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ALKA PANDE

ALOK KUMAR

AMAN NATH

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANDREW DUFF

ANIRBAN SAHA

ANITA BASU MULLICK

ANJAN DUTT

ANJANA BASU

ANJUM HASAN

ANJUM KATYAL

ANUJA CHAUHAN

ANUPAM SIBAL

ANUPAMA MOHAN

ANURADHA LOHIA

APARNA SEN

ARTHUR CARDOZO

ARUN GUPTO

ASHIS NANDY

ASHOKE VISWANATHAN

ASHWIKA KAPUR

AVIK CHANDA

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BARUN CHANDA

BASHABI FRAGER

BEN OKRI

BHARATHI S PRADHAN

BINA SARKAR ELIAS

CHRISTINE MANFIELD

DEBKUMAR MITRA

DEVDAN CHAUDHURI

DOM HASTINGS

DURJOY DATTA

FARAH GHUZNAVI

GARGA CHATTERJEE

GAURAV CHATTERJEE

GOUTAM GHOSE

HIA SEN

INDRANI DASGUPTA PAUL

JANE CAMENS

JAYANT KRIPALANI

JAYANTA SENGUPTA

JEANNE RYCKMANS

JERONINIO ALMEIDA

JIMMY TANGREE

JOHN ZUBRZYCKI

JOIE BOSE

JULIA BOOTH

KALYAN RAY

KATHRYN HARKUP

KAUSHIK MAZUMDAR

KAVITA PANJABI

KAZIM ALI

KISHWAR DESAI

KONKONA SEN SHARMA

KRISHNA BOSE

KULPREET YADAV

LIAD SHOHAM

MAHIMA VERMA

MARC PARENT

MEERA SYAL

MODHURIMA SINHA

NAYANIKA MOOKHERJEE

NEEL ADHIKARI

NEEL DUTT

PIERGIORGIO PULIXI

PINAKI DE

PRERANA LANGA

RABI THAPA

RAHUL GUHA ROY

RAJU RAMAN

RAMANJIT KAUR

RATNOTAMMA SENGUPTA

RAVINDER SINGH

REEMA ABBASI

RENU ROY

RITWICK CHAKRABORTY

RUCHIR JOSHI

RUCHIRA GUPTA

RUCHHITA KAZARIA

RUI COIAS

SABA NAQVI

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

SAIRA SHAH HALIM

SAJEDA MOMIN

SALIL TRIPATHI

SANDIP ROY

SANJEEV CHOPRA

SARBAJIT SEN

SHAILJA KEJRIWAL

SHARAD DEWAN

SHATRUGHAN SINHA

SHAURADITYA BOSE

SHILLADITYA BOSE

SHOBHAA DE

SOMAK GHOSH

SOUMYA MUKHERJI

SRIJATO

SUGATA BOSE

SUJATA SEN

SUMIT CHAKRABORTI

SUNANDA K DATTA-RAY

SUSAN HAWTHORNE

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

SWARALIPI CHATTERJEE

TILOTTAMA THAROOR

VERA SLEPOJ

VERONIQUE OVALDE

VICTOR K GHOSE

VINAY SHARMA

VINITA DAWRA NANGIA

VIR SANGHVI

   

 

ALKA PANDE

ALKA PANDE

An art critic, cultural theorist, teacher, curator, and writer, Alka Pande has been passionately involved with the world of art for nearly three decades. Responsible for curating several significant and perceptive exhibitions in India and abroad, and giving a name to some of the most upcoming and influential artists, photographers sculptors, Alka Pande is currently engrossed as the Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. She also has expertise in art advisory services on art procurement and investment. She was awarded the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres - Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, bequeathed by the French government, to recognise significant contributions in the fields of art and literature in 2006. In 2015, Dr Pande was awarded the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi honours - in recognition of the distinguished contribution to art - with Amrita Sher-Gil Samman.

 
AMAN NATH

AMAN NATH

Aman Nath is an Indian writer, hotelier, and architectural restorer. He is the co-founder and co-chairman of Neemrana Hotels the chain along with Francis Wacziarg,which have won awards from UNESCO and the Indian travel trade industry. He has co-written/authored 14 illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won National Awards. These are also used as the official gifts of the President and the Prime Minister of India. His book Jaipur was the first Indian book to be marketed internationally by Christie’s.He has also been the curator at Art Today.

 
ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

Ananya Chatterjee is a poet and a software professional (gold medalist from Calcutta University) l who has published three books, The Poet and His Valentine, Another Soliloquy and A blind Man's Rainbow. Her works have been published both nationally and internationally. She is also been a translator for works of Soumitro Chatterjee and Jogen Chowdhury. She is the Treasurer of Poetry Paradigm.

 
ANDREW DUFF

ANDREW DUFF

Andrew Duff is a writer and freelance journalist based in London and Scotland, writing on India and related subjects. His first book, Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom (2015) has received widespread praise. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and travels to Asia frequently, particularly the Himalayan region. His blog about travelling through India, China and the USA in 2008-9 was featured in The Times Sitegeist column. Andrew has also written for The Times, Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, Times of India and India Quarterly.

 
ANIRBAN SAHA

ANIRBAN SAHA

Anirban Saha is a computer engineer, product manager working with a startup in Calcutta. He is the founder of Kolkata Bloggers, whose intent is to spread digital awareness among traditional offline business and among the youth in India. the last one year, Kolkata Bloggers has worked with Apeejay, TOI, NASSCOM, The US Consulate, The Edutainment Show, Kolkata Book Fair to name a few. He is a photo-blogger by passion and blogs at anirbansaha.com.

 
ANJAN DUTT

ANJAN DUTT

Anjan Dutt is an Indian singer- songwriter of the 1990s Bengali music scene defined by anyodharar gaan. Anjan Dutt's style of music is different from the others in the sense that it has simple tunes, one that is reminiscent of western folk music. He is the first Bengali artist to depend more on the saxophone. Dutt is also a prolific director whose film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona won the Special Jury Award, National Film Award in 2012. His most recent release Byomkesh Bakshi (2015) has received popular success.

 
ANJANA BASU

ANJANA BASU

Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Kolkata. She has Book of Short Stories published by Orient Longman, India, to her credit. The BBC has broadcast one of her short stories and her poems have featured in various anthologies. In the US, she has been published in Gowanus,The Blue Moon Review, and Recursive Angel, to name a few. In Canada, she has appeared in The Antigonish Review. The Edinburgh Review and The Saltzburg Review have also featured her work. Her novel ‘Curses in Ivory’ was published in 2003 by Harper Collins. She was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue which was published in 2007. Her children’s novel Chinku and the Wolfboy was published in 2007. Her novel ‘Rhythms of Darkness’ came out in October 2011. Her latest book is ‘In the Shadow of the Leaves’ (2014). Anjana Basu has also worked on scripts with director Rituparno Ghosh for ‘Antarmahal’ and ‘The Last Lear’ and has subtitled several of his films including ‘Unishe April’, ‘Dahan’ and ‘Chokher Bali’.

 
ANJUM HASAN

ANJUM HASAN

Anjum hasan is an Indian poet and novelist. Street on the Hill (Sahitya Akademi, 2006) was her debut collection of poems. Her debut novel Lunatic in my Head (Zubaan-Penguin, 2007) was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award 2007.Her second novel Neti, Neti was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize . Her new novel The Cosmopolitans, which explores the angst of the new urban Indian, has received critical praise.

