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ABHIJIT PALCHOUDHURI

AGNIMITRA PAUL

ALIF

ALKA PANDE

ALKA SARAOGI

AMIT DASGUPTA

AMIT SHANKAR SAHA

ANANDA LAL

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANDREW SEAN GREER

ANDY CONNER

ANITA AGNIHOTRI

ANITA RATNAM

ANJANA BASU

ANJUM KATYAL

ANUJA CHAUHAN

ANURADHA ROY

ARUNAVA SINHA

ARUNDHATI GHOSH

A. S. DULAT

ASHWIN SANGHI

ASHWINI DEVARE

AVIK CHANDA

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BENJAMIN GILANI

BHAGWATI PRASAD

BISHAN SAMADDAR

CHINMOY GUHA

COONOOR KRIPALANI

DAVID DAVIDAR

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

DEBARATI CHAKROBORTI

DEBASISH LAHIRI

DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

DEVI KAR

DEVINDER KAUR GILL

DURJOY DATTA

DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH

FRANKIE EDOZIEN

GOPAL LAHIRI

GOURI BASU

GUNJAN SAINI

HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR 

HUIDROM BOICHA SINGH

INDRAJIT LAHIRI

IPSITA GANGULI 

IRA MUKHOTY

IRINA MALYSHEVA  

ISHEETA GANGULY

JASH SEN

JAWHAR SIRCAR

JAYANT KRIPALANI

JAYDEEP SARANGI

JERRY PINTO

JHUMA BASAK

JOHN ZUBRZYCKI

JOIE BOSE

JONATHAN GIL HARRIS

JULIA ROBERTS

KAVITA PANJABI

KOTA NEELIMA

KUNAL BASU

LEONORA MIANO

LORENZO ANGELONI


MADHAVI MENON

MAHESH DATTANI

MAKEPEACE SITLHOU

MALASHRI LAL

MALLIKA BASU

MANJRI AGARWAL

MEENAKSHI ALIMCHANDANI

MEGHDUT ROY CHOWDHURY

MICHELLE GARNAUT

MILEE ASHWARYA

MIR

MONA LAMBA

NAINA DEY

NASEERUDDIN SHAH

OINDRILLA DUTT

PALI SACHDEV

PARO ANAND

PAROMITA CHAKRAVARTI

PINAKI DE

PRAJWAL PARAJULY

PREMA TALWAR

PRITHA KEJRIWAL   

PRITI PAUL

RAIMA SEN

RAJAN VIR SINGH KAPUR

RAJESH GUPTA 

RAJMOHAN GANDHI

RAJU RAMAN

RAMANJIT KAUR

RAMACHANDRA GUHA

RANJIT LAL

RATNA PATHAK SHAH

RAVI AGRAWAL

RAVINDER SINGH

RAVISH KUMAR

RITA BHIMANI

ROY

ROHAN MURTY

RONNIE NIDO

RUCHIR JOSHI

RUCHIRA GUPTA

RUJUTA DIWEKAR

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

SAIRA SHAH HALIM

SAKET SUMAN

SALIL TRIPATHI

SAMARJIT GUHA 

SANDIP ROY

SANGEETA JAISINGH BAPULI 

SANJEEV CHOPRA

SANJUKTA DASGUPTA

SARLA MAHESHWARI

SARBAJIT SEN

SHAHENSHAH MIRZA 

SHARMILA RAY

SHARMISTHA MOHANTY

SHASHI THAROOR

SHAUN KENWORTHY

SHOBHAA DE

SHUBHA (PINKY) KENWORTHY

SHUTAPA PAUL

SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

SIDDHARTHA SARMA

SIRISH RAO

SMITA CHAKRABORTY

SREEMOYEE PIU KUNDU

SRIJATO

SUDEEP NAGARKAR

SUFIA KHATOON

SUGATA BOSE

SUJATA SEN

SUJOY BHATTACHARYA

SUMANA ROY

SUNANDO BANERJEE

SUNDEEP BHUTORIA

SUNIL BHANDARI  

SUTAPA CHAUDHURI

SYEDA HAMEED

TANUSREE SHANKAR

TIPHAINE MAYRAN  

TRIDIP SUHRUD

TUSHAR KAWALE

ULRIKE ALMUT SANDIG

UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE

URVASHI BUTALIA

USHA ANANDA KRISHNA

VIDYUN SABHANEY

VIKRAM IYENGAR

VINAY SHARMA

ZAMEER UDDIN SHAH

 

 

ABHIJIT PALCHOUDHURI

ABHIJIT PALCHOUDHURI

Abhijit Palchoudhuri is a poet whose poems have been published in various newspapers and journals with a voracious appetite for Classical Music.

 
AGNIMITRA PAUL

AGNIMITRA PAUL

Agnimitra Paul is an Indian fashion designer. She also created her own label called INGA. Her signature style is about five statements: Values, Differentiation, Simplicity, Modernity in Gender and Cultural Ethos. Her clientele includes Sridevi ,Esha Deol, Shonal Rawat, Kay Kay Menon, Sonali Kulkarni, Vinay Pathak and Parvin Dabas, Rituparna Sengupta, Mithun Chakraborthy, Swastika Mukherjee and more.

 
ALIF

ALIF

MOHAMMAD MUNEEM
AMAN MORONEY
AMIT GADGIL
HARDIK VAGHELA
KARAN CHITRA DESHMUKH

Spoken and sung poetry steeped in Urdu and Kashmiri culture and recounted by singer-songwriter and poet, Mohammad Muneem, the #wordsofalif can easily stand on their own. Mohammad teaches Urdu poetry in symbiosis college of arts of commerce. ALIF formed in 2008 is lyrical ,poignant, relevant and bold. Alif consists of Mohammad Muneem, Hardik Vaghela, Aman moroney, Amit gadgil, Karan Chitra Deshmukh and takes you on a seamless journey from Jhelumas’ chilling crescendo into the rhythmic beat of IRRA award winner for Like a Sufi. From ballads such as the sentimental Main aur Tu to the more classical sound of Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival’s 2018 “Best Music Video” Lalnawath. As a film-maker and scriptwriter, Mohammad muneem conceptualizes and directs Alif’s music videos and has recently been commissioned to write and supervise dialogues in film projects such as Dishyam’s current production of “Kash Mir Singh” and the upcoming “Torbaaz” starring Sanjay Dutt, for which he is also composing music and lyrics. Alif’s work has also been featured in Sajid Alis / Imtiaz Ali’s feature film “Laila Majnu”. Alif is an experience that at once, both stirs and stills the soul. And ultimately, sets you free. The first letter of the Arabic Urdu script, Alif, also signifies oneness, mystic and unseen-- interpretations the band brings forth in their poetry and sound.

 
ALKA PANDE

ALKA PANDE

Dr Alka Pande is the Arts Consultant at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. She is also the visiting faculty of DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. She has written numerous books including Mukhwas Indian Food through the Ages in 2013 and Voices and Images in 2015. She was awarded L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards in Design and Arts in 2015.

 
ALKA SARAOGI

ALKA SARAOGI

Alka Saraogi is a Hindi novelist of Indian origin. Her debut novel Kalikatha: Via Bypass published in 1998 made her a Sahitya Akademi awardee. Her other works include Shesh Kadambari , which address cultural nuances through the eyes of the female protagonist; Doosri Kahani; Koi Baat Nahin ; Ek Break Ke Baad; and her latest titled Jankidas Tejpal Mansion which was published in 2015.

 
AMIT DASGUPTA

AMIT DASGUPTA

Amit Dasgupta is a diplomat and author. He has published extensively on foreign and security policy and on development and management related themes. Dasgupta is an appointed Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute and the Society of Policy Studies, India. His latest work is titled The House and other stories which was published in 2016.

 
AMIT SHANKAR SAHA

AMIT SHANKAR SAHA

Dr. Amit Shankar Saha is a widely published award-winning poet and short story writer. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Seacom Skills University. His collection of poems is titled “Balconies of Time.”

 
ANANDA LAL

ANANDA LAL

Ananda Lal is an Indian academic and theatre critic. He retired as Professor of English and Head, Rabindranath Tagore Centre at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He directs Writers Workshop, one of the oldest creative writing publishers in India, founded by his father P. Lal. A theatre director, he is theatre critic with The Times of India (Kolkata) after serving The Telegraph in that capacity for 32 years. Some of his writings include Rasa: The Indian Performing Arts (1995), Shakespeare on the Calcutta Stage (2001), Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre (2004), and Theatres of India (2009).

 
ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

Ananya Chatterjee is software professional, a bilingual poet and a translator. She has published three volumes of poems titled “The Poet and His Valentine”, “Another Soliloquy” (co-authored) and “The Blind Man’s Rainbow”. She has translated the works of Soumitro Chatterjee and Jogen Chowdhury.

 
ANDREW SEAN GREER

ANDREW SEAN GREER

Andrew Sean Greer is an American novelist. He is the recipient of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his latest novel titled Less which was released in 2017. Greer is the author of six novels including The Story of a Marriage (2008), which The New York Times has called an “inspired, lyrical novel,” and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named as one of the best books of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Greer is a recipient of several awards apart from the Pulitzer, including the California Book Award, O. Henry Award for the short story, "Darkness", and Fernanda Pivano Award 2014 for American Literature in Italy.

