
Dale Luis Menezes has recently completed a Master’s and M Phil degrees in Medieval History from JNU and is now pursuing a PhD at the same institution. His interests lie in early modern and modern European empires and knowledge production within these entities. As part of his research activities, he has been awarded scholarships and has presented papers at national and international seminars. He writes a regular op-ed column in Goa’s O Heraldo where he talks about Goan politics, history, and Romi Concanim literature. He has been contributing articles to the Goan press for more than 10 years.
Damodar Mauzo is the co-founder of the Goa Arts & Literature Festival (GALF). He is a short fiction writer and novelist writing in Konkani, as well as a columnist, critic, and script writer. living in the coastal village of Majorda, Mauzo has 14 books in Konkani to his credit and a few others to come. He is the most widely translated Konkani writer; and his novel Karmelin (1983) – which was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award – is translated into more than a dozen languages including English. Other English translations of his collections of stories include These are My Children (2007) and Teresa’s Man and Other Stories from Goa (2014). Mauzo’s novel for young adults, Tsunami Simon (2009); and Mirage and Other Stories (2014), a collection of five not-so-short stories have also been translated. Shantateche Ghann is a Marathi translation of the original Rumaddful. He has also written screenplays and dialogues for Konkani films and won awards at the Goa State Film Festivals. In 1997, he received the Best Dialogues Award for the film Shitoo; the Best Screen Play Award for the film Aleesha in 2005; and again the Best Dialogues Award for the film O Maria in 2014. Mauzo has been on panels at a number of literature festivals across the country and abroad. In 2015, he was part of a four-member delegation of Indian writers who attended the World Book Fair in Frankfurt. He is the recipient of, other than the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Katha Award; World Konkani Centre’s Vimla Pai Sahitya Puraskar; and other state-level literary awards. Teresa’s Man published by Rupa Publications was also nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Award.
Datta Damodar Naik is CEO of KDN Group of Companies which has diverse interests in horticulture, food processing, logistics, housing, and retail. He is also a social activist and a writer who has to his credit several books in Konkani , Marathi, and English. His Konkani books include the travelogues Kali ghat te Karuna ghat and Arabian Days, and the collection of short essays Jai Kai Jui? which was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006. He is the author of a bestselling book on management and personality development Atmadipo Bhav (in Marathi). Naik has also written two books in English for children: Uncommon Wealth: A Modern Day Panchatantra (2015); and The Jungle School: A Modern Day Hitopadesha (2017).
David de Souza started out as a biochemist, turned professional photographer around 27 years ago and now lives to produce photo books. He enjoys making photographs of subjects of special interest to him, entirely for his own delectation. For the last few years, he has been interested in Indian mythology, and its interpretation in a contemporary way. He has taught photography in a Mumbai University media course for several years, thoroughly enjoyed it, but looked for new ways to communicate. De Souza has been a long-time advocate of De-Schooling. He and his wife decided to move to Goa and build their own home in Moira where they have been living since the last 4 years.
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.
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Fatima M Noronha has mostly written short pieces, including more than two hundred 250-word contributions to a biblical magazine over the years. Her short stories and bits of memoir have featured in national and overseas print publications, as well on air and online, as in https://selma-carvalho.squarespace.com/nonfiction-1/2017/5/6/memoir. Goa 1556 published her Stray Mango Branches (2013), a collection of stories connected with Goa.
Frederick Noronha is a Brazil-born journalist and alternative publisher from Goa. After a quarter century in journalism, spent writing for national and local media, and covering diverse fields including Goa, the environment, and ICT4D, he set up his alternative book publishing venture Goa, 1556 ( http://goa1556.in) a decade ago. Till date, this venture has published over 120 mainly non-fiction titles on Goa, mostly in English, but also in Konkani, Portuguese and Spanish. He promotes Copyleft, volunteers on the Wikipedia, and has been involved with dozens of cyber initiatives since 1995. Among his books are Another Goa (2009) and the co-edited The Green Pen: Environmental Journalism in India and South Asia (2010). He spends time in mentoring and sharing.
Gabriel Rosenstock is a poet, tankaist, haikuist, novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist, and author-translator of over 180 books, including works for children. Gaelic, the oldest literary language in Europe after Latin and Greek, is his language of choice. He has translated many writers from the Indian subcontinent in Gaelic including K. Satchidanandan, Dileep Jhaveri, Munir Niazi, Hemant Divate, Rati Saxena, Udayan Thakker, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Tagore, Iqbal, as well as haikuists K. Ramesh, Kala Ramesh and Janak Sapkota. A selection of his poems translated from the Gaelic I Open My Poem was published by Poetrywala, Mumbai. Gabriel is on the Advisory Board of PoetryIndia.com and a member of Aos Dána, The Irish Academy of Arts and Letters.
Ganesh Devy writes in three languages - English, Marathi and Gujarati – and his most recent book is The Crisis Within (2017). His other recent books (in English) include The G N Devy Reader (2009); and A Nomad Called Thief (2006). His Marathi book Vanaprasth received several awards. Ganesh led the People's Linguistic Survey of India in 2010 which published 50 Volumes of The People's Linguistic Survey of India. He is also the Founder of the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Vadodra; Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh. Ganesh has been awarded the Padma Shri, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the SAARC Writers’ Foundation Award and Prince Claus Award in recognition of his work on tribals, nomadic tribes and other oppressed communities and dying out languages.
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is a medical doctor working with the Jharkhand government. He has written two books. The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey (2014) won Sahitya Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar 2015 and jointly won the Muse India Young Writer Award 2015. It was also shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2014 and the Crossword Book Award 2014; and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2016. The Adivasi Will Not Dance (2015), a collection of short stories, was shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2016 and has been translated into Hindi, Marathi and Tamil. Hansda’s non-fiction has been published in The New York Times, The Times of India, The Indian Express, Outlook, Scroll.in, Northeast Review, The Sunday Guardian, The Wire, and elsewhere.
Harimohan Paruvu is a former cricketer, writer and CEO coach. He played for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy in 1985-87, the period when it won the Ranji Trophy. A Civil Engineer and MBA from Osmania University, he worked in the corporate sector for about 13 years until quitting in 2004. Paruvu’s first novel The Men Within: A Cricketing Tale (2007) was the first work of fiction on cricket in Indian Writing in English and was made into the Telugu movie Golconda High School. His other books are If You Love Someone… (2010); 50 Not Out: 50 Lessons from Cricket (2015); and This Way Is Easier Dad (2017). Paruvu is a visiting faculty at the University of Hyderabad. He lives in Hyderabad with his wife Shobha and ten-year old daughter Anjali.
Hema Myer Sood has written six books in the genre of New Age philosophy. These are: The Eternal Ocean of Brahma (1994); Lord Krishna’s Cosmic Drama (1996); The Revelation on Shivarathri Night (1996). The first two books of the Karmic City 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. Karmic Cords with Warren Hitesh Myer is her sixth book. Sood is completing her seventh book, a historical thriller, that uniquely interweaves three timelines. She is also a certified Reiki Grandmaster and practices channeling. She is based in Goa.
Heta Pandit is the author of eight books on Goan heritage as well as several articles on the subject. She also lectures widely on the same topic. A founder member of the Goa Heritage Action Group, Pandit now devotes all her research resources to the study of the unique Goan architectural art form of kaavi. She is currently translating a book on the Dhangar community from the original written by Shubhada Chari, and also collecting stories in verse from the Sattari taluka in Goa. She lives in the village of Saligao in North Goa and divides her time between Goa and her homes in Panchgani and Mumbai.
Isabel Santa Rita Vas is Guest Faculty, Department of English, Goa University. She is a founder member of The Mustard Seed Art Company, an amateur theatre group from Goa and an author and director. Rita Vas is the author of a collection of plays, Frescoes in the Womb: Six Plays from Goa (2012). All the plays in the collection have their centre in Goa, but often radiate out of their birthplace into a larger world, as do the destinies of numerous people from Goa who figure in it.
Ishita Banerjee-Dube (PhD, 1994) is Research-Professor of History at the Centre for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México, Mexico City. Her research explores issues of religion and law, time and identity, gender and nation, food and emotion, and democracy and justice. Banerjee-Dube’s authored books include A History of Modern India (2015); Religion, Law, and Power (2007); Divine Affairs (2001); and, in Spanish, Fronteras del Hinduismo (2007). Among her 12 edited volumes are Cooking Cultures (2016) and Caste in History (2008). Banerjee-Dube has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Syracuse and at Jadavpur University as well as a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She was elected recently to the DD Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies (2017-2020) of Goa University.