 
ANJUM KATYAL

ANJUM KATYAL

Anjum Katyal is Consultant (Publications), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata. She is also the Co-Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. Anjum has been the Chief Editor, Seagull Books, Calcutta (1987–2006) and Editor, Seagull Theatre Quarterly (1994–2004), as well as the Web Editor, Saregama-HMV (2006–11) and Editor, Art and the City, a web magazine on the contemporary arts in India (2010–13). As the editorial head of a specialist arts publisher, she was responsible for a broad range of books on art and culture between 1987 and 2006. She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre (SAGE, 2012). She has translated Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor and Hirma ki Amar Kahani (The Living Tale of Hirma), as well as Usha Ganguli’s Rudali and stories by Mahasweta Devi and Meera Mukherjee. Her most recent work Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience will be released at the festival inaugural event. She has a background in education and teacher training. A published poet, she also sings the blues, and writes on theatre and the visual arts.

 
ANUJA CHAUHAN

ANUJA CHAUHAN

Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author and advertiser, often described as the best writer of the Indian commercial fiction genre. She worked in the advertising agency, JWT India, for over 17 years before leaving to become a full time writer. Her best-selling, contemporary novels, The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (October 2010) Those Pricey Thakur Girls (January 2013), The House that BJ Built (2015) have made her one of the most important names in contemporary Indian English writing .

 
ANUPAM SIBAL

ANUPAM SIBAL

Professor Anupam Sibal (MD, FIMSA, FIAP, FRCP {Glasg}, FRCP {Lon}, FRCPCH, FAAP) has been a paediatrician for twenty years, trained in India and the UK. In 1998, he helped set up the first successful paediatric liver transplant programme, the Apollo Solid Organ Transplant Program, in India at Apollo Hospitals, Delhi. Prof. Sibal has been the Group Medical Director of the Apollo Hospitals Group since 2005. Prof. Sibal is an Honorary Clinical Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has more than ninety-five publications in medical literature, serves on the editorial board of three journals and has edited a text book of paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology. Prof. Sibal lives in Delhi with his wife, Nandini, and son, Devaang. ‘Is your child ready to face the world?’ is his new parenting book about getting kids ready to face the world with a foreword by none other than Amitabh Bachchan.

 
ANUPAMA MOHAN

ANUPAMA MOHAN

Anupama Mohan is a faculty member of the English Department in Presidency University. Her first book (Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures, Palgrave Macmillan 2012) was nominated for the MLA First Book Prize as well as the ICAS Book Prize in 2013.She is also a poet and short story writer, and her first volume of poetry (Twenty Odd Love Poems) was published by The Writer's Workshop in 2008.

 
ANURADHA LOHIA

ANURADHA LOHIA

Prof. Anuradha Lohia is a molecular parasitologist who has done extensive research in the field of infectious disease. She is a Senior Professor and past-Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry at the Bose Institute, Kolkata. Previously, she served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the UK-India collaborative ‘Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance’ - an organization that supports excellence in medical research. She received the National award for young women scientist from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. She is currently the Vice Chancellor of Presidency University, Kolkata.

 
APARNA SEN

APARNA SEN

Aparna Sen (née Dasgupta) is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema. A leading actress of late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s. She has received eight "BFJA Award", five for best actress,two for best supporting actress and one for lifetime achievement award. She is the winner of three National Film Awards and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films. She was awarded the "Padma Shri',the fourth highest civilian award, by the government of India in 1987. Her directorial debut 36 Chowringhee Lane won her the National Award for best Director. Her other notable films include Paromitar Ek Din, Mr & Mrs Iyer, The Japanese Wife and Goynar Baksho among many others .

 
ARTHUR CARDOZO

ARTHUR CARDOZO

Arthur Cardozo is a poet, adman, dramatist, script writer, feature writer writer and cartoonist and had his own advertising, communication and branding agency organization called Cardozone Communico. He is the Vice- President of Poetry Paradigm.

 
ARUN GUPTO

ARUN GUPTO

Arun Gupto, is the principal at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has been part of the faculty at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University. His areas of study are literary theory, postcolonial studies and South Asian studies, and his current research is on South Asian art and religion, culminating in a documentary project entitled ‘The Art of the Lake’.

 
ASHIS NANDY

ASHIS NANDY

Ashis Nandy, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. He is a distinguished political psychologist, sociologist of science. His research interests centre on the political psychology of violence, cultures of knowledge, utopias and visions, human potentialities, and futures. Presently he is working on genocide. The running themes in his work have been concern and respect for marginalized categories and systems of knowledge and a robust scepticism towards expert-driven, packaged, professional solutions to human problems.Nandy is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne, and a member of the Global Scientific Committee for Higher Education (UNESCO). Over the years, he has been also associated with initiatives such as the Centre for Ecology and Food Security, New Delhi; People’s Union of Civil Liberties, the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, Delhi; Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and the Intercultural Institute of Montreal. Nandy received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007 and was chosen one of 100 top public intellectuals in the world in 2008.

 
ASHOKE VISWANATHAN

ASHOKE VISWANATHAN

Ashoke Viswanathan is a three-time National Award winning filmmaker from FTII (Pune). He is also a five-time Indian Panorama entrant at IFFI. A Charles Wallace scholar at Downing College, Cambridge, he has been a prolific filmmaker with nearly 150 completed films and shorts. Twice serving as Chairman of the National Film Awards jury, he has authored one book on cinema and several articles on aAvant-garde art, besides being active in theatre with more than thirty productions to his credit.

 

   
AVIK CHANDA

AVIK CHANDA

Avik Chanda, graduated from Presidency College and completed his education at the Delhi School of Economics. Following a brief stint in media, he has pursued a career in management consulting over the last ten years, during which time he has also been moonlighting as a freelance journalist, painter and more recently, a poet, writing in both English and his native Bengali. His debut novel Anchor, presenting 1990s Calcutta has received critical and popular acclaim.

 
BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt, is a former columnist and agony aunt for one of India’s leading parenting magazines. She has compiled and edited two volumes of reader-written, personal essays for an internationally renowned, bestselling series. Her other great passion is theatre. She has performed with some of the country’s top English theatre groups like Raell Padamsee’s ACE productions in Mumbai, and Kolkata’s Red Curtain. Currently she is the drama facilitator at The Creative Arts Studio, and at South Point High School. Baisali was born in New York, schooled in Bangalore and went to college in Delhi. She has an MA in French from Jawaharlal Nehru University and she now lives in Kolkata with her family.

 
BARUN CHANDA

BARUN CHANDA

Barun Chanda is an advertising professional, actor and author. He most memorable role has been in Satyajit ray’s ‘S eemaboddho’ for which he won a special President of India Award . In 1992 he was a part of director Rituparno Ghosh's debut film H irer Angti . He has been a part of a number of acclaimed films like K alo Cheetah, T olly Lights , A ntaheen , and Laptop . His most recent film Bela Sheshe has been both a critical and commercial success He has also tackled Bollywood with equal aplomb with movies like L ootera and R oy . Other than his acting prowess, Barun is also a prolific writer who along with being a regular film reviewer and contributor of articles to major dailies, in the last eight years has published four highly acclaimed and successful novels in Bengali. His work has played a major role in establishing the adult thriller genre in Bengali literature.The actor’s two novels in Bengali, Shaaper Jhaapi and K idnap , were whodunnits featuring private eye Abinash Roy. His new work Coke (2015) is his first novel in English.

 
BASHABI FRASER

BASHABI FRASER

Bashabi Fraser is a poet, children’s writer, translator and editor. She is joint director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore studies and teaches English and creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University.

 
BEN OKRI

BEN OKRI

Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist, born in Nigeria and lives in London. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road which was awarded the 1991 Booker Prize and Starbook, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum.

 
BHARATHI S PRADHAN

BHARATHI S PRADHAN

Bharathi S Pradhan is one of the most sought after film journalists in the country. She has been editor of Star & Style and Showtime, author of fiction and non-fiction books and also is a columnist with The Telegraph. Her recent work, Anything But Khamosh puts to paper the biography of film actor Shatrughan Sinha.

