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ABHIJIT GUPTA

ADITI RUDRA

ALKA PANDE

AMANITA SEN

AMIT SHANKAR SAHA

AMITA RAY

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANEEK CHATTERJEE

ANINDYA HAJRA

ANITA AGNIHOTRI

ANJANA BASU

ANJUM KATYAL

ANUJA CHAUHAN

ARSHIA SATTAR

ARUNA CHAKRAVARTI

BAISAKHI SAHA

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BICKRAM GHOSH

BIJOYA SAWIAN

BITTU SAHGAL

CARINA ROZENFELD

CHANDAN GOWDA

COONOOR KRIPALANI

DANIEL BOSLEY

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

DEBASISH LAHIRI

DEBKUMAR MITRA

DIA MIRZA

DIVRINA DHINGRA

DURJOY DATTA

GARGI RAWAT  

GOPAL LAHIRI

HARSHO MOHAN CHATTORAJ

HUSNA-TARA PRAKASH

INDRAJIT HAZRA

INDRAPRAMIT DAS

IPSITA GANGULY

IRYNA VIKRYCHAK

JAEL SILLIMAN

JASHODHARA CHAKRABORTI

JAYDEEP SARANGI

JERRY PINTO

JULIA ROBERTS

KALPANA RAINA


KAVITA PANJABI

KUNAL BASU

KUNAL PUROHIT

LENNIE GOODINGS

LOPAMUDRA MAITRA

LOUISE FOWLER-SMITH

MADHU SRIVASTAV

MADHUMITA MAJUMDAR

MADHURIMA VIDYARTHI

MAHARGHYA CHAKRABORTY

MANISH GAEKWAD

MARIA GORETTI

MEGHNA PANT  

MEHAK GOYAL

MONIDEEPA BANERJIE

MUKUL KUMAR

MUKUND PADMANABHAN

NAINA DEY

NEELA MAJUMADAR

NILAM

NILADRI R CHATTERJEE

NISHI PULUGURTHA

OINDRILLA DUTT

P. CHIDAMBARAM

PANDIT KUMAR BOSE

PAROMITA CHAKRAVARTI

PATRICK LYONS

PIERRE BORDAGE

PINAKI DE

PRASUN ROY

PRITI PAUL

RAHUL SHIVSHANKAR

RAJAT CHAUDHURI

RAMANJIT KAUR

RENU ROY

RIDDHI SEN

RITUPARNA KHAN

RJ NILAM

ROHEN BOSE

ROOP MAJUMDAR

ROY

RUCHIR JOSHI

RUCHIRA GUPTA


SAM MILLER

SANDIP ROY

SANGEETA DATTA

SANGHITA SANYAL

SANJUKTA DASGUPTA

SANTA KHURAI

SANTANU BHATTACHARYA

SEKHAR BANDHYOPADHYAY

SHALINI MODI

SHAUN KENWORTHY

SIMON ROWE

SOHINI ROYCHOWDHURY

SOMNATH BATABYAL

SONAL VED

SREETANWI CHAKRABORTY

SRIJATO BANDOPADHYAY

SUDESHNA ROY

SUDIPTO DAS

SUFIA KHATOON

SUJATA SEN

SULAGNA MUKHOPADHYAY

SUNIL BHANDARI

SUPRIYA NEWAR

SUZANNE HEYWOOD

SWAPNA LIDDLE

SWASTIKA MUKHERJEE

TABINDA JALIL-BURNEY

TANVEER AJSI

TARA GANDHI

TARANA HUSAIN KHAN

UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE

URBI BHADURI

URVASHI BUTALIA

USHOSHI SENGUPTA

UTPAL CHAKRABORTY

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Aruna Chakravarti

Aruna Chakravarti has been Principal of a prestigious Women's College of Delhi University for ten years. She is also a well- known academic, creative writer and translator with seventeen published books on record. They comprise five novels, two books of short stories, two academic works and eight volumes of translation. Her latest work, The Mendicant Prince, a semi-fictional account of the Bhawal legal case, was released by Pan Macmillan Ltd, in July this year to widespread media coverage and acclaim. Her second book of short stories Through a Looking Glass: Stories has just been released by Om International Ltd. Her translated works include an anthology of songs from Rabindranath Tagore's Gitabitaan, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay's Srikanta and Sunil Gangopadhyay's Those Days, First Light and Primal Woman: Stories. Among the various awards she has received are Vaitalik Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Sarat Puraskar. She is also a script writer and producer of seven multi- media presentations based on her novels.

  
Baisakhi Saha

An award-winning international speaker, author, globetrotter, Baisakhi Saha works towards advancing consciousness on the planet. From Asia to Europe to Africa to South America to North & Central America, she has not just travelled but dwelled in different countries for several years studying life through myriad mirrors of reality. A resident of Costa Rica, she's visiting India for the launch of her new book, Life Is Abracadabra.

  
Bittu Sahgal

Bittu Sahgal, the Editor of Sanctuary Asia and the Founder of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation and the one million strong Kids for Tigers program, is one of India's strongest and most eloquent voices for nature preservation, climate change mitigation and wildlife conservation. Born in 1947, he has made it his life's mission to direct world leaders away from short-term development objectives that could compromise the ability of the nation to sustain its population of 1.3 billion people in the decades ahead. He believes that India's ecological foundation is the bedrock on which the nation's economic foundation sits. He also believes that climate change poses the greatest ever threat to the stability of the Indian nation.

  
Chandan Gowda

Chandan Gowda is Ramakrishna Hegde Chair Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru. He recently wrote Another India: Events, Memories, People. His book on the history of development thought in colonial India will soon be published. Previously, he has edited Theatres of Democracy: Selected Essays of Shiv Visvanathan (2016), The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader (2018) as well as A Life in the World (2019), a book of autobiographical interviews he did with UR Ananthamurthy.

  
Daniel Bosley

Daniel Bosley is a British journalist who spent almost a decade living in the Republic of Maldives, during which time he worked as editor of the country's primary English language news outlet - Minivan News - before co-founding the history and culture website Two Thousand Isles.

  
Harsho Mohan Chattoraj

Harsho Mohan Chattoraj is a graphic novelist and illustrator based in Kolkata, India. He has worked in the comics medium since the turn of the century, and has done artwork for publishers and commercial clients in India, UK, USA, Australia and Switzerland. Some of his recently published works are 'Operation Decay', 'Where did my Profits Go?', 'Destiny Awakes', 'Chotushkon' and 'Birth of Bangladesh'.

  
Indra Das

Indrapramit Das aka Indra Das is a writer and editor from Kolkata. He is a Lambda Literary Award-winner for his debut novel The Devourers (Penguin Random House), and a Shirley Jackson Award-winner for his short fiction, which has appeared in publications including Tor.com, Slate Magazine, Verve Magazine and Asimov's Science Fiction, and has been widely anthologized. He is an Octavia E. Butler Scholar and graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop. His latest book is the novella The Last Dragoners of Bowbazar (Subterranean Press). He currently resides in his hometown.

