Sethu (A.Sethumadhavan) has been writing in Malayalam for the past five decades. A banker by profession and a writer by passion, he has around 38 titles to credit, consisting of novels and collection 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 Saga of Muziris, Aliyah, Pandavapuram, The Wind from the Hills & Once upon a time. A winner of all the major awards like the Sahitya Akademi, Kerala Sahitya Akademi, etc., he is a former Chairman of the National Book Trust, and the South Indian Bank.
Amrita Narayanan is a psychoanalytic psychologist and Homi Bhabha Fellow based in Goa. Her most recent published work is an edited anthology "The Parrots of Desire: 3000 years of Erotica in India" (Aleph Books, 2017). She is the author of a book of short fiction, A Pleasant Kind of Heavy and Other Erotic Stories (Aleph Books, 2013), as well as of numerous non-fiction essays and book-chapters on women, sexuality and psychoanalysis that have been published in the UK and the US. Photo credit: Rohit Chawla
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.
Antara Dev Sen is 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. Antara 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, Antara was Senior Editor of the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express in Delhi. She has also been a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University. Antara is associated with other media, literary, educational and voluntary organisations in India and overseas. She lives in Delhi.
Anthony Gomes, MD, FACC, FAHA, also known as Antonio Gomes 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. He has published extensively in Medicine including a textbook, as well as articles in the humanities. He is the author of two books of poetry: Visions from Grymes Hill and Mirrored Reflections; and a novel, The Sting of Peppercorns (GOA, 1556 & Broadway Books, 2010); 2nd edition, Amaryllis, New Delhi, India, 2017.
Anuradha Goyal is the author of best-selling book The Mouse Charmers - Digital Pioneers of India that documents the business biographies of pioneering digital companies of India. She authors the award-winning Travel Blog - IndiTales. Her book reviews blog 'AnuReviews' has over 600 books reviewed across genres and it finds a place in Limca Book of Records for being the largest book reviews blog of India. In her earlier avatar, she has worked in IT industry for 12 years. She has lived in 15 cities in India and abroad before choosing to live in Goa with her library.
Arshia Sattar has a PhD from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and works with the epics and story traditions of the sub-continent. She has translated the Valmiki Ramayana into English (Penguin Books, 1996). Her most recent books include "Uttara: The Book of Answers" (PenguinRandomhouse, 2016) and "Ramayana or Children" (Juggernaut, 2016).
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.
Carlo Pizzati published the novels “Criminàl” & “Nimodo”, a book of short stories and the non-fiction “Edge of an Era” & “Technoshamans.” He writes for “La Stampa” & “The Hindu” and teaches at ACJ, Chennai. Born in Geneva, raised in Italy and the US, lived in Mexico, Argentina, Spain. Now in India.
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. Chandan 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.
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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.
Ganesh N 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.
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.
Gunjan Jain is a bestselling author, investment banker, and lifelong student of mindfulness. Her first book, She Walks, She Leads was published to both commercial success and critical acclaim. The book is an authorised anthology of twenty-four accomplished Indian women from varied fields, business and media to entertainment to arts and sports. Gunjan is currently working on a book on Indian male business leaders, a novel and a self-help book. She was also felicitated with the Women’s Economic Forum’s Award of "Women of the Decade in Community Leadership” for her inspirational journey in May 2017.
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 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.
Harish Trivedi, former Professor of English at the University of Delhi, was visiting professor at the universities of Chicago and London. His research interests include Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature and World Literature, and he is currently the contributing editor for South and Southeast Asia of an international project based in Stockholm for writing a history of World Literature. His publications include Colonial Transactions: English Literature and India (1995), Post-colonial Translation: Theory and Practice (1999), and an edition of Kim (2011) by Rudyard Kipling. He has written on and translated various Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit writers, including Ashvaghosha, Premchand, Manto and Ajneya, and is currently translating Raskhan, a Muslim Krishna-bhakti poet of the 16th century.