 
ANDY CONNER

ANDY CONNER

Andy Conner is a Birmingham, UK-based poet and educator, with a long track record of performing his work nationally and internationally. His credits include BBC Radio 4 and Jaipur Literature Festival and India International Centre. A highly dramatic and visual performer, Andy’s work ranges from the humorous to the very dark. Many of his poems are for young people. Some of Andy’s poems have been written to help children of all ages deal with issues such as bullying and domestic violence. Recently, Andy has also worked in British schools, conducting workshops for National Refugee Week. A compelling live performer, Andy is known for his close rapport with his audiences and can be relied upon to deliver a memorable show with humour and intensity.

 
ANITA AGNIHOTRI

ANITA AGNIHOTRI

Anita Agnihotri is a Bengali writer and civil servant. She commenced her writing career at an early age, contributing to the children's magazine Sandesh. Her works include Forest Interludes, The Awakening, Seventeen, Those Who Have Known Love, many of which have been translated into German, English and in Swedish as well.

 
ANITA RATNAM

ANITA RATNAM

Anita Ratnam is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and cultural activist. She is trained in Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam and Kalarippayattu. Ratnam has created her own unique dance form known as Neo-Bharat Natyam. In 1992, she set up Arangham Trust in Chennai. She also founded Arangham Dance Theatre, a performance company in 1993. Ratnam also started Narthaki.com, an Indian dance portal in 2000. She is the recipient of various National and International awards like Natya Ratna by Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, New Delhi (2003), Lalithakalaratna (2003) by Sri Lalithakala Academy Foundation Trust (Inc.), Mysore, (2003), and Nritya Choodamani by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (1996).

 
ANJANA BASU

ANJANA BASU

Anjana Basu is an author, poet and advertising consultant.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. She was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tonguewhich was published in 2007. She began writing for children in 2010 when Roli brought out Chinku and the Wolfboy. Her Jim Corbett series for TERI dealing with big cat conservation for children began in 2013 with In the Shadow of the Leaves, Leopard in the Laboratory in 2016 and Eighteen Tides and a Tiger published in June 2017. She 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 KATYAL

ANJUM KATYAL

Anjum Katyal is an editor, writer and translator. She is also Director, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. Anjum has been Chief Editor, Seagull Books, Calcutta (1987–2006) and Editor, Seagull Theatre Quarterly (1994–2004), as well as Web Editor, Saregama-HMV (2006–11) and Editor, Art and the City, a web magazine on the contemporary arts in India (2010–13). She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre and Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience. Her translations include plays by Habib Tanvir and stories by Mahasweta Devi and Meera Mukherjee. 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 a notable Author, Advertisor and Screenwriter. Her Pepsi campaigns, ' Oye Bubbly', 'Yeh Dil Maange More' and ' Nothing Official About us' were major heart stealers among the youth. Her debut novel The Zoya Factor is critically acclaimed and the movie rights have been bought for a movie featuring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salman. Her novels Those Pricey Thakur Girls and The House that BJ Built has been made into a successful televsion show called Dilli Wali Thakur Girls. Her latest novel Baaz was released in 2017.

 
ANURADHA ROY

ANURADHA ROY

Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing and The Folded Earth, as well as Sleeping on Jupiter, which won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Her latest novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, was published worldwide in 2018 and has won the Tata Book of the Year Award. It has also been nominated for the DSC Prize, the JCB Prize, and the Hindu Literary Award.

 
ARUNAVA SINHA

ARUNAVA SINHA

Born and brought up in Kolkata, Arunava Sinha is a translator of Bengali Literature. He is a recipient of the Crossword Translation Award for his English translation of Shankar's Chowringhee in 2007 ; and Anita Agnihotri's Seventeen in 2011. Chowringhee was also short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009. Sinha holds the the Muse India Translation Award for When the Time is Right by Buddhadev Bose in 2013. His recent translation is the Bengali adaptation of Vivek Shanbagh's acclaimed Kannad novel Ghachar Ghochar which was released in 2018. Sinha currently resides in New Delhi.

 
A.S DULAT

A.S DULAT

Amarjit Singh Dulat (A.S Dulat) is a former special director of the Intelligence Bureau and former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Upon retiring from his post, he was appointed as advisor on Kashmir in the Prime Minister’s Office where he served from 2000-2004. His book Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years released in 2015, brought him under the media radar. Dulat is a member of the National Security Advisory Board and is regarded as one of India's leading experts on Jammu and Kashmir. His latest book, The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, which he co-authored with Asad Durrani, former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence was published in 2018.

 
ARUNDHATI GHOSH

ARUNDHATI GHOSH

After a decade in the corporate sector, Arundhati joined India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) as its first fundraiser in 2000 and assumed office as the Executive Director in 2013. She has received recognition from several quarters for her work in the non-profit and arts and culture sector. In 2010 she received the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International, the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award in the medium category. She is a recipient of the fellowship under Chevening Clore Leadership Awards, in the UK in 2015-2016, and the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London in 2005. She is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar. She sits on Boards and Advisory Panels of the Beyond Sight Foundation, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, and The Museum of Arts and Photography, Bangalore. She often speaks and writes on arts and philanthropy for leading Indian and international non-profit and cultural networks. Arundhati has an Economics degree from the Presidency College, Kolkata and a post graduation in management from the Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad. She also has a degree in classical dance and is a published poet in Bangla.

 
ASHWIN SANGHI

ASHWIN SANGHI

Ashwin Sanghi, a businessman and one of India’s foremost conspiracy fiction writers. His first novel ‘The Rozabal Line’ was self-published by him back in 2007 under the anagram-Shawb Haigins. Later it was published by Westland and went forward to becoming a best seller. His second novel ‘Chanakyas Chant’ is based on the historic-fiction category and was on AC Nielsen’s Bookscan list 2011 as well as being awarded the Crossword Vodafone Popular Choice aard in 2010. He is known through to be a writer of retelling Indian Mythology. Forbes had also included him in their Celebrity 100 list. His latest book, Keepers of Kalachakra was released in January 2018.

 
ASHWINI DEVARE

ASHWINI DEVARE

Ashwini Devare is an author, moderator and a former reporter with BBC's Asia Business Report and CNBC Asia. Her first book, Batik Rain (2014) is a collection of short stories that received critical acclaim. Ashwini's latest book, Lost at 15, Found at 50 is a memoir that chronicles a lifetime of nomadic living against the backdrop of historic world events. Ashwini has a Master's degree in Journalism from the American University in Washington DC. Her articles have featured in regional publications including Jakarta Post, Straits Times and Deccan Chronicle.

 
AVIK CHANDA

AVIK CHANDA

Avik Chanda, graduated from Presidency College and completed his education at the Delhi School of Economics. He has over 20 years of Big 4 Consulting global experience, working with some of the world's largest organizations. A business advisor, CXO coach and speaker at The Outstanding Speakers' Bureau, he is also a poet, with two collections Jokhon Bideshe (Protibhaash) and Footnotes (Shearsman, UK) to his name. His debut novel Anchor (HarperCollins), presenting 1990s Calcutta, has received critical and popular acclaim. Avik's business book, 'From Command to Empathy' (HarperCollins), emphasizing the need for greater emotional enablement in the Indian workplace, was selected in Amazon's Best Reads under 'Business, Strategy and Management'. His current book project is a historical biography.

 
BHAGWATI PRASAD

BHAGWATI PRASAD

Bhagwati Prasad works with drawing and performance. He conducted extensive research with Sarai/CSDS on Delhi's popular culture, water wars, and media life (2002-12), and his books include 'Tinker. Solder. Tap.' (co-authored, 2009) and 'The Water Cookbook' (2010). He is known for his large scale-wall darwings, notabaly at Jaipur Kala Kendra (2018), and his 'Hashtag series' has proliferated on social media since 2017. He has performed at the Shanghai Biennale (2017) and Serendipity (Goa, 2017). He has been part of many local and international residencies, and was the recipient of IFA’s Artist Practice Grant (2015). His most recent work Begumpura Series, in which he revisits the egalitarian imaginary of saint Ravidas, is currently showing at MACBA, Barcelona.

 
BISHAN SAMADDAR

BISHAN SAMADDAR

Bishan Samaddar is an Editor and Book Designer at The Seagull Books since 2007. He is also an instructor at the Seagull School of publishing.

 
BAISHALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BAISHALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt is a gypsy trapped in a body that carries many masks. She is also a writer,editor, actor and director.

 
BENJAMIN GILANI

BENJAMIN GILANI

Benjamin Gilani is an Indian actor. He is one of the founders of Motley’s Productions, a Mumbai based theatre Group in 1977, along with his Film and Television Institute of India classmates, Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter. He has acted in movies like Junoon (1978) and Bajirao Mastani (2015). Presently he hosts Disney Q Family Mastermind, a Quiz Show on Disney Channel.

 
CHINMOY GUHA

CHINMOY GUHA

Chinmoy Guha is a professor and former Head of Department of English at the University of Calcutta. He is a Bengali essayist and translator; and a scholar of French language and literature. Guha has been the Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University and Director of Publications, Embassy of France, New Delhi.