  
Indrajit Hazra

Indrajit Hazra is a journalist and author of the novels The Bioscope Man, The Garden of Earthly Delights, and The Burnt Forehead of Max Saul. He is also the author of Grand Delusions: A Short Biography of Kolkata. His latest book is In Praise of Laziness and Other Essays. He is Editor, Views, Economic Times and writes the weekly column, Red Herring.

  
Jashodhara Chakraborti

Jashodhara Chakraborti writes, translates, teaches and speaks for a living. When she isn't wearing her corporate hat in Bombay, she can be found in Calcutta with her mother and her dog, Babu. She has written two fantasy adventures for Young Adults - The Wordkeepers and Skyserpents, and her translation of Hemen Roy's iconic adventure, Jawkher Dhawn, was published in 2023 by Speaking Tiger Books.

  
Kalpana Raina

Kalpana Raina was born in Kashmir and lives in New York. She is a senior executive with extensive financial, management and advisory experience internationally. Kalpana is currently the Vice Chair at Words Without Borders, a premier online journal of translations. Her collaborative translation project of stories from the Kashmiri language, For Now, It Is Night is her first work of translation. A U.S. edition of the book, published by Archipelago, Press, will be out in February 2024.

  
Manish Gaekwad

Manish Gaekwad has worked as a journalist based in Mumbai for such publications as Scroll.in and Mid-Day, and freelanced for The Hindu. The Last Courtesan is his second book. His first novel, Lean Days, was also published by HarperCollins India in 2018. He has also written a Netflix series and worked as a script consultant.

  
Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti is an Economics graduate born and living in Mumbai. She loved dance as an art form, and was a Jazz and Tap dancer. She has modelled for a number of prestigious advertising campaigns. She was a very popular MTV VJ and spent five-and-a-half years interviewing and touring with some of the world's best musicians. She also worked as a roaming presenter, covering the ICC champions Trophy in Sri Lanka in 2002 and the Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2003. She also has a few cooking shows under her belt "Do it Sweet" "I love Cooking" "I want to Bake free" & "Cafe Maria" on Disney Hotstar. She has her own YouTube channel that goes by her name. Her debut cookbook, From My Kitchen To Yours: Food, Love And Other Ingredients, won the World Gourmand Cookbook Award in 2017. She has a series on insta , called "Cook the Book" based on it. "To The Moon and Back" is her second book, it has 40 poems in simple words, about that very complicated emotion called love.

  
Meghna Pant

Meghna Pant is the award-winning and bestselling author of eight fiction and non-fiction books, a screenwriter, a journalist and a speaker. She's been felicitated with various honours for distinguished contribution to literature, gender issues and journalism, including the Bharat Nirman Award, Frank O' Connor International Award, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Society Achiever's Award and Laadli Media Award. Several of her works are under screen adaptation, including the recent bestseller BOYS DON'T CRY (Penguin Random House, 2022). Her upcoming novel THE MAN WHO LOST INDIA (Simon & Schuster) will be published in 2024.

  
Mehak Goyal

Following a freak knee injury and the closure of her startup, Mehak Goyal began her writing journey at the darkest point in her life. Her debut poetry collection, 'Failure To Make Round Rotis' (Juggernaut India, 2023), won the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2023 and is set for a reprint within three months. The collection has garnered acclaim from publications such as HT, Open Magazine, Tribune, Mint Lounge and more. Discover more of her work on Instagram @mehakgoyal.poetry.

  
Monideepa Banerjie

Monideepa Banerjie is a Kolkata-based journalist reporting on contemporary politics in West Bengal and eastern India. Thanks to 28 years at NDTV, she has become possibly one of the most familiar faces on national TV. Now an independent journalist, Monideepa writes for multiple platforms in the country and beyond on politics, people and anything else that she believes is a story waiting to be told.

  
Mukul Kumar

Mukul Kumar is a bureaucrat, novelist and poet. He is a civil servant, belonging to the 1997 batch of Indian Railway Traffic Service. Presently he is working in the Ministry of Railways, Railway Board. His published works include three novels, 'As Boys Become Men' (RUPA Publications), Seduction by Truth' (Bloomsbury, India) and Aarzoo-Arshan (e-book), and three poetry anthologies, 'The Irrepressible Echoes', 'Catharsis' and "Rhythm of the Ruins". Mukul has been honoured with the National award for outstanding service to the Indian Railways, Bharat Nirman award for literary excellence by Bharat Nirman Foundation, and Poorvanchal Gaurav samman for his contributions to society as a bureaucrat and writer. "LOST IN THE LOVE MAZE" is Mukul's 4th fiction.

  
Patrick Lyons

Patrick Lyons is the author of Masala and Murder, an Indian-Australian crime noir. Writing about his experience as an Anglo-Indian growing up in Australia during the 1980s allows Patrick to explore broader concepts of exclusiveness, racism and identity. The often-hilarious cultural clashes also provide plenty of scope for humour, and an opportunity to reflect on the universal desire to belong.

  
Prasun Roy

I am also a biographer working on unsung heroes of India and legendary personalities from Bengal. In 2022, my work "A Samurai Dream of Azad Hind" biography of Shri Rash Behari Bose got published by Vitasta Publishing.

  
Rajat Chaudhuri

Author of acclaimed cli-fi novels like The Butterfly Effect, short story collections like Hotel Calcutta, edited anthologies of speculative fiction and solarpunk, video game stories and translations. A Charles Wallace and Hawthornden Fellow, Chaudhuri just published Spellcasters, his new climate novel. He writes and speaks frequently about cli-fi and possible futures in local and global venues. For more information, please visit his website www.rajatchaudhuri.net

  
Ruchir Joshi

Ruchir Joshi is a writer, filmmaker, and columnist for The Telegraph, India Today, Granta UK, and other major publications. His first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh was published in 2001. Poriborton - An Election Diary, a series of travelling reports on the West Bengal state elections of 2011 came out that same year and he is also the editor of India's first anthology of contemporary erotica Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories,. Joshi is the director of international award-winning films including Egaro Mile, Memories of Milk City, and Tales from Planet Kolkata. His second novel is scheduled to be published by Harper Collins in India and the UK in early 2025.

  
Sam Miller

Sam Miller was born and brought up in London, but has spent much of his adult life on the move. He is a former BBC correspondent in India, and continues to work, on and off, for the BBC's international charity, BBC Media Action. He is the author of two books about India. Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity and A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes, as well as a family memoir, Fathers. His latest book is Migrants: the Story of Us All.

  
Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy is an author, podcaster and columnist. His columns appear regularly in Mint Lounge, The Hindu and The Times of India. His audio dispatches from Kolkata for public radio in San Francisco just crossed 500 episodes. He is the host of The Sandip Roy Show for Indian Express. His work has appeared in outlets like The New York TImes, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC, NPR, Frontline, Indian Express, The Telegraph and various anthologies. He is the author of the book Don't Let Him Know.