 
BINA SARKAR ELIAS

BINA SARKAR ELIAS

Bina Sarkar Ellias is Editor, Designer and Publisher of International Gallerie, a global arts and ideas journal founded by her in 1997. Ellias began early in life as a freelance writer for Desmond Doig's Junior Statesman, and was employed as assistant editor. International Gallerie was conceived and founded by Bina Sarkar Ellias in 1997, as a platform for addressing universal socio-political/cultural issues as interpreted through the arts, and ideas.Engaged in community building issues which she addresses in Gallerie, she received a Fellowship in 2007 from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program and Japan Foundation for research and development of the project: Unity in Diversity: Envisioning Community Building in Asia and Beyond, and the Times Group Yami Women Achiever’s award in 2008. She recently received another Woman Achiever's award in Editing and Publishing from FICCI/FLO's Aparajita wing in April 2013. She also dabbles in poetry, her two collections ‘The Room’ and ‘Fuse’ have been published in UK and United States.

 
CHRISTINE MANFIELD

CHRISTINE MANFIELD

Christine Manfield is a highly regarded Australian chef, author, food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller. She currently runs Universal Restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst. She is considered one of Australia’s best chefs. Christine has published ten acclaimed and award winning books with Lantern Penguin Australia. Christine is a contributor to travel features in Australian Gourmet Traveller, Delicious Magazine, SMH Traveller and Australian Financial Review. She also writes occasional food columns in various Australian magazines and newspapers. Some of the books written by her are - Tasting India (2011), Fire and Spice (2012), Lantern Cookery Classics (2013), Dessert Divas (2014). Christine has appeared as a guest chef and judge on Junior MasterChef Australia series 1 (2010), MasterChef Australia Series 2 (2010), Series 3 (2011) and Series 4 (2012) where her ‘Gaytime Goes Nuts’ dessert was the final challenge that determined the winner.Her latest release is A Personal Guide to India and Bhutan (2015).

 
DEVDAN CHAUDHURI

DEVDAN CHAUDHURI

Devdan Chaudhuri was educated in India and England. While pursuing his Masters, he lost the inspiration to become an economist and returned to Kolkata to work on his writings and research. Anatomy of Life (Picador India), his debut novel, was nominated for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He also contributes to The Byword – India’s new magazine of literature, arts and culture. Devdan is currently working on a poetry manuscript and a novel. He is the Executive Committee member of Poetry Paradigm.

 
DOM HASTINGS

DOM HASTINGS

Dom Hastings is the Director of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, an annual event to celebrate crime fiction from Scotland. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Dom works to showcase Scottish literature internationally.

 
DURJOY DATTA

DURJOY DATTA

Durjoy Datta was born in New Delhi, India, and completed a degree in engineering and business management before embarking on a writing career. His first book—Of Course I Love You!—was published when he was twenty-one years old and was an instant bestseller. His successive novels—Now That You’re Rich! ; She Broke Up, I Didn’t!; Ohh Yes, I Am Single!; If It’s Not Forever; Till the Last Breath; Someone Like You; Hold My Hand—have also found prominence on various bestseller lists, making him one of the highest-selling authors in India. Durjoy also has to his credit two television shows, Sadda Haq (Channel V) and Veera (Star Plus), both of which have done exceedingly well on Indian television. In 2012, he won the Teacher's Achievement Award (Youth Achiever). His latest book World’s Best Boyfriend released earlier this year.

 
FARAH GHUZNAVI

FARAH GHUZNAVI

Farah Ghuznavi is a writer, translator and newspaper columnist, with a background in development work. She holds an undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees from the London School of Economics, and has worked for the Grameen Bank and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as NGOs in the UK, Bangladesh and elsewhere. Farah’s work has been published in a number of story collections and literary magazines in Britain, US, Canada, Singapore, India, Nepal and her native Bangladesh. These include the fiction anthologies The Storm is Coming (Sleeping Cat Books, USA), Curbside Splendor Issues 1 and 2 (Curbside Splendor, USA ), The Path, Winter Issue 2011 (The Path to Publication, USA) and Woman's Work (Girl Child Press, USA); Lady Fest: Winning Stories from the Oxford Gender Equality Festival (Dead Ink, UK), The Monster Book for Girls (Exaggerated Press, UK) and Journeys (Sampad, UK ); The Rainbow Feast (Marshall Cavendish, Singapore); La.Lit Vol. 1 (Nepal); What the Ink? (Writer’s Block, Bangladesh), Sticks and Stones Vol. 1 (Sticks and Stones, Bangladesh) and From the Delta (UPL, Bangladesh); and Lifelines (Zubaan Books, India).Her story "Judgement Day" was highly commended in the Commonwealth Competition 2010, and “Getting There” placed second in the Oxford GEF Competition. She is a regular contributor to The Star Magazine, which is affiliated to the Daily Star newspaper in Bangladesh, and writes a fortnightly column entitled "Food for Thought”.

 
GARGA CHATTERJEE

GARGA CHATTERJEE

Garga Chatterjee is a member of the faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He has a PhD from Harvard and is a commentator on Southasian culture and politics.

 
GOUTAM GHOSE

GOUTAM GHOSE

Goutam Ghose is a critically acclaimed film director, music director, and cinematographer who works primarily in Bengali cinema. He is also the only Indian to win the coveted ‘Vittorio Di Sica’ Award. He was awarded the Knighthood of the Star of the Italian Solidarity in July 2006. Recepient of 16 National Awards for his works, Ghose has been a stalwart in Indian cinema. Ghose has portrayed the role of a Hungry generation poet in Srijit Mukherji's film Baishe Srabon. Ghose’s upcoming film, ‘Sankhochil’ deals with the partition of Bengal.

 
HIA SEN

HIA SEN

Dr. Hia Sen studied sociology in Kolkata and New Delhi and completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She is an Assistant Professor of sociology at Presidency University, Kolkata, India.. She is the author of 'Time-Out' in the Land of Apu: Childhoods, Bildungsmoratorium and the Urban Middle Classes of West Bengal’.

 
INDRANI DASGUPTA PAUL

INDRANI DASGUPTA PAUL

Indrani Dasgupta Paul has been a leading model for 15 years now. Her endorsements include a gamut of brands, notably, Lakme, Allen Solly, De Beers, Seagrams Blenders Pride, and Canon. Perhaps the only model to have straddled print, tv, fashion magazines and the ramp with equal ease, hers is probably the most recognizable face of the modelling world. Often on lists of the 'most fashionable', and 'most beautiful', her elegant carriage holds her in a league of her own. She has also partaken mentorship roles for pageants. Her hit TV show 'what's with Indian men?' on Fox Traveller has added to her popularity. Indrani is a M.A (economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently, pursuing her passion for the perfect cup of tea, she's a friend of the brand, and travelling the world enjoying Typhoo tea, one cup at a time. Her tales of adventure then transpire to her monthly column in T2." ’

 
JANE CAMENS

JANE CAMENS

Jane Camens is the executive director of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, an association she founded in 2005 while studying at Griffith University. She is the co-editor of Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now.

 
JAYANT KRIPALANI

JAYANT KRIPALANI

Jayant Kripalani is an acclaimed actor, theatre director and producer. He has worked at JWT, Grant Kenyon & Eckhardt, and as Senior Creative Director with RKSwamy BBDO. Jayant was one of the first small screen stars in India featuring in TV serials like Khandan, Mr. Ya Mrs and later in Ji Mantriji. He has played character roles in movies like Heat & Dust, Rockford and Alag. Jayant has directed and produced a number of films for multi nationals and is actively involved with theatre. He also wrote the screenplay for Shyam Benegal's film, Well Done Abba (2009). Jayant has written the scripts for the original Ghar Jamai which was aired on Doordarshan. He has also written and produced PC aur Mausi - a mini TV series which explored the prejudices a 'Mausi' (maternal aunt) had with the advent of the 'dreaded' "PC" or Personal Computer in the mid-eighties in India.. His ‘New Market Tales’ (2013), a collection of short stories, brings to life the 139 yr old New Market in Kolkata and its various facets.

