Abdullah Khan is a Mumbai based novelist, screenwriter, literary critic and banker. Born in a village near Motihari, Bihar, Abdullah was initially educated in madarsa (Islamic seminary) and Urdu medium school. In the mid-1990s, he discovered that George Orwell was born in Motihari. And, this Orwell’s connection with his home district drew him towards literature. Abdullah’s writings have appeared in Brooklyn Rail (New York), Wasafiri (London), The Hindu (India), The Daily Star (Bangladesh) and Friday Times (Pakistan) among others. His debut film as a screenwriter, Viraam, was released in the theatres in 2017. Patna Blues is his first novel which is being translated into many languages including Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Bangla and Tamil.
Anand Teltumbde is a writer, columnist, political analyst, and civil rights activist associated with many civil society organizations. He is published regularly by all popular newspapers and progressive periodicals including EPW in which he wrote a column “Margin Speak”. His recent books are Republic of Caste (Navayana, 2018) and The Radical in Ambedkar (Penguin, 2018), Mahad: The Making of the First Dalit Revolt (Aakar, Delhi 2017) and Dalits: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2017). An alumnus of IIM, Ahmadabad, he has held top management position in the corporate world. As an academic, he taught in IIT, Kharagpur, and currently heads Big Data Analytics Programme at Goa Institute of Management.
Admiral Arun Prakash was India’s 20th Naval Chief and served concurrently as Chairman Chiefs of Staff 2004-2006. A naval aviator by specialization, he commanded a fighter squadron as well as a number of warships, including the aircraft-carrier Viraat. In flag-rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet, the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command and the Western Naval Command. He served on staff, as head of the navy’s Aviation and Personnel branches, and as the Vice Chief. Post-retirement, he served two terms in the National Security Advisory Board and headed the National Maritime Foundation. He writes and speaks on maritime and strategic issues and currently holds a Distinguished Chair in India’s Naval War College.
Described as 'one of the finest poets writing in India today' (The Hindu, 2010), Arundhathi Subramaniam is an award-winning Indian poet. Widely translated and anthologised, her book, When God is a Traveller (2014) was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her new book of poems, Love Without a Story, was published this year with Westland Amazon. As editor, her most recent book is the acclaimed Penguin anthology of medieval Indian sacred poetry, Eating God. As prose writer, her books include The Book of Buddha; the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than a Life; and most recently, Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga (co-authored with Sadhguru). She is the recipient of various Indian and international awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Mystic Kalinga award, the Charles Wallace, Visiting Arts and Homi Bhabha Fellowships, among others. She has written extensively on culture and spirituality, and has worked over the years as poetry editor, cultural curator and critic.
Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of the novels Days of My China Dragon (2019), Clouds (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and Arzee the Dwarf (HarperCollins, 2009). He is also the editor of a short introduction to Indian literature for the literature-loving traveller: India: A Traveller's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 2010). He lives in New Delhi and writes about literature, travel and politics for a number of periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, Mint, the Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveller, Foreign Policy, EnRoute, and The National.
Damyanti Biswas is a writer, editor and social activist. Her literary crime novel You Beneath Your Skin published by Simon & Schuster is just out. Damyanti is also one of the editors of the international Forge Literary Magazine and works for a charity helping Delhi’s underprivileged children. She speaks passionately on the subjects of gender, violence, race and poverty. Earlier drafts of You Beneath Your Skin, were long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition and the Bath Novel Award, and the writing was helped by a grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore. Damyanti’s short stories have been published in anthologies and journals around the world, including Litro, Griffith Review, Bluestem and others. She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Derek Mascarenhas is the author of the acclaimed debut linked short story collection, Coconut Dreams (Book*hug, 2019). A graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, Derek is a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. He has works published in places such as The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Joyland, and The Antigonish Review. Derek is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto.
Dhruba Hazarika was born in Shillong and educated in St. Edmund’s School & College. He served as a lecturer in economics for a brief period before joining the Assam Civil Service in 1983. In 1999, he was inducted into the Indian Administrative Service, serving in various capacities, and retired while in the rank of Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam in early 2016. Post retirement, he was appointed as Member of the Assam Public Service Commission from where he retired in July 2018. Dhruba Hazarika’s first step into the literary world began early in life, influenced as he was by his mother’s wide reading as well by the encouragement that he received from his teachers. From being the editor of the college magazine to his many published works over the years Dhruba Hazarika has written over a 100 short stories, essays published in various journals and newspapers. Till date, Penguin has published three of his books comprising two novels, A Bowstring Winter and Sons of Brahma; and a short story collection, Luck. His next collection of short stories Savage Men is due for release later by Speaking Tiger this year. He has been a regular contributor during the last thirty years to The Sentinel, The Telegraph and, presently, to The Assam Tribune as well as to various magazines. Several universities in India have included his works in their academic syllabi. He has addressed various gatherings, academic and non-academic, on the art and craft of creative writing. Dhruba Hazarika is a recipient of the DY365 Literary Award and the All-India Katha Award for fiction in English. He is a founder member of the vibrant North-East Writers’ Forum and is presently its President. Apart from reading and writing, his other interests include painting, woodwork, trekking and cosmology. He has travelled widely both at home and abroad but is happiest when with his family.