Ivan Arthur is a former National Creative Director of Hindustan Thompson Associates (HTA), now J Walter Thomson (JWT) India. He is the author of A Village Dies: Your Invitation to a Memorable Funeral (2016); Brands Under Fire (with Kurien Mathews) (2009), a book of case studies in marketing; Pavement Prayers: Book of Prayers (2008), a work of theological fiction, a novel in the form of prayers; Once More Upon a Time (1998), a biography of industrialist P J Menezes; Jossie (2013); and The Fourteen Stations (1986), monologues on the visit of Pope John Paul II to India. Arthur is a three-time awardee of the Global WPP Atticus Awards for original writing and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Communication Arts Guild of India.
Janeita (Jugneeta) Sudan is an academician, literary critic, columnist, and a visiting faculty for English literature at colleges in Goa. As a consultant for schools, she develops workshop modules for book reading activity. As a literary critic, Sudan comments on classical literature and art for various publishers and is closely associated with Speaking Tiger. She also curates films, literature and art events. Sudan writes on art and culture for Daily O as well as for international literary journals. She heads a Poetry Appreciation Group (PAG), at Bookworm, Goa. Her ongoing projects include coordinating ‘Raza Dialogues’ – talks on contemporary arts with Raza Foundation (Delhi) and Museum of Goa. She is working on a set of five graphic novels on human sexuality, which she hopes to soon publish.
Janice Pariat is the author of Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories (2012) and Seahorse: A Novel (2014). Boats on Land won her Sahitya Akademi’s Yuva Puraskar and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Her novella The Nine Chambered-Heart is forthcoming with HarperCollins India in November 2017, HarperCollins UK in May 2018, and is being translated for publication into Italian, Spanish, and German. Janice studied English Literature at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has been a Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow, University of Kent, Canterbury (2014). Janice currently lives in New Delhi with a cat of many names.
Jason Keith Fernandes is a Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) post-doctoral scholar at the Centre for Research in Anthropology, Lisbon. Jason brings his diverse training in Law, the Sociology of Law, Culture Studies and Anthropology to bear on his study of the post-colonial condition, especially in Goa, and citizenship. His current interests include the Catholic engagement with modernity. Jason has been writing in various media ranging from the Goa to the international since 2006 for both popular and scholarly audiences. His writings are archived at www.dervishnotes.blogspot.com. He is also a member of the Al-Zulaij Collective.
Jayanta Kalita is a Delhi-based journalist and currently Associate Editor with ThePrint.in, a digital media start-up. He has been associated with a number of media organisations in the past, including The Times of India, Mail Today and Hindustan Times as well as the wire agency IANS. An MA in English literature from the University of Delhi, Kalita is an alumnus of the prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He has varied interests ranging from peace and conflict studies, environment and health to politics and literature. His next project, a work of fiction, will be centred around the complex socio-political dynamics of India’s Northeast. A connoisseur of ethnic food and beverages, Kalita loves to explore new places.
Jayanti Naik is from Amona, Quepem (Goa). An eminent folklorist and Konkani litterateur, she completed post-graduate studies in Sociology at Mysore University, and later her PhD in Konkani at Goa University. She is the author of 34 books, 16 of which are on folklore, and the others in various genres including short stories, poetry, drama, children’s literature, and translation. Her stories have been translated into English, Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, and Malyalam and her writings are taught and studied at graduate and post-graduate levels. Recently, some of her Konkani stories appeared in English as The Salt of the Earth. Naik is the the recipient of several awards, including the Kala Academy Literary Award (2002); the Sahitya Akademi Literary Award (2004) for her short stories collection Athang; and Yashodamini Award (2009), Government of Goa.
Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based writer of poetry, prose and children’s fiction. His novel Em and the Big Hoom (2012) won the Windham-Campbell Award managed by the Beinecke Library, Yale University; the Sahitya Akademi Award; the Hindu Lit for Life Award; and the Crossword Award. His analysis of the figure of Helen in Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (2006) won him the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. He is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the child rights space; SPARROW, an archive for women; and The People's Free Reading Room & Library, one of his city's first public libraries.
Jessica Faleiro is a Goa-based, adult third culture kid who writes fiction, poetry, essays and travel pieces. Her poems, stories and non-fiction have appeared in Asia Literary Review, Indian Quarterly, IndiaCurrents, Coldnoon, Joao Roque Literary Journal, Rockland Lit, Mascara Literary Review, Muse India and the Times of India. She published her first novel ‘Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa’ about the gothic, against a Goan backdrop, in 2012. Jessica has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK. She gives talks on creativity, and writing workshops to help improve craft. For more info, please visit her website: https://jessicafaleiro.wordpress.com/about/
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 (2005). His publishing firm Amazing Goa Publications experiments with innovative products for education and information. A civil engineer by profession, he is a founder-member of the Goa Writers group.
K R Meera is a multi-award-winning writer and columnist with more than a dozen books including short stories, novels and essays which have won her prestigious literary prizes including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards, the Vayalar Award, and the Odakkuzhal Award. In 2015 she won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Aarachar (2012), widely hailed as a contemporary classic. It is published in English as Hangwoman (2016) and was shortlisted for the DSC Literary Prize. Her other translated works include And Slowly Forgetting That Tree (2015); Yellow Is The Colour Of Longing (2016), which was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize for Translation; The Gospel of Yudas (2016); and The Poison Of Love (2017), shortlisted for the Atta Ghalatta Literary Prize. Meera lives in Kottayam with her husband Dileep and daughter Shruthi.
Karan Anshuman is a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. He is the director of the 2015 satire film Bangistan and the creator and director of the sports drama Inside Edge, India’s first Amazon Original, which went on to become a successful, award-winning show. Currently he is making another series titled Mirzapur, a hinterland gangster drama. Anshuman is the co-founder of Dreamscape, a tech/design firm and of upperstall.com, a cinema portal that was rated as one of the top three film sites in the world by Time magazine. An ex-film critic for Mumbai Mirror, he spends his time nerding out on film, trivia, science, history and design. Kashmirnāmā (2017) - a high octane political thriller - is his debut novel.
Kaustubh Naik has a Masters in Performance Studies from the School of Culture and Creative Expression, Ambedkar University, Delhi and is currently a research scholar at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. He is keenly interested in 20th century Goan history, public spheres, nationalism, and debates around caste and language in Goa. He is a freelance writer and translator. His writings have appeared in The Goan, Akshar and The Caravan Magazine. He has been awarded the DD Kosambi Junior Research Fellowship for the period 2016-18 by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa.
Kiran Budkuley is a critic, poet and translator who works from/into English, Hindi, Konkani, and Marathi. The areas of her research are Culture and Gender Studies, Konkani Literature, Folklore, and Translation Studies. Her articles have appeared in reputed journals, and her poems and general articles are published in well-circulated magazines. Some of her well-known books are: Sahitya Niyaal: Antarang ani Kayarupaam (1998); Samikshekaden Ishtagat (1998) Akshar-Sarita (2009); Mapping the Mosaic of Culture (2009); and Musings in the Meadows (2012). She has several edited volumes and translations to her credit as well. Budkuley retired from Goa University as Professor of English and Head of the Department and Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literature. She is a public speaker and conducts regular workshops on translation, and creative and critical writing.
Kornelia Santoro completed her education as a certified journalist and worked for a decade as news editor for radio and as political journalist for a newspaper in Bavaria. She also coached young journalists in Poland shortly after the Iron Curtain came down. She is a creative spirit and loves to experiment in the kitchen and to explore the human relationship with food. Her three cookbooks, Kornelia’s Kitchen: Mediterranean Cooking for India (2010); Kornelia’s Kitchen 2: Cooking for Allergies (2013); and Cooking for Happiness (2016) have all won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Cooking for Happiness received the ‘Best of the World’ title at the final of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2017. Santoro also writes for magazines and websites in India and Europe. She lives in Goa with her family.
Kripi Malviya is an Indian psychologist, experiential therapist and a mental health professional ; she is also a poet, writer and an avid traveler based in Goa, India where she runs her emotional awareness and wellbeing retreat; TATVA (www.tatvacenter.com) She focuses on the subversive and the still and is always looking for relational variance, intensity and discernment. Her work has been published in the Psychedelic Press UK, the Hermeneutic Circular, the Four Quarters Magazine and the Sunflower Collective. Her first chapbook has been long-listed for an international poetry chapbook contest, most of the poems in her chapbook were written in Finland where she was accepted as a resident artist earlier this year. She was recently invited as a presenter for the topic 'The poetics of the therapeutic relationship' by the Society of Existential Analysis' annual conference in the UK.
