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 has 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, she has interests in various other fields, including curating antique Portugal 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.
Anuradha Roy's latest book, Sleeping on Jupiter, won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was nominated for the Man Booker prize 2015. She won the Economist Crossword Prize for her second novel, The Folded Earth. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been widely translated and was picked as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. She works as a designer at Permanent Black, an independent press which she runs with her husband, Rukun Advani. She lives in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand.
Bama is a Dalit writer was born in 1957, at Puthupatty, Tamilnadu, India. Fighting impossible odds she went through school and college and trained as a teacher who imparts values aimed at building self- esteem, and social consciousness. Besides KARUKKU(1992), her first novel, she has published SANGATHI(1994), KISUMBUKKARAN (1996), VANMAM (2002), ORU THATHAVUM ERUMAYUM (2004), KONDATTAM (2009), and MANUSHI (2011) in Tamil. Both novels and through her several articles she hopes to focus on themes related to caste domination and social discrimination. Her works have been translated into English, French Telugu, Kannada Malayalam and Gujarathi. Bama’s significant contribution is that through the act of writing , she not only transgresses caste boundaries, she also demolishes the conventional exclusions of language and genre. Bama who spent some years in a convent as a nun, is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. She has been at the forefront of Dalit literary activism and has given Dalit aesthetics a visibility it had previously lacked in the literary campus of India. In 2001, the English translation of KARUKKU,( translated by Lakshmi Holmstrong ) won the Cross word prize establishing her as a distinct voice in Dalit literature.
Chandan Gowda teaches at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. He has translated UR Ananthamurthy’s story, Bara (Oxford Univ Press, 2016). He has recently edited, The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader (Navayana and DC Books, forthcoming). A Life in the World, a book of autobiographical interviews he did with UR Ananthamurthy will be published early next year (HarperCollins, 2018). He has also edited Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan (HarperCollins, 2016) and is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state. He writes a weekly column on culture and politics in Bangalore Mirror.
Disha is an IIM Calcutta alumnus and has spent over a decade with corporate giants like Paytm.com, Yatra.com and Mentor Graphics. She is currently a senior leader with Amazon India. Besides her corporate career, Disha loves to write and has authored many books.
G. N. Devy, Chair, People's Linguistic Survey of India Founder of Bhasha Research and Publication Centre , Baroda and Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh Writes in three languages-- English, Marathi and Gujarati. Has received several awards and fellowships. Padmashri (2014) Major Books: The Crisis Within (Aleph, 2017), G N Devy Reader ( Orient Blackswan, 2008), Nomad Called Thief ( Orient Blackswan, 2006), After Amnesia (Orient Longman, 1992), Painted Words ( Penguin, 2002), Knowling Differently ( Routledge, 2010) Chief Editor, 50 Volumes of The People's Linguistic Survey of India Vanaprastha (in Marathi, Padmagandha)
Gabriel Rosenstock Born 1949 in postcolonial Ireland, Gabriel Rosenstock is a poet, tankaist, haikuist, novelist, playwright, short story writer and essayist, author-translator of over 180 books, including works for children. Irish (Gaelic), the oldest literary language in Europe after Latin and Greek, is his language of choice. He has transcreated many writers from the Indian subcontinent in Irish including K. Satchidanandan, Dileep Jhaveri, Munir Niazi, Hemant Divate, Rati Saxene, Udayan Thakker, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Tagore, Iqbal, as well as haikuists K. Ramesh, Kala Ramesh and Janak Sapkota. A selection of his poems translated from the Irish I Open My Poem was published by Poetrywala, Mumbai. Gabriel is on the Advisory Board of PoetryIndia.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Rosenstock
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is the author of two books: a novel, 'The Mysterious Ailment Of Rupi Baskey' (Aleph Book Company, 2014), and a collection of ten short stories, 'The Adivasi Will Not Dance' (Speaking Tiger, 2015). More details, here: http://independent.academia.edu/HansdaSowvendraShekhar
Harimohan Paruvu is a writer and an executive coach. He completed his Civil Engineering and MBA from Osmania University and worked in the corporate sector for a decade before focusing his attention on writing. His previous books include The Men Within – A Cricketing Tale, If You Love Someone... and 50 Not Out! He lives in Hyderabad with his wife Shobha and his daughter Anjali.