  
Shaun Kenworthy

Chef Shaun Kenworthy is a celebrated Chef, Food / Concept consultant & strategist. Shaun began his early career in Manchester UK and quickly found himself working in some of London's best gourmet addresses, Bibendum, Atlantic Bar and Grill, Coast, Quaglinos etc. At 28, Shaun was voted amongst the top 10 Pastry Chef's in London. Arriving in India in 2000, bringing European cooking techniques. Fresh ingredients and presentation and above all a great tasting honest marriage of flavours. Shaun has spent the best part of the last 18 years consulting to the hospitality industry and helping new project start-ups across over one hundred projects.

  
Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved is the group digital editor for Harper's Bazaar India, Cosmopolitan India and Brides Today. She was the first food editor at Vogue India. Her second cookbook Tiffin was listed in the New York Times as one of the must-have cookbooks for Fall 2018. Her third book, Whose Samosa Is It Anyway? is an Amazon bestseller. Her words have appeared in food publications such as The Guardian, Saveur, Food52 and Thrillist. Apart from writing about food, she has also hosted a cooking show for Tastemade.

  
Sulagna Mukhopadhyay

Sulagna Mukhopadhyay is a translator from German language into Bengali. She has interest in Gender Studies and has translated poems, short story collection and novels by German authors like Kathrin Schmidt, Markus Kirchhofer, and Christa Wolf. She is currently working on Tauben fliegen auf, a novel by the Swiss-Hungarian Melinda Nadj Abonji, Observer by the Slovenian author Evald Flisar and , a novel by Zanna Slowioska, a Polish-Ukrainian author. She has also written articles on German authors and Germany after reunification for various reputed Bengali and English journals. In 2021, she has edited the yearly journal published by Rritobak, a Bengali Publication.

  
Swapna Liddle

Swapna Liddle is a historian with a special interest in Delhi. She works to popularise history and the cause of heritage protection through talks, heritage walks, and social and mainstream media. Her most recent books are The Broken Script: Delhi Under The East India Company And The Fall of The Mughal Dynasty, 1803-1857; and Shahjahanabad: Mapping a Mughal City. Swapna Liddle works to raise awareness about the architectural and cultural history of Delhi, and is the author of books, including Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi and Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of New Delhi.

  
Tara Gandhi

Guided by 'India's Birdman' Sálim Ali, Tara Gandhi specialised in Field Ornithology and worked for biodiversity conservation nationally and internationally. She is a founder and Vice-Chair of the Wildlife Trust of India and Committee member of Madras Naturalists' Society, Bombay Natural History Society and Ethics Committee of IIT - Madras. A nature writer, Tara has authored books, scientific and popular articles and is the editor of Sálim Ali's collected writings and radio talks.

  
Vishes Kothari

Vishes Kothari has a keen interest in the oral, musical and literary traditions of Rajasthan. His first book of translations of Vijaydan Detha's stories, titled Timeless Tales from Marwar, was published by Penguin Random House in 2020. The second book of translations, Garden of Tales-- The Best of Vijaydan Detha was published by HarperCollins in 2023. He has led the creation of the digital archive of Rajasthani literature and oral traditions, Anjas. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy.

  
Vivaan Shah

Vivaan Shah is an actor/writer from Mumbai. He is the author of the crime novels Living Hell and Midnight Freeway, and the science fiction horror novel The Forsaken Wilderness. He has acted in 7 Khoon Maaf, Happy New Year, Bombay Velvet and A Suitable Boy. He has been acting and participating in the theatre since he was a child and has adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce into a play he directed entitled Comedy of Horrors.

  
Abhijit Gupta

Abhijit Gupta is Professor of English at Jadavpur University. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1996. His publications include New Word Order: Essays in Transnational History of the Book and Moveable Type: Book History in India, both edited with Swapan Chakravorty.

  
Dr. Alka Pande

Dr. Alka Pande is an art historian who taught Indian Arts and Aesthetics at Panjab University for more than ten years. Her major fields of interest are gender identity and sexuality, and traditional arts. She has been awarded several prestigious national and international honours and has curated significant exhibitions in India and abroad. Dr. Pande is the artistic director of photography biennale Habitat Photosphere. She set up the Bihar Museum Biennale in 2021 and is now the chief curator for the Bihar Museum Biennale 2. She has extensively written and edited books on Indian aesthetics, culture and photography. Currently, Dr. Pande is a consultant art advisor and curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre.

  
Ananya Chatterjee

Ananya Chatterjee is a bilingual poet with four collections of English poems including "Unbuilding Walls," "The Poet & His Valentine," "Another Soliloquy," and a book of translation, "Forms Within." "Barefoot on Splintered Glass" is her latest book, which is a collection of 60 poems.

  
Aneek Chatterjee

Aneek Chatterjee teaches at the Post Graduate Department of Political Science, Hooghly Mohsin College, India. Earlier, he served as Professor and Head of Political Science at Presidency University, Kolkata, India.

  
Anindya Hajra

Anindya Hajra is a transfeminist, transgender rights and social justice activist based in Calcutta, whose relationship with transfeminisms has spanned about two decades. In 1998 she co-founded Pratyay Gender Trust, one of the early community led collectives in India that became a support space for gender non-conforming and transgender persons facing harassment, stigma and violence for their gender identity/ expression. Pratyay today focuses on issues surrounding systemic discrimination surrounding Transgender Persons' Right to Work, Economic Justice and Inclusion. She has been deeply involved with sexualities, gender, anti-homophobic/transphobic violence and a significant part of her work is focused on collectivisation of transgender persons across India, advocating with policy makers and building synergies across other human rights movements.

  
Aneek Chatterjee

Aneek Chatterjee teaches at the Post Graduate Department of Political Science, Hooghly Mohsin College, India. Earlier, he served as Professor and Head of Political Science at Presidency University, Kolkata, India.

  
Anita Agnihotri

Anita Agnihotri is a Bengali writer and poet. She has been translated into major Indian and foreign languages, including but not limited to English, Swedish and German. She is also a retired civil servant (Indian Administrative Service 1980 batch).

  
Anjana Basu

Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Kolkata. She writes stories and features in the local newspapers and for Outlook and Statesman. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue. Her poems have featured in an anthology brought out by Penguin India. In the US she has been published by the Wolfhead Quarterly, Gowanus, the Blue Moon Review and Recursive Angelto to name a few.

  
Anjum Katyal

Anjum Katyal is a published poet and writes on theatre and the visual arts. She has been the Chief Editor, Seagull Books(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). She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre (SAGE, 2012). Anjum has translated several books, including Habib Tanvir's Charandas Chor and Hirma ki Amar Kahani to mention a few.

  
Anuja Chauhan

Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author, advertiser and screenwriter. As a writer, she is known for The Zoya Factor, Battle For Bittora, Those Pricey Thakur Girls, The House That BJ Built, Baaz, Club You To Death and The Fast and the Dead.