 
COONOOR KRIPALANI

COONOOR KRIPALANI

Coonoor Kripalani is a children's author. She has to her credit almost 12 bilingual books in Hindi and English for the early learners. Her books are cheerful and fun to read while presenting basic concepts and themes in a manner that encourages children to enjoy the stories . Coonoor also writes scholarly articles on popular Hindi films. She is an Honorary Institute Fellow at the HK Institute for the Humanities & Social Sciences ( The Centre of Asian Studies), University of Hong Kong.

 
DAVID DAVIDAR

DAVID DAVIDAR

David Davidar is a well-known publisher and author of three novels. His first novel, The House of Blue Mangoes (2002), was internationally acclaimed and was translated into many languages and published in 16 different countries - it has sold over 100,000 copies to date. Of his other novels, The Solitude of Emperors, was a finalist for a Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was the founder Publisher and later CEO of Penguin India and various other Penguin companies and divisions. He has published dozens of acclaimed authors in the course of his career, among them Shashi Tharoor, Vikram Seth, Kiran Desai, Jeet Thayil and Arundhati Roy. He is Managing Director and Publisher of Aleph Book Company, a literary publishing firm he co-founded in partnership with Rupa Publications India in 2011.

 
DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

Debanjan Chakrabarti is Director British Council East and Northeast India. A triple gold medallist in English literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Debanjan is a Felix Scholar and obtained his PhD in literature and media studies from the University of Reading, UK. He has been a journalist and taught English literature and films at Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan and at University of Reading. He has over 15 years of experience in leading education, development and cultural collaboration programmes in India and internationally.

 
DEBARATI CHAKROBORTI

DEBARATI CHAKROBORTI

Debarati Chakroborti is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University. An oral history enthusiast , she has worked as a part-time field investigator at the Department of History, Jadavpur University in a SEPHIS funded digital archive project “Remembering the Native Place: A Nucleus of Social Memory among the People Displaced by Partition of India (1947),”and travelled extensively for fieldwork in the districts like Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Hooghly, Nadia, Burdwan, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar. Until recently she was attached to the Department of Comparative Literature at West Bengal State University, Barasat as a Guest Faculty. She is currently a Guest Faculty in the Centre for Studies in African Literatures and Cultures, Jadavpur University.

 
DEBASISH LAHIRI

DEBASISH LAHIRI

Professor of English Literature at Lal Baba College (affiliated to University of Calcutta), he has also taught at various universities like University of Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University and West Bengal State University. His interest areas are Postcolonial theory, African and Australian Poetry and European Modernism. His first book of poems First Will and Testament was published from Writer’s Workshop. His poems have been published in various journals like The Journal of the Poetry Society of India, Muse India, Indian Literature, Inkapture and The Poetry Slazburg Review.

 
DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian mythology expert, writing on the influence of mythology on management, governance and leadership. He is the author of 40 bestseller books and over 600 columns. He had been invited as speaker at TEDIndia in 2009. His television shows, Business Sutra on CNBC TV 18 and Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik have garnered immense praise from the audience. His recent work is titled The Ramayana v/s Mahabharata released in 2018.

 
DEVI KAR

DEVI KAR

Devi Kar is the Director of Modern High School for Girls and the Modern Academy of Continuing Education. Besides being a member of multiple Education Boards and Scholarship panels, she is a writer of history books and driver of vintage cars. Director, Modern High School for Girls.

 
DEVINDER KAUR GILL

DEVINDER KAUR GILL

Devinder Kaur Gill is an Educationist. She is the Secretary, Punjabi Sahitya Sabha Kolkata. She writes poetry on social issues. Gill set up a Philanthropic Charitable Organisation by the name Eko Pasara in the year 2007 to provide education to deserving girls and working for women's rehabilitation. She has been awarded Protsahan by the Committee on Girl’s Education for meritorious achievement and outstanding Contribution to the marginalized section of the society.

 
DURJOY DATTA

DURJOY DATTA

Durjoy Datta is a bestselling author , a screenwriter, an entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. He has dealt with subjects like love, relationships, sexuality and death in his books. He has worked as a screen writer for television shows like Sadda Haq, Veera, Twist Wala Love, Million Dollar Girl, Secret Diaries, and Boyz. Datta is the co-founder of Grapevine India Publisher Pvt. Ltd., a mainstream English language publisher which promotes young talent in the publishing industry. His latest book published in 2018 is titled ' The Perfect Us'.

 
FAROOQ ABDULLAH

DR. FAROOQ ABDULLAH

Dr. Farooq Abdullah is an Indian politician. He is also the Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference . Abdullah  has served as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on several occasions since 1982; and as the union minister for New and Renewable Energy between 2009 and 2014.

 
FRANKIE EDOZIEN

FRANKIE EDOZIEN

Chike Frankie Edozien is a Nigerian-American writer and journalist. A journalist for the New York Post and a professor of journalism at New York University, he is most noted for his 2017 memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, which won the Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Memoir/Biography category at the 30th Lambda Literary Awards in 2018. The memoir, originally published in the UK and US by Rikki Beadle-Blair and John R Gordon's Team Angelica Press, in July 2018 was brought out in South Africa by Jacana Books. His “Shea Prince” was shortlisted for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Human Rights Award and his “Forgetting Lamido” was anthologized in Safe House. In 2001, he co-founded the AFRican Magazine and served as the editor-in-chief. He has traveled around the world reporting on the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly among Africans and is a 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting.

 
GOURI BASU

GOURI BASU

Gouri Basu is the Director of Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC).

 
GOPAL LAHIRI

GOPAL LAHIRI

Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and published in Bengali and English language. He has had seven collections of poems in Bengali and eight collections in English. His poetry is also published across various anthologies as well as in reputed journals of India and abroad.

 
HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR

HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is an Indian writer. His debut novel Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey won him the Yuva Puraskar and Muse India Young Writer Award in 2015. The book was also shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award and the Hindu Literary Prize in 2014. His second book The Adivasi Will Not Dance earned him much appreciation and was shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize in 2016. Shekhar primarily pens down his work in English but also takes to translating Santhali and Hindi to English. His first children’s book Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh was published in 2018. His latest book is a novel, My Father's Garden.

 
HUIDROM BOICHA SINGH

HUIDROM BOICHA SINGH

Huidrom Boicha holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Social welfare, gender, right to food, inclusive policy making and governance are some of his research interest. Boicha was a part of a research team under ‘Save the Children’ organisation, to study the socio-economic conditions of the Rohingya refugees in Hyderabad. He did an extensive two weeks long field work in Yavatmal, Maharashtra to understand the distress faced by the widows in the aftermath of the farmers’ suicides. He also conducted a field study to understand the livelihood activities of the marginalised tribes based on forest produce in Senapati District, Manipur under North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP). His interest towards gender rights persuaded him to do extensive work on various problem faced by the transgender people in Manipur with All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMANA), Empowering Trans Ability (ETA) and Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infections in India (SAATHII). An avid photography enthusiast whose works on farmer suicides and dynamic life of transgender people in Manipur were presented in the 3rd International Graduate seminar of TISS, Hyderabad. His diverse experiences within a short period of time is what makes his presence to provide enriching insights in the discussions.

 
INDRAJIT LAHIRI

INDRAJIT LAHIRI

Indrajit Lahiri is an Indian food and travel blogger. His blog is "Moha Mushkil". He has been actively blogging at moha-mushkil.com on food and food-related travel. He co-hosts a web series on YouTube called Foodka with popular Indian jockey Mir Afsar Ali. He has numerous publications in PAN India magazines like Indian Express, Huffington Post, Outlook Traveller etc. He has been invited as a speaker for the seminar on Indian food in the US, at the seminar conducted by the honorary US Consulate Kolkata. Indrajit Lahiri has been in the Jury panel for The Week magazine's Best Restaurants In Kolkata in 2018. He is also regularly seen in TV and FM channels for talk-shows on food.

 
IPSITA GANGULI

IPSITA GANGULI 

Ipsita Ganguli walks the tightrope between her profession and passion. She is a compulsive scribbler of emotions in poetry format. Published in various national and international e zines and anthologies, her solo compilation called Of Love, Longing and Random Pondering” is available on Amazon and in select stores all over the city.

 
IRA MUKHOTY

IRA MUKHOTY

Ira Mukhoty grew up in Delhi and later graduated from Cambridge University with Natural Sciences. She is interested in the shaping of myth and history in popular consciousness, particularly with regards to the memory of famous women. Her first book, Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History (2017) published by Aleph Book Company, was based on mythological and historical heroines such as Draupadi, Hazrat Mahal, and Rani Laxmibai. Her present book Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire (2018) seeks to highlight the story of great women who disappeared during the Mughal Era. She is currently working on a biography of Akbar.

 
IRINA MALYSHEVA

IRINA MALYSHEVA

Irina Malysheva is an assistant director and a Russian language teacher at Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kolkata, "Gorky Sadan"

 
JASH SEN

JASH SEN

Jash Sen is a DU, IIM graduate who worked in IT and taught mathematics. Her first book The Wordkeepers was published in January 2013 and its sequel, Skyserpents, in October 2013. She is currently working on the third and final book of the trilogy –Soul Army. Jash recently concluded a translation of the early twentieth century Bengali adventure classic, The Yaksha’s Treasure, by Shri Hemendra Kumar Roy, a famous Bengali thriller-adventure writer. She regularly contributes articles to newspapers, magazines and blogs.