Janice Pariat is the author of Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories and Seahorse: A Novel. She was awarded the Young Writer Award from the Sahitya Akademi and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction in 2013. In 2014, she was the Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury. She studied English Literature at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her work – including art reviews, cultural features, book reviews, fiction and poetry – has featured in a wide selection of national magazines and newspapers. 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 five languages including Italian, Spanish, and German. Currently, she lives in New Delhi with a cat of many names.
Jerry Pinto's novel Em and the Big Hoom won the Windham-Campbell award managed by the Beinecke Library at the 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 Bollywood H-Bomb 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.
Karan Anshuman is a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. He is the director of the 2015 film Bangistan and the creator and director of Inside Edge, India’s first Amazon Original. An ex-film critic for Mumbai Mirror, he spends his time nerding out on film, trivia, science and design. Kashmirnāmā is his debut novel.
Kazi Nabil Ahmed is a member of the Bangladesh Parliament, and serves in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ahmed is a businessman by profession and Vice-Chairman of the diversified Gemcon Group. He is also a sports enthusiast who serves as a Vice-President of the Bangladesh Football Federation, and is a co-owner of the Bangladeshi T20 cricket franchise Khulna Titans. Mr. Ahmed received his BA from Brown University and MSc from the London School of Economics. After graduation, he worked in business and media, serving as Executive Editor of the Daily Ajker Kagoj till 2007, and is now a co-owner of the daily Dhaka Tribune. Mr. Ahmed is an avid golfer and history buff and occasional contributor in opinion pages. His latest piece on the Rohingya issue appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
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.
Makarand Paranspe is a poet, novelist, critic, and columnist. Professor of English at JNU, New Delhi, he read English at St. Stephen’s College before getting an MA & PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). He has published over 45 books, 170 academic papers, and 500 newspaper/periodical articles. His recent books include Cultural Politics in Modern India (Routledge, 2016), The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (Penguin Random House, 2015), and Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (University of Sao Paolo, 2016), an Indo-Brazilian book of poems. Makarand is currently a columnist for Swarajya, DNA, and Mail Today.
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.
Mini Krishnan Primarily a textbook publisher with Macmillans (1980-2000) till she moved to Oxford in 2001,Mini Krishnan edits translations for Oxford University Press sourcing fiction, plays, travelogues, autobiographies and biographies from 16 Indian languages. 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 (2004-6) and Project Editor, Modern Indian Novels in Translation (Macmillan India ,37 volumes,1992-2000 ). Charles Wallace Awardee twice and Advisor to The Hindu (1992-1998). MK is the Series Editor of Living in Harmony (classes 1-10) India’s first Peace Education programme for schools. She was member, Peace Education, NCERT, (NCF 2005) ;member, Curriculum Advisory Board 2006-2009) and contributes regularly to Teacher Plus She writes two monthly columns for The Hindu: (1) This Word for That in the Literary Review on Translation and (2) Ethics & You in Education Plu.
Harbinger of miracles, spiritual master Mynoo Maryel has sparked a global movement of restoring dignity and enriching lives. She is an erstwhile advisor to key leaders and is on boards of several Fortune 100 companies in the UK; in her previous avatar as an entrepreneur and movie producer of Hollywood and Bollywood films, she achieved great success and realised she had lost herself along the way. Seeking answers, she experienced a series of spiritual awakenings and embarked on her journey into miracles.
Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee taught English Literature at Gauhati University for ten years and Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University for five years. He then joined Sahitya Akademi’s Eastern Regional Office at Kolkata as its Secretary. After putting in a decade there, he shifted to Delhi and worked as the Director of the National Book Trust, India for a five-year tenure. Later, he also worked as the Editor of Sahitya Akademi’s prestigious journal Indian Literature for five years and Director of K. K. Birla Foundation, New Delhi for six years. Currently he functions as the Editorial Director of Niyogi Books. An accomplished translator from Bengali into English and vice versa, his English translations of fictions of Mahasveta Devi, Sunil Gangaopadhyay and Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay have been well received. He has also translated a short story collection of U. R. Anantamurthy and a novel by Viswas Patil into Bengali. Recipient of the best translator’s award from IBBY Congress, Mr Bhattacharjee has also edited a collection of stories of displacement from Assam (Barbed Wire Fence, Niyogi Books) and co-edited Best of Indian Literature (1957-2007), published by the Sahitya Akademi.