  
Amanita Sen

Amanita Sen writes both in English and Bengali and believes in soulful living through poetry. Her English poems have been featured in many prestigious global anthologies and journals.Her Bengali poems too have been published in numerous journals in India, Bangladesh and the USA. She is a mental health professional based in Kolkata, India.

  
Amit Shankar Saha

Amit Shankar Saha is a short story writer and poet. His works have been included in Best Indian Poetry 2018, The Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English 2020 and 2021, etc. He has won the Wordweavers Prize both for short story and poetry. He has a PhD in English from Calcutta University and teaches as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Seacom Skills University.

  
Amita Ray

Amita Ray, a former Associate professor in English is based in Kolkata. She is a translator, short story writer, and poet. Her translation of Abanindranath Tagore's Khirer Putul has been inducted into the postgraduate curriculum of English literature in Burdwan University, West Bengal and was also shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi award for English translation 2022.

  
Arshia Sattar

Arshia Sattar works with myth, epics and the story literatures of the subcontinent. She has published translations of the Valmiki Ramayana and the Kathasaritsagara and more recently, she has retold the epics and Hindu myths for younger readers. In 2022, her Mahabharata for Children won the Sahitya Akademi award for children's literature. She was recently honoured by the French government with the Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres. Since 2008, Arshia has been running the Sangam House International Writers' Residency Program in Bangalore.

  
Baisali Chatterjee Dutt

Baisali Chatterjee Dutt is a writer of fiction and poetry, and a drama teacher and actor. She has authored, co-written and edited several books.

  
Bickram Ghosh

Maestro Bickram Ghosh is widely considered to be one of India's greatest versatile artists. He is one of the rare artists who excels in three musical fields simultaneously. These are Indian Classical, Fusion and Film scoring. Bickram has a formidable reputation as one of the world's greatest classical tabla players.

  
Bijoya Sawian

Bijoya Sawian is a translator and writer who lives in Shillong and Dehradun. She studied at Seng Khasi High School and Loreto Convent in Shillong, and did her Masters in English at Miranda House, Delhi, after graduating in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College. Her works essentially deal with the life and culture of the Khasi community of North East India. The Teachings of Elders, Khasi Myths, Legends and Folktales and About One God are three of several books that she has translated from Khasi into English. Several institutes of repute, including the Sahitya Akademi and the Institute of Folklore Studies, Bhopal, have published her short stories and critical essays. Her original works in English includes A Family Secret and Other Stories.

  
Carina Rozenfeld

Carina Rozenfeld is a French author who writes children's books in the science fiction and fantasy genres. She has won more than 20 literary awards and written dozens of hugely popular French YA fantasy novels. A former journalist for French youth press, she has also written for French television.

  
Coonoor Kripalani

Coonoor Kripalani is a scholar turned children's book author, publishing books, articles and reviews in both academic journals and newspapers. Coonoor creates highly visual bilingual children's books in Hindi and English, and has created several animated works, exploring innovative book shapes and various formats. Her more recent works are inspired by life's everyday adventures and her travels into the far corners of the world, such as the jungles of India and the Arctic, nature and conservation - topics close to Coonoor's heart. Coonoor's books have been published in various digital formats, including Apps, and audio e-books that are available on the iBookstore or Google Play. Coonoor continues to write scholarly works. Currently, she is working on a book analysing the role of radio broadcasting in India.

  
Debanjan Chakrabarti

Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti is Director, British Council, East and Northeast India. He has over 20 years of experience in leading education, development and cultural collaboration programmes in the UK-India corridor and internationally. A triple gold medallist in English literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Debanjan was awarded the prestigious Felix Scholarship from India for his PhD - in literature and media studies - from the University of Reading, UK. In his substantive role as the Area Director for East and Northeast India, he leads on all of British Council's education and cultural relations work in East and Northeast India, covering 13 states and Bhutan. Debanjan is a trustee of the International Language and Development Conference and sits on the education and heritage committees of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  
Debasish Lahiri

Debasish Lahiri teaches English literature at Lal Baba College. Lahiri is an internationally acclaimed poet. His poems have been widely published in journals like The Journal of the Poetry Society of India, Muse-India and The French Literary Review among others. Lahiri is the recipient of the Prix-du Merite, Naji Naaman Literary Prize 2019. He is an honorary member of Maison Naaman pour la Culture.

  
Debkumar Mitra

Debkumar is a Gordon M. Fisher Fellow from University of Toronto. Debkumar Mitra is a comics curator, editor, reviewer and fan who also is a sci-tech columnist and does workshops on the narrative structures of graphic tales.

  
Dia Mirza

Named among 100 influential and inspiring women from across the world in the BBC 100 Women List 2023, Dia Mirza continues to play diverse and multifaceted roles as a climate champion, the founder of One India Stories and as an actor and producer. As the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary General's Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals and in every other capacity , Dia remains deeply interested in the human condition, the interconnectedness of all living beings, gender issues, social parity and a sustainable relationship between humanity and the planet. As an actor, her work is imbued with a staunch commitment to the ideals inherent in Sustainable Development Goals. Dia was crowned Miss Asia Pacific at the age of 18 and went on to establish herself as a versatile and well-respected actor in the Indian film industry right from her first film, 'Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein' in 2001. Since then, she has essayed acclaimed roles in films like Khalid Mohammad's 'Tehzeeb,' Pradeep Sarkar's 'Parineeta', Reema Kagti's 'Honeymoon Travels', Pratim D Gupta's 'Paanch Adhyay,' Rensil D'Silva's 'Kurbaan', Raju Hirani's blockbusters 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' and 'Sanju' among many others.

  
Divrina Dhingra

Divrina Dhingra is a writer and journalist. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she has previously worked at Elle, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar magazines in India. She has also worked at the Indian fragrance brand The Perfume Library.

  
Durjoy Datta

Durjoy Datta is an Indian novelist, screenwriter and entrepreneur. He has four shows, Sadda Haq - My Life, My Choice, Million Dollar Girl - From Banaras to Paris on Channel V India, Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi on Sony TV and Ek Veer Ki Ardaas.Veera on Star Plus to his credit. He has co-founded Grapevine India Publishers. He is the author of 6 runaway bestselling books. In 2009, he was recognized as a young achiever by The Times of India, he was also chosen as one of the two young achievers in the field of Media and Communications by Whistling Woods International.

  
Gargi Rawat

Gargi Rawat is a journalist, anchor, content & communication strategist, sustainability advocate and has been the face of the morning news at NDTV for several years. Her new book 'The Tiger Season' brings to focus the man-animal conflict, and the effort that goes into tiger conservation.