Dhruv Bogra is the author of the adventure travel, non fiction book, ‘Grit, Gravel and Gear – Four Hundred days on a bicycle from the Arctic to the Andes’. In 2016, Dhruv undertook a 14 month long transcontinental bicycle odyssey fraught with adventure, exploration and peril when he chose to plunge into the far end of the planet to fulfill a childhood dream of exploring the lands and indigenous culture of the Arctic, the Maya, Zapotec and Aztec in Mexico and Central America and the Inca in Peru. As he cycled alone for 15,000 kilometers across ten countries from the cold and barren wilderness of the unforgiving arctic tundra to the thin air of the Andes at 4500 metres he endured hardship, misery, catharsis, happiness, and unbridled joy. He continues to be an adventure and endurance cyclist who has cycled extensively in the Indian Himalayas in Ladakh, Himachal, Uttarkhand, and Sikkim and the Western Ghats on his mountain bike.
Dilip D'Souza was educated in Pilani, Providence, Delhi, Rishi Valley, Bombay, Cambridge, Austin and places in between. Once a computer scientist, he now writes for a living. To Dilip, the switch seemed natural. Computer science stresses clear thinking, reason, logic and getting to the heart of matters. Maybe those things shape his writing.
He writes about political and social issues, travel, sports and mathematics. His writing has won him several awards, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award, the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek/Daily Beast South Asia Commentary Prize; he has also twice been Writer-in-Residence at IIT Kanpur. He has published seven books, a monograph of essays on patriotism, and has contributed to a number of anthologies. His most recent book is “Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More Number”.
Dilip lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha, children Surabhi and Sahir and cat Cleo. He misses his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shaka.
Ethel Da Costa is an award winning media personality and celebrity journalist with a successful media career spanning over 27 years, Ethel Da Costa was born and raised in the Middle East, Kuwait, and now resides in Goa and Mumbai. A Post-Graduate with a Masters in Economics from Goa University, she is a passionate, feisty writer, globe trotter, women’s rights and empowerment ninja, a multi-media, marketing, PR, Communications maverick and Influencer. Beginning her media career in 1992, she has headed some of the best media organisations and publications in the country like OHerald (Magazine Editor), Femina (Regional Features Editor), The Times of India (Editor, Goa Plus), Tarun Bharat (Editor, Groove), Head of Media, PR and Publications, International Film Festival of India, Govt of Goa, Radio Mirchi 98.3FM (Station Director), whilst continuing to freelance for several publications. Pioneering Lifestyle journalism in Goa, her socio-political commentary with the immensely popular column `Heart 2 Heart’ built her reputation as a get-to-the-jugular journalist for her writing style and personal glamour. A Published Author-Poet of `Eve’s Revenge: Stories of Nemesis,’ her second book Eve’s Light: Stories of Passion is a sequel in progress. Winning accolades through her career, like the `Woman of the Decade Achievers Award’ by the Women Economic Forum, New Delhi; Goa Brand Leadership Award by Devang School of Business, Mumbai; Media Recognition Award towards Women Empowerment by Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Goa State Best Brands Women Achiever by World CSR Day, Mumbai, are some milestones that inspire her to work harder. As Founder & CEO of the award-winning Lifestyle Content & Communication company, Think Geek Media, Ethel Da Costa handles niche brands and works across India and abroad, creating media stories, managing clients, PR events, launches and celebrities across a variety of verticals. A path-breaker of her community, she passionately believes in and drives her CREATIVE LEADERSHIP that Content is King.
Born c. 1949, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, in postcolonial Ireland. Poet, tankaist, haikuist, novelist, essayist, playwright, author/translator of over 180 books, mostly in Irish (Gaelic). Member Aosdána (Irish academy of arts & letters). Former Chairman Poetry Ireland. Prolific translator into Irish of international poetry (among others Ko Un, Seamus Heaney, K. Satchidanandan, Rabindranath Tagore, Muhammad Iqbal, Hilde Domin, Peter Huchel etc.); plays (Beckett, Frisch, Yeats); songs (Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, The Pogues, Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake etc. He initiated the anthology Goa: A Garland of Poems, ed. Rochelle Potkar (The Onslaught Press). Rosenstock’s creative, collaborative work with visual artists and photographers has featured on many platforms, such as The Culturium: https://www.theculturium.com/author/gabriel-rosenstock/ His latest book is Walk with Gandhi, illustrated by Masood Hussain.
Hemant Divate is a poet, editor, publisher and translator. He is the founder-editor of the Marathi little magazine Abhidhanantar, which was published uninterruptedly for 18 years. Abhidhanantar has been credited for providing a solid platform to new poets and for enriching the post-nineties Marathi literary scene. Divate is credited with changing the Marathi literary scene through Abhidhanantar and the Indian English poetry scene through his imprint Poetrywala. He is the author of six poetry collections in Marathi. Divate’s poems have been translated into French, Italian, Slovak, Japanese, Persian, Maltese, Serbian, Turkish, Slovenian, Greek, Galician, Hindi and many Indian languages. In translation, he has a book each in Spanish, Irish, Arabic, German and Estonian apart from four in English. His poems figure in numerous anthologies in Marathi and English. Divate has participated in numerous international poetry and literature festivals across the globe. His publishing house, Paperwall Media & Publishing, has published (under its imprint Poetrywala) more than 100 poetry collections. Hemant lives and works in Mumbai.
Heta Pandit worked with Dr Jane Goodall on chimpanzee research in Tanzania, East Africa. In 1983, volunteered with an NGO in Bombay advocating heritage conservation. She came to Goa in 1995 and continued writing on heritage. A founder member the Goa Heritage Action Group, she has written 9 books: - Houses of Goa, Hidden Hands, Dust & Other Short Stories from Goa, Walking in Goa, Walking in Old Goa, Walking with Angels, There’s More to Life Than a House in Goa and Grinding Stories-Songs from Goa. Heta is fluent in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, and English. She also translates Goan literature from the Marathi language into English to enable this genre to reach a wider audience.