 
ISHEETA GANGULY

ISHEETA GANGULY

Isheeta Ganguly is a fusion singer of the Indian diaspora. Born in India and raised in the U.S, Turkey, Japan and Indonesia, Isheeta began singing at the age of five and went to Kolkata as a teenager to train in Rabindrasangeet under the great maestro Suchitra Mitra in Rabindrasangeet and in Indian classical music with virtuoso A.T. Kanan. Her proficiency in both Rabindrasangeet and Western styles of singing led to collaborations on a number of international projects including: a multi-media work called "Riot" with Shabana Azmi, Madhur Jaffrey and Shashi Tharoor in New York City, the inaugural performances of four Indo-American Arts Council Film Festivals with Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta and the late Ismael Merchant, a multi-media collaboration with danseuse Mallika Sarabhai and The Battery Dance Company titled, "Still I Rise" as well as a collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan in Tanushree Shankar's Tagore based production titled "Chiranthan".

 

JAWHAR SIRCAR

Jawhar Sircar was the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, India's national public service broadcaster. He supervised the two broadcasting networks of India, namely, All India Radio (AIR) & Doordarshan (TV). He has served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India from late 2008 to February 2012.

 
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 latest book is Cantilevered Tales.

 
JAYDEEP SARANGI

JAYDEEP SARANGI

Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi is the Principal of New Alipore College. Widely anthologised as a critic and Indian English poet, he has delivered talks in different continents. His latest (6th) book of poems, "Faithfully, I Wait" was released at Flinders University, Adelaide. He has also translated the works of Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar and Manohar Mouli Biswas

 
JERRY PINTO

JERRY PINTO

Jerry Pinto is a fiction and children’s writer, poet, lecturer and journalist. His book, Helen: The Life and Times of an H Bomb was the recipient of the National Awards in 2007. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademy for his first novel Em and the Big Hoom in 2016. Pinto is a freelance contributor to Hindustan Times, Live Mint, The Man and other newspapers and magazines. He serves on the Board of Directors of Meljol, an NGO working on Child Rights. He is a committee member of The Indian PEN and a member of the Poetry Circle, Mumbai. His latest book Murder in Mahim was released in 2017.

 
JHUMA BASAK

JHUMA BASAK

Jhuma Basak is a psychoanalyst and academic. Her area of interest in psychoanalysis lies in Culture & Psychoanalysis. She has international publications in journals & books translated into different languages, along with papers presented at various IPA Congresses across the world. She is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, London. A Training Analyst, and member of the Council of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society, she is also the Assistant Secretary of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society, Kolkata. She is the Mentor of the Psychoanalytic Study Group of the Dept. of Psychology, & Visiting Faculty of Christ University. She is also a Visiting Faculty in the Dept of Psychology, West Bengal State University and a member of the Board of Examiners at the School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi.

 
John Zubrzycki

JOHN ZUBRZYCKI

John Zubrzycki is an author specializing in South Asian history. He has worked in India as a diplomat, consultant, tour guide and foreign correspondent. His book, The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback published in 2007, went on to become a best-seller and The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy was praised by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on India in 2012. Zubrzycki’s latest book Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India (2018) traces the evolution of India's conjuring traditions from the realm of the gods to the domain of daily ritual and popular entertainment.

 
JOIE BOSE

JOIE BOSE

Joie Bose is a poet and the reigning Mrs East India. She is known for her book of poems titled “Corazon Roto and Sixty Nine Other Treasons.” She has read her poems at various literary festivals in India and abroad.

 
JONATHAN GILL HARRIS

JONATHAN GIL HARRIS

Jonathan Gil Harris is an academic, writer and dedicated follower of Hindi cinema. He was born in New Zealand, received his post-graduate education in England, and moved to India after living in the US for twenty-three years. He is a prominent scholar of Shakespeare and has authored six books on the drama and culture of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has also written for the Hindustan Times, Indian Express, the Hindu, and Outlook on Bollywood and Shakespeare. He currently lives in Delhi and is a professor of English at Ashoka University, where he was also Founding Dean of Academic Affairs. His two most recent books, The First Firangis: Remarkable Tales of Heroes, Healers, Courtesans, Charlatans, and Other Foreigners Who Became Indian (2014) and Masala Shakespeare: How the Bard Became Indian (2018), have both been published by Aleph Books Company. 

 
JULIA ROBERTS

JULIA ROBERTS

Julia Roberts is founder and Creative Director of the award winning, U.K. based, Ginger and Spice Festival. The annual fringe festival explores the exotic and fascinating culinary heritage and historical links of eastern spices to Market Drayton - a rural market town in Shropshire, central England, known as ‘the home of gingerbread’ - as well as championing seasonal and local produce. Outside her work - as a creative communications consultant for several brands - Julia is passionately interested in how cross-cultural influences from the past have shaped what we eat and drink today. She also loves exploring cultural narratives through the arts and literature.

 
KAVITA PANJABI

KAVITA PANJABI

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

 
KOTA NEELIMA

KOTA NEELIMA

Kota Neelima is an author, columnist, artist and political commentator. She specializes in gender, farmer issues, politics, and electoral reforms. Through her works, she has focused on the crucial subjects of farmer suicides, women farmers and the scope of democratic societies. Neelima is a contributor to several leading publications including The Huffington Post India, DailyO, DNA, News18 India, Economic and Political Weekly, and NDTV. Her initiative 'StudioAdda' organizes frequent discussions in Delhi on the state of political affairs in India. Her latest publication is a Non-Fiction by Oxford University Press called Widows of Vidharba, Making of Shadows (2018).

 
KUNAL BASU

KUNAL BASU

Kunal Basu is an author. His debut novel The Opium Clerk became an instant favourite among bibliophiles. His other important works include The Miniaturist and The Yellow Emperor’s Cure. His latest work Kalkatta came out in 2015 and won the Oxford Book Cover Prize in 2017. His short story The Japanese Wife has been adapted on the silver screen by Aparna Sen.

 
LEONORA MIANO

LEONORA MIANO

Leonora Miano was born in 1973 in Douala. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Cameroon. In 1991 she came to France where she now lives. She has published two volumes of short stories and four novels : L'intérieur de la nuit (2005), Contours du jour qui vient (2006), Tels des astres éteints (2008) and Les aubes écarlates (2009). Her work has been well received by critics and she has won several literary awards : the Louis Guilloux Prize 2006; the Montalembert Prize 2006; the René Fallet Prize 2006; the Bernard Palissy Prize 2006. L'intérieur de la nuit was judged by the magazine Lire as the best "first novel", written in French, for the year 2005; Contours du jour qui vient was awarded the Prix Goncourt des lycéens 2006 and La Saison de l'ombre the Prix Fémina 2013.

 
LORENZO ANGELONI

LORENZO ANGELONI

Lorenzo Angeloni is a diplomat and writer. He has to his credit several essays, reports and novels which reiterate the themes of war, dialogue between societies and personal growth. His publications include In Darfur (2008), Behind My Scenes (2010), 300 Years (2012) and The Quarantine (2016); all of which were published in Italy. The English version of Behind My Scenes (Bloomsbury Publications) was released in India in 2018 and English versions of In Darfur ( with the title The Perfect Crisis) is available on Kindle Amazon. He has served as a diplomat in Uruguay, Germany, Algeria; he was ambassador to Sudan, Vietnam and is currently serving as the Ambassador of Italy in India.

 
MADHAVI MENON

MADHAVI MENON

Madhavi Menon is a professor of English at The Ashoka University. She writes on the themes of desire and queer theory. She is the author of 'Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama' ; 'Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film'; and 'Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism'. Menon is also the editor of 'Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare'. Her latest work is titled 'Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India' published in 2018.

 
MAHESH DATTANI

MAHESH DATTANI

Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, director, and actor. His plays are well known for their socio-political point of view. One of his most acclaimed work, ‘Final Solutions’ made him the first Playwright to win the Sahitya Akademi Award back in 1998. He is also known for directing films such as ‘The Morning Raga’ and ‘Mango Soufflé”. He wrote the screenplay for “Dance Like a Man” based on his stage play, which was also awarded ‘Best Picture’ in English by National Panorama under the Indian International Film Festival. Other than practising in his own theatre group ‘PlayPen’ he also teaches at The Drama School Mumbai. He has directed a radio play for BBC, ‘Seven Steps Around the Fire’. Some of Dattani’s recent works include ‘The Big Fat City’, ‘Where Did I Leave My Purdah’, and “Gauhar”.

 
MAKEPEACE SITLHOU

MAKEPEACE SITLHOU

Makepeace Sitlhou is an independent journalist and researcher, with a special interest in the North East region, and reportage in politics, gender, governance, conflict, society, culture and development. She has been the recipient of the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity in 2017. Stilthou has a body of work on human rights and development published in various publications. For three years, she has been a researcher and campaigner at the India headquarters of Amnesty International.

 
MALASHRI LAL

MALASHRI LAL

Malashri Lal is a member ofr the English Advisory Board of the Sahitya Akademi and The Bharatiya Jnanpith’s advisory committee. Her areas of specialisation includes literature, women and gender studies. Her books include In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, Tagore and the Feminine: A Journey Through Translations and Finding Radha: The Quest for Love. Lal has been a Senior Consultant to the Ministry of Culture, She has also served as a member of international book award juries.