  
Gopal Lahiri

Gopal Lahiri has been writing poetry for more than twenty five years. He writes both in English and Bengali. He also occasionally writes fiction, short story, essay, articles on current affairs and scientific interest and does translation work. His literary works appeared in several print (notably in Indian Literature, Taj Mahal Review and Illuminations) and electronic publications (Arts and Letters, Underground Window, Muse India, Poetry Stop, Debug) worldwide and his poems published in anthologies (National Treasures, Concerto, and The Silence Within) printed in India and abroad

  
Husna Tara Prakash

Husna Tara Prakash is the owner & Managing Director at Glenburn Tea Estate & Boutique Hotel, Darjeeling, West Bengal. She is a mother of two, a science teacher, passionate story-teller of Kolkata's rich heritage and friend to city expatriates. In 2018, she turned an office warehouse into The Glenburn Penthouse, an upscale dine-and-reside getaway in the heart of Kolkata, which took seven years to create.

  
Indrapramit Das

Indrapramit Das aka Indra Das is a writer and editor from Kolkata. He is a Lambda Literary Award-winner for his debut novel The Devourers (Penguin Random House), and a Shirley Jackson Award-winner for his short fiction, which has appeared in publications including Tor.com, Slate Magazine, Verve Magazine and Asimov's Science Fiction, and has been widely anthologized. He is an Octavia E. Butler Scholar and graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop. His latest book is the novella The Last Dragoners of Bowbazar (Subterranean Press). He currently resides in his hometown.

  
Ipsita Ganguli

Ipsita Ganguli is a poet, travel writer, heritage enthusiast, business consultant and former hotelier. Her poems have been published in several national and international e zines and anthologies. She plays one of main characters of the poetry film Kolkata Cocktail which has been screened in domestic and overseas film festivals.

  
Iryna Vikrychak

Iryna Vikrychak is an Ukrainian cultural manager, poetess and translator. She has been working in cultural management and diplomacy since a decade. In the past, she chaired the Meridian Czernowitz Festival. She worked as director of the EU's Creative Europe National Bureau and Director Deputy of the Development Department at the Lviv City Council

  
Jael Silliman

Jael Silliman is an author, scholar, and women's right activist. She works as a consultant on gender and development, women of color and reproductive rights, and gender and environment issues. She was born into the Baghdadi Jewish community of Calcutta, educated at Wellesley College, Mass., Harvard University, University of Texas, Austin, and received her doctoral degree in international education at Columbia University. She has written extensively on gender and economic development, and women's movements in the developing world.

  
Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based poet, novelist, short story writer, translator, as well as journalist. Pinto's works include Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, which won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards, Surviving Women and Asylum and Other Poems. His first novel Em and the Big Hoom was published in 2012. Pinto won the Windham-Campbell prize in 2016 for his fiction. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016 for his novel Em and the Big Hoom.

  
Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts is the founder and Creative Director of the award-winning, U.K.-based Ginger and Spice Festival. This annual event explores the culinary heritage and history of Market Drayton, a rural market town in Shropshire, central England. Notably linked to Kolkata through its colonial past, Market Drayton is celebrated as 'the home of gingerbread'. The festival champions local artisans and their diverse produce and wares. With over 25 years in the media as a creative communications consultant, Julia has worked with various brands, including restaurants, hotels, food producers, and gardens. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is deeply fascinated by how cross-cultural influences have shaped today's culinary landscape in the UK.

  
Kalpana Raina

Kalpana Raina was born in Kashmir and lives in New York. She is a senior executive with extensive financial, management and advisory experience internationally. Kalpana is currently the Vice Chair at Words Without Borders, a premier online journal of translations. Her collaborative translation project of stories from the Kashmiri language, For Now, It Is Night is her first work of translation.

  
Kavita Panjabi

Kavita Panjabi was Professor, Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, and also a women's studies specialist and peace activist. She is the author of several books including on the women's participation in the Tebhaga movement.

  
Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu is an eminent author of several novels and short stories in both English and Bengali. A veteran of international film festivals, he has also acted on stage and screen, and directed documentary films. In his academic life, he is a fellow of Green Templeton College and was, until recently, a tenured professor at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. A PhD from the University of Florida, he has published extensively on Marketing topics as well as on Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the Centre for Learning Futures of Ahmedabad University and affiliated to SAS.

  
Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit is an award-winning independent journalist, documentary film-maker and podcast creator. Kunal has written on issues of development, politics, inequality, while focusing more recently on hate crimes and the rise of Hindu nationalism. He is the recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Civic Journalism (2012), the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting (2014) and the UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitive Reporting (2014 and 2019). His notable works include 'Vanished: Inside India's Bermuda Triangle' (2022), an Audible Original non- fiction podcast, and 'The Children ofNowhere' (2023), a documentary film. He has written for Al Jazeera, ProPublica, The Times of India, Foreign Policy, Hindustan Times, South China Morning Post, Deutsche Welle and The Wire, among others.

  
Lennie Goodings

Lennie Goodings is a Canadian-born publisher active in the United Kingdom. She is Chair of the UK British publishing house Virago Press, where has worked since 1978, through all its ownership changes. Virago was founded in 1973 by Carmen Callil, who was convinced an imprint devoted to women's writing, lives and concerns, could be both financially viable and an inspiration. Goodings has written a children's book When I Grow Up. Her memoir A Bite of the Apple: Behind the Scenes at Virago Press was published in February 2020 by Oxford University Press. A trustee of English PEN she is a board member of the charity Poet in the City.

  
Lopamudra Maitra

Lopamudra Maitra is a visual anthropologist, author, and columnist. She works on history, popular culture, and the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of India and South Asia. She was deputed as the Culture Specialist (Research) at the SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has also been a Research Grant Fellow of the Indian High Commission, Sri Lanka. A former Assistant Professor from Symbiosis International Deemed University, Pune, she continues to teach at universities in India and abroad. She is the author of 5 books on narratives, popular culture and oral traditions of India and South Asia. Her latest book is -'Collected stories of Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury'.

  
Louise Fowler-Smith

Louise Fowler-Smith has promoted environmentalism for the past 30 years through her teaching, contemporary art and writing. She is the Founder of the Tree Veneration Society Inc., which raises awareness about the importance of the natural environment through exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and performances. As an environmental artist Louise has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle in France titled Portraits d'Arbres Remarquables Illumine´s. Louise recently published a Book titled Sacred Trees of India: Adornment and Adoration as an Alternative to the Commodification of Nature.

  
Madhumita Majumdar

Dr. Madhumita Majumdar is an Assistant Professor in English at Bhangar Mahavidyalaya,(affiliated to Calcutta University). Her areas of interest are Victorian Literature, Indian Writing in English with inclination towards Dalit Literature.

  
Madhurima Vidyarthi

Madhurima Vidyarthi is an endocrinologist who always wanted to be a writer. She is a part of the Italian Consulate initiative 'Bridge of Stories' - an anthology of short fiction by Indian and Italian writers. Her first book, "My Grandmother's Masterpiece" was published in 2022. "Munni Monster" is her second book for young readers. She has written in many formats but her enduring love has always been fiction, across genres and age groups and a wide range of subjects.