Nitin A. Gokhale, one of South Asia's leading Strategic Analysts, is a renowned author, media trainer and founder of a specialised defence-related website BharatShakti.in. After working for 32 years as a media practitioner across print, web and broadcast mediums, during which he reported on India's North-East, focusing on the different insurgencies there, the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan and the Sri Lankann Eelam War IV to name a few, he is now a full-time author and part-time media entrepreneur since December 2014. Author of six books so far on insurgencies, wars and conflicts, 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 at various seminars and symposiums on civil-military relations, insurgency/terrorism, Asian security Affairs and military-media relations.
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 (HarperCollins India, 2017), a collection of two decades of his journalistic writings on the islands and his debut novel, The Last Wave (HarperCollins India, 2014), a story deeply embedded in the history, ecology and people of the place. Pankaj 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. He has been a freelance writer and photographer for a long time and has published widely in the Indian media on a range of issues related to the environment, wildlife, conservation and the A&N Islands. He has a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Mass Communication and a recent doctorate from Maastricht University, Netherlands, in Science and Technology Studies (STS), where he studied scientific research and innovation practices in six Indian nano-science and technology labs. He is currently Senior Project Scientist at the DST-Centre for Policy Research, Dept of Humanities and Social Science, IIT-Delhi.
Philip Browne was born and educated in Ireland, graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. and a Higher Diploma in Education. He taught English in a Dublin secondary school before emigrating in 1973 to the U.K. Then followed nearly 40 years 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, published by Hobnob Press. It is his first book. Philip Browne is married with two sons. He continues to live in Dorset in south-west England, an area that he loves.
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 (Juggernaut Books; 2017) and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal (Aleph, Hurst; 2014). Jha's 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 thinktanks on South Asian affairs.
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 (2010-13). She has also served on Uttarakhand’s State Board for Wildlife. Prerna’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. Prerna’s book The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis published by Penguin India 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. Prerna is a Chevening Gurukul Fellow and was awarded the International Visitor Leadership Programme. Prerna lives in Gurgaon but her heart, she says, resides in the forest.
Rafiq Kathwari is the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. He divides his time between New York, Dublin, and Kashmir where he was born and raised. He is translating selected poems of Mohammad Iqbal, one of the great South Asian poets of the 20th Century writing in Urdu, trying to make Iqbal readily accessible a 21st Century readership. Rafiq's debut collection, In Another Country (DoirePress, 2015), is available here www.rafiqkathwari.com
Rahul Mitra grew up in Delhi and is currently working as an IT Marketing Professional with a multinational company in Mumbai. Passionately interested in all things Indian, Rahul 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.
Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic and literary historian. She has published over 15 books and written over 50 academic papers and essays. Her book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City , continues to be a bestseller. Her recent works include: Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the Progressive Writers Movement in Urdu (OUP, 2014); a biography of Urdu feminist writer Dr Rashid Jahan A Rebel and her Cause(Women Unlimited, 2014); a translation of 15 short stories by Intizar Husain entitled The Death of Sheherzad(HarperCollins, 2014); and The Sea Lies Ahead, a translation of Intizar Husain's seminal novel on Karachi (Harper Collins, 2015). She runs an organization called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. Her debut collection of fiction, Release & Other Stories, was published by Harper Collins in 2011, and received critical acclaim. She was awarded the Kaifi Azmi Award for her contribution to Urdu and her translation The Sea Lies Ahead won the KLF Peace Prize awarded by the Karachi Litfest and the German Embassy. Recently, she received the First Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-Hindi Translation. She writes regularly for major newspapers such as Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Hindu as well as magazines such as Outlook, Scroll, The Wire, etc.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of 30 books, ranging across poetry, art criticism, cultural history and poetry in translation. His collections of poetry include Central Time (Penguin, 2014), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012), which is the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poet’s work. Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). He has been research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2010 and 2013). He has received the Sanskriti Award for Literature, the S H Raza Award for Literature, the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award for Literature, and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award. Hoskote has curated more than 30 exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim, 2008) and the first-ever Indian national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011).