 
MALLIKA BASU

MALLIKA BASU

Mallika Basu is a food writer and author of two cookbooks – Miss Masala (2010) and Masala: Indian Cooking for Modern Living (2018). She enjoyed exotic flavours from across India in an unconventional, bustling home in Kolkata where she grew up as a fussy eater and Granddaughter of Communist leader Jyoti Basu. She then spent years recreating recipes from her London kitchen, as a busy mum of two with a demanding career. Mallika has featured on Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation TV programme and Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube. She is a spokesperson for the UK’s Government’s Great British Food Campaign, and a columnist for the London Evening Standard. She was recently nominated as a Tastemaker and one of London’s top 1000 influencers in the annual Citi Progress 1000 report.

 
MANJRI AGARWAL

MANJRI AGARWAL

Manjri Agarwal is a writer, critic and a teaching chef. Born and raised in Mumbai, she finished her schooling from The Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai and graduated from The Stern School of Business, New York University.She co-authored the Healthy Cooking for Patients with Kidney Ailments which was published by Rupa Publications India in the year 2012.

 
MEENAKSHI ALIMCHANDANI

MEENAKSHI ALIMCHANDANI

Literary consultant Meenakshi Alimchandani specialises in South Asian Literature and authors. She has been the primary coordinator for the South Asian Segment of the Toronto International Book Fair. She has also served as a board member of the Festival of South Asian Literature and Arts which is a bi-annual event organised by M.G. Vassanji. Alimchandani is instrumental in consulting for Canadian publishers and promoting well-known authors like William Dalrymple, Gurucharan Das and Amitava Ghosh, to name a few.

 
MEGHDUT ROY CHOWDHURY

MEGHDUT ROY CHOWDHURY

Meghdut Roy Chowdhury is the Director of Global Operations, Techno India Group. He is also a start-up mentor and public speaker. He is currently running a music recording studio, a co-working space, an Asian casual dining restaurant while bringing innovation to the board of one of the largest knowledge management groups in India. He has lived and worked in various countries like Brazil, USA, Germany, France and Israel.

 
MICHELLE GARNAUT

MICHELLE GARNAUT

Michelle Garnaut AO is a pioneer in every sense of the word. An award-winning restaurateur, cultural ambassador and philanthropist, Michelle opened restaurants in Hong Kong and China before it was 'in'. She has continued to lead the way by running and founding her own not-for-profit, a literary festival, a writer's residency, female empowerment programs, and cultural events...all while running a successful business.

 
MILEE ASHWARYA

MILEE ASHWARYA

Milee Ashwarya is Publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing at Penguin Random House India. Her focus has been on championing the best voices in fiction and non-fiction while publishing a range of bestsellers across segments. Her authors include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Piyush Pandey, Hussain S. Zaidi, Yuvraj Singh, Hindol Sengupta, R. Gopalakrishnan, Karan Johar, and Ravi Subramaniam to name a few.

 
MIR

MIR

A presenter, an actor, a vocalist, an anchor, a writer, a person who revolutionized radio in Kolkata, a name that people of all age admire and respect, Mir is probably one of those few 360-degree thinking artists who has left hardly any segment of performing art. Mir is also a key member of the team Foodka.

 
MONA LAMBA

MONA LAMBA

Mona Lamba- is a fashion designer and co-creator of MonaPali

 
NAINA DEY

NAINA DEY

Dr. Naina Dey teaches at Maharaja Manindra Chandra College. She is a critic, translator and creative writer. She has authored several books including a book of poems Snapshots from Space and Other Poems. She was given the “Excellence in World Poetry Award, 2009” by the International Poets Academy, Chennai.

 
NASEERUDDIN SHAH

NASEERUDDIN SHAH

Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian movie and theatre actor. He has acted in several Hindi movies including Sparsh (1980), Masoom (1983), Aakrosh (1980), Hey Ram (2000), Iqbal (2005) and A Wednesday (2008) to name a few. His portrayal of Mirza Ghalib in the critically acclaimed TV series of the same name has been appreciated by both critics and audience. He has also directed actors like Konkona Sen Sharma, Ayesha Takia and Irrfan Khan in his directorial venture Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota (2006). He is one of the founding members of the Motley Theatre Group started in 1979. Shah forayed into Pakistani movies by playing significant parts in Khuda Ke Liye and Zinda Bhaag. He is a recipient of three National Film Awards, among others; and has been bestowed with the honours of Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian cinema.

 
OINDRILLA DUTT

OINDRILLA DUTT

Oindrilla Dutt is an entrepreneur, anchor and moderator. She is the Executive Director of Open Doors, an Event Management Company. Dutt is also a qualified lawyer from the Hazra Law College, The University of Calcutta. In 1994, she started a Society called the Civil Rights Action Group (CRAG) which fought for the rights of battered and destitute women.

 
PALI SACHDEV

PALI SACHDEV

Pali Sachdev is a fashion designer and co-creator of MonaPali

 
PARO ANAND

PARO ANAND

Paro Anand writes for children, young adults and adults. She runs her project Literature in Action. She is a record holder along with three thousand school children for having brought out the World’s largest newspaper. She has been awarded by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture for her contribution towards literature. Her book No Guns at My Son’s Funeral has been widely translated into different languages and adapted into a movie by Puneet Rakheja. The Little Bird who held the Sky Up by Anand has been featured in The 1001 Books to Read Before You Grow Up. Wingless has been adapted into stage performances and widely performed Nationally and Internationally. Her upcoming book is Two which she has co-authored with Orjan Persson.

 
PAROMITA CHAKRAVARTI

PAROMITA CHAKRAVARTI

Dr. Paromita Chakravarti is Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University and has been Director, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University. She completed her doctoral studies on early modern discourses of madness from the University of Oxford. She teaches Renaissance drama, women's writing, queer and film studies. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Oxford, Liverpool, Hyderabad and Delhi. She has published widely on Shakespeare and early modern studies in Renaissance Studies, Shakespearean International Yearbook and other esteemed international  journals and edited volumes. Her book, Women Contesting Culture, co-edited with Prof Kavita Panjabi was published in 2012.

 
PINAKI DE

PINAKI DE

Pinaki De is a graphic designer. He was the recepient of the Oxford Book Cover Prize in 2017 for the book cover of Kalkatta which he conceptualised and designed.

 
PRAJWAL PARAJULY

PRAJWAL PARAJULY

Prajwal Parajuly is an author whose works focus on Nepali-speaking people and their culture. His first book The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories describes and dramatizes the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. Parajuly's second book, the novel Land Where I Flee, came out in 2013. It was an Independent on Sunday book of the year and a Kansas City Star best book of 2015.

 
PRITHA KEJRIWAL

PRITHA KEJRIWAL

Pritha Kejriwal is the founder and editor of 'Kindle Magazine', an award winning, socio-political monthly which was being published from Kolkata, India since August 2008. She is currently a PhD scholar at Birkbeck, University of London at the Dept. of Iberian and Latin American Studies. She is also a poet, whose works have been published in various national and international journals. Two of her collections of poems will be published this year.

 
PRITI PAUL

PRITI PAUL

Priti Paul was educated at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. She has been at the forefront of managing the business of the century-old Apeejay Surrendra Group post her father’s assassination in 1990. She has expanded the business of the Oxford Bookstore in India and abroad , spearheaded Apeejay Real Estate and launched Apeejay Media Gallery, India’s first gallery of 'new media' art, among other initiatives.

To commemorate its platinum anniversary in 1995, the iconic Oxford Bookstore was recreated in Calcutta. Since then, the Oxford Brand has risen to unprecedented heights across the country. Having conceptualized, designed and launched a range of projects in India and abroad, Priti Paul’s latest initiative ABC Desi is creating waves. Created and conceptualized by her, this is a lovingly created alphabet book with a difference - where English alphabets and Indian imagery meet drama, beauty and uniqueness.

Priti Paul is a member of prestigious organizations like Royal Institute of British Architects, Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA), England, India Committee of American Bureau of Shipping, USA, FICCI Committee of Art and Business of Art, India, Harvard Club India, MIT Deans Advisory Committee, MIT Club India.

 
RAIMA SEN

RAIMA SEN

Raima Sen is an actor. Sen made her debut in the film Godmother, which was critically acclaimed. She starred in the Rituparno Ghosh film Antar Mahal and Chokher Bali. She has appeared in films like Parineeta, The Bong Connection, Manorama 6 Feet Under and Hrid Majharey, proving her ability in multi-dimensional roles. She has also starred in the Srijit Mukherjee directorial Baishe Srabon, opposite Parambrata Chatterjee. Her latest release is Reunion.

 
RAJAN VIR SINGH KAPUR

RAJAN VIR SINGH KAPUR

Rajan Vir Singh Kapur, a young IAS officer, has been extensively involved in literature, art and mentoring. He has been the Editor of Reminiscence, the IAS Alumni Association Literary Magazine published at the LBSNAA, Mussoorie. He has also been the Editor of Avante Garde, Literary Magazine and also a founder member of NGO Pratigya Abhiyaan which has been helping needy children since its inception in 2006 at TIET, his University. He enjoys painting, reading and discussing books, and is currently the Honorary Editor of VoWels, the Quarterly Magazine associated with Valley of Words, International Arts and Literature Festival. He has an innate passion for helping Civil Service Aspirants and has also written for the Pearson Manual for Civil Services Exam.