 
JAYANTA SENGUPTA

JAYANTA SENGUPTA

Jayanta Sengupta is currently Secretary and Curator (Director) of Victoria Memorial Hall, and Director-in-Charge of Indian Museum, Kolkata. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata, and at the Universities of Calcutta and Cambridge. A Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, he has over the last two decades and a half taught History at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and the University of Notre Dame in the United States, and been a Visiting Professor or Fellow at the Universities of Calcutta, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Pennsylvania, and at Utah State University. His research focuses on the interrelationship between colonialism, nationalism, and democracy and authoritarianism in modern South Asia, cultural practices in modern India, and transnational and comparative intellectual history. His first book, At the Margins: Discourses of Democracy, Development and Regionalism in Orissa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Currently, he is working on two book projects, one on the culture and politics of food and cuisine in modern India, and another – prospectively titled Trans-Oceanic Passages, Transnational Connections – on American and Indian perceptions of each other’s civilizations during 1850-1950.

 
JEANNE RYCKMANS

JEANNE RYCKMANS

Jeanne Ryckmans is manager of a commercial imprint, Nero, at Black Inc. which publishes exciting and entertaining commercial mass market titles with a particular focus on memoir, biography and popular culture titles. Jeanne also manages a children's imprint, Piccolo Nero. Jeanne Ryckmans is also the author of "The Flying Nun And The Women of the West" and a children's book, "The Two Acrobats".

 
JERONINIO ALMEIDA

JERONINIO ALMEIDA

Jeroninio Almeida (Jerry) is a Teacher, celebrated inspirational Orator & motivational speaker, social entrepreneur and a highly sought Management consultant, Leadership Trainer & Life Coach. Jerry is also the founder and driving force behind the International Confederation of NGOs, the joy of giving, right every wrong and Karmaveer awards movements. His mission in life is to encourage Individual Social Responsibility by democratizing heroism and inspiring solid character. With Karma Kurry book series Jerry has plunged into writing thought-provoking inspirational stories to awaken the hero and leader within people across the globe.

 
JIMMY TANGREE

JIMMY TANGREE

Jimmy Tangree hails from a business family and his love for music got him into Deejaying and Radio, Started Djing since 1983, joined as a DJ at Taj Bengal in 1993, Has done opening acts for Dr Alban, Tata Young, Bryan Adams, Paul Oakenfold etc. has conducted major shows in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa etc, expert in handling events and interacting with clients. Conducted workshops on radio in IIM, PAILAN, NSHM, SYMBOISIS, ST XAVIERS and other reputed institutions. His expertise has also given him opportunities of setting up radio stations not only in India but internationally also. He joined Times FM (Times of India Group) in 1994 as Deputy Manager Programming and Production. He not only supervised the production and programming team in Kolkata but was also responsible for conceptualising programs and monitoring all technical aspects. He conducted workshops, formulated marketing strategies and was a Radio Jockey for few specialized shows e.g. Britannia Little Hearts Love is on the air, Power Dance which was sponsored by Eveready for 3 years in 5 centres. In June 2000, he joined Saregama Broadcast Software as National Head – Programming Broadcast Software Division. He was not just responsible for programming, budgeting, formulating various strategies but also for setting up 4 studios in metro cities and it’s over all operation control. This multifaceted spirit joined Radio Today Kolkata (now Digital Radio Kolkata Broadcasting Ltd.) in May 2002 as the Station Head – RED FM 93.5 Kolkata. He was I part of the National Core Team. He is responsible for all the programming, marketing, sales, budgeting, and strategy formulation etc. of the station. Currently, he is the Head of 91.9 friends FM since April 2014 and is looking after the entire operations, business and programming of the station.

 
JOHN ZUBRZYCKI

JOHN ZUBRZYCKI

John Zubrzycki is an award-winning journalist whose long association with India has included stints as a Hindi student, diplomat, consultant and foreign correspondent. He is the world commentary editor at the Australian newspaper and lives in Sydney. The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy and The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback are his most celebrated works.

 
JOIE BOSE

JOIE BOSE

Joie Bose is a poet and a student of literature from SXC and JNU and has been writing for over fifteen years, Her first book of poems Corazon Roto and Sixty Nine Other Treasons got published in 2015 and individual works have been published both nationally and internationally. Professionally an educator, she is attached to Jadavpur University, TIU, SMU, Bangabasi College. She is the General Secretary of Poetry Paradigm and is currently editing a book of short stories on Calcutta entitled 'Calcuttadotes'

 
KALYAN RAY

KALYAN RAY

Kalyan Ray grew up in Calcutta and was educated in India and the US, and has taught in Greece, Ecuador, Jamaica and the Philippines where he was a Visiting Professor of Comparative Theology. His poems and translations have appeared at the US and India; some have been anthologized. He has published several books of translations of contemporary Indian poetry into English, including City of Memories, which has a Preface by Allen Ginsberg, and Emperor Babur’s Prayers and Other Poems by Sankha Ghosh. He is the author of the novel Eastwords (was adopted by several universities and colleges in Asia and the US as a text in courses on Post-Colonial literature) and his most recent work, No Country, is based on his own experiences. He is currently completing his third novel A Rain of Stones. He lives now in India.

 
KATHRYN HARKUP

KATHRYN HARKUP

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist, science communicator and author of A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015). She is passionate about communicating how amazing science can be, and has delivered talks and conducted workshops in various science festivals and schools across the South East as well as organisations such as The Huntarian Museum, The Training Partnership, RHS Wisley and The Royal Institution of Great Britain.

 
KAVITA PANJABI

KAVITA PANJABI

Kavita Panjabi is Professor, Dept of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University (J.U), teaching here since 1989.She is also the Founder-Co-ordinator, Centre for Studies in Latin American Literatures and Cultures (CSLALC), JU.

 
KAZIM ALI

KAZIM ALI

Kazim Ali’s books include five volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, Bright Felon, Sky Ward, and All One’s Blue: New and Selected Poems; three novels, Quinn’s Passage, The Disappearance of Seth and Wind Instrument; and three collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence, Fasting for Ramadan and Resident Alien: On Border-crossing and the Undocumented Divine. He has translated books by Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi and Marguerite Duras. He is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College.

 
KISHWAR DESAI

KISHWAR DESAI

Kishwar Desai is an Indian author and columnist. Her novel The Sea of Innocence has been published in India, UK and Australia. Her first novel, Witness the Night won the Costa Book Award in 2010 for Best First Novel and has been translated into over 25 languages. It was shortlisted for the Author's Club First Novel Award and longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her critically acclaimed novel, Origins of Love was published in June 2012 and dealt with the controversial subject of surrogacy and adoption. Desai also has a biography Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt to her credit. She has also had a long and successful career as a print and TV journalist.