Former National Creative Director of HTA, now JWT. Author of five books: A Village Dies, published by Speaking Tiger, Brands Under Fire, published by Penguin, Pavement Prayers, published by ISPCK Delhi, Once More Upon A Time, a biography of P J Menezes. Another biography entitled, Jossie, and The Fourteen Stations, the Official Book on the visit of Pope John Paul II to India. I am a former trustee of the Asian Institute of Communication, Neral. Three times awardee of the Global WPP Atticus Awards for original writing.
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.
Jayanta Kalita is a Delhi-based journalist. Currently Associate Editor with ThePrint.in, a digital media start-up, he was associated with a number media organisations in the past, including The Times of India, Mail Today and Hindustan Times as well wire agency IANS. An MA in English literature from the University of Delhi, Kalita is an alumnus of the prestigious Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. He has varied interests ranging from peace and conflict studies, environment and health to politics and literature.
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/
K.R. Meera is a multi-award-winning writer and columnist who has published more than a dozen books including short stories, novels and essays, winning some of the most prestigious literary prizes including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards for short story and novel, the Vayalar Award and the Odakkuzhal Award. In 2015 she won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Aarachar, widely hailed as a contemporary classic and the best seller in Malayalam with more than 150,000 copies in less than three years. It is published by Penguin Books India as Hangwoman and was short listed for the DSC literary prize. Her other translated works include Yellow Is The Colour Of Longing, The Gospel of Yudas, The Poison Of Love ( all published by Penguin) and And Slowly Forgetting That Tree ( OUP). Yellow Is The Colour Of Longing was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize for Translation and The Poison Of Love is long listed for The DSC Prize 2017 and shortlisted for the Atta Ghalatta Literary Prize. . She 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kula Saikia, a PhD from IIT, Guwahati, had his Post Graduation in Economics from Delhi School of Economics after which he was teaching Economics for a while in the Hindu College, Delhi University. Presently he is an officer in the rank of DGP in Assam belonging to 1985 batch of Indian Police Service . Shri Saikia was a Fulbright Scholar at Pennsylvania State University and also worked as a consultant in World Bank, Washington for a short while. He was awarded President’s Police Medal twice. His community policing initiative called Project Prahari to fight against social prejudices like witch hunting has been widely appreciated.
Author, critic and translator in several languages Mohd Asadudddin writes on literature, language politics and translation studies. He was the former chair, Department of English, and Dean, Faculty of humanities, Jamia Millia Islamia, and Director, Jamia Centenary History Project. He was Fulbright Scholar- in-Residence at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, during 2008-2009. Earlier he was a Charles Wallace Trust Fellow at the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, in 2000. He has lectured/ led workshops at the universities of Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, East Anglia, Chicago, Rutgers, New York, St. Louis, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Among his books are: Premchand in World Languages: Translation, Reception and cinematic representations (Routeledge, 2016), Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand and Ray (Oxford U Press, 2012), A Life in Words (Penguin, 2012), The Penguin Book of Classic Urdu Stories (2006), Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chughtai (Penguin, 2001) For Freedom’s Sake : Manto (Oxford U Press, 2002) and (with Mushirul Hasan), Image and Representation: Stories of Muslim Lives in India (Oxford U Press, 2000). He is the Vice Chair, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS). He is a regular speaker at literary festivals on translated literature and Translation Studies, and has received the following prizes for his translation: Katha Award, Dr A.K. Ramanujan Award, Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) Award and Crossword Book Award. He 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.
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.