 
RAJU RAMAN

RAJU RAMAN

S V Raman, popularly known as Raju Raman, is the former Programme Director of the Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata. He is a freelance translator and interpreter, he also regularly contributes as a free-lance journalist to newspapers and periodicals in India and abroad.

 
RAJESH GUPTA

RAJESH GUPTA

Rajesh Gupta works as a freelance photographer and artist and is also a poet.

 
RAJMOHAN GANDHI

RAJMOHAN GANDHI

Rajmohan Gandhi, a biographer and historian, currently serves as research professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US. He led the Indian Delegation at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva back in 1990 and was resident editor, Indian Express, in Chennai in the 1980s. His latest work is a history of South India from the 17th century to our times. Earlier books by him include Prince of Gujarat (2014) and Understanding the Founding Fathers (2016), both published by Aleph. His Mohandas, a biography of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi, was awarded the Barpujari Biennial Award by the Indian History Congress in 2007.

 
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.

 
RAMCHANDRA GUHA

RAMACHANDRA GUHA

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bengaluru. His books include A Corner of a Foreign Field (2002), India after Gandhi (2007), Gandhi before India (2013) and Gandhi: The Years that changed the World ( 2018). His awards include the Padma Bhushan (2009), the Sahitya Akademi Award (2011), a honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from Yale University (2014) and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2015).

 
RANJIT LAL

RANJIT LAL

Ranjit Lal is an author and environmentalist. His versatile writings capture the minds of the young and the old. He has written over thousand articles, columns, short-stories, features and photo features which have been published in various National and International newspapers and magazines. With over two decades of experience in the field of literature and writing, Lal’s other scope of interest include natural history, bird watching, photography of Nature and birds, humour, satire and auto mobiles. Some of his notable works include The Crow Chronicles, The Life and Times of Altu Faltu, That Summer at Kalagarh, The Bossman Adventures, Birds of Delhi, and The Caterpillar Who Went on a Diet and Other Stories.

 
RATNA PATHAK SHAH

RATNA PATHAK SHAH

Ratna Pathak Shah is an Indian television, movie and theatre actress. She is widely known for her roles in Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai (2005-06), Khoobsurat (2014), Kapoor and Sons (2016) and the critically acclaimed Lipstick Under my Burkha (2017). Shah is the co-founder and an active member of the Motley Theatre Group. She has also served as a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selecting Committee for the 2012 Awards. She is the recipient of several National and International awards including Indian Telly Awards, London Asian Film Festival and News 18 Movie Awards. Her latest on-screen work is Lover per Square Foot (2018).

 
RAVI AGRAWAL

RAVI AGRAWAL

Ravi Agrawal is the Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine and the author of India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. Previously, he served as a senior producer in CNN’s New York and London bureaus, receiving a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work. Agrawal was born in London and grew up in Kolkata; he now lives in New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

 
RAVINDER SINGH

RAVINDER SINGH

Ravinder Singh is the bestselling author of I Too Had a Love Story, Can Love Happen Twice? Like It Happened Yesterday, Your Dreams Are Mine Now, This Love That Feels Right, and Will You Still Love Me? He has edited and compiled two crowd sourced anthologies named Love stories That Touched My Heart and Tell Me A Story. After having spent most of his life in Burla, a very small town in western Odisha, Ravinder is currently based in New Delhi. He has an MBA from the renowned Indian School of Business. His eight-year-long IT career started with Infosys and came to a happy ending at Microsoft where he worked as a senior programme manager. One fine day, he had an epiphany that writing books is more interesting than writing project plans. He called it a day at work and took to full-time writing. He has also started a publishing venture called Black Ink (www.BlackInkBooks.in), to publish debut authors. Beyond his love for words, Ravinder is a fitness freak.

 
RAVISH KUMAR

RAVISH KUMAR

Ravish Kumar is a broadcast journalist and writer, serving as the senior executive editor at NDTV news channel. He is the recipient of The Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010, awarded by the President of India. He has received the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the year 2013 as Journalist of the Year and 2017 for broadcast category for Hindi language. Ravish Kumar featured in The Indian Express list of 100 most influential Indians in 2016. In 2017, Ravish Kumar was the first recipient of the prestigious Kuldip Nayar journalism award for his contribution to the field of journalism. His works include Ishq Mein Shahar Hona, Dekhate Rahiye, Ravishpanti and The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation.

 
RITA BHIMANI

RITA BHIMANI

Rita Bhimani is the Founder and CFO of Ritam Communications. She is also on the board of Hindusthan National Glass & Industries Ltd. and Asian Hotels (East) Ltd. and Vice President at Ananda Shankar Centre For Performing Arts.

 
RJ ROY

ROY

Roy is a radio jockey by profession. He has hosted shows on tv, and has acted in movies as well. He is very passionate about word games, and has designed and developed a bouquet of bengali word games called Shabdabaaji.

 
ROHAN MURTY

ROHAN MURTY

Rohan Murty, a computer scientist and entrepreneur, completed his graduation from Cornell University and later attained his Ph.D from Harvard University. He was a former Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows in Harvard University. Dr. Murty’s spectrum of interest lies in the spheres of network systems and embedded computing. Much of his research and published work is focused upon architectures for dynamic spectrum access in wireless networks. He is also the founder of the Murty Classical Library of India back in 2010.

 
RONNIE NIDO

RONNIE NIDO

She is a researcher from Arunachal Pradesh with a background in Criminology and Social Work. Previously she worked as a Research Officer in the National Research Study on Human Trafficking in India conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Currently she is working as as a Research Associate in National Workload Study on Panchayat Raj Institutions in Northeast India under Rajiv Gandhi University. She is currently working on a paper on the Gaon Budhis of Arunachal Pradesh for Zubaan.

 
RUCHIR JOSHI

RUCHIR JOSHI

Ruchir Joshi is a writer, filmmaker and 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. His piece Tracing Puppa was published in Granta 109 in a series of recollections regarding fathers. Early in his life, when he was just out of school, he decided to take up acting and performed in an English play called You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, directed by Zarin Chaudhury. Joshi made a film called Egaro Mile (Eleven Miles) on the Baul community

 
RUCHIRA GUPTA

RUCHIRA GUPTA

Ruchira Gupta is the Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide – a grassroot 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.

 
RUJUTA DIWEKAR

RUJUTA DIWEKAR

Rujuta Diwekar is India’s leading sports science and nutrition expert and amongst the most followed nutritionist in the world. Having had a flourishing career for over two decades, her clientele includes Anil Ambani, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan to name a few. She has been voted as one of the ’50 Most Powerful People in India’ by People Magazine. She has also been named as one out of the only three Indians in CNN Asia Hotlist: People to Watch Out For. She emphasizes on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutritional science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global. Diwekar is an author of several books including Dont lose your mind, lose your weight, Indian Super Foods and The PCOD - Thyroid Book which have sold more than a million copies in over seven languages and continue to define the discourse on food and exercise across the country. Her latest book, Notes on healthy kids, will be releasing shortly.

 
SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

Academic and writer, Saikat Majumdar, has three books to his name which includes Silverfish (2007) and Prose of the World (2013). His debut novel The Firebird (2015) has been critically acclaimed to be a purely contemporary work of Indian fiction. Much of his work has been discussed in platforms such as the Times Literary Supplement or The Los Angeles Review of Books, and also in news platforms like The Hindu, Outlook and The Indian Express. He has worked as a faculty member of both Delhi University and Jawarharlal Nehru University. He is currently the Professor of English and Creative writing at Ashoka University and has recently been selected as a Fellow at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College for the 2017-18 academic year.

 

SAIRA SHAH HALIM

Saira Shah Halim is a social and political activist,a corporate trainer,an educator,a writer,a theatre personality and a free spirit.Raised all over the country and in the gulf as an army officers daughter. Saira started her corporate career which entailed graveyard shifts with some of the top MNC’s and corporate houses in training, learning and development roles .Having hung up her corporate boots a few years ago to work for more meaningful and impactful causes, Saira has metamorphosed as one of the more prominent social and gender activists of the country and spends her time taking up the cudgels of society,she is known to take up the causes of the disenfranchised,politically marginalized and is a well-known face on Indian national television speaking on myriad social and political issues ,Saira is known to voice her opinions vociferously and with perfect conviction on national television. Her short film ‘Ek Khaas Aadmi’ can be viewed on youtube on NDTV Talkies,being felicitated with numerous awards for her humanitarian and social work,she’s also known to be a ‘wordsmith’ and a poet who pens political and social essays along with poetry with equal ease, She’s also a popular culturist and litterateur known to ideate psychedelic programmes reviving lost art forms.

 
SAKET SUMAN

SAKET SUMAN

Saket Suman is Principal Correspondent at Indo Asian News Service (IANS). He writes on arts, books and culture and has been published widely in major Indian and international newspapers and magazines, including The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Huffington Post, Dawn, Gulf Times, The Week, The Hindu, The Statesman, The Economic Times and The Sunday Guardian, among others.