Krishna Shastri Devulapalli is a humour writer, cartoonist, columnist and the quintessential Madras-Chennai novelist. His first novel Ice Boys in Bell-bottoms is a chronicle of a 1970s childhood in the city while Jump Cut is a seriocomic thriller with the Madras film industry as its backdrop. His comic epistolary play, Dear Anita, sends up the Indian publishing industry, as does a work of non-fiction, How To Be A Literary Sensation. His most recent novel is The Sentimental Spy: The Family Bond. He is also the co-editor of the anthology Madras On My Mind: A City in Stories.
Leonard Fernandes co-founded, with Queenie Fernanedes, India's first self-publishing service provider, CinnamonTeal Publishing in 2007. The venture was awarded the British Council Award for Young Creative Entrepreneur in Publishing in 2010. The following year they set up the Publishing Next conference, and in 2014, the Publishing Next Industry Awards. They also have a small bookshop, The Dogears Bookshop, in Margao, Goa.
Mohd Asaduddin is an author, critic and translator in several languages. He is the former chair, Department of English, and Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Jamia Millia Islamia; and Director, Jamia Centenary History Project. He has been a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Rutgers University; a Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at the University of East Anglia; and Vice Chair, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS). Among his many books are Premchand in World Languages (2016) and Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand and Ray (2012). Asaduddin has edited and substantially translated the entire corpus of Premchand’s short fiction into English in four volumes, which are being published by Penguin-Random House, India. He has received the Katha Award, Dr A K Ramanujan Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award for his translations.
Makarand Paranjape is a poet, novelist, critic, and columnist. A Professor of English at JNU, he read English at St Stephen’s College before getting an MA & PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published over 45 books, 170 academic papers, and 500 newspaper/periodical articles. His recent books include Cultural Politics in Modern India (2016); The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (2015); and Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (University of Sao Paolo, 2016), an Indo-Brazilian book of poems. Paranjape has written two novels: Body Offering (2013) and The Narrator (1995). He has also edited Swami Vivekananda: A Contemporary Reader (2015) and Healing across Boundaries: Biomedicine and Alternative Therapeutics (2014). Paranjape is a columnist for Swarajya, DNA, and Mail Today.
Manohar Shetty is a Goa-based poet and widely considered one of the most prominent among those writing in English. His new collection of poems Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems (1981-2017) was published recently. In addition to several poetry volumes such as Morning Light (2016); Personal Effects (2015); Living Room: Poems (2014); and Creatures Great and Small (2014); Shetty has edited Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa (1998) and Goa Travels: Being the Accounts of Travellers from the 16th to the 21st Century (2014). His poems have been translated into Finnish, German, Italian, Marathi, and Slovenian. Shetty has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow and Senior Sahitya Akademi Fellow.
Margaret Mascarenhas is a transnational novelist, poet, essayist, and independent curator. She is the author of Skin (2001), set in Goa and Angola; The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos (2009), a novel set in Venezuela, where she grew up; and Triage (2013), a collection of poetry, sketches and flash fiction. She has contributed to numerous literary journals and anthologies, the most recent being Walking Toward Ourselves (2016). Mascarenhas was the Founding Director of the Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts (2008-2011). She is presently working on her third novel, a collection of short stories, and recently completed a second collection of poetry titled Kintsugi: This is How You Fix What is Broken. Mascarenhas is an author-member of PEN USA, PEN Delhi and a Goa delegate for PEN South India. She is a recipient of the Luso-American FLAD award.
Mathew Staunton is a printing historian, printmaker, teacher, and publisher. Originally from Coolock in Dublin, he divides his time between research in Irish history, teaching in a design school in Paris, printing on a small press at the bottom of his garden, and running The Onslaught Press in Oxford, UK. He has edited, designed or illustrated more than 50 books, mostly in the fields of poetry and haiku. He has been awarded a research fellowship by the Fondation Irlandaise and published on Irish visual and material culture, and the relationship between Gaelic typography and national identity. With his background in the history of book illustration and nationalist print propaganda, he is an active member of Pôle Irlande in Paris 3 and the Société Française des Études Irlandaises.
Mayank Singh is Joint Registrar with the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), also his alma mater, from where he completed his Master’s degree in Chemistry. His novella Mumbai 26/11: The Untold Story was published in 2009. Singh’s novel Wolf’s Lair (2017) is India’s first military thriller set in a contemporary milieu. He blogs actively and is a regular contributor for The Times of India and Fair Observer, a Washington-based online magazine, where his articles on contemporary political and strategic issues have earned him wide acclaim. Political violence, terrorism and its impact on socio-political landscape across the world are critically analysed in his writings. His views and opinions have also been published by leading dailies/magazines like First Post, Swarajya, Governance Now and Central Chronicle.
Mini Krishnan is Editor-Translations, Oxford University Press. She sources and edits fiction, plays, travelogues, autobiographies and biographies from 16 Indian languages into English. Mini was formerly with Macmillan India where she edited the Modern Indian Novels in Translation (37 volumes, 1992-2000). Several of her literary translations have won the Crossword Award for translation. She served as Member, Indian Literature Abroad, a Ministry of Culture initiative to promote Indian writers in six UNESCO languages; and as PAC Member, National Translation Mission (2006-2013). She was the Founding Editor of the South Asia Women Writers Website hosted by the British Council (2004-2006). Mini has been a Charles Wallace Awardee twice and served as Advisor to The Hindu (1992-1998).
Moushumi Kandali is a bilingual writer (Assamese and English), art critic, and translator. She has published four collections of short stories, three research books on visual art, and two books of translations. Kandali has worked as a permanent faculty in the Literary Arts (Creative Writing) Stream at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has received several awards for her innovative and experimental creative writing. Her stories have been included in the Oxford Anthology of North East Writing, Penguin Anthology of Fifteen Classic Assamese Short Stories and others. Her specialized areas of academic engagement are literary cultures and visual cultural practices of North Eastern India. Kandali currently teaches in the Department of Cultural Studies at Tezpur Central University.
Mustansir Dalvi is a poet and translator, and teaches architecture. Brouhahas of Cocks (2013) is his first book of poems in English. Dalvi's poems are translated into French, Croatian, and Marathi. His 2012 English translation of Muhammad Iqbal's Shikwa and Jawaab-e-Shikwa from the Urdu, Taking Issue and Allah's Answer, is described as 'insolent and heretical'. The book was Runner-Up for Best Translation for 2012 at the Muse India National Literary Awards. His translations of the Sufi mystic poet Rahim are included in Arundhati Subramanium edited Eating God: An Anthology of Bhakti Poetry (2014). In Struggles with Imagined Gods (2014), Dalvi translated poems of the noted Marathi poet Hemant Divate. He is currently editing (with Sampurna Chattarji) a book of the collected translations (by Dilip Chitre, Sarabjeet Garcha and Mustansir Dalvi) of Hemant Divate’s Marathi poetry.
Nandkumar Mukund Kamat has a PhD in Microbiology and is an Assistant Professor at Goa University. He is an expert on the biodiversity of Western Ghats, tropical mushrooms, and fruit wines. Kamat has been writing on social, cultural, and literary issues since 1980 in English, Konkani, and Marathi, and has been involved in environmental education, science writing, and public policy advocacy. He has also published more than 100 Marathi poems, 200 critical essays on Konkani and Marathi literature, and 60 science fiction stories. Kamat is the recipient of, among others, the Keshav Anant Naik Memorial Award (as social worker) (2012) and the Goa State Wildlife Conservation Award (2000). His publications include an edited handbook for teachers on environmental education and nine monographs and posters for environmental education on ‘Understanding our nature and environment’.
Neeta Raghunath Torne is a well-known poet and writer. She has excelled in the field of literature through her poems, articles, and other writings. An Associate Professor at SSA, Government College, Pernem (Goa), her published work includes Ek Oll Kavitechi (2011) and Jagtana… (2013) while leaving (a multilingual way of expression), a collection of multilingual poems translated in three different languages Konkani, Hindi and English (also translated into Kannada by Mohan Habbu in 2016). She won the Kavi B Award (2012); the Kavi Narendra Bodke Smruti Puraskar (2012); and the Kavita Shree Award (2014) by Ankur Sahitya Akola. She has presented several research papers at various seminars and conferences in Goa and elsewhere in the country.