  
Maharghya Chakraborty

Maharghya Chakraborty is a translator. He has translated Gulzar's Bengali anthology Panta Bhaate, four of Taslima Nasreen's non-fictional works, Sibaji Bandyopadhyay's original screenplay Ekti Barir Golpo, as Tagores Before Tagore: A Screenplay. He has worked as a copy-editor on academic publications. He teaches at St Xavier's College in Kolkata.

  
Manish Gaekwad

Manish Gaekwad has worked as a senior script creative at Red Chillies Entertainment. He has written She on Netflix and was the script consultant for Badhaai Do. He has previously worked as a reporter for various publications, including the news portal Scroll.in. and Mid-Day and freelanced for The Hindu. The Last Courtesan is his second book. His first novel, Lean Days, was published in 2018.

  
Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti is a TV anchor, actor, chef, and author. Taking her passion for food a step ahead, Goretti wrote her first book titled 'From My Kitchen to Yours: Food, Love & Other Ingredients' in 2016. She has also published a book of poems.

  
Meghna Pant

Meghna Pant is the award-winning and bestselling author of eight fiction and non-fiction books, a screenwriter, a journalist and a speaker. She's been felicitated with various honours for distinguished contribution to literature, gender issues and journalism, including the Bharat Nirman Award, Frank O' Connor International Award, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Society Achiever's Award and Laadli Media Award. Several of her works are under screen adaptation, including the recent bestseller Boys Don't Cry.

  
Mehak Goyal

Mehak Goyal: Following a freak knee injury and the closure of her startup, Mehak Goyal began her writing journey at the darkest point in her life. Her debut poetry collection, Failure To Make Round Rotis, won the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2023.

  
Mukul Kumar

Mukul Kumar is a bureaucrat, novelist and poet. A highly-awarded civil servant of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, he is working in the Ministry of Railways, Railway Board. He has published four novels, and three poetry anthologies.

  
Mukund Padmanabhan

Mukund Padmanabhan is a Professor of Public Practice at the newly-established Krea University, where he teaches philosophy. He spent most of his working years in journalism, retiring as Editor of The Hindu in 2019. Prior to this, he was the editor of The Hindu Businessline, a sister publication from the same group. Padmanabhan is an M-Phil in Philosophy and worked briefly as a lecturer at the University of Delhi before switching to journalism. He is interested in and has written about politics, legal affairs, and literature.

  
Naina Dey

Naina Dey is a critic, translator, reviewer and creative writer. She has authored several books and her works have appeared in newspapers, anthologies and academic journals. She was awarded the Excellence in World Poetry Award, 2009 by the International Poets Academy, Chennai in 2009 and was a member of a team of young Indian writers to be felicitated jointly by Sahitya Akademi and Visva-Bharati University on the occasion of the 150th birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore in 2010.

  
Neela Majumdar

Neela Majumdar is Director, Education and Outreach, South & S East Asia, EARTHDAY.ORG. Neela worked at the French Embassy, and the French Economic Mission, Consulate General of France in Kolkata. She is a recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite for Indo-French cultural relations. Neela has also worked with TV Channels. Neela has an MBA from ESSEC, in Paris and a BA in English Literature from Calcutta University.

  
Niladri Chatterjee

Niladri Chatterjee is Professor, Department of English, the University of Kalyani. His doctoral work was on the novelist Christopher Isherwood, A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and the British Council-Charles Wallace Fellowship, he co-edited The Muffled Heart: Stories of the Disempowered Male, contributed to The American Isherwood and so on. He has reviewed for Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide (US). He has been teaching a course in gender studies at his university since 2009.

  
Nilam

RJ Nilam describes herself as 'all things local and vocal'. Prominent in the Radio Industry, RJ Nilam is popular for her no nonsense views on every important topic with a touch of humour on her show U-Turn on 93.5 REDFM KOLKATA.

  
Nishi Pulugurtha

Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha is Associate Professor, Department of English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Kolkata. Her areas of interest are British Romantic literature, Indian writing in English, the diaspora and Shakespeare adaptations in film. Dr Pulugurtha has published in refereed international and national journals. She has a monograph on Derozio and a collection of travel essays. She also writes on Alzheimer's Disease.

  
Oindrilla Dutt

Oindrilla Dutt comes to event management via advertising. She heads her own organisation, Open Doors. She is engaged with several charities and voluntary organisations and is a popular presenter and events curator.

  
P Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram is an Indian politician and lawyer who currently serves as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. He was the former Union Finance Minister- Government of India. He served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs from 2017 to 2018. His latest book is The Watershed Year: Which Way Will India Go

  
Pandit Kumar Bose

Pandit Kumar Bose is an Indian tabla musician and composer of Indian classical music. Since he gave his first public performance at the age of four he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Kremlin in Moscow, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at various venues throughout India.

  
Paromita Chakravarti

Paromita Chakravarti is Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University and has been Director, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University. She teaches Renaissance drama, women's writing, queer and film studies. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Oxford, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Birmingham Hyderabad Delhi. She has published widely on Shakespeare as well as on women's studies.

  
Patrick Lyons

Patrick Lyons is the author of Masala and Murder, an Indian-Australian crime noir. Writing about his experience as an Anglo-Indian growing up in Australia during the 1980s allows Patrick to explore broader concepts of exclusiveness, racism and identity. The often-hilarious cultural clashes also provide plenty of scope for humour, and an opportunity to reflect on the universal desire to belong.

  
Pierre Bordage

Pierre Bordage is one of France's best-selling science fiction writers. He won the Cosmos 2000 prize in 1996 for his novel La Citadelle Hyponéros.

  
Pinaki De

Pinaki De is a multiple award-winning graphic illustrator-designer who has designed almost 500 book covers till date. He has twice won the PublishingNext prize for the best book cover design in India. His book cover for "Kalkatta" by Kunal Basu won the prestigious Oxford Bookstore prize for the best cover design in India in 2017. Pinaki is one of the editors of the prestigious annual magazine "Longform" which is generally regarded as the first global comics magazine from India. He is the Indian comics advisor of Mangasia, the biggest ever exhibition on Asian Comics curated by Paul Gravett for the Barbican, London.

  
Prasun Roy

Prasun Roy writes stories in varied genres, including adventure, mystery, and young adult fiction. He has recently translated Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's horror stories and is also a biographer working on unsung heroes of India and legendary personalities from Bengal.

  
Priti Paul

Priti Paul is the Director of Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the iconic century old Oxford Bookstores. She is the Founder Festival Director, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival celebrating books, music, art, film and more with the finest creative minds in the nation and world. She is also the creator of ABC Desi, an alphabet book with a distinct Indian flavour. She 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 Club India.

  
Rahul Shivshankar

Rahul Shivshankar is an indian journalist and TV anchor who worked as the editor-in-chief at Times Now. He has anchored five shows and has served as the Senior News Editor at Times Now. He is the author of several books.