Margaret Mascarenhas is a transnational novelist, poet, essayist and independent curator of Indo-American origin. She is the author of the Diasporic novel Skin (Penguin 2001),set in Goa and Angola; The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos (Hachette USA 2009), a novel set in Venezuela, where she grew up; and Triage (Harper Collins 2013) a collection of poetry, sketches and flash fiction. Over the past two decades, she has contributed to numerous literary journals and anthologies, the most recent being Walking Toward Ourselves (Hardie Grant 2016) , and two anthologies presently in editing at Yale and UMass Dartmouth respectively. She is a recipient of the Luso American FLAD award. A time part-time resident of Goa for over two decades, she was the Founding Director of Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, which she ran from its inception in 2008 to 2011. She is the Founder and Director of the Blue Shores Prison Art Project, which disseminates a 4-year curriculum of poetry, performance art and visual art designed for inmates in Indian jails,that explores the relationships of image, movement and text, and the ways in which they function, independently and inter-relatedly, in the creative process to express and/or elicit emotion. She is presently working on her third novel, a collection of short stories and has just 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, who currently divides her time between Portugal and Goa, where she has ancestral roots, and where she maintains a residency for working artists and writers from India and around the world.
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 Masters in Chemistry. His novella Mumbai 26/11: The Untold Story, was published by Writers Workshop in 2009, publishers of the first works of Ruskin Bond and Vikram Seth among others. Mayank’s novel Wolf’s Lair was released at India International Centre on 13 January 2017 in the presence of stalwarts like Lt Gen P.K. Singh, Director- United Services Institute of India, Prof Dinesh Singh, ex Vice Chancellor, Delhi University, Lt Gen Ata Hasnain, Lt Gen Prakash Katoch, Maj Gen Bhupesh Jain, Major Gaurav Arya and Shri Ajay Singh, Executive Editor-Firstpost. Wolf’s Lair is India’s first military thriller set in contemporary milieu. The novel has in the backdrop a story of the hybrid war unleashed on India from Pakistani soil. Wolf’s Lair takes the reader through the elaborate process of indoctrination of gullible youngsters, the conspiracy of the Pakistani Deep State and how it bleeds India through a thousand cuts. The novel has been endorsed by Gen J.J.Singh, former Governor and Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Milan Naidoo, Prof Dinesh Singh, Maj Gen G.D.Bakshi, Maj Gen Bhupesh Jain, Maj Gen Dhruv Katoch among others. The foreword for the novel has been written by Lt Gen Ata Hasnain. Wolf’s Lair has received rave reviews viz “Wolf’s Lair has fiction and reality cleverly interwoven into the multiple strands that make up the novel, with some of the characters described have more than a passing resemblance to certain well known faces, leaving the reader wondering - ‘did it really happen’. Who knows! Truth is after all, stranger than fiction.” Veterans have called Mayank “a master story teller and wordsmith.”
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-historian and translator . She has published four collections of short stories, three research books on visual art and two books of translation of folk poetry . Moushumi had been working as a permanent faculty in the Literary Arts: Creative Writing Stream, at the School of Culture & creative expressions in the Ambedkar University of Social Science & Humanities in Delhi for few years. Currently she is teaching in the Department of Cultural Studies at Tezpur Central University. Her specialized areas of interest are literary cultures and visual art/ cultural practices of North Eastern India.
Mustansir Dalvi teaches architecture, and is a poet and translator. 'Brouhahas of Cocks' is his first book of poems in English published by Poetrywala in 2013. Mustansir Dalvi's poems are translated in 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’ (Penguin Classics), is described as 'insolent and heretical'. This 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 'Eating God: an anthology of Bhakti Poetry', edited by Arundhati Subramanium, (Penguin, 2014). In 'struggles with imagined gods' (Poetrywala, 2014), Mustansir Dalvi has translated poems of the noted Marathi poet Hemant Divate.He is currently editing (with Sampurna Chattarji) a book of the collected translations (Dilip Chitre, Sarabjeet Garcha and Mustansir Dalvi) of Hemant Divate’s Marathi poetry.
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.
Spearheading the organisation 'thus.', Nilankur is adding value to the increasing social capital of Goa, through managing, organising and curating interdisciplinary programs that fosters critical growth and understanding. For more - thuscritique.wordpress.com
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.
Nishi Chawla is an academician and a writer.