Nilankur Das spearheads the organisation 'thus' to add value to the increasing social capital of Goa, through managing, organising, and curating interdisciplinary programmes that foster critical growth and understanding. Starting at the People Tree shop at 6 Assagao, these events now are held in venues across Goa. The events are multidisciplinary in nature, on the likes of - presentations, lecture demonstrations, theatres, live acoustic and original music gigs, documentary and indie film screenings, book releases, and others. The idea is to create spaces for art and activism related programmes that constantly inspire conversations on rights based and contemporary social issues. For more - thuscritique.wordpress.com
Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee is the Editorial Director of Niyogi Books. He has taught at Gauhati and Jadavpur Universities; and has served as Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi’s Eastern Regional Office, Kolkata; and Director, National Book Trust, New Delhi. Bhattacharjee has also been the Editor of Sahitya Akademi’s journal Indian Literature and Director of K. K. Birla Foundation, New Delhi. An accomplished translator from Bengali into English and vice versa, he has done English translations of Mahasveta Devi, Sunil Gangaopadhyay and Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay. He has also translated a short story collection of U R Anantamurthy and a novel by Viswas Patil into Bengali. The recipient of the best translator’s award from IBBY Congress, Bhattacharjee has also edited Barbed Wire Fence, a collection of stories of displacement from Assam; and co-edited Best of Indian Literature (1957-2007).
Nishi Chawla is an academician and a writer. She has a PhD in English from The George Washington University, Washington D.C., and post-doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, Md. After teaching for nearly twenty years as a tenured Professor of English at Delhi University, India, she migrated with her family to a suburb of Washington D C. She taught at the University of Maryland from 1999 until 2014. She is now on the faculty of Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey. She has published five collections of poetry, two novels, and four plays. The novels include Twist of Truth (2001) and A Human Silicon Chip (2007). She has recently published her fifth volume of poetry, A Himalayan Poem (2017).
Nitin A Gokhale is a leading strategic analyst, author, media trainer, and founder of a specialised defence-related website BharatShakti.in. In his earlier avatar, he reported on the many insurgencies in India's Northeast, the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan, and the Sri Lankan Eelam War IV to name a few. Gokhale is the author of six books on insurgencies, wars and conflicts, including Securing India the Modi Way (2017). He is visiting faculty at all Indian Defence training institutions like the National Defence College, all the three war colleges, the College of Defence Management, and the Defence Services Staff College, besides being a popular speaker on civil-military relations, insurgency/terrorism, Asian security Affairs and military-media relations.
Nitu Bhattacharya completed her post-graduate degree from Panjab University, after which she became one of the first women officers to join the Armed forces. An officer of the 1991 batch of CRPF, she has worked in difficult areas and handled critical assignments. Bhattacharya is the recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service, Antrik Suraksha Padak, and Kathin Seva Padak. Her experience in several conflict theatres in the country has provided her with rare insights into the lives of women on both sides of the conflict. Her anthology of poems, Resurrection: A Woman Reborn (2016), deal with issues of women empowerment and self-realization; her collection of short stories, Half Life (2017) is based on conflict-situations of Punjab and Kashmir; and My Life My Horizon (2017) chronicles the work and life of eight women.
Odette Mascarenhas is a TV host, columnist, food critic, and author with 10 books of different genres to her credit. She won the Special Jury Award 2008 at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for her first book Masci: The Man Behind the Legend. Another book, The Culinary Heritage of Goa (2014) won her the Gourmand Award for historical recipes. She has also written the The Shadow of the Temptress (2016). Mascarenhas is the co-founder of the Goan Culinary Club, which is dedicated to preserving the authenticity of Goan cuisine and researching long-lost recipes. She is he co-curator for ‘Food as Art’ for the Serendipity Arts festival. Mascarenhas is the recipient of the Orchid Award 2017 for Women Achievers in the field of Art and Culture, and the Trinity Medallion for outstanding contribution towards Goan cuisine.
Pankaj Sekhsaria is the author of four books on the islands, the most recent of which include Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story (2017), a collection of two decades of his journalistic writings on the environment, wildlife conservation, development and indigenous communities. His debut novel The Last Wave (2014) is deeply embedded in the history, ecology and people of the islands. Sekhsaria is a member of the environmental action group Kalpavriksh where he works on issues of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also edits the bi-monthly newsletter - the Protected Area Update. Sekhsaria has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mass Communication and recently earned a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS), Maastricht University. He is currently Senior Project Scientist at the DST-Centre for Policy Research, Department of Humanities and Social Science, IIT-Delhi.
Pantaleão Fernandes is a Goa-based writer, photographer and ethnographer. His books include 100 Goan Experiences (2006); Goa Remembered (2011); Traditional Occupations of Goa (2015); and a children’s book Once Upon a Time in Goa (2015). Fernandes scours Goan villages, for hidden cultural stories which he tells with his short documentary films entitled ‘Untold stories from Goa’. He was recently conferred with an international award by the Instituto Felga I Gracias in Brazil for excellence for his contribution using photography towards the cause of preserving Goa’s art and culture. His photographs have been displayed at an exhibition “Goa – Fusao de Culturas” at Lisbon.
Parag Rangnekar works with the Mineral Foundation of Goa, a charity set up by the mining industry in Goa to address environmental and social concerns of the community residing in the mining belt. He is involved in conceptualizing, formulating, and implementing various social, environmental, infrastructural, and community development programmes in Goa’s mining belt. A post-graduate in Agriculture and in Ecology and Environment, he has several research papers and articles to his credit. Rangnekar is the author of Catalogue on Birds of Goa for the WWF-Goa Chapter and The Photographic Guide to Butterflies of Goa. Rangnekar is Founding President, Goa Bird Conservation Network; Member, Invertebrate Conservation Information Network for South Asia; Expert Member, Goa State Biodiversity Board; and State Co-ordinator (Goa-India) for the Indian Bird Conservation Network.
Paramita Satpathy Tripathy is an influential voice in Odia Literature and has published seven story collections, two novels and one novella. Her works have been extensively translated to other Indian languages such as English, Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi. Satpathy’s work while reflecting in their themes, tones and structure, the current state of Indian short stories and novels, mark the new strides that women’s fiction writing in the country seems to be taking. She has represented Indian literature in many literary forums across the country and abroad. Among many other awards and felicitations, she received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016 for her collection of novellas Prapti. Satpathy joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1989 and currently is Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi.
Patricia 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 more than 45 heads of state during her career including Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Fidel Castro, George Bush Sr, Augusto Pinochet, Daniel Ortega, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Robert Mugabe, Pham Van Dong. Sethi has been felicitated for her career achievements by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Goa Union of Journalists. She authored the biography of industrialist Ramesh Chauhan Thunder Unbottled: From Thums Up to Bisleri (2013). Sethi lives in Goa and is a regular columnist for the Sunday Panorama section of the Navhind Times and Viva Goa. She also lectures at Goa University’s Centre for Latin American Studies.
Philip Browne was born and educated in Ireland, graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA and a Higher Diploma in Education. He taught English in a Dublin secondary school before emigrating in 1973 to the UK Then followed nearly 40 years of working in education, first as a teacher and later as an education adviser with Dorset Education Authority. Since retiring in 2010, he has researched and written the historical biography, The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell East Indiaman, 1786. It is his first book. Browne is married with two sons. He continues to live in Dorset in south-west England, an area that he loves.
Prabodh Parikh retired as Head of the Department of Philosophy at Mithibai College, Mumbai. He is a poet and fiction writer. Parikh studied philosophy at Bombay University and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and is currently Faculty In-charge of International Art Literature and Culture, Whistling Woods International, a film school in Mumbai. His lifelong love for jazz, beer and Sada Dosa (tiffin services in the streets of Thiruvananthapuram) has taken him to many cities around the world, where he has also lectured on contemporary Indian Literature, Arts and Cinema. He completed a film on Labhshankar Thaker, a Gujarati Poet, in 2016. He is currently making a film on another Gujarati poet, Sitanshu Yashchandra, and a collection of his poems (in Gujarati) is due to be published in early 2018.
Pragya Bhagat has lived in nine cities across five countries. She has degrees in Biology and Dalit and Tribal Studies, taught children, and coached teachers. She now lives in the hills of Kumaon, writing. Bhagat has performed her poetry across India and America, from coffee shops to colleges, from open mics to India’s first spoken word festival. She is the author of More Than a Memory, a poetry collection that has been called ‘a melodious autobiography’. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Huffington Post, Helter Skelter, The Open Road Review, and The Bombay Review, amongst others. She is a fan of Bollywood, the violin, and cold milk.
Prasenjit K Basu is the author of Asia Reborn: A Continent’s Rise from the Ravages of Colonialism and War to a New Dynamism (2017). He runs REAL-Economics, a Singapore-based economic consultancy and has held senior research economist positions with Credit Suisse First Boston, Daiwa Securities and elsewhere. Prasenjit has appeared regularly as an independent commentator on the BBC, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Zee Business and NDTV-Profit, and written op-eds for Financial Times, International New York Times, New Straits Times, The Statesman, India Today and others. He studied economics at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, after which he obtained a dual Master’s degree in International Relations and Public Administration, University of Pennsylvania. He is the president of Singapore's India Club and Tagore Society.