Ivo de Figueiredo (b. 1966) is the critically-acclaimed biographer of Norway’s treasured cultural icon, Henrik Ibsen (Yale University Press, April 2019), and his next book is the official biography of Edvard Munch, commissioned by the Munch Foundation. In 2002, he was awarded the Brage Prize for a biography of Johan Bernhard Hjort, the co-founder of the Norwegian Fascist Party. A Stranger at My Table was influenced by such authors as W.G. Sebald and Daniel Mendelsohn. The book received one of the highest non-fiction honors in Norway, the 2016 Language Prize and was nominated for the Brage Prize that same year. Figueiredo works as a critic at Morgenbladet and Aftenposten and is a member of the Norwegian Academy.
Jerry Pinto is a much-awarded author, poet and editor. His works include Em and the Big Hoom for which he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Fiction and the Windham-Campbell Award from Yale, USA. He has also won the Crossword Award, the Hindu Lit for Life Award, the REC-Valley of Words Award and the Bangalore Festival Prize for Translation. His translated works include the seminal Baluta by Daya Pawar, the first Dalit autobiography in Marathi; I want to destroy myself by Mallika Amar Sheikh; Half-Opened Windows by Ganesh Matkari; I, the salt doll by Vandana Mishra; Strike a blow to change the world by Eknath Awad and When I hid my caste and other stories by Baburao Bagul. His first translation from Hindi, I have not seen Mandu by Swadesh Deepak, is expected next year.
Mr Pinto has taught journalism for more than 25 years at the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic, which is consistently ranked as one of the top ten media departments in India. He sits on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights and represents it on the international board of Aflatoun in the Netherlands. He is a trustee of the People’s Free Reading Room & Library, one of the city’s oldest libraries. He is on the Board of Studies of the English Department of the Sophia College.
He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Suzy and Donald Newhouse Centre at Wellesley College, USA and a Fellow of the Raza Foundation.
Katherine M. Hedeen is a translator, literary critic, and essayist. A specialist in Latin American poetry, she has translated some of the most respected voices from the region. Her publications include book-length collections by Jorgenrique Adoum, Juan Bañuelos, Juan Calzadilla, Juan Gelman, Fayad Jamís, Hugo Mujica, José Emilio Pacheco, Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, and Ida Vitale, among many others. She is a recipient of two NEA Translation grants in the US and a PEN Translates award in the UK. She is the Associate Editor for Action Books and the Poetry in Translation Editor at the Kenyon Review. She resides in Gambier, Ohio, where she is Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College.
Kaustubh Naik is has an MA in Performance Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi and is currently a research scholar in Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. He was named the DD Kossambi Fellow by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Govt of Goa for the period 2016- 18. His op-eds on Goan politics and culture have been published in The Goan, The Caravan, Firstpost, and Aksharnama. He is also a theatre maker and currently heads the Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal, the oldest running theatre company in Goa. His stage adaptation of Amita Kanekar's 'A Spoke In The Wheel' recently opened to critical acclaim and has won several awards.
Keki N. Daruwalla writes poetry and fiction and lives in Delhi. His last poetry volume is Naishapur and Babylon (2018 Speaking Tiger), which includes work between 2006-2017. His last novel is "Swerving to Solitude" (2018 , Simon and Schuster). His last award was Poet laureateship of the Literature Live Festival in Bombay, 2017.
Keshava Guha is a writer and editor. His novel Accidental Magic (HarperCollins, 2019) is set in Boston in the early 2000s, in a community of adult Harry Potter obsessives. He is the fiction editor at Juggernaut Books in New Delhi.
He was raised in Bangalore and educated at Harvard and at Goldsmiths, University of London. His literary and political journalism has appeared in The Hindu, Scroll.in, Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, Literary Review and Caravan, among other publications.
Lisa Ray a life-long activist, Lisa Ray has had a long and serendipitous global career in the entertainment arts spanning multiple countries and film (Oscar nominated Water) television (Top Chef Canada) and modeling (video for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Afreen Afreen’) Her entrepreneurial activities include starting her own yoga studio and a line of ethical perfume. When diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in 2009, she choose to publicly share her experiences in a blog called ‘The Yellow Diaries’ which led to her first book. She has become a high profile advocate for Cancer Awareness and Wellness through public talks and writing. Her poetry explores themes derived from an identity-bending, nomadic experiences, the culmination of a life of no fixed address. Lisa’s upcoming acting releases include A.R. Rahman’s first production, ’99 Songs’ and an original Amazon series, ‘4 Shots More Please’. Lisa recently announced the birth of her twin daughters via surrogacy as a way to normalize fertility options and choices for others. Her memoir, Close to the Bone, was published to acclaim in May 2019 in India and she recently signed a three book deal with her publisher, Harper Collins India.
M. Mukundan is one of the reputed fiction writers in Kerala, India, today. He writes in Malayalam language. Author of over forty books comprising novels, collections of short stories, a play and a study of modernity, his best-selling books include On the banks of the Mayyazhi, God’s Mischief, Kesavan’s lamentation, and Delhi Ballads. He pioneered modernity in Malayalam fiction.
He is recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, for his novel God’s Mischief. Four of his novels were adapted to feature films, God’s Mischief winning the State Award for the best film. He is recipient of over twenty awards and honours including The Chevalier of the Arts and Letters conferred by the French Government, the First Crossword Award for Indian language fiction and the Gold Medal of Saddana Cultural Foundation, Dubai. His novel Kesavan’s Lamentation also won the Crossword Award. He was President of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi for three years.