 
KONKONA SEN SHARMA

KONKONA SEN SHARMA

Konkona Sen Sharma is an awarding winning actress and the daughter of the celebrated actress and director Aparna Sen. She appears primarily in Indian arthouse and independent films, and her achievements in the genre have established her as one of the leading actresses of contemporary parallel cinema. She won her first National Award for her role in Aparna Sen’s Mr and Mrs Iyer. Konkona also has been successful in commercial cinema with hits like Life...in a Metro, Luck By Chance, Wake up Sid, Omkara under her belt. Her performance in Omkara won her a second National Award under the Best Supporting Actress category. She was the recipient of the Best Actress award at the Filmfare Awards East for her work in the Bengali film Goynar Baksho (2014). She made her directorial debut in 2006 with the short film titled Naamkoron (Naming Ceremony) for the Kala Ghoda Film Festival. Her very recent film was Talwar released in 2015

 
KRISHNA BOSE

KRISHNA BOSE

Krishna Bose is an educator and social worker and was a member of parliament elected from the Jadavpur constituency in West Bengal as a All India Trinamool Congress candidate.During the term of the 13th Lok Sabha (1999-2004) she served as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs in India which oversees the conduct of India’s foreign policy. She taught at City College, Kolkata for 40 years, and thereafter remained principal for 8 years. Krishna has been a columnist for journals in English and Bengali such as Desh, AnandabazarPatrika, Jugantor, Amrit Bazar Patrika, The Statesman, Telegraph, Illustrated Weekly of India. She has also worked in the areas of women and child development and for the welfare of the handicapped. She is a leading contemporary writer of Calcutta with many books and articles. Her books include Itihaser Sandhane (Calcutta: Ananda, 1972),Charanarekha Taba (Calcutta: Ananda, 1982), Prasanga Subhaschandra (Calcutta: Ananda, 1992), 1947: Smriti-Bismriti (Calcutta: Ananda, 1995), Netaji: A Biography for the Young (Delhi: Rupa, 1995), Ek Nambar Bari (Calcutta: Ananda, 1997) and Je Taranikhani (Calcutta: Ananda, 2001). Her most recent book titled An Outsider in Politics has been published in August 2008 by Penguin.

 
KULPREET YADAV

KULPREET YADAV

Kulpreet received his bachelor’s degree in Science from Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune. He joined the Naval Officer’s Academy at Goa soon after and undertook many afloat and ashore appointments as a Coast Guard officer. Kulpreet’s first novel The Bet was published in 2006 and the rights were later sold in 2009 to Ideaindia.com, an e-book portal. 'A Waiting Wave' was published in 2011. Kulpreet’s first collection of short stories was published in 2013 titled ‘India Unlimited – Stories from a Nation Caught between Hype and Hope’ (Lifi publications, New Delhi). One of the short fiction pieces, included in this collection, won a Special Commendation in 'The Best Short Writing in the World' by Fleeting Books, UK, in 2011.

In 2011, Kulpreet founded a literary journal called Open Road Review. Conceived to publish the best in short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork on a quarterly basis. Red Ink Literary Agency, New Delhi, is representing Kulpreet’s Andy Karan series of thrillers. ‘Catching the Departed’, the first in the series, was shortlisted by Hachette-DNA in their contest 'Hunt for the Next Bestseller'. His latest book The Girl Who Loved a Pirate reprises the adventures of Andy Karan.

 
LIAD SHOHAM

LIAD SHOHAM

Liad Shoham, is an Israeli writer and attorney. His LLB is from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and he did his LLM in International Commercial Law at the London School of Economics. Shoham, who still works as an attorney, writes legal thrillers, and is considered Israel’s leading crime writer and often compared to John Grisham. All his crime novels (six to date) have been critically acclaimed bestsellers. His books are realistic depictions of Israel’s criminal justice system, as the police and the courts themselves are reflections of the country’s society. Some notable titles written by him are Unlisted Number (2008), A week in the life (2008) Fruits of the poisonous tree (2009), Retrial (2010), Line up (2011), , Asylum City (2013), Blood Oranges (2014). Liam also wrote two children’s books, Daddy is building a cake (2013) and My First Goal (2014).

 
MARC PARENT

MARC PARENT

Marc Parent, born of an American mother and a French father, has been working in international publishing for 28 years in the wake of his studies in French and Comparative literature in Paris and New York. For the last 10 years, he was a publisher of foreign fiction and non-fiction at Editions Buchet/Chastel, in France, where he put together a major Indian and Pakistani catalogue of writers(considered popular in Europe) which included the likes of Aravind Adiga, Tarun Tejpal, Suketu Mehta, Gurcharan Das, Kiran Nagarkar, Pankaj Mishra, Jaspreet Singh, Tishani Doshi, Rajmohan Gandhi, Fatima Bhutto, Kamila Shamsie, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Aatish Taseer and Saadat Hasan Manto (translated directly from the Urdu into French) as well as Padmasambhava’s Tibetan Book of the Dead (translated for the first time ever from the Pali into French). In May 2013, Marc started a one-of-a-kind international literary agency in Paris representing -directly and worldwide- writers from all over the world, with a special focus on the fiction and non-fiction from India and Pakistan.

 
MEERA SYAL

MEERA SYAL

Meera Syal is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of the UK's best-known Indian personalities portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. Meera Syal's childhood experiences growing up in a small mining community provided the background to her first novel, Anita and Me (1996). The novel was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and won a Betty Trask Award. She also won won the 'Media Personality of the Year' award at the Commission for Racial Equality's annual 'Race in the Media' awards (2000), as well as the EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Award) for Media Personality of the Year in 2001.She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1997 for her services to drama. She was also appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama and literature. She has also dabbled in scriptwriting, where she wrote the script for Gurinder Chadha’s Bhaji on the Beach. She also works as a journalist and is a regular contributor to The Guardian.

 
MODHURIMA SINHA

MODHURIMA SINHA

Modhurima Sinha is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Taj, and Head Marcom for Khazana worldwide. She authored Call of the Real, a coffee table book outlining the biographies of the eleven Bengal Masters of contemporary art. She assisted Aparna Sen on her film Goynar Baksho and dabbled in advertising and film-making with award-winning Indo-Canadian film-maker Mitra Sen.

 
NAYANIKA MOOKHERJEE

NAYANIKA MOOKHERJEE

Nayanika Mookherjee is a Reader of Socio-Cultural Anthropology in Durham University, UK. She has published extensively on her research interests: anthropology of violence, gendered violence during wars, ethics and aesthetics. Recent publications include The Spectral Wound. Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971 (Foreword by Veena Das, Duke University Press, 2015). Currently she is finishing her manuscript 'Arts of Reconciliation' (contracted with Stanford UP). As a British Academy fellow, her new research is on transnational adoption and conflict.

 
NEEL ADHIKARI

NEEL ADHIKARI

Neel Adhikari is a music director/ singer songwriter from Kolkata. Fiercely independent, Neel has steered clear of the mainstream music industry. A rocker at heart he hosts the Open Mic in Kolkata and plays with two bands 'Neel and the Lightbulbs' and 'Gandu Circus' while helping and inspiring younger musicians in the city. He has played in several bands in Kolkata, and through his journey in music of many years, he has collaborated with some award-winning world famous musicians. Asian Dub Foundation, Susheela Raman and Sam Mills. He is also a professional music director and a composer for films. His contribution to the film ‘Gandu’ by Q, earned him fame through the international film and music circuit. His next project Q’s film ‘Tasher Desh’ was done via his Indo-British Music Production House called MANA.

 
NEEL DUTT

NEEL DUTT

Neel Dutt is a composer from Kolkata, West Bengal (India). He is one of foremost music directors in the Bengali film music industry who is responsible for the resurgence of Bengali film music in contemporary times. His primary contribution to Bengali film music has been to be able to connect with the urban & suburban youth who’ve been disconnected with the medium for the last 20 years. He received National Award (Rajat Kamal) from the Govt. Of India, for ‘Best Music Direction’ in 2012 for the soundtrack of the Bengali film Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona. Dutt is the third Bengali to win the National Award for Best Music Direction from Bengal. His notable film scores include The Bong Connection (2007), Bow Barracks Forever (2007), Ranjona ami Ar Ashbona(2011), Byomkesh Bakshi (2010), Madly Bangalee(2008), Maach Mishti & More(2012), Shesh Boley Kichu Nei (2013), Nirbaak (2015), Byomkesh Bakshi (2015).