She has published five collections of poetry, two novels, and four plays. Nishi Chawla holds a Ph.D. in English from the George Washington, D.C., USA. She has also done a two year post doctoral study at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. After teaching for nearly twenty years as a tenured Professor of English at Delhi University, India, she had 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, USA.
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.
Pantaleão Fernandes is a Goa-based writer, photographer and ethnographer. His Books include, “100 Goan Experiences”, “Goa Remembered”, “Traditional Occupations of Goa” and a children’s book “Once Upon a Time in Goa”. Currently he scours the Goan villages, for hidden cultural stories which he tells with his short documentary films entitled, “Untold stories from Goa”. He was recently conferred with an international award by O INSTITUTO FELGA I GRACIAS, based in Brazil for excellence for the contribution using photography towards the preservation of Goa’s art and culture. A few years ago, his photographs were displayed at an exhibition “Goa – Fusao de Culturas” at Lisbon in Portugal.
Parag Rangnekar is an employee of Mineral Foundation of Goa, a charity organization set-up by the mining industry in Goa as a collective approach to address the environmental and social concerns of the community residing in the mining belt. His present work profile includes conceptualizing, formulating and implementing various social, environmental, infrastructural and community development programmes in the mining belt of Goa. A post-graduate in Agriculture with specialization in Plant-Pathology, he has also earned a Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environment. He was awarded the Hexamer Foundation Gold Medal for standing first in the discipline of Plant-Protection in his University.
Paramita Satpathy Tripathy is an influential voice in Odia Literature. So far seven story collections, two novels and one novella have been published to her credit. Her works have been extensively translated to other Indian languages and books have been published in English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi languages. Paramita’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. Paramita has represented Indian literature in many literary forums across the country and abroad. Among many other awards and felicitations, Paramita received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016 for her collection of novellas Prapti. She joined Indian Revenue Service in 1989 and is presently working as Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi.
Patricia Mukhim is currently the editor, The Shillong Times, Meghalaya's oldest and largest selling English language newspaper. She is former member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), Govt of India and also a former member of the governing body of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). She writes a regular column for The Telegraph, The Assam Tribune The Statesman and occasionally for other national dailies as well. Patricia has received several awards for journalism and in the year 2000 was conferred the Padmashri. She co-founded an organisation - Shillong We Care - to combat militancy and extortion in Meghalaya and the North Eastern Region. She continues to campaign against unregulated mining and child labour in Meghalaya. Patricia is widely traveled and is an invited speaker at national and international events.
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.
Prabodh Parikh is a poet/fiction writer who mostly ends up writing letters to friends in Gujarati/English. He studied philosophy in the US in the 1970s and retired as a teacher of Philosophy in 2005. At present he is Faculty In-charge of International Art Literature and Culture, Whistling Woods International, a film school in Mumbai. He also was the Director of Katha Centre for Film Studies, which was involved in projects related to Film Curatorial Practices. His lifelong love for Jazz (Village Vanguard, New York), Beer (pubs everywhere) and Sada Dosa (Tiffin services in the streets of Thiruvananthapuram) takes him to different cities of the world, where he also lectures on contemporary Indian Literature, Arts and Cinema. Gandhi and Tagore continue to engage him, as much as, Buddhist monasteries. He last showed his drawings and paintings in San Francisco, 1973. He completed making an hour long film on Labhshankar Thaker, a Gujrati Poet, in 2016. Currently, he is making another film on another Gujrati poet, Sitanshu Yashchandra. Collection of his poems in Gujrati is coming out in January 2018.
In another life, Pragya Bhagat lived in nine cities across five countries, acquired degrees in Biology and Dalit and Tribal Studies, taught children, and coached teachers. Now, she lives in the hills of Kumaon, writing. Pragya has performed her poetry across India and America, from coffeeshops 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's been called "a melodious autobiography."
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 (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 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 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 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, a translation of Intizar Husain's seminal novel on Karachi (2015). 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. Rakshanda 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.
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).