His stories and novels have been widely translated into various Indian languages, English and French : On the Banks of the Mayyazhi (Manas, Chennai/DC Books, Kottayam), Gods Mischief (Penguin India), The train that had wings – Selected stories (Michigen University Press, USA), Kesavan’s Lamentation (Rupa & Co, Delhi) and Sur les rives du fleuve de Mahe (Actes Sud, Paris).
He lives in New Delhi and Kerala alternately.
Maaz bin Bilal is a poet, translator, and academic. His first collection, Ghazalnama: Poems from Delhi, Belfast, and Urdu, was published in 2019 by Yoda Press. He has translated Fikr Taunsvi’s journal of partition, The Sixth River, from Urdu into English (Speaking Tiger, 2019). Maaz received the Charles Wallace India Trust fellowship in writing and translation for Wales, 2018-19. He is an associate professor of literary studies at the liberal arts school of Jindal Global University, and holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast for his thesis on the politics of friendship in E. M. Forster’s work, which he is reworking into a monograph. Maaz also enjoys football.
Mamang Dai is a poet and novelist from Arunachal Pradesh, India. A former correspondent for the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers, Dai was President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists.
She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme.
Her first publication was ‘Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land,’ (2003) documented the culture and customs of her land for which she received the state’s Verrier Elwin Award. Her other publications include novels: The Legends of Pensam, Stupid Cupid, The Black Hill, and River Poems and Midsummer- Survival Lyrics (poetry), and illustrated books for children and young readers.
Dai served as member, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (2011-20017) and is a recipient of the Padma Shri, (literature and education) 2011. She is also conferred with Honorary D.Lit by the National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh (2016), the Luminous Lummer Dai Award by the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, and is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, 2017, for her book The Black Hill, in English.
Dai lives in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Born in Jaipur, Meenal Shrivastava now lives in North Saanich, British Columbia where she is a writer and a professor of political economy and global studies at Athabasca University. Currently, aside from serving on several professional boards, Shrivastava regularly speaks on the erasure of women in historical narratives and issues in the global political economy. Her research has led to more than thirty peer-reviewed publications, more than seventy paper presentations, and two books. In Amma’s Daughters, her first work of creative non-fiction, Shrivastava weaves together interviews, her mother and grandmother’s writings, and archival research to tell the story of her remarkable family. The stories in the book show that the personal and the political are relentlessly interconnected, both in how our lives unfold and in how we curate human history(s). Individual stories make these connections immediate and personal by revealing the continuum between past and present, local and global, and us versus them.
Mini Krishnan edits translations for Oxford University Press(India), sourcing fiction, plays, travelogues, autobiographies and biographies from 16 Indian languages. (more than 100 translations, to date). *She was Consulting Editor , Malayalam University for a translation programme working with multiple publishers to promote Malayalam works in English (2015-18) and is presently advising the T.Nad Textbook Education Services Corporation about a programme of Tamil-to-English translations modeled on the Malayalam University’s project . She was the Project Editor of the Modern Indian Novels in Translation published by Macmillan India Ltd 20 years ago, a series that covered 11 languages and 37 volumes and the Founding Editor of the South Asia Women Writers Website hosted by the British Council, member, Advisory Panel Indian Literature Abroad (2010-13) and on the Advisory Board of the National Translation Mission (2006-13) *She 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) and member, Curriculum Advisory Board 2006-2009) . She contributes regularly to Teacher Plus *She writes two monthly columns for The Hindu: (1) This Word for That in the Literary Review and (2) Ethics & You in Education Plus. She also selects translated short fiction for the Frontline.
Dr. Miniya Chatterji is CEO of Sustain Labs, a company based out of India, France, and New Zealand that turns around large traditional organisations to make them more sustainable. Sustain Labs’ current portfolio consists of large infrastructure companies, leading universities, government infrastructure projects in India, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Miniya was Chief Sustainability Officer of Jindal Steel & Power group of companies 2014 - 2017, and prior to that she was in the senior management of the World Economic Forum 2011-2014 in Geneva where she led the WEF in Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Before that, Miniya was managing a Eur 200 million hedge fund in Paris for a few years. She started as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in 2006 in London. Earlier, Miniya worked as policy analyst with Jerome Monod the Chief Counsellor to the President of France Jacques Chirac 2003 - 2006. Miniya is a frequent speaker at Davos and at other World Economic Forum regional summits. She is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and for The Circulars award that is given away each year at Davos. Miniya is a member of the parliament of Francophone writers.
She is a columnist for The Harvard Business Review, The Indian Express and The Pioneer.
Indian Instincts - essays on freedom and equality in India is Miniya Chatterji’s first book. The book was published by Penguin Random House and launched in India in March 2018. The book is a best seller in India and was reviewed by all leading publications. Additionally, it was launched and distributed in Switzerland, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. The book is being translated in to several languages. The Bengali language edition of the book, published by Sampark Publishing House will be out in November 2019. The French language edition of the book, published by Penguin Random House will be out in April 2020.
Miniya has a PhD from Sciences-po Paris. She was a research fellow at Columbia University and Harvard University. She is a Global Leadership Fellow alumna of the World Economic Forum.
Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator and columnist who lives in Guwahati, Assam. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, two novels, “The Collector’s Wife” and “A Monsoon of Music”, several volumes of translations of other novels and a collection of fifty of her columns, “Guwahati Gaze”. Her most recent works are a collection of her own short stories, “A Full Night’s Thievery”, (Speaking Tiger 2016) and another translated book, “Aghoni Bai and Other Stories” ( 2019). She writes extensively on Indian music as a reviewer and essayist. Her works have been translated into many languages, and several of her works are taught in colleges and Universities. As a translator herself, she has put across the works of some of the best known writers of fiction in Asomiya into English. Her column “All Things Considered” in The Assam Tribune is very widely read.