 
PIERGIORGIO PULIXI

PIERGIORGIO PULIXI

Piergiorgio Pulixi was born in Cagliari, Sardinia, in 1982. He is a member of Sabot, an experiment in collective crime fiction writing created by Massimo Carlotto, Italy’s preeminent author of crime fiction. One of his latest novel, " The Song of the Lambs ", is in the semifinals at the most important national prize for literature noir: the Giorgio Scerbanenco - La Stampa ", promoted by the Courmayeur Noir in Festival and the Turin newspaper that rewards noir Italian published in the year among those enrolled in the event. In addition to this , Pulixi is competing at Countryside in Yellow and received two major awards: the Prize and the Prize Glauco Happy Franco Fedeli for crime fiction organized annually by SIULP (Union of Italian Workers Unitary Police), in memory the journalist Franco Fedeli, founder of the magazine Police and Democracy. He lives in London.

 
PRERANA LANGA

PRERANA LANGA

Prerana Langa is the CEO of YES FOUNDATION, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ARM OF YES BANK Prerana holds the distinction of setting up YES FOUNDATION from ground up with a vision to build an empowered and equitable India. She developed the strategic business plan and operating systems for the Foundation. She developed YES! i am the CHANGE, a mindset transformation project, innovatively using the medium of films to ignite the spirit of driving positive social change amongst the youth, enabling them to become agents of social change and creating invaluable communication resources for use of Not-for-Profits.

 
RABI THAPA

RABI THAPA

Rabi Thapa is a writer and editor based in Kathmandu. Rabi Thapa is a writer and editor from Kathmandu, Nepal. He was the Editor of the weekly paper Nepali Times from 2010 to 2011, and is currently the Editor of La.Lit, the bilingual literary magazine from Nepal. In 2011, he published the short story collection Nothing to Declare (Penguin India).

 
RAHUL GUHA ROY

RAHUL GUHA ROY

Rahul Guha Roy, is the frontman of alt-rock band Cassini’s Division, turned to country music for his debut solo album, Midnight Train (Rooh Music).

 
RAMANJIT KAUR

RAMANJIT KAUR

Ramanjit Kaur has been working as the lead Actor with Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry's 'The Company' for over two decades. Her performance career has taken her all over India and to Festivals worldwide. She has trained at Centre School of Speech and Drama, UK; London Academy of music and Dramatic Arts, UK; Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, UK; Improbable Theatre, UK and Theatre du Soleil, France. Her Film Credits include Deepa Mehta's 'Videsh - Heaven On Earth' and 'Fire'. In 2002, Ramanjit branched out on her own as Artistic Director of 'The Creative Arts', a company she founded with the aim of offering Theatre training and now known for exploring experimental genres such as Site-Specific Theatre. She made her directorial debut at the Lylian Baylis Studio, UK in 2008, with the play 'Crab Soup', as part of the International Theatre Science Festival.She has also conceived and directed many plays including Site-Specific productions like 'Is Job Charnock coming to dinner?', 'Upon A Yarn' and 'The Merry Go Round'. Ms. Ramanjit has won numerous Awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Sanskriti Award, French Embassy Scholarship and The Charles Wallace Award.

 
RATNOTAMMA SENGUPTA

RATNOTAMMA SENGUPTA

Ratnottama Sengupta is a journalist, who has contributed to newspapers like The Telegraph, The Indian Express and The Times of India, as the Arts Editor. She won the National Award for Writings on Cinema in 2001, has contributed on Hindi cinema to the Encyclopedia Britannica and been on the Central Board of Film Certification. She is involved with programming film festivals, curates art and photo exhibitions and has authored several books on contemporary Indian art and artists. She is currently writing In The World of Bimal Roy, and Behind The Veil, on the legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen.

 
RAVINDER SINGH

RAVINDER SINGH

Ravinder Singh is a software engineer who works with a prominent IT company in India.He grew up in a very small town of Orissa called Burla. After spending most of his life there, he has recently moved to Chandigarh. Owing to the nature of his work, he has visited various parts of the world and he wishes to continue doing the same in future. He has written four novels entitled I Too Had a Love Story, Can Love Happen Twice?, Like it happened yesterday and Your Dreams are Mine Now. His new book is titled Tell me a story. He also launched the audio version of I Too Had a Love Story in mid-2011. I Too Had a Love Story has been published in Kannada language entitled Nannadu Ondu prema kathe.

 
REEMA ABBASI

REEMA ABBASI

Reema Abbasi, born a Pakistani in the Netherlands, is a journalist. She was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reportage. A journalist for almost 19 years, she began with culture and lifestyle at The News International, moved on to crime and socio-political writing with The Herald Magazine and then became an editorial writer at Dawn. At present, she is a columnist with The Daily Mail, Mail Today and an independent contributor with Dawn and The Indian Express. Her other passions include music, reading, writing and research, cinema, travel, art, poetry, and yoga. In 2007, she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for photography. Her work has been exhibited in Pakistan, the United States and South Africa. In 2011, her short story Swimming Pool was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. She currently teaches photography at IVS. Her book Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience is an attempt to record in pictures the history of an Islamic country’s Hindu past, where she contrasts stories of desecration of temples, whether due to a backlash or land disputes or commercial gain, with visits to shrines that represent a fusion of faiths, untouched by social disturbances.

 
RENU ROY

RENU ROY

Renu Roy is an accomplished and renowned stage actor and has rendered memorable roles in several successful and acclaimed plays in Hindi and English over the past 40 years. She has acted in over 60 plays and her recent solo performance in Nadira Babbar’s play ‘Sakubai’ has received national acclaim. She is the recipient of several other prestigious Awards for outstanding achievements in and contribution to the field of cultural and performing arts including the ‘ Bharat Nirman Award 2005’ and the ‘ Women Achievers’ 2011 Award’ received from the Governor of West Bengal, His Excellency Shri M.K.Narayanan. Renu is also the Executive Director and Trustee of Spandan, a premier cultural organisation and foundation in Kolkata devoted to the promotion and presentation of the performing, visual, cinematic and fine arts.az. She is known for her roles in Unishe April (1994), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Chalo Let's Go (2008).

 
RITWICK CHAKRABORTY

RITWICK CHAKRABORTY

Ritwick Chakraborty is a Bengali cinema actor. Chakraborty was associated with Bengali theatre from a very early age. After his initial struggle in the Bengali film industry he worked in a few television serials and telefilms. He debuted in the film Pagol Premi. After which, he appeared in Anjan Dutt's cult film Chalo Let's Go, alongside Rudranil Ghosh in 2008, followed by Cross Connection with Rimjhim Mitra, Abir Chatterjee and Payel Sarkar, and Raj Chakraborty's Le Chakka, playing the second lead alongside Dev in 2010. He appeared in six films in 2013, and for Shabdo he won the Filmfare East Best Actor's award in 2014.

 
RUCHIR JOSHI

RUCHIR JOSHI

Ruchir Joshi, is a Writer, celebrated filmmaker, provocateur and widely read columnist for The Telegraph, India Today as well as other publications. He is best known for his debut novel titled The Last Jet-Engine Laugh (2001). He is also the editor of India's first anthology of contemporary erotica Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories, published by Tranquebar Press/Westland. Apart from writing regular columns in newspapers and magazines, Joshi made a film on Bauls in 1992, Egaro Mile (Eleven Miles) for which he won international acclaim. He also directed, Memories of Milk City and Tales from Planet Kolkata. He wrote a piece called Tracing Puppa which was published in Granta 109 in a series of recollections regarding fathers. Right now he is penning his second novel, set in Calcutta during the chaotic period of World War II.