Raviraj Naik is an artist and filmmaker based in Goa. Involved in making audio visual films and documentaries. Many of my films and documentaries have been filmed at various film festivals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. I have deep interest in visual story telling through various media like films, illustrations and graphic novels. I also have sound knowledge of music especially percussion instruments.In Nov. 2016 I had self published a 19 page graphic book,' A Journey to Reality', based on the lives of People living in mining areas of Goa.‘ A Journey to Reality’ was showcased at Bangaluru Comic Con and at Delhi Comic Con in 2016.Participated with ‘ A Journey to Reality’ at Indiecomixfest at YWCA , Colaba, Mumbai on 2nd October 2017.
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. Over the next 16 years, while his primary affiliation was with CSCS, he 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. SV’s 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). SV currently teaches courses in Humanities and Media, Society and Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore.
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 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 and his screenplay based on his book has been long-listed at Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2017, United States. Previously, he has worked in FMCG sales and marketing, and theatre and television production. Sanchit’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.
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. His collection of short stories, Downward This Dog, 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.
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 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, Shahnaz’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 Shahnaz 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 (http://nehrumemorial.nic.in/en/) and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL), Colombo. Shakti 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), Shakti 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 & development team in Afghanistan (2006-2009) and was Senior Advisor to India’s Executive Director on the World Bank (2000-2004). Shakti 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 a leading youth based organization Yuva Foundation, working with youth, on spreading awareness among youth, on policy, politics and social issues. In the past he has worked for a renowned think tank, Center for Civil Society (CCS). Shantanu has worked long in the hinterlands of Bundelkhand with UNICEF in Uttar Pradesh. He has also lead large-scale remedial education interventions with Naandi Foundation in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra & New Delhi. Shantanu has worked for a decade as a process and management consultant in many cities in India, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungry and Israel. He has represented India in many international conferences on economy and policy, in Germany, Malaysia & Srilanka. Shantanu has an engineering degree from GB Pant University, Management education from XLRI, Jamshedpur and did his masters in policy and politics from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Before this, Shantanu has authored four more books - Education Policy in India - Voice, Choice and Incentives (CCS), Compilation of Prime Minister's Man Ki Baat (Kapot Books) and Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Ki Pratiksha Mein (Bloomsbury) & The Monk Who Became Chief Minister (Bloomsbury)
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
Shelly Bhoil, poet and academic, lives in India and Brazil. Besides her poetry book, An Ember from Her Pyre (Writers Workshop, 2016), she has published academic papers and poetry in over two dozen journals and books. She is currently co-editing two books on Tibetan exile narratives to be published by Lexington Books in 2018. Shelly 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 honorable mention in FLEFF checkpoint story contest 2011 in 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’, 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.
Born and brought up in Ponda- Goa, India, Sonia Shirsat has done her basic studies till Graduation in Commerce in her hometown Ponda. She then completed het LLB and LLM with a first class from VM Salgaoncar College of Law. She is a Professor of Law. She lead the Ponda Jaycees as the President in the year 2003. She holds the title of being the only Jaycee from India till date to have won the speaking contest at the Asia level (Thailand) and reached the World level.(Hawaii USA-1997) Without any formal training in music or singing, she has made a mark in the music scene in her State and Country and now she has reached the International Stage. Rated as the best Fadista (fado singer) in India of all time, Sonia has been singing professionally for the last 14 yrs, and has performed in Goa, Daman, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Luxembourg, Macau, Kuwait, France, Singapore, Hawaii, Nepal, Canada, New York, California, Houston,London, Dubai, Muscat, Brussels and Lisbon. Sonia has lent her voice to various Konkani Albums released by Manfa Music, Manzil Studios, Dy. SP. Samy Tavares and has done an album on Patriotic Konkani songs with Tomasinho Cardoso. She has performed many a times along with the Nightingale of Goa- Lorna, at various occasions. She reached the semi final of Z TV in the program Sa Re Ga Ma in the Band special in 2000. Sonia’s first solo concert, Mundo Fado, was organized in Lisbon – Portugal (2008). This concert included fados and traditional songs from Goa (Mando) and India with Fado instruments. Sonia worked once more with Antonio Chainho in his recent album ‘LISGOA’, which was released in March 2010 all over Europe. In this Album, Sonia sings the Mando ‘Adeus korcho vellu’, and ‘Rajan Prema’, duet with Remo Fernandes, In May 2010, Sonia released her debut album, ‘Saudades de Fado’, this album was recorded in Lisbon, and released by Rock and Raaga, in Goa. Sonia has till date sung in 14 languages, and she has been called the Ambassador of Goan Music to the World.