Mona Zote is a poet living in Aizawl. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including the Cordite Poetry Review, Indian Literature, IQ Magazine, India International Centre Quarterly, Carapace, Sangam House as well as in anthologies such as Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India, the Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, and The Borderlands of Asia: Culture, Place, Poetry.
Equally proficient in Hindi and English, Mridula Garg has written in almost every genre in Hindi; 8 novels, 4 plays, 4 collections of essays, 1 memoir of fellow writers, 1 travel account and 90 short stories. Her latest work is a novel in English called The Last Email published in December 2017. Her work displays both a wry sense of humor and self reflection. She does not adhere to traditions, Marxist, feminist or region specific. The familiar turns unpredictable as she discards stereotypes to uses irony to elucidate the axiom, I am my choices. If a book makes people angry yet does not allow them to put it down and ultimately forces them to rethink, it is most probably written by Mridula Garg. Among other awards, her novel, Kathgulab was awarded the Vyas Samman in 2004 and Miljul Mann, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013. She received the Hellman-Hammet Grant from The Human Rights Watch, New York in 2001. She also received the Ram Manohar Lohia Samman from U.P Hindi Sansthan in 2014.
Mustansir Dalvi is an anglophone poet, translator and editor. He has two books of poems in English, brouhahas of cocks (Poetrywala, 2013) and Cosmopolitician (Poetrywala, 2018). His poems are included in the anthologies: These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo, editors); Mind Mutations (Sirrus Poe, editor); The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (Vivekanand Jha, editor) and To Catch a Poem: An Anthology of Poetry for Young People (Sahitya Akademi, Jane Bhandari and Anju Makhija, editors. His poems have been translated into French, Croatian and Marathi. Mustansir Dalvi’s 2012 English translation of Muhammad Iqbal’s influential Shikwa and Jawaab-e-Shikwa from the Urdu as Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer (Penguin Classics) was awarded Runner Up for Best Translation at the Muse India National Literary Award in 2012. He is the editor of Man without a Navel a collection of new and selected translations of Hemant Divate’s poems (2018, Poetrywala). He has translated the poems of Hemant Divate from the Marathi in struggles with imagined gods and other poems published by Poetrywala in 2019. Mustansir Dalvi was born in Bombay. He teaches architecture in Mumbai.
Naresh Fernandes is the author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age and City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay. He is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital news publication.
Niraja Gopal Jayal is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her most recent publication (edited) is Re-Forming India: The Nation Today. (Penguin Random House, 2019) Her book Citizenship and Its Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2013) won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association of Asian Studies in 2015. She is also the author of Representing India: Ethnic Diversity and the Governance of Public Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and Democracy and the State: Welfare, Secularism and Development in Contemporary India (OUP, 1999). She has co-edited The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, and is the editor/co-editor of, among others, Democracy in India (OUP, 2001) and Local Governance in India: Decentralisation and Beyond (OUP 2005). She has held visiting appointments at, among others, King’s College, London; the EHESS, Paris; Princeton University; and the University of Melbourne. In 2009, she delivered the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. She was Vice-President of the American Political Science Association in 2011-12.
Nirmala Govindarajan is an author, journalist and social sector documentarian. She endeavours to build an equitable world through her writing. Her new novel Taboo (Picador, Pan Macmillan, 2019) is inspired by under-aged girls who are kidnapped and trafficked. Her recent novel Hunger’s Daughters (Om Books International, 2019) is born out of her experience of documenting in India's rural heartland. Nirmala has authored The Community Catalyst, recommended reading for civil services aspirants (Sapna Book House, 2016), and co-authored Mind Blogs 1.0 (Write Wing Media, 2010). In 2014, Nirmala co-curated the debut Times Literary Carnival, Bangalore, and in 2016, debuted the Literary Lounge series at the British Council, Bangalore. Most recently, Nirmala has pioneered the Writer’s Yatra and Reader’s Yatra experiences in offbeat locations. Nirmala dabbles in theatre, plays the western classical piano and violin. www.nirmalagovindarajan.com
Omaid Sharifi is a patron of the arts, Co-Founder and President of ArtLords, Founder of Wartists and Rebel Group. Mr. Sharifi is a fellow with Atlantic Council, Asia Society and American Foreign Relations Council/Rumsfeld Fellowship. Mr. Sharifi started his career as a kid selling cookies and cigarettes in the streets of Kabul, he was part of the small team and aide to President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at Transition Coordination Commission and a Program Manager for Tawanmandi – a multi-million-dollar challenge fund for strengthening civil society in Afghanistan.
P. Sivakami is a prolific writer and a social activist. She has to her credit six acclaimed novels, more than hundred short stories, two poetry collections and several essays and articles.. Born in Tamil Nadu, India, she obtained a master’s degree in history. She served the Government of India and the State Government of Tamil Nadu for 28 years as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. She took voluntary retirement in 2008 to serve the poor and the disadvantaged. She is the founder of Dalit Land Right Movement, The Women’s Front, South India Dalit Writers and Artists Forum, Forum for Indian Women intellect and Founder President of Samuga Samatuva Padai ( Party for Social Equality ), a political party. She served the Sahitya Akademi ( Academy of Letters ) Government of India as its advisory member. She was awarded Fulbright fellowship to undertake research on the effective participation of women in the political process and governance in the USA between 2017 - 18.
Patricia Mukhim is currently Editor of The Shillong Times, the second oldest English language daily from the North Eastern Region of India. She writes regularly for the national dailies in order to better interpret India's North East to readers outside the region. She has recently compiled a series of articles on gender concerns in the Khasi matrilineal society and in the North Eastern states in a book titled, "Waiting for an Equal World." This book dismantles the assumptions about matriliny being naturally empowering for women and exposes the fallacies surrounding this social practice. This book was released on March 30, this year. She calls herself an activist-journalist. She has received several journalistic awards and the Padmashri in 2000.