 
SALIL TRIPATHI

SALIL TRIPATHI

Salil Tripathi is a writer and author, based in London. Born in Bombay, he chairs PEN international’s writers in prison committee. He has been a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Singapore. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Guardian, to name a few. He is a contributing editor at Mint and The Caravan. In 2015, he received the Red Ink Award from the Mumbai Press Club for Human Rights journalism. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy and Detours: Songs of the Open Road. Aleph will publish his next book, on Gujaratis.

 
SANDIP ROY

SANDIP ROY

Sandip Roy is an author. He was the 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. He is also an editor with New America Media. He 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.

 
SANGEETA JAISINGH BAPULI

SANGEETA JAISINGH BAPULI

Sangeeta Jaisingh-Bapuli is a play wright, actor/director, who also happens to be a lawyer.

 
SANJEEV CHOPRA

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.

 
SANJUKTA DASGUPTA

SANJUKTA DASGUPTA

Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Former Head, Department of English and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University is a poet, critic and translator. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships and has given poetry readings in India, Europe and USA and was the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

 
SARLA MAHESHWARI

SARLA MAHESHWARI

Sarla Maheshwari is a Hindi writer, translator, poet and critic who has served as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from 1990-2005. She has published six collections of poetry and several critically acclaimed books on diverse feminist issues. Her latest book of Hindi poems is titled, “Ke Ghalib ko yaad karke gaa sakoon”.

 
SARBAJIT SINGH

SARBAJIT SEN

Sarbajit is a national award winning Comics artist and filmmaker from Kolkata. He contributed to some major English dailies in the city for more than a decade. His Graphic Narratives have been published in India and abroad. He is one of the editors of LONGFORM, a Graphic Narrative anthology.

 
SHAHENSHAH MIRZA

SHAHENSHAH MIRZA

Shahanshah Mirza is a central government officer in the Ministry of Finance, member of INTACH and has contributed in bringing a book on Calcutta's built heritage and he is a green activist and passionate about preserving our heritage and is also a poet.

 
SHARMILA RAY

SHARMILA RAY

Sharmila Ray is an Indian poet and non-fiction essayist writing in English, anthologised and featured in India and abroad. She is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History at City College, Kolkata. She had been invited to International Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia, where she represented India.

 
SHARMISTHA MOHANTY

SHARMISTHA MOHANTY

Sharmistha Mohanty is the author of three works of fiction, Book One, New Life, and Five Movements in Praise. She has also translated a selection of Rabindranath Tagore’s prose , Broken Nest and Other Stories. Mohanty has also participated in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016-17 with a poetry and sound installation. She is the founder-editor of the online literature journal Almost Island.

 
SHASHI THAROOR

SHASHI THAROOR

Shashi Tharoor is a politician, diplomat, columnist and writer. He is currently serving as a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Kerala. Tharoor is an acclaimed writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. His writings include The Great Indian Novel (1989), The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – The Emerging 21st-Century Power (2007) and An Era of Darkness (2016) to name a few. Tharoor’s writings focus on India and its history, culture, sports, films, society, policies and the likes. He has written columns for publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India. His latest book, published in 2018 is titled Why I Am A Hindu?

 
SHAUN KENSWORTHY

SHAUN KENWORTHY

Shaun Kenworthy began his career as a Chef in Yorkshire and London. He worked in some of the best gourmet addresses in Bem's in Stockholm and Gustavinos in New York. He arrived in India in 2000. He introduced European cooking techniques and a list of other non-purist styles to India. He has spent the best part of the last 10 years consulting to the hospitality industry and helping new project startups across over 50 projects. He also writes regularly for t2, the lifestyle supplement of The Telegraph.

 
SHOBHAA DE

SHOBHAA DE

Shobhaa De has monitored and written extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades. Her twenty books include several bestsellers like ‘Starry Nights’, ‘Spouse’, ‘Superstar India’ and now, her latest, ‘Seventy.... and to hell with it!” She is a prolific writer, columnist, blogger, social commentator and opinion shaper with a vast Twitter following of close to 3 million. It is often said that one tweet from her can – and does – shake up Parliament. Her feisty, irreverent style has made her a powerful icon, widely respected for her fearless and independent opinions.

 
SHUBHA (PINKY) KENWORTHY

SHUBHA (PINKY) KENWORTHY

Shubha (Pinky) Kenworthy is a self-taught Kolkata based artist. Encouragement from art critics, and connoisseur fueled her to choose painting as a full-time vocation. She is acclaimed for her reinvention of Goddess Kali as a timeless woman of the new millennium, through the experimental prism of themes and forms.

 
SHUTAPA PAUL

SHUTAPA PAUL

Shutapa Paul has been a journalist for over twelve years, having worked across print and electronic media. Currently, she is founder editor of NewCrop, a video-first, digital media platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs, and founder of a media consultancy, Dharma Media Consultants. A columnist, anchor and panel discussion moderator, Shutapa was selected as one of the fifteen Indians to lead the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2017. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the '100 Women Faces' by the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs. She recently launched her debut non-fictional work, Didi, the Untold Mamata Banerjee.

 
SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist, editor, and academic of Indian- American origin. He has served as the editorial writer at The Times of India, Deputy Editor and Chief of National Bureau of The Hindu before going on to become one of the Founding members of the online portal, The Wire. Varadarajan is the recipient of the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize Silver Medal for Print Journalism in 2005, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by the President of Chile in 2006 and the Ramnath Goenka award for Journalist of the Year (Print) in 2010. He is the author of several essays and books titled, Gujarat The Making of a Tragedy (2003) and Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (2014).

 
SIDDHARTHA SARMA

SIDDHARTHA SARMA

Siddhartha Sarma is an author and journalist based in Delhi. His first teen novel, The Grasshopper's Run won the Crossword Book Award and the Sahitya Akademi Award for Children's Literature. His other books include the travelogue East of the Sun and two works of non-fiction: 103 Journeys, Voyages, Trips and Stuff and 103 Historical Mysteries, Puzzles, Conundrums and Stuff. He hopes to have a garden of his own someday.

 
SIRISH RAO

SIRISH RAO

Sirish Rao is a writer, festival producer and publishing professional. Born and raised in India, Sirish is the former Director of the award-winning Tara Books. He is the founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s annual Indian Summer Festival. Rao has authored twenty books like The Legend of the Fish, The Flight of the Mermaid, One, Two Three!;  of which many have been translated into multiple languages and won several international awards.

 
SREEMOYEE PIU KUNDU

SREEMOYEE PIU KUNDU

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu is an acclaimed journalist and columnist on gender and sexuality. She wrote Faraway Music, her first novel, in 2013, followed by her bestselling work on female erotica, Sita's Curse, which explores female desire through the eyes of a Gujarati housewife. In 2017, she wrote her first non- fiction work, the widely-appreciated and critically-acclaimed Status Single, a narrative drawing from the lives of 3000 urban Indian single women, about the daily struggle of being single in a country where the highest validation for women remains marriage and motherhood

 
SRIJATO

SRIJATO

Srijato Bandopadhyay is a poet . He won the Ananda Puroskar in 2004 for his book Udanta Sawb Joker: All Those Flying Jokers. In 2014, he won the Filmfare Awards East for Best Lyricist for the song 'Balir Shohor' from 'Mishawr Rawhoshyo'.His latest poetic composition 'Dhongso' was published in International Kolkata Book fair 2018 along with two other works - 'Lymeric' & 'Facebook', a collection of his facebook posts. Besides writing poems and songs, he also does anchoring and Public Speaking. Recently he made his acting debut in Srijit Mukherji's film Zulfiqar.

 
SUDEEP NARGARKAR

SUDEEP NAGARKAR

Sudeep Nagarkar, a fiction novelist, has authored a total of nine best sellers which includes She Swiped Right into My Heart, It Started with a Friend Request, and All Rights Reserved for You. He completed his MBA from the Welingkar Institute of Management Mumbai in 2014. His first book Few Things Left Unsaid was launched in July, 2012 soon after which he left his job to become a full-time writer. He has also written and contributed to television channels like Colours and Sony. He received the ‘Young Achievers Award’ in 2013 for being the highest selling author in the romance genre and was also one of the nominations for the list of Top 100 influential celebrities of India of Forbes (2014).

 
SUFIA KHATOON

SUFIA KHATOON

Sufia Khatoon is an Editor, Translator, Author, Poet, Artist, Designer, Social Activist and Philanthropist, PR, Media and Event Manager. Her debut book of poems ""Death in the Holy Month"" has been published by Hawakal Publishing House recently. She has recently received The Kavi Salam Award 2018 by Voice of Republic and PP. She has Co-Founded Rhythm Divine Poets group initiating poetic movements globally.She is the Founder of Our World and Our Initiative, , a philanthropic initiative which is focused on aiding elderly and children with Educational, Health and Hygiene, Self Development, etc by connecting them with people from all over the world. She has received Amio Santa Award 2017 for her social efforts and various drives like Santa on the Way, Lead the Way, Beautiful Smiles, Build A Book Library project and many more focusing on the needs of children and people living on the streets of Kolkata.

 
SUGATA BOSE

SUGATA BOSE

Sugata Bose is a 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 CEO of Future Hope India and the Director of Kolkata Literary Festival. She was earlier the Director East India with British Council. She was 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 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 also 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.