S. V. Srinivas has a PhD from University of Hyderabad. He taught in Secunderabad and Itanagar before joining Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore in 1998. Over the next 16 years, while his primary affiliation was with CSCS, he held visiting appointments in National University of Singapore, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Indian Institute of Science and University of Hyderabad. His 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 (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Politics as Performance (Permanent Black, 2013). He currently teaches courses in Humanities and Media, Society and Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore.
Sadia Dehlvi is a Delhi based author and columnist for almost 40 years, her writings have focused on issues of faith, heritage, minorities, and women. She is the author of three books published by Harper Collins: Sufism: The Heart of Islam, The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi and the recent Jasmine and Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi. Dehlvi has produced and directed a television series: The Sufi Courtyard (Sufiyon ka Aangan), documenting the spiritual legacy and the living traditions of important dargahs in India. Sadia’s surname Dehlvi signifies her family's centuries old connection with the city of Delhi.
Salma is a well-known name to readers of contemporary Tamil literature. With two volumes of poetry – “Oru Maalaiyum Innoru Maalaiyum” and “Pacchai Devadai” - and a novel - “Irandaam Jaamangalin Kadhai” - all of which have been translated to several languages, Salma has made her mark as a distinctive literary voice. Lakshmi Holmstrom’s English translation of her novel, entitled The Hour Past Midnight, was recently shortlisted for the Crossword Book Prize. Salma’s poetry and fiction have carved an undeniable place in the Tamil literary terrain for the articulation of desire as well as the emotions that animate the domestic space every day, subjects that are often considered beneath literary consideration. Salma has been the recipient of several awards and honours, and has also been a special invitee to several book festivals and seminars. She was the only representative of Tamil literature at the London Book Fair in 2009. In 2007, the University of Chicago organized a two-day seminar, as part of the annual Norman J. Cutler Conference, to discuss her literary works.channal 4 from UK made a film on her life called SALMA released many international film festivals and received many Awrds .. Amnesty international from Canada invited her for a talk against child marriage at parliament of Canada. Besides being a woman of letters, Salma has also been a committed public servant. She was the elected President of the Ponnampatti Panchayat, 2001-2006. She also served as the Chairman of the Social Welfare Board, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, during which time she was instrumental in establishing several welfare schemes, including some landmark ones directed to the transgender (aravani/hijra) community in Tamil nadu.
Samar Halarnkar is the editor of Indiaspend.org, a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit. Halarnkar is the author of “Nirvana Under the Rain Tree”, an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution, and “A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking--And Other Dubious Adventures." He 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, Hindustan Times and the New York Times. He is an enthusiastic cook, the fallout of his culinary experiences finding 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, completed his master’s in English at JNU, and then went to the University of Iowa on a Fulbright grant. He holds a PhD degree in techno-culture studies, and has taught at IIT Delhi, JNU, and JGU. 'Red Jihad', Sami’s debut thriller, won two literary awards, and his second novel, 'Aliens in Delhi', fictionalizes an alien invasion of India's capital. Sami's short fiction, research papers and articles have appeared in leading journals across the globe. He presently discusses life, language and literature at GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Sanchit Gupta is the author of The Tree with a Thousand Apples, a commercially and critically acclaimed work of fiction on Kashmir. He is also a screenwriter in Hindi Cinema while his screenplay based on this book has been long-listed at Sundance Screenwriters’ lab 2017, United States. Previously, he has worked in fmcg sales and marketing, theatre and television production while his 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.
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 Saran started the path breaking Me magazine for DNA. Author of many books Sathya has a book of short stories titled The Dark Side as well as the 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. As interesting is the fact that all three books have been adapted by the author into hour long multi-media presentations. Her next book How to look like Miss India is due for release in January 2018.