 
RUCHIRA GUPTA

RUCHIRA GUPTA

Ruchira Gupta is the Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide – a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. She has striven over her 25 year career to highlight the link between trafficking and prostitution laws, and to lobby policy-makers to shift blame from victims to perpetrators. In 2009 Gupta won the Clinton Global Citizen Award and in 2007 , she won the Abolitionist Award at the UK House of Lords. In 2008 and 2009, Gupta addressed the UN General Assembly on human trafficking. She won an Emmy in 1997 for her work on the documentary “The Selling of Innocents,” which inspired the creation of Apne Aap. Her work has been featured in 11 books including Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. Prior to founding Apne Aap, Gupta worked in the United Nations in various capacities in 12 countries for over ten years. In 2012 and 2013, she designed and taught courses on human trafficking for New York University’s School of Global Affairs.

 
RUCHHITA KAZARIA

RUCHHITA KAZARIA

Ruchhita Kazaria or Rruh is from Kolkata. She is an avid peace activist with Aman Ki Asha; a forum dedicated to peace endeavors between India and Pakistan. An advertising professional, she is often seen writing nazms and ghazals in Hindustani, apart from editing books. She is the Executive Committee member of POetry Paradigm.

 
RUI COIAS

RUI COIAS

Born and raised in Lisbon, Rui Cóias studied law at the University of Coimbra, and then returned to the capital where he worked as a lawyer for nine years before abandoning the profession. He moved on to study philosophy at a university in Lisbon. His first book of poems, A Função do Geógrafo (The Function of the Geographer), was published in 2000, and his second, A Ordem do Mundo (The World’s Order), in 2005; both titles are indicative of Coais’ concern with landscape. The World’s Order has been published in a bilingual edition (French and Portuguese) in 2015.

 
SABA NAQVI

SABA NAQVI

Saba Naqvi is a senior journalist and author. She is the daughter of famed journalist Saeed Naqvi. She was the Political Editor at Outlook magazine, based out in New Delhi. Naqvi has authored two books In Good Faith: A Journey In Search of An Unknown India published in 2012 and Capital Conquest in 2015. In Good Faith makes a case for pluralism in India through examples of communities that live in perfect communal harmony and received critical acclaim.

 
SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

Saikat Majumdar is the author, most recently, of the novel, The Firebird (2015), which tells the story of the vanishing world of Bengali popular theatre as seen through the eyes of a young boy and his actress mother. He has also published a book of criticism, Prose of the World (2013), which explores the question of the ordinary and the everyday in modern and contemporary world literature, and an earlier novel, Silverfish (2007), set in colonial Bengal and late-twentieth century Calcutta. Born in Calcutta and educated in India and the United States, Majumdar teaches modern and contemporary world literature at Stanford University.

 
SAIRA SHAH HALIM

SAIRA SHAH HALIM

Saira Shah Halim is a poet, educator, theatre personality and a social activist who had fought for the causes such as gender eqality and womens issue. She is also an Executive comitee member of est Bengal Federation of United Nations Association. She is the Joint Secretary of Poetry Paradigm.

 
SAJEDA MOMIN

SAJEDA MOMIN

Sajeda Momin is a journalist, writer and editor. She has worked as a resident editor at The Asian Age, Assitant Editor at The Statesman, was a foreign correspondent for DNA and features editor of The Bengal Post.

 
SALIL TRIPATHI

SALIL TRIPATHI

Salil Tripathi was born in Bombay, India. He is a contributing editor at Mint and Caravan in India. He is director of policy at the Institute for Human Rights and Business. In the UK, he was board member of English PEN from 2009 to 2013, and with novelist Kamila Shamsie, he co-chaired PEN’s Writers-at-Risk Committee. In November 2011, he won the third prize at the Bastiat Awards for Journalism about free societies, in New York. He was a correspondent in India from 1987 to 1990, moved to Singapore (and later Hong Kong) from 1991 to 1999 and finally to London in 1999. Over the last 18 years, he has published nearly 1,000 articles in publications in Asia, Europe and America. Salil has also appeared frequently on television, for stations including CNBC, BBC, Doordarshan, and TCS (Singapore). He is the author of Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull, 2009), The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy (Aleph, 2014; Yale, 2016), and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar, 2015). He is currently working on a book about Gujaratis.

 
SANDIP ROY

SANDIP ROY

Sandip Roy is Senior Editor at the popular news portal Firstpost.com and blogs for the Huffington Post. He has been a longtime commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, the most listened-to radio programme in the US, and has a weekly radio postcard for public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an editor with New America Media. Sandip has won several awards for journalism and contributed to various anthologies including Storywallah!, Contours of the Heart, Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India, Out! Stories from the New Queer India, New California Writing 2011 and The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India. His debut novel Don’t Let Him Know brings together the two forms of the short story and the novel, narrating the story of secrets and sagas of a middle class Indian family, traversing between India and US. The novel was included in the long-list for the DSC Literature Prize 2016.

 
 

SANJEEV CHOPRA

Sanjeev Chopra, a member of the IAS, started his career as the Sub Divisional officer of Kalimpong and was privileged to know many of the 'dramatis personnae' in Peter Duff's remarkable tale on Sikkim. He has been a Hubert H Humphrey Fellow at Cornell, and a Robert S McNamara Fellow with the World Bank , and led the 'Books and Authors ' discussion series at the Civil Services Officers Institute at New Delhi. He enjoys reading, reviewing and discussing books, especially those connected with contemporary South Asia and the literature on partition. He also writes an occasional column on development interventions in leading newspapers and journals'.

 
SHAILJA KEJRIWAL

SHAILJA KEJRIWAL

Shailja Kejriwal, Chief Creative - Special Projects at Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd (ZEEL), has been involved with television for the past sixteen years. Kejriwal started her career as a freelance director, writer and voice-over specialist for documentaries and short films for women and children. She spent nine years with Star India, and three with NDTV Imagine before switching to ZEEL. She headed content and programming at Star India and NDTV Imagine. She began at Star India with commissioning, then went on as Executive Producer for several successful shows and serial and then as Creative Director and Senior Vice-President. She conceptualised and launched the successful GEC-Zindagi channel that brought Pakistani shows to Indian viewers.

 
 

SHARAD DEWAN

Sharad Dewan is the director, food production for The Park. He is also the Executive chef for The Park.

 
SHATRUGHAN SINHA

SHATRUGHAN SINHA

Shatrughan Sinha is an Indian film actor turned politician. Apart from being member of Lok Sabha (2009-2014, 2014-2019) and Rajya Sabha twice he was also Union Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare (Jan 2003-May 2004) and Shipping (Aug. 2004) in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India Pune. He has an illustrious film career for which he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zee Cine Awards in 2011. He is known to have popularised the word ‘Khamosh’ taken from his popular refrain used in many of his movies. ‘Anything But Khamosh’ is an authorized biography of Shatrughan Sinha by Bharathi S Pradhan.

 
SHOBHAA DE

SHOBHAA DE

Shobhaa Rajadhyaksha, also known as Shobhaa De is an Indian columnist and novelist. . After making her name as a model, she began a career in journalism in 1970, during the course of which she founded and edited three magazines—Stardust, Society, and Celebrity. Shobhaa is an immensely popular columnist and runs four weekly columns in mainstream newspapers, including The Times of India and The Asian Age. Her Times of India Blog titled ‘Politically Incorrect’ where she takes on contemporary politics and current events in her typical sarcastic humour has garnered a huge readership. She has been the writer of several popular soaps on television, including India's second daily serial, Swabhimaan. De has participated in several literary festivals, including the Writers' Festival in Melbourne. All her novels have been immensely popular and have been on various bestsellers lists. Four of her novels have been included in the postgraduate popular culture curriculum in the University of London. Her most recent work Sethji has received popular and critical acclaim.