 
SUJOY BHATTACHARYA

SUJOY BHATTACHARYA

Writing under pen name, SB Veda, Sujoy Bhattacharyya is co-founder and contributing editor of The Global Calcuttan, an online review themed on a borderless world. Born in London and raised in the UK and Canada, the award-winning editor’s works have also been published in The Independent, The Guardian and Ottawa Citizen. A playwright and author of short stories, he holds the positions of International Artist Fellow at The Tagore Centre, UK and Writer-in-Residence at the RMIC in Calcutta.

 
SUMANA ROY

SUMANA ROY

She is an author and a poet, whose first book titled How I Became A Tree received widespread critical acclaim due to its skilful mixing of genres, for it involved memoir, meditation, theory, philosophy as well as some ground reportage . Her latest Missing has been shortlisted for the Prabha Khaitan Women's Voice Award.

 
SUNANDA BANERJEE

SUNANDO BANERJEE

A technocrat with 25 years experience in Retail Technology innovation, Sunando is an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer with an advanced management degree from IIMC. Apart from being a director of a Spanish multinational software company, Sunando is also a restaurateur, digital marketer and a member of Team Foodka.

 
SUNDEEP BHUTORIA

SUNDEEP BHUTORIA

Rajasthan-born-Kolkata-based social and cultural activist whose name is synonymous with social welfare activities and promotion of Indian folk art, literature and culture. He is an outspoken community conscience and a youth icon representing India in United Nations Associations and various other fora and non-governmental organisations. He has been featured as one of the 50 youth figures that India can look up to by the Asia Magazine in 2005. In September 2010 he was felicitated with the “The Pride of India” Award in London for his chosen area of work at The House of Lords.

 
SUNIL BHANDARI 

SUNIL BHANDARI 

Sunil Bhandari has done Chartered Accountancy in Literature. His first book of poetry, 'Of Love And Other Abandonments' was an Amazon bestseller.

 
SUTAPA CHAUDHURI

SUTAPA CHAUDHURI

Dr. Sutapa Chaudhuri is Assistant Professor of English at Dr. Kanailal Bhattacharyya College. A bilingual poet writing in English and Bengali and a multilingual literary translator, she has been published widely. She has three books of poems “Broken Rhapsodies”, “Touching Nadir” and “Hospital Blues” to her credit.

 
SYEDA HAMEED

SYEDA HAMEED

Syeda Hameed is social and woman rights activist, educationist as well as writer. She is the former chair of the Planning Commission India as well as the founding trustee member of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) and the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. Along with serving as the chancellor at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, she has had several contributions at the literary sphere. In 1990, she had written a series on Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad cantering his life during the Indian Freedom Movement. Islamic Seal on India's Independence: Abul Kalm Azad-- a Fresh Look (1998), Maulana Azad, Islam and the Indian National Movement (2014) are some of her well known books, her most recent work being Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto which was released in 2017.

 
TANUSHREE SHANKAR

TANUSREE SHANKAR

Tanusree Shankar is one of the leading dancers and choreographers of India. Beginning her career as a prodigy in The Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts, she went on to establish her own Dance Company, which focuses on contemporary dance forms in India. She has evolved her own modern idiom by marrying traditional Indian dances with modern western ballet expressions. She has drawn extensively from rich local Indian traditions such as the "Thang-ta" (Manipuri Sword dance), and other folk and regional dance forms of India. She also acted in various films, like Mira Nair’s The Namesake.

 
TIPHAINE MAYRAN

TIPHAINE MAYRAN

Tiphaine Mayran is the deputy director of Alliance française du Bengale. She studied in la Sorbonne and at the School of the Louvre ( Muse'e de Louvre, Paris). She has worked in different famous institutions in France such as le musée d'Orsay, le musée des Invalides and in French Institut, Austria.

 
TRIDIP SUHRUD

TRIDIP SUHRUD

Tridip Suhrud is a writer, political scientist, cultural historian and a translator. He served as a coordinator at the Behavioural Science Centre, St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad; as a visiting fellow at the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, CSDS, Delhi; as a faculty member at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad ; and as a professor at DAIICT, Gandhinagar. In 2017, he was appointed as professor and director of CEPT Archives. He is a member of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission of the Government of India.

 
ULRIKE ALMUT SANDIG

ULRIKE ALMUT SANDIG

Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and now lives with her family in Berlin. She started publishing her poetry by pasting poems onto lamp posts and spreading them on flyers and free post cards. After completing her Magister in Religious Studies and Modern Indology, she graduated from the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig. She collaborates with filmmakers, composers, sound artists and musicians from all over the world and has won many prizes, including the Leonce and Lena Prize in 2009 and the Literary Prize of the Federation of German Industries in 2017. Besides her many radio plays and audio-books of poetry and music she has published two books of short stories—Flamingos and Book Against Disappearing—and four volumes of poetry. In 2015 Ugly Duckling Presse (USA) launched a selection of her early poems in English translation. In 2016 Karen Leeder’s stunning translations of Sandig’s poetry „Thick of it“ (Seagull Books) won the English PEN translation Pitch and have been awarded with an PEN America/Heim Translation Fund Grant. In 2018 she launched her debut album with her Poetry-band LANDSCHAFT and her latest poetry "Grimm" (Hurst Street Press).

 
UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE

UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE

Upamanyu Chatterjee was born in 1959 in Patna. He spent over thirty calm and undistinguished years in the Indian Administrative Service; during that time, he wrote six novels- when no one was looking. He retired (early and honourably) in 2016 to devote himself full-time to running the household. He has one wife and two daughters. He enjoys several solitary occupations.

 
URVASHI BUTALIA

URVASHI BUTALIA

Urvashi Butalia is a writer and publisher based in Delhi. Co-founder of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, she now heads Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. She has a long involvement in the women’s movement and writes on a wide range of issues to do with gender. Among her best known publications is the award winning oral history of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. She has recently been awarded the honorary Goethe-Medal by the German Federal Republic in August 2017.

 
USHA ANANDA KRISHNA

USHA ANANDA KRISHNA

Usha Ananda Krishna graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and worked as an architect in Bangalore and Kolkata. In 1980, she began writing advertising copy, interspersing the two careers for many years. Her first novel A Turbulent Passage was published in 1995, followed in 2009 by Fallout , a family drama written in mordantly witty style that characterizes her work. Her interests are reading, architecture and contemporary art. Her latest work, The Escapists of J. Mullick Road set in Communist Calcutta of the 1980s has received critical praise.

 
VIDYUN SABHANEY

VIDYUN SABHANEY

Vidyun Sabhaney is a writer, editor, and illustrator of graphic narratives and comics based. Her work has been published by Penguin India, Yoda Press, Blaft Publications Pvt. Ltd., Zubaan, COMIX.INDIA, and Pratham Books. She runs Captain Bijli Comics, an independent comics publishing project which aims to develop new content, distribution and dialogue around the form – it has created Mice Will Be Mice, DOGS! An Anthology, First Hand: Graphic Non Fiction from India and, most recently, First Hand Volume 2: Exclusion which was released in July 2018.

 
VIKRAM IYENGAR

VIKRAM IYENGAR

Vikram Iyengar is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and performing arts researcher, manager and curator based in Calcutta. Trained in kathak by Padmashree Smt. Rani Karnaa, he is co-founder and Artistic Director of Ranan Performance Collective and initiator of The Pickle Factory – a hub for dance and movement practice and discourse. His international credits include choreographer for Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s film, Shadows in Time and co-choreographer on Helena Waldmann’s Faust prize nominated piece Made in Bangladesh. He regularly contributes articles and papers to various publications and international seminars, conducts a variety of workshops, and works on arts research projects for institutions in India and abroad.

 
VINAY SHARMA

VINAY SHARMA

Vinay Sharma is a theatre director, actor, scenographer and writer active in Calcutta theatre since 1981. He is currently Artistic Director, Padatik. From 1987-2003 he co-created plays at Happy Hours- a programme for arts-based alternative approaches to education. His major works written, designed and directed under the aegis of rikh- and Padatik have toured India and abroad and been invited to most major Indian theatre festivals. These include his production of ‘Atmakatha’ starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda which featured at the 8th Theatre Olympics in 2018. His latest performance is the solo-act: ‘Mark Twain: Live in Bombay’ written by the Canadian playwright Gabriel Emanuel. His theatre writings have been published in Seagull Theatre Quarterly and short stories and poems in TLM-The Little Magazine and Prosopisia. He was shortlisted for the TLM New Writing Award 2006 and The Bridport International Poetry Prize 2017.

 
ZAMEER UDDIN SHAH

ZAMEER UDDIN SHAH

Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah spent 40 years in the Army and has experience in diplomacy, judiciary and education. He retired of Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S) in 2008. The General holds a Master Degree in Defense Studies & Management from Madras University (1980) and M Phil from Indore University (1993). Post retirement he was elevated to the Armed Forces Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi. He resigned from there to assume the appointment of VC, AMU. During his tenure from 17 May 2012 to 16 May 2017 the University was graded as the No 1 university of the country for the academic year 2016-17 by International Ranking Agencies. He has travelled widely in West Asia, SE Asia, Africa, Europe and USA. He is an avid horse-man, golfer, wild life enthusiast and an angler.

 
   
   

 

 
   

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