Prashant Jha is a journalist and author. He is currently an associate editor with Hindustan Times in New Delhi, covering national politics. He has earlier worked with The Hindu in both its National Bureau in Delhi and as its Nepal correspondent in Kathmandu. Jha has written two critically-acclaimed books - How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine (2017) and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal (2014). His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times and a range of international, Indian and Nepali publications. He is also a frequent commentator for the international media and a regular speaker at universities and think tanks on South Asian affairs.
Prashanti Talpankar is an Associate Professor at Dnyanprassarak Mandal’s College and Research Centre, Assagao (Goa). She writes poetry, short stories, plays, and children’s stories. Talpankar has also acted in several award-winning movies, including Kabhi Paas Kabhi Fail, which won the National Award for the Best Children’s Film in 1999; Aleesha, winner of the National Award for Best Feature Film in Konkani in 2004; Paltadcho Munis, winner of the Best Konkani film in 2009, and the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics for Discovery at the Toronto Film Festival the same year; Baga Beach, winner of the National Award in 2013; and Rocky Handsome. Her film Juze (Konkani) was screened at IFFI, Indian Panorama 2017. Talpankar won the Best Supporting Actress Award for Aleesha (2004) and Baga Beach (2015) at the State Film Fe
Prerna Singh Bindra has been at the forefront of the battle to conserve India’s wildlife for over a decade. She was a member of India’s National Board for Wildlife and its core Standing Committee (2010-2013). She has also served on Uttarakhand’s State Board for Wildlife. Bindra’s primary focus is protecting wildlife habitats and critically endangered species. She is a widely published author with over 1,500 pieces on nature and wildlife. Bindra’s book The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis was released in June 2017. Her other release this year is a gorgeously illustrated book for children When I Grow up I Want to be a Tiger. Bindra is a Chevening Gurukul Fellow and was awarded the International Visitor Leadership Programme. She lives in Gurgaon but her heart, she says, resides in the forest.
Pundalik Narayan Naik is a celebrated Konkani-language poet, short-story writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has over 50 books, plays, short stories and other writings, and 15 films to his credit. Naik served as the President of Goa Konkani Akademi from 2002-2005 and 2005-2008. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in Konkani for his work, Chowrang, in 1984. His other notable awards include the Gomant Sharda Puraskar for Lifetime Achievement in 2010 and the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award (2013).
Rafiq Kathwari divides his time between New York, Dublin, and Kashmir, where he was born and raised. The first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, Rafiq is currently translating selected poems of Mohammad Iqbal - one of the great South Asian poets of the 20th century writing in Urdu – to make him readily accessible to 21st century readers. His debut collection, In Another Country (2015), is available at: www.rafiqkathwari.com. Rafiq is also an award-winning photographer and his photos have been exhibited at the International Centre of Photography in New York. He obtained an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University and a Masters in Political and Social Science from New School University.
Rahul Mitra was born in Allahabad, brought up in New Delhi, and currently lives and works in Mumbai. He is an Economics graduate from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Passionately interested in all things Indian, Mitra is vociferous in his opinions about India, its people and its culture. Like many others before him, he believes he can change the world and influence people though his writing. His debut novel The Boy from Pataliputra (2017) deals with Alexander’s invasion of India and the domino effects it set into motion, ultimately leading to Chandragupta Maurya’s rise to power and the establishment of the first all-India empire in history. Mitra works as an IT Marketing Professional with a multinational company in Mumbai.
Rajat Sethi is the Political Advisor to the Chief Minister of Manipur. He studied Management at MIT, Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, completed his BTech from IIT-Kharagpur. Sethi has been one of India’s first solar entrepreneurs and also collaborated with the World Bank on clean technology finance wing. He is the co-author of The Last Battle of Saraighat: The Story of the BJP's Rise in the North-east (2017). He is also an independent TV debater and print and digital columnist.
Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic and literary historian and has published more than 15 books. Her book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City (2008) remains a bestseller. Her recent works include Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the Progressive Writers Movement in Urdu (2014) and The Sea Lies Ahead (2015), a translation of Intizar Husain's seminal novel on Karachi. She was awarded the Kaifi Azmi Award for her contribution to Urdu; the First Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-Hindi Translation; and her translation The Sea Lies Ahead won the KLF Peace Prize. Jalil runs Hindustani Awaaz, an organization devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture.
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bengaluru. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. In the academic year 2011-2 he served as the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Guha’s books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press, 1989), and an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002). India after Gandhi (Macmillan/Ecco Press, 2007) was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out, and Outlook, and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. His most recent book is Gandhi Before India (Knopf, 2014), which was chosen as a notable book of the year by the New York Times. Apart from his books, Guha also writes a syndicated column, that appears in six languages in newspapers with a combined readership of some twenty mllion. Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The New York Times has referred to him as ‘perhaps the best among India’s non fiction writers’; Time Magazine has called him ‘Indian democracy’s pre-eminent chronicler’. Ramachandra Guha’s awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Daily Telegraph/Cricket Society prize, the Malcolm Adideshiah Award for excellence in social science research, the Ramnath Goenka Prize for excellence in journalism, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the R. K. Narayan Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honour. In 2008, and again in 2013, Prospect magazine nominated Guha as one of the world’s most influential intellectuals. In 2014, he was awarded a honorary doctorate in the humanities by Yale University. In 2015, he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian studies.
Raviraj Naik is a Goa-based artist and filmmaker involved in making audio visual films and documentaries. Many of his films and documentaries have been shown at various film festivals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune. Naik has a deep interest in visual storytelling through various media like films, illustrations, and graphic novels. He also has sound knowledge of music especially percussion instruments. In 2016, Naik self-published a 19-page graphic book, A Journey to Reality, based on the lives of people living in the mining areas of Goa. A Journey to Reality was showcased at the Bengaluru Comic Con, and at the Delhi Comic Con in 2016. Naik also participated with A Journey to Reality at Indiecomixfest at YWCA , Colaba (Mumbai) in October 2017.
Rochelle D’Silva writes about her travels, cultural influences and personal experiences. Her poems, furnished with deep imagery and functional metaphors provide clear pathways into her world and her ethos. She has been a part of numerous literary festivals - Bengaluru Poetry Festival 2017, Poets Translating Poets Festival 2016, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016, and Cri de Femme International Poetry and Arts Festival 2015. D’Silva curates a monthly poetry open mic in Mumbai called 'Words Tell Stories' that features local and international artists and runs a slam series called ‘Mumbai Poetry Slam’. She has released a poetry and music album titled Best Apology Face (2017), that is available on Bandcamp and iTunes. Her debut collection of poetry titled When Home Is An Idea (2017) is available on Amazon. She endorses hugs.
Author of The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories (fiction), Four Degrees of Separation (poetry), and Paper Asylum (prose), Rochelle Potkar is the alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program and Charles Wallace Writer’s fellowship, Stirling. She was the winner of the 2016 Open Road Review story contest for The leaves of the deodar. Her poem Cellular: P.O.W. was shortlisted for the 2017 Hungry hill competition, Ireland, and Ground up won third place at the David Burland poetry prize 2017. She has read her poetry at a few festivals, recently Lviv International Literature Festival, Ukraine. Her story Chit Mahal (The Enclave) appeared in The Best of Asian Short Stories. https://rochellepotkar.com.
R Benedito Ferrão is a writer and academic, currently teaching at The College of William and Mary, Virginia. In December 2017, he curates the exhibition Goa/Portugal/Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar, with the Al-Zulaij Collective and Fundação Oriente. Ferrão is working on a book about Goan diasporic representation in fiction. An internationally published writer of fiction, non-fiction, op-eds, and academic works, his writing appears in Outlook India, Media Diversified, India Currents, Mizna, AwaaZ, The Goan, and the João Roque Literary Journal.
S V Srinivas has a PhD from University of Hyderabad. He taught in Secunderabad and Itanagar before joining the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore, in 1998. He has held visiting appointments at the National University of Singapore (NUS); Georgetown University, Washington DC; the Indian Institute of Science (IISc); and the University of Hyderabad. Srinivas’ research explores the complex linkages between popular culture and mass politics. He is the author of two books on cinema and politics in India: Megastar (2009) and Politics as Performance (2013). Srinivas currently teaches courses in Humanities and Media, Society and Development at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.