 
 

SRIJATO

Srijato, among the most prolific of the new generation of Bengali-language poets, has published eight poetry collections, including Flying Jokers (2004), which won two literary awards, and The Story of Katiusha (2006). His poems appear in numerous magazines in West Bengal. He is the editor of the literary journal Jaruri Abastha .

 
SUGATA BOSE

SUGATA BOSE

Sugata Bose is an Indian historian and politician.. His fields of study are South Asian and Indian Ocean history. Bose taught at Tufts University until 2001, when he accepted the Gardiner Chair of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University. Bose is also the Director of the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata, a research center and archives devoted to the life and work of Bose's great uncle, the Indian nationalist, Subhas Chandra Bose.His best known works include. A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire ( 2006), Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (with Ayesha Jalal, 2011) and His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (2011) . Since 2014, Bose has served as a Member of Parliament from the Jadavpur Constituency in West Bengal.

 
SUJATA SEN

SUJATA SEN

Sujata Sen is the Director East India with British Council. She is also the Director of British Council Management Services, NOIDA. Before joining the British Council she has been a journalist, columnist and a publishing editor. She holds honorary positions in various organizations and Trusts. She has produced books for the Nepal and Bhutan markets, and was also Head of Marketing for all of East India, including north-east, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Sen has authored two books viz, Gender Studies and Women Rights and Empowerment. She is the Chair for Future Hope www.futurehope.net/; a Trustee for the Telegraph Education Foundation; Governing Committee Member at the Calcutta School of Music as well as a member of the West Bengal Heritage Commission.

 
SUMIT CHAKRABARTI

SUMIT CHAKRABARTI

Sumit Chakrabarti received his PhD in December, 2008 from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the Department of British and Commonwealth Studies, University of Lodz, Poland, from February 2009 to February 2011. He was a United States, Department of State sponsored academic visitor at The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA from June to August, 2009. At present he is working on two volumes on literary theory as Series Editor for Orient Blackswan.

 
SUNANDA K DATTA-RAY

SUNANDA K DATTA-RAY

One of India’s leading journalists, Sunanda K. Datta-Ray spent many years in Singapore, as consultant with the Straits Times newspaper group, teaching at Nanyang Technological University. He has been editor of The Statesman (Calcutta and New Delhi) and has also written for the International Herald Tribune and Time magazine. He was editor-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Datta-Ray returned to Singapore in 2007 to work on a book with Lee Kuan Yew at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies based on a series of one-on-one conversations and a host of classified documents. His book, Looking East to Look West: Lee Kuan Yew's Mission India, was published in 2009. His other books include Bihar Shows the Way; Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim; and Waiting for America: India and the US in the New Millennium. He is also a regular contributor to Business Standard, OPEN magazine, The Pioneer and others.

 
SUSAN HAWTHORNE

SUSAN HAWTHORNE

Dr Susan Hawthorne has worked in the book industry for more than thirty years and is publisher and co-founder, with Renate Klein, of Spinifex Press, an award-winning Australian independent feminist press that turns 25 years old in 2016. Susan is Adjunct Professor in the Writing Program at James Cook University, Townsville and is the English Language Co-ordinator of the International Alliance of Independent Publishing based in Paris. In 2015 Susan received the George Robertson Award for Service to the Publishing Industry. Susan is also a poet, novelist and political commentator. Her most recent books are Lupa and Lamb (poetry, 2014) and Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for independent Publishing (2014) which has being published in nineteen countries and five languages. Her poetry collection Cow (2011), written while on an Asialink Residency in Chennai, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Award in the 2012 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards.

 
SWAPAN CHAKRAVARTY

SWAPAN CHAKRAVARTY

Swapan Chakravarty is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Presidency University. He has served as Professor of English, Jadavpur University, and Director General of the National Library of India, Kolkata, and Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.

 
VERA SLEPOJ

VERA SLEPOJ

With a degree in psychology, specializing in individual and group psychotherapy, psychologist Vera Slepoj lives and works in Padua, Milan and London. She has donned different hats as a professional psychotherapist : teaching at the 'University of Siena, the president of the Italian Federation of Psychologists and' International Health Observatory, the direction of important schools of psychology training . She has been a member of the 'Authority for Volunteering and the TV and Minors Committee of the Ministry of Communications. She is columnist for several newspapers and magazines. She is also the President and Founder of the Literary Prize "Cortina d'Ampezzo" , creator and curator, Francesco Chiamulera, the exhibition "A Mountain of Books"

 
VERONIQUE OVALDÉ

VERONIQUE OVALDÉ

Veronique Ovaldé lives and works in Paris. She is a best-selling author and also publisher of the crime writing series at Le Seuil publishing house. Ovaldé’s novels have met with public and critical acclaim, and received amongst others the Prix France Culture / Télérama, le Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle, Le Prix Renaudot des Lycéens.

 
VICTOR K GHOSE

VICTOR K GHOSE

A writer and a musician by heart, Victor Kalyan Ghoshe is a Lecturer, a Social researcher and an award winning ‘International Communication Professional’; whose mission is to rediscover tribal and folk art forms & cultures and use them for u niversal harmony. E very piece of Ghoshe’s work (his music, writings & paintings) reflects ‘The core philosophy of this universe in its simplest form ‑ “Life”. Ghoshe holds a master's degree in Social Work and a PG Diploma in Communication Design. He is pursuing his higher studies in ‘Social communication through music’. H e works in the Social Sector. Closely attached with the Ministry of Health, Govt of India as a Communication Adviser and attached with Indian Institute of Mass Communication, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi as a guest lecturer. He lives in New Delhi with his wife Juthika Ghoshe.

 
VINITA DAWRA NANGIA

VINITA DAWRA NANGIA

Vinita Dawra Nangia is an Associate Editor, Author and Columnist with The Times of India. With over two decades of experience in Lifestyle and Features Journalism, she specializes in society, relationships and life commentary. Vinita is also Director of Write India, the country's biggest and first-ever platform for crowd-sourced writing -- a project she conceptualized and launched for TOI. It is a Short Story Contest like never before, with 11 of the country's top selling authors joining hands to find a new generation of writers. Vinita writes a weekly column in The Times of India -- O-zone, on Contemporary Living and Relationships. She has authored three books -- 'Love is Always Right & Other Musings' , It's Your Life -- Reflections on Contemporary Living and Relationships', and a coffee table book on fashion -- 'Fashion Fair -The Journey of 13 Contemporary Designers'. Vinita launched Page 3 and has also been a pioneering fashion journalist and a regular on talk circuits.

 
VIR SANGHVI

VIR SANGHVI

Vir Sanghvi is the best-known Indian journalist of his generation. His career straddles print, television, books and now, new media. He has been a member of many professional, academic and government bodies including the National Integration Council. During Sanghvi's time, the Hindustan Times became a multi-edition newspaper opening new editions in Chandigarh, Calcutta, Bhopal, Ranchi, and most successfully in Bombay where it is now the second largest-selling newspaper. He continues to be a regular columnist for the Hindustan Times and an occasional columnist for Mint. Sanghvi has also run a parallel TV career which began while he was still editor of Sunday. Sanghvi's books include Men of Steel (published by Roli Books), one of the biggest paperback bestsellers in the history of Indian publishing which has been translated into 8 Indian languages. His other books are Rude Food and Madharvaro Scindia, a biography (Penguin) and India – Then and Now (Roli). Vir Sanghvi has won many awards during his career for both TV and print. In 1993, he was declared A Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum at Davos. Currently, he is a member of the Broadcast Content Complaint Council (BCCC), a body that regulates content on entertainment TV channels.

 
   
   
 
   

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