  
Rajat Chaudhuri

Rajat Chaudhuri is the author of acclaimed cli-fi novels like The Butterfly Effect, short story collections like Hotel Calcutta, edited anthologies of speculative fiction and solarpunk, video game stories and translations. A Charles Wallace and Hawthornden Fellow, Chaudhuri just published Spellcasters, his new climate novel. He writes and speaks frequently about cli-fi and possible futures in local and global venues.

  
Ramanjit Kaur

Ramanjit Kaur is a Film and Theatre Actor and Director. She is the Founder Director of The Creative Arts, an Arts Academy in Kolkata. She has been a lead Actor of Padmashree Neelam ManSingh Chowdhry's group for more than three decades. She is a graduate in Music, Dance, Fine Arts and Literature, and a Gold Medalist in Masters in Music (Inst.). She is also currently National Vice-President, Arts Leadership Council, WICCI.

  
Renu Roy

Renu Roy was the founder-Director of Kolkata's reputed cultural organisation Spandan. Renu is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her contribution to the cultural field. She received the National Film Festival Award, 'The Golden Lotus' for 'Best Film' 1994, for her widely-acclaimed feature film Unishe April. She has written several articles on a wide variety of subjects. Her passion for poetry has culminated in her third volume of verse, The Far Side and Other Poems.

  
Riddhi Sen

Riddhi Sen is a stage and film actor who predominantly works in Bengali films. He is the youngest actor in India to receive the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film Nagakirtan.

  
Rituparna Khan

Rituparna Khan is an Assistant Professor in Bidhannagar College, Salt Lake, Kolkata. She is a Geographer by profession.

  
Rohen Bose

Rohen Bose is a multi-percussionist who has performed with many fusion bands, orchestras and special duo concerts and has played and composed for numerous films.

  
Roop Majumdar

Roop Majumdar has been published in The Poetry Review, The Manchester Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Transect Magazine.

  
Roy

Roy is a retired Radio Jockey and an active anchor of events. He has developed a universe of unique Bengali word games, called Shabdabaaji, and does workshops, contests, game sessions at schools, colleges, localities to help Bengalis nurture their language-knowledge better. He does a similar project with English word games as well.

  
Ruchir Joshi

Ruchir Joshi is a writer, filmmaker, and columnist. His first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh was published in 2001. Poriborton - An Election Diary, a series of travelling reports on the West Bengal state elections of 2011 came out that same year and he is also the editor of India's first anthology of contemporary erotica Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories. Joshi is the director of international award-winning films including Egaro Mile, Memories of Milk City, and Tales from Planet Kolkata. His second novel is scheduled to be published in India and the UK in early 2025.

  
Ruchira Gupta

Ruchira Gupta is a journalist, activist and author. She is the founder of Apne Aap, an NGO that works for women's rights and the eradication of sex trafficking and empowerment of the girl child.

  
Sam Miller

Sam Miller, born and brought up in London, is a former BBC correspondent in India, and continues to work, on and off, for the BBC's international charity, BBC Media Action. He is the author of two books about India, Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity and A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes, as well as a family memoir, Fathers. His latest book is Migrants: the Story of Us All.

  
Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy is an author, podcaster and columnist. His columns appear regularly in Mint Lounge, The Hindu and The Times of India. His audio dispatches from Kolkata for public radio in San Francisco just crossed 500 episodes. He is the host of The Sandip Roy Show for Indian Express. His work has appeared in The New York TImes, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC, NPR, Frontline, Indian Express, The Telegraph and various anthologies. He is the author of the book Don't Let Him Know.

  
Sangeeta Datta

Sangeeta Datta is a writer/director, independent filmmaker and cultural commentator. She is director of Baithak - a non-profit arts company - and Stormglass Productions.

  
Sanjukta Dasgupta

Sanjukta Dasgupta is Professor and Former Head, Department of English, and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Calcutta. She is a poet, critic, translator and recipient of many awards and fellowships. Her published books include The Novels of Huxley and Hemingway: A Study in Two Planes of Reality, and Media, Gender and Popular Culture in India: Tracking Change and Continuity.

  
Santa Khurai

Santa Khurai is an activist with the transgender movement. In 2010 she was appointed Secretary of the All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMaNA). Since then, she has worked closely with AMaNA and its sister organization, Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII). Today, she is at the forefront of the LGBTQ movement in Manipur, travelling the world to speak for her community.

  
Santanu Bhattacharya

Santanu Bhattacharya grew up in India and studied at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore. He is the winner of the 2021 Mo Siewcharran Prize and the 2023 Observer best debut novel prize. He now lives in London. One Small Voice is his first novel.

  
Shaun Kenworthy

 Shaun Kenworthy, UK born and bred, is a celebrated Chef, Food / Concept Consultant & Strategist, and food and travel writer.

  
Shalini Modi

Shalini Modi is an author and an enthusiast of ancient Indian scriptures like Vedas, Puranas, Patanjali yoga sutras and epics. She is an astrologer and runs an NGO for underprivileged children to support them in their education. Women are taught stitching in an endeavour to make them financially independent.

  
Simon Rowe

Simon Rowe left New Zealand for Australia when he was 16 years old. At 21, he set out for the world, funding his travels by photographing and writing about them. He has lived in Japan for more than 25 years, winning awards for his short fiction and screenplays, including Good Night Papa (2013 Asian Short Screenplay Contest) and Pearl City: Stories from Japan and Elsewhere (2021 Best Indie Book Award). His stories about Japanese life and culture have appeared in The Paris Review, the New York Times, TIME (Asia), the South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, The Australian, and the Australian Financial Review. He has a black belt in iaido (sword quick-drawing).

  
Sohini Roychowdhury

Sohini Roychowdhury is an Indian dancer, choreographer and expert on the Natyashastra. She is the founder of Sohinimoksha World Dance & Communications and Sohinimoksha Artes de La India in Madrid, Kolkata and Berlin.

  
Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved is the group digital editor for Harper's Bazaar India, Cosmopolitan India and Brides Today. She was the first food editor at Vogue India. Her second cookbook Tiffin was listed in the New York Times as one of the must-have cookbooks for Fall 2018. Her third book, Whose Samosa Is It Anyway? is an Amazon bestseller. Her words have appeared in food publications such as The Guardian, Saveur, Food52 and Thrillist. Apart from writing about food, she has also hosted a cooking show for Tastemade. 

  
Somnath Batabyal

Somnath Batabyal worked for a decade in journalism, covering crime and criminality, before entering the quieter world of Western academia. His first book, Making News in India: Star News and Star Ananda, was published in 2011. He has also edited a volume, Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change (2010). Somnath now lives in London where he teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

  
Srijato Bandopadhyay

Srijato Bandopadhyay is a leading poet of the Bengali language. 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'.

  
SUDESHNA ROY

Sudeshna Roy is an Indian film director, actor and writer based in Tollywood. She started her career as an entertainment journalist before collaborating with the director Abhijit Guha and making a foray into the film and entertainment industry in Bengal.