Sachin C. Ketkar (b.1972) is a bilingual writer, translator, editor, blogger and researcher based in Baroda, Gujarat. His most recent book is Changlya Kavitevarchi Statutory Warning: Samkaleen Marathi Kavita, Jagatikikaran ani Bhashantar (Sept 2016) is a collection of Marathi articles on contemporary Marathi poetry, globalization and translation. His books in English include Skin, Spam and Other Fake Encounters: Selected Marathi Poems in translation, (2011), (Trans) Migrating Words: Refractions on Indian Translation Studies (2010) and A Dirge for the Dead Dog and Other Incantations (2003). His collections of Marathi poetry are Jarasandhachya Blogvarche Kahi Ansh (2010) and Bhintishivaicya Khidkitun Dokavtana, (2004). He has extensively translated present-day Marathi poetry, most of which is collected in the anthology Live Update: An Anthology of Recent Marathi Poetry, 2005 edited by him. He has translated fiction by Jorge Luis Borges, Ted Hughes and Adam Thopre into Marathi. He won ‘Indian Literature Poetry Translation Prize’, given by Indian Literature Journal, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi for translation of modern Gujarati poetry in 2000. Apart from rendering the fifteenth century Gujarati poet Narsinh Mehta for his doctoral research, he has also translated numerous modern Gujarati writers like Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Bhupen Khakkar, Jayant Khatri, Rajendra Patel, Nazir Mansuri and Mona Patrawala into English. He works as Professor in English, Faculty of Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. Several of his publications are available at Academia.edu . His books are available at Amazon.in and Paperwall.in He blogs at: Cosmic Joke
Sadia Dehlvi is a Delhi-based author and columnist whose writings have focused on issues of faith, heritage, minorities, and women for nearly 40 years. She is the author of three books: Sufism: The Heart of Islam (2010); The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi (2012) and the recent Jasmine and Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi (2017). Dehlvi has produced and directed a television series - The Sufi Courtyard (Sufiyon ka Aangan) - which documents the spiritual legacy and the living traditions of important dargahs in India. She also co-produced and scripted the television series Amma and Family and played one of the main roles. Sadia’s surname Dehlvi signifies her family's centuries old connection with the city of Delhi.
Salil Chaturvedi writes poetry and short fiction. His poetry has been published in various international and national literary journals. He was the Asia region winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, 2008; the Unisun/British Council Short Story Competition, 2007; and the Wordweavers Poetry Contest 2015. He is most comfortable in marginal spaces and amongst marginalised people. In 2015, he brought out Shabduli, the first Konkani audio book for visually impaired readers. In 2016, he wrote Beautiful Women, a book that traces the life stories of 10 sex workers who have been rehabilitated at the laundry run by ARZ (Anyay Rahit Zindagi), an NGO working in the sphere of human trafficking in Goa. He currently lives in Chorao, an island on the Mandovi river, that he describes as a special ‘edge place.'
Salma is a well-known name in Tamil literature. She is the author of two volumes of poetry: Oru Maalaiyum Innoru Maalaiyum (An Evening and Another Evening) (2000); and Pacchai Devadai (Green Angel) (2009). Both have been translated into several languages. The English translation of her novel, The Hour Past Midnight, was recently shortlisted for the Crossword Book Prize. Salma has been the recipient of several awards and honours and special invitee to book festivals and seminars. Salma has also been a committed public servant. She was the elected President of the Ponnampatti Panchayat (2001-2006), and also served as the Chairman of the Social Welfare Board, Government of Tamil Nadu, during which time she was instrumental in establishing several welfare schemes, including some landmark ones directed to benefit the transgender community.
Samar Halarnkar is the editor of Indiaspend.org, a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit. He is the author of Nirvana Under the Rain Tree (2002), an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution, and A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking: And Other Dubious Adventures (2013). Halarnkar has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. A journalist for 27 years, his last full-time job was Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times. He also writes for Scroll, the Hindustan Times and the New York Times. Halarnkar is an enthusiastic cook, and the fallout of his culinary experiences find their way into a cooking column for Mint Lounge.
Sami Ahmad Khan is a writer, academic and documentary producer. He studied Literature at Delhi University, completing his master’s degree in English at JNU, and then went to the University of Iowa on a Fulbright grant. Khan has a PhD in techno-culture studies, and has taught at IIT-Delhi, JNU, and JGU. Red Jihad (2012), Khan’s debut thriller, won two literary awards, and his second novel, Aliens in Delhi (2017), fictionalizes an alien invasion of India's capital. Khan’s short fiction, research papers, and articles have appeared in leading journals across the globe. He discusses life, language, and literature at GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Sanchit Gupta is the author of The Tree with a Thousand Apples (2016), a commercially and critically acclaimed work of fiction on Kashmir. He is also a screenwriter in Hindi cinema and his screenplay based on his book has been long-listed at Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2017, United States. He previously worked in FMCG sales and marketing, and theatre and television production. Gupta’s short stories have been published in Indian Ruminations, Muse India, Contemporary Literary Review India, and Tata Lit Live. His works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world, and the human mind.
Sandesh Prabhudesai is a veteran journalist & writer. He is Consulting Editor for Goa 365 (TV channel); Editor, goanews.com (Goa’s oldest news website since 1999); and the Goa Correspondent for the BBC since 2000. He was earlier Editorial Director, Prudent Media TV channel (2008-2012), and Editor of Sunaparant, a Konkani daily (2004–2008). Prabhudessai is the author of four books, three of which were released together in three languages in 2014: Taalgadi (Konkani), Ghusmat (Marathi) and Clear Cut (English). He also wrote Goff (Konkani) in 2015 and translated Bhagat Singh’s Why I am an Atheist for the National Book Trust in Konkani. He is the recipient of the Goa Konkani Academy Literary Award in 2015 (Taalgadi); Konkani Bhasha Mandal Literature Award in 2015 (Taalgadi); and Felicio Cardoz Potrakarita Puraskar in 2017.
Sanjay Talreja is a Toronto-based filmmaker whose work has appeared on television and theatrical screens in Canada, the US and India. He has won several awards and citations for his films and has also received support from Canada and Ontario Arts Councils. Talreja is the co-editor of Strangers In The Mirror: In And Out Of The Mainstream Of Culture In Canada (2014). His collection of short stories, Downward This Dog (2017) is his first foray into fiction and is set in the immigrant community in Toronto and in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. He is currently working on a detective novel set in Mumbai. All his work – whether print or visual - explores how ordinary folks survive and thrive in a complex, shifting and paradoxical world.
Sathya Saran has been a journalist for over three decades. She edited Femina for 12 years during which time the magazine became a superbrand. She was also part of the core team of the Femina Miss India Contest which saw two Miss Universe and four Miss World winners from India during her tenure. After leaving Femina, Sathya started the path breaking Me magazine for DNA. She has written best-selling and critically acclaimed biographies on Guru Dutt, and SD Burman. Baat Niklegi toh Phir: The Life and Music of Jagjit Singh is her latest published biography. All three books have been adapted by the author into hour long multi-media presentations. Sathya also has a book of short stories titled The Dark Side. Her next book How to look like Miss India is due for release in January 2018.
Saurabh Dube (PhD, Cambridge, 1992) is Research Professor in History at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. He has authored and edited more than 25 books, notably Untouchable Pasts (1998, 2001); Stitches on Time (2004); After Conversion (2010); Subjects of Modernity (2017) alongside Postcolonial Passages (2004); Historical Anthropology (2007); Enchantments of Modernity (2009); and Crime through Time (2013). Dube has been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York; the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick; the Indian Institute of Advanced Study; the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa; and the Max Weber Kolleg, Germany. Dube has been visiting professor several times at Cornell University and the Johns Hopkins University, and was recently elected to the D D Kosambi Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies (2017-2020) of Goa University.
Shafi Shauq is a poet, linguist, translator, and fiction writer. He is the author/translator of over 55 books in Kashmiri, English, Hindi, and Urdu. A PhD in English, he taught at the University of Kashmir for over three decades. Shauq is the recipient of several prestigious awards like the Sahitya Akademi Award in Creative Writing (2006); Bharti Bhasha Saman Award (2007); Sahitya Akademi Translation Award (2007); and Ahad Zargar Award (2011). He has represented Indian literature in several countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, and the UK. He has been associated with prestigious academic projects such as Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature, Medieval Indian Literature, and Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre. Shauq has written scripts and screen-plays for more than 50 television films and serials. His latest work is Kaeshur Lughat (Encyclopaedic Dictionary of the Kashmiri Language).
Shahnaz Bashir is the author of two critically acclaimed books. Scattered Souls (2016), a collection of interlinked stories, won The Citizen's Talent of the Year Award 2016-2017; The Half Mother (2014), his second book, won the Muse India Young Writer Award 2015. His short fiction is compared with greats like Sadat Hassan Manto and Anton Chekhov. Currently at work on his third book, Bashir’s short stories, memoir essays, poetry, and reportage have been published widely. He was awarded the Shamim Ahmad Shamim Memorial Kashmir Times Award 2007 for excelling in media studies. Kashmir Life, in its January 2016 special issue, identified Bashir as "one of the nine impact-makers from the entire population of Jammu & Kashmir."