Poonam Trivedi taught English at Indraprastha College, University of Delhi. She has specialised in Shakespeare Studies with a Ph.D from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. She has published articles and books in this area, especially on women in Shakespeare, on stage and film performance of Shakespeare in India, including India’s Shakespeare: Translation, Interpretation and Performance (2005), Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia (2010) and Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas: ‘Local habitations’ (2019).
Her larger interests extend to Indian theatre and women in the performing arts.
She has been the recipient of Fellowships at Queen Mary College, University of London, University of Hyderabad, Jadavpur University and has lectured at Rhodes College, Memphis, University of San Francisco among others. She has led seminars and panels at World Shakespeare Congresses, and has been invited to deliver many plenary lectures, including at The Globe, London, the latest being at Paul Valery University, Montpellier (Sept. 2019), and Queen’s University, Belfast (Oct. 2019).
Prajwal Parajuly (b. 1984) is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. The Gurkha’s Daughter: Stories, his literary debut, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK and longlisted for The Story Prize in the US. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was an Independent on Sunday book of the year and a Kansas City Star best Book of 2015. Parajuly’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New Statesman and been performed on the BBC. He is the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri
Priya Kuriyan is a children's book author and illustrator and comics maker based in Bangalore. She has directed educational films for the Sesame Street show (Galli Galli Sim Sim) and has worked on various TV commercials. She has illustrated many comics and children’s books including 'Ammachi's glasses' and 'Princess Easy Pleasy'. She was part of the Indo German collaboration 'Elephant in the room' published by Zubaan books and has collaborated with the writer Devapriya Roy on a graphic biography of Indira Gandhi for young adults.
R. Benedito Ferrão has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, N. America, and Oceania. He is an Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at The College of William and Mary and currently a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the Xavier Center of Historical Research. Curator of the 2017-18 exhibition Goa, Portugal, Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar, he edited a book of the same title (Fundação Oriente 2017) to accompany this retrospective of the artist’s work. His scholarly writing appears in various international journals and edited books, including Research in African Literatures and Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism (HKU Press 2017); his fiction and creative non-fiction can be read in Riksha, The Good Men Project, Mizna, The João Roque Literary Journal, and other publications.
Rafiq Kathwari, the first non-Irish recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, obtained an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University where he translated from the original Urdu selected poems of Mohammed Iqbal, one of the handful of great South Asian poets of the 20th century writing in Urdu. Rafiq divides his time between New York City, Ireland and Kashmir, where he was born a Scorpio at midnight. His new collection of poems, My Mother’s Scribe, will be forthcoming hopefully in December 2019 (Tethys: An imprint of Yatra Books).
Rajorshi Chakraborti has published six novels and a collection of short fiction. He was born in Kolkata and grew up there and in Mumbai, and now lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand. Two of his earlier novels have been nominated in different categories of the Crossword Book Award. His new novel, Shakti, a supernatural mystery thriller, is due to be published by Penguin Random House in November.
Dr Rakhshanda Jalil is a translator, writer, and literary historian. She has published over 25 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 The Sea Lies Ahead, Intizar Husain's seminal novel on Karachi (Harper Collins, 2015) and Krishan Chandar's partition novel Ghaddar (Westland, 2017); an edited volume of critical writings on Ismat called An Uncivil Woman (Oxford University Press, 2017); and in the past year a literary biography of the Urdu poet Shahryar for Harper Collins; The Great War: Indian Writings on the First World War (Bloomsbury); Preeto & Other Stories: The Male Gaze in Urdu (Niyogi) and Kaifiyat, a translation of Kaifi Azmi’s poems for Penguin Random House and Jallianwala Bagh: Literary Responses in Prose &Poetry (Niyogi Books). Her latest book is But You Don’t Look Like a Muslim (Harper Collins), a collection of 40 essays on religion, culture, literature and identity. 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 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. She is the Editor of the Taj magazine, a bi-annual book-length journal of the Taj group of hotels.
Ranjit Hoskote is a leading Anglophone Indian poet, and has also been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism. His books include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and, most recently, Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018). His poetry has appeared in German translation as Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006) and Feldnotizen des Magiers (Editions Offenes Feld, 2015). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). Hoskote curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011), co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale, and served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). He was a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and has been writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich; Theater der Welt, Essen-Mülheim; and the Polish Institute, Berlin. He has been researcher-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. He has been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation, and the S H Raza Award for Literature. Hoskote is Poetry Editor for DOMUS India and Academic Consultant to the CSMVS Museum, Bombay.