  
SUDIPTO DAS

Sudipto Das is an Indian author, social worker and musician. He is also a columnist, a speaker at TED events and a veteran in the semiconductor industry, having co-chaired the Industry Forum at the VLSID 2020. He has been the co-founder of two startups. His debut novel The Ekkos Clan was published in 2013. A violinist, Sudipto debuted as a music composer in 2014. He is also a columnist and a speaker at TEDx events.

  
SUFIA KHATOON

Sufia is receiver of The Kavi Salam Award 2018 and Co-Founder of Rhythm Divine Poets community, Editor of EKL Review. She is a multi-lingual performance poet, literary translator, artist and facilitator. She has authored "Death in the Holy Month" shortlisted for Yuva Puraskar Sahitya Akademi 2020. Her second book of poetry is forthcoming from Red River Books.

  
Sujata Sen

Sujata Sen, CEO of NGO Future Hope, comes to her responsibilities at this organization from many years in publishing and then as a senior officer at British Council. She manages the day to day operations at Future Hope, and implements the planning and strategy.

  
Sulagna Mukhopadhyay

Sulagna Mukhopadhyay is a translator from the German language into Bengali. A Masters in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University and English Literature from Jodhpur National University, she teaches in South Point School and at Jadavpur University. She has translated poems, a short story collection and novels and written articles on German authors and Germany after reunification for reputed Bengali and English journals. In 2021, she edited the yearly journal published by Rritobak.

  
SUNIL BHANDARI

Sunil Bhandari is Executive Director - Corporate in RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. He is a Chartered Accountant who has produced two films, looked after a radio station and a TV channel, edited group magazines He is also a poet who has published two Amazon bestsellers, and an avid podcaster whose podcast Uncut Poetry is being heard in more than 70 countries.

  
SUNIL BHANDARI

Sunil Bhandari is Executive Director - Corporate in RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. He is a Chartered Accountant who has produced two films, looked after a radio station and a TV channel, edited group magazines He is also a poet who has published two Amazon bestsellers, and an avid podcaster whose podcast Uncut Poetry is being heard in more than 70 countries.

  
Supriya Newar

Author of several books , Supriya Newar has worked two decades in the world of brand and communications. A music aficionado, she authored and curated a tribute dedicated to Late Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi which was released by the Hon'ble Governor of Bengal in 2018. Supriya Newar is attached with a clutch of firms as a Communications Consultant and also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Linc Pens.

  
Suzanne Heywood

Suzanne Heywood grew up sailing around the world on a boat. Her father set sail from England in 1976 on the Schooner Wavewalker with the whole family, on what turned out to be a decade-long trip. Isolated as a child, she managed to teach herself by correspondence and won a place to study at university. She is co-author, of ReOrg which helps redesigning organisations. She also authored the biography of her husband, Jeremy Heywood (a senior civil servant who served four UK Prime Ministers in various roles), What Does Jeremy Think, and also wrote and published a short biography of his mother, Dr Brenda Swinbank.

  
Swapna Liddle

Swapna Liddle works to raise awareness about the architectural and cultural history of Delhi, and is the author of books, including Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi and Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of New Delhi.

  
Swastika Mukherjee

Swastika Mukherjee is an actor with a career spanning over 2 decades. She works with various NGOs from all over the country for rescue and rehabilitation of stray dogs, cats and animals. She made her Bollywood debut with Detective Bomkyesh Bakshy! and has since worked in Pataal Lok, Dil Bechara, Criminal Justice - Adhura Sach and Qala. She has worked in multiple languages including Bengali, oria, Marathi and Hindi.

  
Tabinda Jalil-Burney

Tabinda Jalil-Burney is a writer, translator and doctor, working in the National Health Service in the UK. She is the author of a cookbook called How to Feed your Child (and Enjoy it!) and the winner of Gourmand award for best writing for childcare, also published in Hindi. She has also translated numerous Urdu short stories into English as part of various published anthologies.

  
Tanveer Ajsi

Tanveer Ajsi is an art historian and cultural theorist. He has written extensively on theatre, performing arts, visual arts and literature, besides translating and directing plays, and curating and conceptualizing exhibitions.

  
Tara Gandhi

Tara Gandhi, conservationist and author, is founder and life Trustee of WTI, Tara Gandhi serves on committees of the BNHS, Madras Naturalists' Society (MNS) and the Institutional Ethics Committee of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M). She is the author of books, scientific and popular articles on birds, wildlife and ecology.

  
Tarana Husain Khan

Dr Tarana Husain Khan is a writer and food historian. She is the author of Degh to Dastarkhwan: Qissas and Recipes from Rampur and a work of historical fiction The Begum and the Dastan. She has co-edited and contributed to the recently published anthology Forgotten Foods: Memories and Recipes from Muslim South Asia. She is currently working on a project to revive heirloom recipes and rice varieties.

  
Upamanyu Chatterjee

Upamanyu Chatterjee is a critically acclaimed author and a retired Indian civil servant. His works include the novel English, August: An Indian story, The Last Burden The Mammaries of the Welfare State and Weight Loss. In 2008, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to literature. Chatterjee has written and published short stories since the 1980s, including stories republished in the 2019 collection The Assassination of Indira Gandhi.

  
Urbi Bhaduri

Urbi Bhaduri is a writer and translator. Much of her work, which she calls Maps for Lost Writers, is about having conversations with people who are making things like books, films or performance art, helping them through the creative process. Her first book, a translation of Abanindranath Tagore's Nalak, is the story of the Buddha seen through the eyes of a little boy. She has also translated the popular fairytale Kheer-er Putul

  
Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia is an Indian feminist writer, publisher and activist. She founded two feminist presses, Kali for Women and Zubaan. She is known for her work in the women's movement of India, as well as for authoring books such as The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India and Speaking Peace: Women's Voices from Kashmir.

  
Ushoshi Sengupta

Ushoshi Sengupta is an Indian actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder.

  
Veer Rajwant Singh

Veer Rajwant Singh is an Indian actor who has worked in ads, a few film pieces and in videos for Dice Media and Being Indian. He is best known for his recurring presence in FilterCopy videos where he's an audience favorite.

  
Vishes Kothari

Vishes Kothari has a keen interest in the oral, musical and literary traditions of Rajasthan. His first book of translations of Vijaydan Detha's stories, titled Timeless Tales from Marwar, was published in 2020. The second book of translations, Garden of Tales-- The Best of Vijaydan Detha was published in 2023. He has led the creation of the digital archive of Rajasthani literature and oral traditions, Anjas. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Rajasthani Bhasha Academy.

  
Vivaan Shah

Vivaan Shah is an actor/writer from Mumbai. He is the author of the crime novels Living Hell and Midnight Freeway, and the science fiction horror novel The Forsaken Wilderness. He has acted in several films. He has been acting and participating in the theatre since he was a child and has adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce into a play he directed entitled Comedy of Horrors.

  
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