Shakti Sinha is Director, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL), Colombo. Sinha has a master’s in public policy from George Mason University; and a master’s in Indian and Chinese history from Delhi University. As a member of the Indian Administrative Service (1979-2013), Sinha held positions at different levels at the union, provincial, and local levels, including private secretary/joint secretary to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Internationally, he headed the UN’s governance and development team in Afghanistan (2006-2009) and was Senior Advisor to India’s Executive Director on the World Bank (2000-2004). Sinha has edited three books, written several book chapters, working papers, policy briefs, and columns on politics and international affairs.
Shantanu Gupta is the founder of Yuva Foundation, a youth-based organization involved in spreading awareness on policy, politics and social issues. He earlier worked for the think tank Centre for Civil Society (CCS); for UNICEF in the hinterlands of Bundelkhand (UP); and with Naandi Foundation in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and New Delhi. He has also worked for a decade as a process and management consultant in many cities in India, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungry, and Israel. Gupta has an engineering degree from G B Pant University; Management education from XLRI, Jamshedpur; and a master’s degree in policy and politics from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. He put together the Compilation of Prime Minister's Man Ki Baat (2016); and is the author of Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Ki Pratiksha Mein (2017), and The Monk Who Became Chief Minister (2017).
Shelly Bhoil lives in India and Brazil. In addition to her debut poetry book An Ember from Her Pyre (2016), she has published academic papers and poetry in over two dozen books and journals. Bhoil brought out, with Tsering Shakya, the Muse India Edition of Tibetan Writings in English (2014). Her forthcoming publications include two co-edited volumes: Resistant Hybridities: Tibetan Narratives in Exile (2018) and Negotiating Dispossession: Tibetan Subjectivties on a Global Stage (2018). Bhoil has received Commendation Prize in All India Poetry Competition 2016, Third Prize in Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry Prize 2016, first place in Tahoe Safe Alliance Writing Contest 2011, and honourable mention in FLEFF Checkpoint Story Contest 2011, Ithaca University.
Shubha Vilas holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. But in essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, a lifestyle coach, and a storyteller par excellence. Author of the best-selling series Ramayana – The Game of Life, Vilas not only teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips, and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations by way of his books, he also conducts leadership seminars - wherein he addresses the crucial needs of top-level management - and mentors school children, teaching them foundational values through masterful storytelling.
Shubhrastha works with the India Foundation and is the Assistant Editor of the bimonthly journal published by the Foundation. She studied English Literature at Miranda House, University of Delhi, and has written for national and international media houses and worked with The Hindu and All India Radio. He is the co-author of The Last Battle of Saraighat: The Story of the BJP's Rise in the North-east (2017). He is also an independent TV debater and print and digital columnist.
Sonia Shirsat is from Ponda (Goa). She has a Master’s in Law and was formerly a Law lecturer. However, Shirsat has made her mark as the best Fadista (fado singer) in India despite not having any formal training in music or singing. She has been singing professionally for the last 16 years and has sung in 14 languages. She has performed widely in India and abroad, including Canada, France, Luxembourg, Macau, Portugal, Singapore, the UK, and the US. Shirsat has released her solo albums in Fado as well as in Goan music. Recepient of Yuva Srujan Puraskar from the Govt of Goa, and Ustaad Bismillah Khan Yuva Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar from the Govt of India, she has been called the Ambassador of Goan music to the World.
Subodh Sarkar is a poet, writer, and editor. He teaches English at City College, Kolkata. Since publishing his first book of poems (1976) in Bengali, he now has 31 books in Bengali and 4 books in English to his credit. Sarkar has edited and guest-edited Indian Literature. He was a Fulbright Fellow for 2016-2017 and taught post-colonial literature at the University of Iowa. He is a recipient of Bangabhushan from the Government of West Bengal (2015); D Litt (Honoris Causa) from University of Gour Banga (2015); and the Gangadhar Meher National Award for Poetry from Sambalpur University (2016). He is now the President of State Kobita Academy, Government of West Bengal. In 2013, Sarkar won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Dwaipayan Hrader Dhare.
Suchita Malik graduated from Lady Shriram College for Women and completed her Master’s in English from the University of Delhi. She later earned a PhD from Panjab University. Malik taught English at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels for more than 20 years before taking to full-time writing. Her debut novel, Indian Memsahib: The Untold Story of a Bureaucrat’s Wife was published in 2008. It was well-received and has gone through four reprints. She then wrote Memsahib’s Chronicles: A Story of Grit and Glamour (2011) and Women Extraordinaire (2014). Her most recent novel is Scent of the Soil: A Civil Servant Returns to His Roots (2017). Malik has also written more than 70 middles, feature articles, and travel writings for leading newspapers.
Sudeep Sen’s prize-winning books include Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor), Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions) and EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House). Blue Nude: New Poems & Ekphrasis (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Poetry Review, Literary Review, Harvard Review, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on BBC, PBS, CNN IBN, NDTV, AIR & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Leela: An Erotic Play of Verse and Art (Collins), Indian Love Poems (Knopf/Random House/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell), and Name me a Word (Yale). He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS and the editor of Atlas. Sen is the first Asian honoured to speak and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature.”
Sumana Roy’s first book, How I Became a Tree, a work of non-fiction, was published in India earlier this year. Her poems, essays, stories, and literary criticism have appeared in The Caravan, Granta, Guernica, India Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, Himal Southasian, Asian Cha, Pratilipi, and other journals. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Antiserious. Her novel, Missing, will be published by Aleph in the summer of 2018. She lives in Siliguri, a small town in sub-Himalayan Bengal. Roy has been photographing walls in northern Bengal for nearly a decade now.
Sushila Sawant Mendes (PhD, Goa University) heads the Department of History at the Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Quepem (Goa). Her doctoral dissertation was on the impact of Luis de Menezes Braganza on Goa's anti-colonial struggle, and later became a book: Luis de Menezes Braganza: Nationalism, Secularism and Free-thought in Portuguese Goa (2014). Mendes regularly presents papers at various seminars in India and abroad, many of which are included in books on Goa’s history. The Government of Goa has appointed her on the Expert Committee for revision of the Goa Gazetteer. The present Std X history text of the Goa Board was finalized under her guidance as Chairperson. Mendes is a Trustee of the Manovikas Public Charitable Trust, and a Founder Trustee of Silver Star Appeal.
Swaminathan Kalidas has been a long-time commentator and participant on the Indian arts scene. He has worked as a journalist with leading national newspapers and magazines including Times of India and India Today. He has also taught aspects of Indian aesthetics and classical Hindustani music at universities and worked for the archives of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, and the Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal. Kalidas has twice been a Fellow, Department of Culture, Government of India. He scripted and directed Hai Akhtari a documentary on the legendary singer Begum Akhtar, and was advisor for Rasa Yatra a film on the life of Pt Mallikarjun Mansur. His publications include Zarina Hashmi: Radiant Transits; Of Capacities and Containment: Poetry and Politics in the Art of Subodh Gupta; Begum Akhtar: Love’s Own Voice; and Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur Centenary Catalogue.
Tanaji Halarnakar is a Konkani writer, editor, and researcher who writes poetry, short stories, essays, criticism and encyclopaedic works. He is the Convenor, Konkani Advisory Board and Executive member of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. He was formerly Chair of Konkani at Manipal University; former President, All India Konkani Conference; former Vice-President, Goa Konkani Akademi, Government of Goa; and former President, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa. He is a recipient of the State Literary Award; the Best Konkani Book Award by the Dr T M A Pai Foundation, Manipal; and the World Konkani Life time Achievement Award, World Konkani Centre, Mangalore.
Tanvi Bambolkar is a Research Scholar at the Department of English, Goa University, working on Folk Theatre of Goa. She has worked as a casual newsreader and translator at All India Radio, Panaji, and is currently Creative Writing Instructor at Bal Bhavan Panaji. She has been writing since childhood for local dailies, from creating puzzles for children to writing columns for the youth. Bambolkar is deeply attached to her mother tongue Konkani and has been active in all the activities related to the Konkani movement. Her translations from other languages into Konkani have been published in print and digital form on platforms like Prathambooks Storyweaver.
Tarun Bhartiya is a political activist based in Shillong. He is also a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and Hindi poet. His ‘cycle’ of six documentary shorts collectively titled Songs to Live By (2016), shot in the Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, in places inhabited by communities that share a largely oral culture, explore what folk music means to a particular village or community. He also made The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (part of the BBC series Indian Hill Railways, which won a Royal Television Society Award); edited In Camera by Ranjan Palit (for which he won a National Award); Jashn-e-Azadi by Sanjay Kak; and Girl Song and Songlines by Vasudha Joshi.