Sahitya Academy Award winner, Subodh Sarkar has participated in International seminars in France, Greece, USA, Check Republic, Russia, Taiwan, Canada and India. Edited and guest-edited `Indian Literature`. He has published 31 books in Bengali and 4 books in English.
Recipient of Bangabhushan from the Govt. of West Bengal. D.Lit (Honoris Causa) from GourBanga University, W.Bengal. Gangadhar Meher National Award for Poetry from Sambalpur University 2016.He is now the President of State Kobita Academy, Government of West Bengal. Fulbright Fellow for 2016/17. He taught post colonial literature in the University of Iowa and participated in the IWP at Iowa, USA.
He teaches English in City College, Kolkata.
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. Sumana has been photographing walls in northern Bengal for nearly a decade now.
Supriya Nair is a Mumbai-based journalist and studied at St Xavier's College. She is a sports columnist for Mumbai Mirror and former associate editor at The Caravan magazine and staff writer at Mint Lounge, Mumbai. In 2016, she edited the anthology The Caravan Book of Profiles, a collection of award-winning political and cultural reportage from the magazine. Supriya writes about books, sports and culture and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Vogue and Wisden.
Tarun Bhartiya is a political activist based in Shillong. He is also a documentary filmmaker, photographer & Hindi poet.
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. 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 (2017).
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.
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 over forty years. She has taught at various levels beginning from High School students to PhD scholars in premiere institutions in Bengaluru. She broke new ground in reshaping the English curriculum for predominantly underprivileged students by introducing and teaching Indian Literatures in English Translation. Prof. Viswanatha is 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. Chief among her published works are the translations of Torgny Linndgren’s The Way of the Serpent into Kannada, Sara Aboobacker's Kannada novel, Breaking Ties, into English, Lankesh's anthology of short stories When Stone Melts, Raghavanka’s medieval epic Harishchandra Kavyam, for the Murty Classical Library of India, Harvard University Press, and Indira Bai, a forthcoming translation of the first social novel in Kannada for OUP.
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
As a writer who has introduced a feminist perspective into the literary political discourse of Andhra Pradesh, Volga is one of the most significant figures in Telugu Literature today. Her novels opened the floodgates for a host of women writers to articulate the doubts and confusions they experienced as women. Her novel Sveccha marks a watershed in women’s writing in Telugu and is now being published in all Indian languages by the National Book Trust of India. Volga organized the Feminist Study Circle in Hyderabad for two years and edited the first volume in feminist philosophy in Telugu - Maku Godalu Levu. Her anthology of stories titled Rajakiya Kathalu which looks at the oppression and control on a woman’s body, has paved the way for more feminist stories in Telugu. Presently Executive Chairperson and founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Volga has edited the anthology of poems Neeli Meghalu. She has co-edited a volume Sarihaddulu Leni Sandhyalu which deals with feminist political praxis in Andhra Pradesh and co-authored the book Saramsam which documents the anti arrack struggle. She co-authored Mahilavaranam/Womanscape a volume on women who build the history of Andhra Pradesh. She contributed to feminist literary criticism through her books Atadu Ame Manam, Palikinchaku Mouna Mridungalanu, Sahita, Sankalitha. She received the Best Writer Award from the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University in 1999, and visited China as part of an Official Cultural Delegation and other important awards like Rangavalli Memorial Award, Ramineni Foundation Award, Malathi Chandur Award, Visala Sahiti Puraskaram, Suseela Narayana Reddy Award, Kandukuri Veerasalingam Literary Award, Loknayak Foundation Award, Central Sahitya Akademi Award 2015 and South Asia Ladli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity 2015-2016. Her novels include Manavi, Sahaja, Kanneeti Keratala Vennala, Akasham lo Sagam and Gulabilu. Prayogam, Bhinna Sandarbhalu, Mrinmaya Nadam, Vimuktha are other anthologies of short stories. Her poetry was published as Volga Kavithalu Konni. She has translated several important texts into Telugu. She wrote the lyrics for War and Peace, Lakshmana Rekha Kuchipudi Dance Ballets on the effect of war on women and on domestic violence produced by Asmita and staged all over Andhra Pradesh. Her important travels include China for the World Women’s Conference in 1995, US for the Post Beijing Conference organized by United Nations in 2000.