Shafi Shauq Poet, linguist , translator, fiction writer, Prof. Shafi Shauq (b.1950; M.A. Ph.D in English) is author/ translator of over fifty- five books in Kashmiri, English, Hindi, and Urdu, Prof. Shauq is recipient of several prestigious National and State awards like the Best Book Award (1982), Sahitya Akademi Award in Creative writing (2006), Bharti Bhasha Saman Award (2007), Sahitya Akademi Translation Award (2007), Best Teacher Award (2009) Ahad Zargar Award (2011).and State Award for contribution to literature. Prof. Shauq has represented Indian literature in several countries including People’s Republic of China in 2002, Germany in 2007. London and Manchester in 2009 Germany in 2016 in connection with Poets Translate Poets,Canada in 2014, and Brazil in 2017. Prof. Shauq has been associated with several National Academic projects like Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature, Medieval Indian Literature, and Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre. Prof. Shauq has written scripts and screen-plays for over fifty-five television films and serials. Prof. Shauq's latest work is Kaeshur Lughat (Encyclopaedic Dictionary of the Kashmiri Language) .
Shahnaz Bashir is the author of two critically lauded and widely reviewed books Scattered Souls (HarperCollins, 2016), a collection of interlinked stories, and The Half Mother (Hachette, 2014) which respectively won The Citizen's Talent of the Year Award 2016-2017 and the Muse India Young Writer Award 2015. Literary critics have compared his short fiction with great writers like Sadat Hassan Manto and Anton Chekhov. His short stories, memoir essays, poetry and reportage have been anthologised or published widely. He was honoured with a Certificate of Merit and university gold medal in journalism and was also awarded the Shamim Ahmad Shamim Memorial Kashmir Times Award 2007 for excelling in media studies. Kashmir Life, in its Jan 2016 year-ender special issue, declared Shahnaz as "one of the nine impact-makers from the entire population of Jammu & Kashmir". He is currently working on his third book.
Shazia Omar is a yogini, an activist and a writer. She completed her Masters in Social Psychology at LSE, UK, and her undergrad at Dartmouth College, USA. She is dedicated to empowering destitute women and currently works at UNDP on the social protection policy of Bangladesh. She has written two novels, Like a Diamond in the Sky and Dark Diamond, a mind-body- spirit book, Intentional Smile, and a play, Karma Coffee. She writes a column, Kundalini Rising, in the Daily Star. www.shaziaomar.com
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’, Shubha 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.
Sumana Roy's first book, How I Became a Tree, a work of non-fiction, was published in India in February. Her poems and essays have appeared in Granta, Guernica, LARB, Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, and other journals. She lives in Siliguri in India.
Supriya Nair is a journalist from Bombay. She is a sports columnist for Mumbai Mirror and editor of the anthology The Caravan Book Of Profiles. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nhew Republic, Vogue and Wisden.
Tishani Doshi is the author of five books of fiction and poetry. At the age of twenty-six, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her first book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her 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.
Trisha De Niyogi currently heads the Strategic Planning & Marketing division at Niyogi Books. As a lead for strategic planning, 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 come a long way since then. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (Delhi University), Masters’ degree in Economics (University of Warwick) and Business Management degree with specialization in Marketing (Symbiosis International University).
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”, an anthology of articles and essays published in 2012 where he included eleven articles written on Goa. He translated several Konkani stories written by Mr. Damodar Mouzo into Assamese Language. His short story collection “Prabhatdar Viswaprem” is getting published in December, 2017. A comic character “Chandrapeha” he created, a village folk with a great sense of humor received wide acceptance in social media.
Sanjay was born in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. He grew up in Madras of the 60’s and 70’s. After an MBA degree he set up and managed businesses in investment banking, stockbroking, banking software, and contemporary art. Currently he is a Director at Sakshi Gallery. In his long association with the art world besides writing catalogues and articles for magazines, he curated a show in 1994 titled ‘View from the Edge’. This resulted in his first book by the same name. He became a full-time writer in 2010. His novels Artist, Undone and Virgin Gingelly were published by Hachette in 2012 and 2014. His third novel The Third Squad was published by Akashic Books in the US in March 2017 and in India by Juggernaut in June 2017. He resides currently in Bangalore, returning often to the two cities that he writes about; Chennai and Mumbai.
William Wolak is a poet who lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. He has just published his twelfth collection of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands: New and Selected Love Poems with Nirala Publications. 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.