Born at Nampong in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Rita Chowdhury holds master’s degree in Political Science as well as Asamiya, followed by LLB. She got her Ph.D. from Guwahati University. A prominent Asamiya novelist, poet and activist, Dr Chowdhury’s oeuvre include Makam, a poignant portrayal of Assamese Indian community of Chinese origin; Deo Lankhui, a novel of epic proportion on the glorious Tiwa Kingdom of Assam; and Ei Xomoy Xei Xomoy, a fictionalized account of the societal and political changes brought in by historic Assam Agitation against illegal immigration from Bangladesh to Assam. Her other novels are Abirata Yatra, Tirtha Bhumi, Maha Jibanar Adharxila, Papiya Tarar Sadhu, Raag Malkosh, Jal Padma, Hridoy Nirupai, Papi Nakshatrar Galpa, Razeeb Ishwar, Jahnabi and Mayabritta. Her 4 poetry collections viz. Pratyaxar Swapna, Sudoor Nakshatra, Alap Poharar Alap Aandharar, and Baga Matir Tulashi too have been well received. Her first novel Abirata Yatra (Incessant Journey) got her Asam Sahitya Sabha’s best manuscript award in 1981. Her Sahitya Akademi Award (2008) winning novel Deo Langkhui (The Divine Sword) got her a host of other awards including Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha Award. Her novel Makam, a poignant portrayal of Assamese Indian community of Chinese origin, translated to Marathi as Makam and to English as Chinatown Days brought her national and international acclaim. Dr Chowdhury has been quite active in giving voice to the voiceless. She is the Chief Trustee of ADHARXILA, an organization dedicated to empowering young writers of Assam. She has attended several national and international seminars and Panel Discussions on various issues of literature, society and international politics. She has also been awarded with Srimayi Asomi” Samman by Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani, Assam. She was formerly Director, National Book Trust, India.
Rita Kothari is a multilingual scholar and translator, who has made notable contribution to both theory and practice of translation in the Indian context. She has to her credit three seminal monographs Translating India : The Cultural Politics of English (St.Jerome Publishing, 2003); The Burden of Refuge (Orient Blackswan, 2007) and Memories and Movements (Orient Blackswan, 2013). She has edited (with Rupert Snell) Chutnefying English : The Phenomenon of Hinglish (Penguin India, 2011) and (with Judy Wakabayshi) Decentring Translation Studies : India and Beyond (John Benjamin Press, 2009). Her anthologies in translation Modern Gujarati Poetry (Sahitya Akademi, 1998); Speech and Silence (Zubaan Publishing, 2008) and Unbordered Memories (Penguin India, 2009) have been notable and pioneering contributions; so is her translation of the first Gujarati Dalit novel, Anglayat : The Stepchild. Her translation of Ila Mehta's novel Fence (2014) -- a real and metaphoric quest for home in a segregated society and more recently, the historical fiction of Gujarat's well-known writer and nationalist K.M.Munshi (with Abhijit Kothari) has drawn much attention. Kothari's recent publications incluce A Multilingual Nation : Translation and Language Dynamic in India (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Agnipariksha : An Ordeal Remembered ( Orient Blackswan, 2018). Rita Kothari is Professor of English, Ashoka University, India.
Samar Halarnkar is a columnist and author of Nirvana Under the Rain Tree (2002), an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution and A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking: And Other Dubious Adventures (2013). He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. A journalist for 30 years, he has been the Editor of IndiaSpend.org, a nonprofit focussed on data-driven, public-interest journalism and Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times. An enthusiastic cook, his culinary experiences find their way into a cooking column for Mint Lounge.
When she was eight, Samhita Arni started writing and illustrating her first book. The Mahabharata - A Child's View went on to be published in seven language editions and sell 50,000 copies worldwide. Samhita's second book, Sita's Ramayana, a graphic novel developed in collaboration with Patua artist Moyna Chitrakar, was on the New York Times Bestseller list for Graphic Novels. Her third book, The Missing Queen, has been published by Penguin (Viking) and Zubaan. Samhita's fourth book, The Prince, has been published by Juggernaut.
Sanjay Dharwadker is a writer of fiction and non-fiction.
Born in Naya Nangal, Punjab and educated at schools in Delhi and Jaipur, he has a master’s degree in pure mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Rajasthan. Thereafter his career has spanned three continents and he currently advises the United Nations and national governments on identification policy, privacy, biometrics and related topics. He has lived in Delhi and then Johannesburg and is currently based at Utrecht in the Netherlands.
His first book published in 1998 was titled “Chipping Away the Blues” which contained essays on corporate humour. “Diamond In My Palm” (2019) is his first fictional work and he has already embarked on a second novel titled “Philosopher’s Mistress” which traces René Descartes journey through the Netherlands.
He also writes about other books, travel, histories, as well as identity in the contemporary world, technology and society.
He travels extensively with his partner, Kippy and enjoys a good game of Bridge.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1979, Santiago Lusardi Girelli is an Argentinian-Italian Music Conductor, Composer and Scholar of the music and philosophy of the traditions of the East and West. Dr. Lusardi Girelli has worked as lecturer and choir and orchestra conductor and in more than 20 countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia for the last 20 years. He holds Master degrees in Orchestra, Choir Conduction, Philosophy, and a PhD in Music Aesthetics and Philosophy. As the result more than ten years of research on Indian Philosophy he has published his Thesis on Buddhist Phenomenology and Hindu Ritualism and its links with Western Music & Art Tradition. Santiago has conducted choirs and orchestras, professional and amateurs, around the world throughout more than 300 concerts, and leaded music tours in several countries, from the Amazonas Rain Forest to Leipzig-Germany (J.S. Bach´s city); and from Peruvian Machu Pichu to the Indian Himalayas. His enthusiasm, leadership and passion for music, philosophy and cultures have led him to accomplish several important achievements and recognitions that have earned him the esteem of the local and international press alike. Currently located in India, Santiago holds the Anthony Gonsalves Chair as Visiting Research Professor at the Goa University in India, and he is the conductor of the Goa University Choir -the very first University choir of India-, he also collaborates as Lecturer, Composer and Guest Conductor with different Universities and professional orchestras and choirs from South America, Africa, Europe and India.
Seema Mundoli is a faculty at Azim Premji University. She has worked with NGOs involved in conservation, advocacy on mining, land and forest rights, and education of indigenous communities. More recently her research examines the social and ecological interactions around ecosystems in a rapidly urbanizing India. She has co-edited the ‘State of the Environment, Andaman Archipelago’ (Universities Press, 2006) and authored ‘Cities and Canopies: Trees of Indian Cities’ (Penguin India 2019, with Harini Nagendra).