Tishani Doshi is the author of five books of fiction and poetry. At the age of 26, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. Her first book of poems, Countries of the Body (2006), won the Forward Poetry Prize for the best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and a winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Doshi’s first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. Her most recent book is a collection of poems: Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (2017).
Trisha De Niyogi heads the Strategic Planning and Marketing division at Niyogi Books. As a lead for strategic planning and business development, her goal is to drive a portfolio diversification in alignment to the company’s long-term strategy. She began her career in publishing with SAGE Publications and has also worked in various projects in product development, marketing and advertising with several multinationals including PepsiCo, Toshiba, EY and Tesco-Trent. An avid reader, music aficionado and a cultural aesthete, De Niyogi is trained in Bharatnatyam and plays the piano. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Delhi University; Master’s degree in Economics, University of Warwick; and a Business Management degree, with specialization in Marketing, Symbiosis International University.
Udaya Narayana Singh is Chair-Professor and Head, Centre for Linguistic Studies, Amity University. He was earlier Director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore. Singh is a renowned linguist, poet, playwright, and essayist. He has published four collections of poems; twelve plays in Maithili (using the pen-name ‘Nachiketa’); six books of literary essays; a short story collection; and four volumes of poetry in Bengali, besides translating several books from and into many languages. He was a poet-invitee at the Frankfurt Book Fair – India Guest of Honour presentation (2006), and the Leader of the Cultural Delegation of Writers to China (2007). Singh has been the recipient of, among others, the Kalaignar Porkizhi Award, BAPASI, Chennai (2014); Jyotirishwar Sanman (2016); and Sir Ganganath Jha Sanman (2016).
Utpal Baruah is a popular writer in Assamese language. He began his amateur writing with short stories and subsequently diversified his interest into creative and informative literature. He earned a reputation as a writer of the popular fortnightly Assamese magazine Prantik on contemporary issues. His first book Suryo Uthaa Deshor Poraa Suryo Dubaa Desholoi is an anthology of articles and essays published in 2012 in which were included 11 articles written on Goa. He has translated several Konkani stories written by Damodar Mouzo into Assamese Language. His short story collection Prabhatdar Viswaprem will be published in December 2017. A comic character ‘Chandrapeha’ that he created, a village person with a great sense of humour, received wide acceptance in social media.
V Sanjay Kumar was born in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. After obtaining his MBA, he set up and managed businesses in investment banking, stockbroking, banking software, and contemporary art. He is currently Director at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. During his long association with the art world, he also curated a show “View from the Edge” (1994), which led to his first book by the same name. Since becoming a full-time writer in 2010, he has published the novels Artist, Undone (2012) and Virgin Gingelly (2014). His third, The Third Squad is published by Akashic Books (US) and Juggernaut. Sanjay resides in Bengaluru but returns often to the two cities that he writes about: Chennai and Mumbai.
Vanamala Viswanatha has been a happy teacher of English language and literature for over forty years. She has taught at various levels beginning from high school students to PhD scholars in premiere institutions in Bengaluru. Viswanatha is also an award-winning translator who works with Kannada and English. She has served as Honorary Director, Centre for Translation, Sahitya Akademi, Bangalore; and a member of the Advisory Committee, National Translation Mission. Among her major published works are the translations of Torgny Lindgren’s The Way of the Serpent into Kannada; Sara Aboobacker's Kannada novel Breaking Ties into English; and Raghavanka’s medieval epic Harishchandra Kavyam (2017) into English. Indira Bai, a translation of the first social novel in Kannada, is forthcoming.
Varun Sahni (DPhil, Oxford, 1991) is Vice-Chancellor, Goa University; and Professor in International Politics at JNU, New Delhi (on deputation leave). He earlier also served as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu. An Inlaks Scholar, Sahni wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Argentine navy and later turned his attention to India’s security. He has been visiting professor/fellow at several prestigious institutions in North America and Australia. He was conferred the VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences (2006) by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) for his “outstanding contribution to research and teaching.” Sahni writes, among other issues, on nuclear deterrence, regional security, emerging powers, and international relations theory, and has published over 100 research articles and book chapters.
Victor Rangel-Ribeiro (b. in Goa, 1925), first broke into print in Mumbai in 1946. Having lived under and survived the British and the Portuguese colonial empires, the 92-year-old author regards himself as one of the last of a dying breed: a pre-postcolonial writer. Victor left his heart behind in India when he migrated to the US in 1956: his stories almost always include Indian characters, either here at home, or in the diaspora, with interracial preconceptions driving the plots. Victor’s fiction and books on music can be found in some of the major libraries of the West, including Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. A career that began 71 years ago is still ongoing. His latest collection, The Miscreant: Selected Stories, 1949-2016, published this year, will be followed next April by his biography of the artist Francis Newton Souza; a second novel is nearing completion
Vinutha Mallya is a journalist with more than 15 years' experience in publishing as a book editor. With a keen interest in the business of publishing in India, she has written and spoken about the subject on many forums in the past. She is currently Assistant Features Editor at Pune Mirror, Times of India Group.
Vishvesh Kandolkar is an Associate Professor at Goa College of Architecture, and a doctoral student at Manipal University through the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore. He writes regular op-eds, as well as art and architectural criticism. His writings can be accessed at wishvesh.blogspot.com. He is also a member of The Al-Zulaij Collective.
Vivek Menezes is the co-founder and co-curator of Goa Arts & Literature Festival (GALF) alongside his friend and mentor, the eminent Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo. He is a widely published writer and photographer, a columnist for Times of India, and a frequent contributor to leading periodicals in India and abroad. He was born in Bombay, attended high school in New York, and holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the London School of Economics, as well as a diploma from the Sorbonne. His debut book of non-fiction is due in 2018 from Penguin Random House. He is the curator of the large-scale group exhibition Now You See It: The Invisible River of Konkani Surrealism, which is part of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018. He lives in Panjim with his wife and three sons, right next to where the Mandovi river merges with the Arabian Sea at Miramar beach.
Volga (Popuri Lalita Kumari) is Executive Chairperson and founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, and one of the most significant figures in Telugu Literature today. She has authored, edited, and translated more than 50 books. Her novel Sweccha (1987) marks a watershed in women’s writing in Telugu and is now being published in all Indian languages by the National Book Trust. She edited the first volume in feminist philosophy in Telugu: Maku Godalu Levu (1989). Her anthology of stories, Rajakiya Kathalu (1992) paved the way for more feminist stories in Telugu. Her novels include Sahaja (1986); Kanneeti Keratala Vennala (1988); Maanavi (1989); Akasham lo Sagam (1990); and Gulabilu (1993). Volga is the recipient of several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award (2015) for her short story compilation Vimukta Kadha Samputi in Telugu.
Wendell Rodricks is an internationally-acclaimed designer and author. His first collection from Goa earned him the title ‘Guru of Minimalism’. His unique garments have been displayed at major fashion events. In 2010, he revived the weaving of the traditional Goan Kunbi Sari and identified and trained weavers in the use of sari looms. Rodricks is the author of Moda Goa: History and Style (2012); The Green Room (2012); and Poskem (2017). He has been honoured by the All India Konkani Parishad; bestowed the Rainbow Warrior Award by Kashish Film Festival; and conferred the distinction of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre National des Arts et Lettres) by The Ministry of Culture and Communication of France. In 2014, Rodricks was awarded the Padma Shri.
William Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. He lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. He has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense (2017). In 2016, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania; Europa in Versi, Lake Como, Italy; The Pesaro International Poetry Festival, Pesaro, Italy, The Xichang-Qionghai Silk Road International Poetry Week, Xichang, China; and Ethnofest, Pristina, Kosovo. His collages have been published in The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Lost Coast Review, Yellow Chair Review, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash, and more recently in Naked in New Hope 2016, and The 2017 Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
Yudhishthir Raj Isar straddles the multiple worlds of cultural theory and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, The American University of Paris (2002- ); and was Eminent Research Visitor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University (2011-2013). Since January 2017, he is also the Education Director at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Isar was the founding co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE) and has authored many book chapters and journal articles. He has been president of the European arts and culture platform Culture Action Europe (2004-2008). Isar is a trustee of cultural organizations and a consultant to foundations and international organizations, notably UNESCO.
Yugank Naik is a Research Scholar at the Centre for Latin American Studies, Goa University, where he is pursuing his doctoral research in worold cinema and International Relations. He is the author of Venchik Antarrahtriya Chalchintra; Niyall Ani Samiksha in Konkani. The book, which focuses on the contemporary world cinema and movement, was awarded Dr TMA Pai Foundation’s Best Book Award for the year 2014. Naik has also been awarded the DD Kosambi Research Fellowship by the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Goa. He is the convener of Parikrama Knowledge Terminus, an initiative for independent knowledge repository.