Mumbai born Wendell Rodricks studied Fashion Designing in the USA and France from 1986 to 1988. Wendell’s first collection from Goa earned him the title ‘Guru of Minimalism’ and his next collection in 1995 pioneered the concept of ‘resort wear’ and 'eco-friendly' garments at a time the words were not yet coined in India. A designer with an international presence Wendell has presented his unique garments, inspired by Goa and India, at major fashion events. Rodricks has the honour of being the first Indian designer to be invited to show at the World’s largest garment fair IGEDO in Germany (1995), Dubai Fashion Week (2001), Malaysia Fashion Week (2002), the prestigious Paris Pret-a-Porter salon (2007) and the world’s biggest organic fair BioFach in Nuremberg, Germany (2012). In 2007, the Confederation of Indian Industries invited the designer to showcase two fashion shows in Bryant Park, New York to celebrate the 60th year of India’s Independence. Rodricks has also, shown at Festival of India (1993) in Beijing and Shanghai in China and has shown in Sri Lanka. Wendell Rodricks was instrumental in planning the first ever Lakme India Fashion Week in 2000 and guiding it in an advisory capacity during its formative years. In 2000, 2003 and again in 2008 he was honoured as the ‘finale’ artist for LFW. In 2010 Wendell revived the weaving of the traditional Goan Kunbi Sari, a two year project involving identifying and training weavers in the use of sari looms. This unique Kunbi Sari, and other garments using the same weave, were showcased at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. Sari lovers like Sonia Gandhi, Sheila Dixit and Pratibha Patil have bestowed praise on the designer for reviving a dying craft. In January 2012 Rodricks turned author with Moda Goa – History and Style published by Harper Collins. This book got rave reviews for its portrayal of long forgotten aspects of Goa’s cultural history and costume history. In August 2012 Wendell’s memoir, The Green Room, was published by Rupa Raintree and launched at Lakme Fashion Week. Wendell has written for magazines, coffee table books and anthologies. In 2014, the designer was awarded India's fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri by The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee for Art (Fashion Design), 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.
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 jpublished 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 various worlds of cultural theory and practice. Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris since 2002 and Eminent Research Visitor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, 2011-2013. Education Director with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Co-founder and editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE) and author of many journal articles and book chapters. Trustee of cultural organizations and a consultant to foundations and international organizations, notably UNESCO. Past President of the association Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development. Educated in India and France.
Research Scholar at Centre for Latin American Studies, Goa University, pursuing doctoral research in World Cinema and International Relations. Authored a book ‘Venchik Antarrahtriya Chalchintra; Niyall Ani Samiksha’(Konkani). Book focuses on the contemporary world cinema and movement. Awarded Dr TMA Pai Foundation’s Best Book Award for the year 2014. Awarded ‘DD Kosambi Research Fellowship’ by Department of Art & Culture, Government of Goa. Convener of ‘Parikrama Knowledge Terminus’, an initiative for independent knowledge repository.