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 40 titles to his credit, consisting of novels and collection of short stories. Many of his works have been translated into other languages, including English, Hindi, German, French and Turkish. His novels translated into English include Pandavapuram, The Saga of Muziris, Aliyah, The Wind from the Hills, Once Upon a Time, The Cuckoo's Nest and Jalasamadhi & other Stories. Kadambari, the Flower Girl is under print. Pandavapuram has already appeared in 10 languages. It has been filmed in Malayalam and Bengali, the latter titled Nirakar Chaaya, which had won recognitions abroad. Four of his works have been filmed, the latest being Jalasamadhi. A winner of all the major awards like the Sahitya Akademi award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi award(twice), etc, he was the former Chairman of the National Book Trust, New Delhi. Joining the State Bank as a Prob. Officer, he had retired as the Chairman & CEO of the South Indian Bank.
Sudeep Sen is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and “one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene” (BBC Radio). He is “fascinated not just by language but the possibilities of language” (Scotland on Sunday). At the 2004 Struga Poetry Festival (Macedonia), he received the ‘Pleiades’ honour for having made “a significant contribution to contemporary world poetry”. His prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House), and Kaifi Azmi: Poems | Nazms (Bloomsbury). He has edited important anthologies: The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, World English Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi). Blue Nude (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) and The Whispering Anklets are forthcoming. Sen’s works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Literary Review, Harvard Review, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on bbc, pbs, cnn ibn, ndtv, air & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Love Poems (Knopf/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell), and Name me a Word (Yale). He is the editorial director of aark arts and the editor of Atlas. Sen is the first Asian honoured to read his poetry and deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India’s Ministry of Culture has awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature”.
Sujatha Fernandes is a writer and professor at the University of Sydney. She is the author of several academic monographs, including most recently Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling (Oxford). Her literary work includes a memoir on a global hip hop life, Close to the Edge (Verso), and a forthcoming collection of essays entitled The Cuban Hustle (Duke). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, New Ohio Review, Maine Review, and Aster(ix), among other places. She is currently completing a collection of interlinked short stories entitled Shadow People and is working on a novel about Goan migrants in coastal Karnataka during the colonial wars of the eighteenth century.
Sumana Roy is the author of How I Became a Tree, a work of nonfiction, Missing: A Novel, and Out of Syllabus: Poems. Her poems and essays have appeared in Granta, Guernica, LARB, Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, The Common, and other journals. She teaches at Ashoka University.
Supriya Nair is an editor and journalist from Mumbai. She writes a weekly books column for Mumbai Mirror. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Wisden and The New York Times. She is co-founder of All Things Small, a media company that specialises in non-fiction from the Indian subcontinent.
Tilak Devasher is the author of three books on Pakistan: ‘Pakistan: Courting the Abyss’ (December 2016) that was termed ‘easily the best book on Pakistan’ by a noted Pakistani commentator – Khaled Ahmed; ‘Pakistan: At the Helm’ (July 2018). A Pakistani reviewer in Dawn termed it as ‘a book that any future leader of Pakistan ought to have by their bedside, simply because it is the sum of all that has gone before.’ The third book ‘Pakistan: The Balochistan Conundrum’ was published in July 2019. Tilak retired as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in October 2014. He is currently a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and also a Consultant with the Vivekananda International Foundation. During his professional career Tilak served in J&K, Delhi and abroad. He specialized in security issues, especially pertaining to India’s neighbourhood. Post retirement, he has continued to take a keen interest in such issues with special focus on Pakistan. Tilak has taken to writing after his superannuation. Apart from his books, he has written articles for a host of newspapers, magazines and think tank journals. He also appears regularly on TV talk shows. Tilak is an alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Tony Joseph is the author of the best-selling book “Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From” published by Juggernaut last year and received well by the academic and scientific community. Tony has been a journalist for over three decades and has worked with The Economic Times as Features Editor, Business Standard as Associate Editor and BusinessWorld as Editor. His articles on Indian prehistory have appeared in The Hindu, BBC, The Quint and Scroll.in. He lives near New Delhi and is now working on his next book, which will deal with periods subsequent to the one that ‘Early Indians’ covers.
Usha Alexander is the author of the novels The Legend of Virinara (2018) and Only the Eyes Are Mine (2008); and the novelette, Leaving Idaho (2017). Her writing has been featured in 3 Quarks Daily, Scroll.in, The Punch Magazine, Pangyrus, and White Wall Review. Her life and work have taken her from Vanuatu, a Pacific Island nation, where she taught secondary school science as a US Peace Corps volunteer, to the corporate life of Silicon Valley, where she worked for Apple, and to many points between. She maintains an abiding interest in science, anthropology, and history. Usha grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, a remote little town in the Rocky Mountain region of the USA. Though currently residing in the National Capital Region of India (NCR), she carries her home within herself. You’ll find her on the web at www.ushaalexander.com
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays. He has edited two anthologies, one of which is in English. Vivek was the founding editor of the literary journal Desha Kaala. His critically-acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar is translated into 18 languages worldwide. Ghachar Ghochar was on the list of best ten books of 2017 by NY Times as well as The Guardian. It is one of Vulture‘s 100 best books of the 21st century. Ghachar Ghochar is the first Indian language book to be a finalist for the LA Times book prize in fiction 2017 and The American National Translation Award 2017.
Vivek is the co-translator of U R Ananthamurthy’s book “Hindutva or Hind Swaraj” into English.