Abhijit Banerjee is the author of three books including Poor Economics (www.pooreconomics.com), a large number of articles, and is the editor of a fourth book. He finished his first documentary film, The Name of the Disease, in 2006. He was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Harvard University. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011, he was professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over 20 books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are The Good Book, Ideas That Matter, Liberty in the Age of Terror and To Set Prometheus Free.
Achia anzi, Israeli born, currently residing in India. Obtained a BFA and MFA from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Visiting professor of Hebrew at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His translations from Urdu and Hindi were printed in several Hebrew newspaper and journals. Forthcoming by Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House: selected short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto translated to Hebrew.
Akash Kapur is the author of India Becoming, a forthcoming work of narrative non-fiction to be published by Penguin-Riverhead (USA) and Penguin (India). His work has been published in The Atlantic, The Economist, Granta, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Outlook, and several other publications. He is the former “Letter from India” columnist for the International Herald Tribune.
Dr. Alastair Niven OBE is Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, the home of a Foundation started in 1947 at the behest of HM The King in order to provide opportunities for moral, ethical, spiritual and social discussion, particularly among young people and with visitors from overseas. Dr. Niven has published over 100 articles on aspects of Commonwealth and post-colonial literature and on overseas student affairs. His books include two studies of D H Lawrence and two books on Indian writing, The Yoke of Pity: A Study in the Fictional Writings of Mulk Raj Anand andTruth into Fiction: Raja Rao’s ‘The Serpent and the Rope’.
Alex Watson is a specialist of classical Indian Philosophy and author of “The Self’s Awareness of Itself; Bhatta Ramakantha’s Arguments Against the Buddhist Doctrine of No-self” (2006). His PhD was from the University of Oxford (2002), and he will take up the position of Sanskrit Preceptor at Harvard in August.
Alka Pande is a prolific writer on Indology and art history, and is the author of several books including Ardhanarisvara: The Androgyne, Probing the Gender Within, Masterpieces of Indian Art, Indian Erotica, Quest for Love, andKamasutra for Women. Recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Alka Pande is currently Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Aman Sethi is the author of A Free Man (Random House India, Jonathan Cape UK) and covers the Maoist conflict in central India for The Hindu.
Described as the ‘Paulo Coelho of the East’ by Business World and a ‘People’s author like Jeffrey Archer’ by The Telegraph, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon. Released in March 2010, Amish’s Shiva Trilogy of which two books, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas have been published has over 350,000 copies in print.
Amitava Kumar is author of several works of non-fiction and a novel. His latest book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, was judged the ‘Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year’ at the Page Turner Literary Award. He is Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College.
Amrita Tripathi is a Delhi-based broadcast journalist working with CNN-IBN. A news anchor, Books Editor and Health Editor for the channel, she’s also a writer in her spare time. Her novel Broken Newswas published by Tranquebar.
Amy Chua received her A.B. in 1984 and her J.D. in 1987, both from Harvard University. While at Harvard Law School, Professor Chua was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times bestseller and selected by both The Economist and the U.K.’s Guardian as one of Best Book of 2003. Professor Chua’s second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance — and Why They Fall was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. Her latest book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is a memoir.
Anit Mukherjee is a former army officer who is completing his PhD at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He is writing a book on civil-military relations in India. He has published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and RUSI Journal, among others. Currently he is working at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi.
Anita Agnihotri is a bureaucrat and administrator. She has worked extensively with tribal communities who provide the content for her moving and poetic writing. She has authored over 30 books that include novels, collections, and short stories, and it is this last genre that is the closest to her heart. Her collections of stories include Forest Interludes, which has been translated into Swedish, and Seventeen, which will soon be published by Zubaan.
Anjum Zamarud Habib
Anjum Zamarud Habib is the founder of Muslim Khawateen Markaz which was established in 1990 to work for the welfare of women. A year after her release from prison, she founded the Association for the Families of Kashmiri Prisoners and is currently conducting a survey on Kashmiri prisoners in jails in India and their families.
Anna Pavord’s books include the bestseller, The Tulip, as well as The Naming of Names, and her most recent work, The Curious Gardener. Her column in the Independent has appeared ever since the newspaper was launched in 1986. She contributes to a number of magazines in the US and the UK, and regularly fronts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4. For ten years, she chaired the National Trust’s Gardens Panel, and then joined English Heritage’s Parks and Gardens Panel.
Annie Zaidi is the author of Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, and the co-author of The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl, Or The Good Indian to Living, Loving, and Having Fun.
Antara Dev Sen
Antara Dev Sen is Founder Editor of The Little Magazine, an independent publication on social concerns, cultural issues and South Asian literature (www.littlemag.com). A columnist with The Week, DNA, Asian Age and Ekdin Live, Sen has earlier worked as a senior editor with The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express, among other assignments. She lives in Delhi.
Actor, director, educator and motivational speaker Anupam Kher has now turned author with the launch of his book The Best Thing About You is…YOU!! Having overcome failure many times over, Kher has emerged as a sought-after speaker in business schools everywhere and pens his philosophy in his acclaimed book.
Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been published in 16 countries and translated into 13 languages across the world. It was named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India. Her second novel,The Folded Earth, was
published last year in the UK and India.
Arshia Sattar’s translations from Sanskrit of the Valmiki Ramayanaand the Kathasaritsagara are published as Penguin Classics. She was one of the editors of the anthology, The Best of Quest. Her new book is Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish, which comprises a series of essays on the Valmiki Ramayana. She teaches classical Indian literatures and narrative at various institutions across the country.
Arun Maira is currently a Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India. The insights he presents in his bookTransforming Capitalism – Improving the World for Everyone come from 45 years of extensive engagement with business practices and government policy, in a time of rapid evolution about the ideas of capitalism and business responsibility.
A social and political activist, has worked for decades in rural India. With others started the Mazdoor Kisa Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) in Rajasthan. The MKSS began the struggle for the right to information which culminated in the RTI law passed by parliament in 2005. As member of the National Advisory Council, she advises Government of India on social policy. Received Magsaysay Award 2000 amongst others, and was on TIME magazine’s 100 influential list 2011.
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of four books of poetry, the editor of The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets,Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar and An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English, and the translator of The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry and Songs of Kabir. A volume of his essays, Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History will be published in 2011.
Dr. Asghar Wajahat, a reputed Hindi writer has published 20 books including five novels, six full-length plays, five collections of short stories, a travelogue, a collection of street plays and a book on literary criticism. A collection of his short stories in English entitled Lies: Half told has also been published. An Italian translation of his stories was published by Centro de Studio de documentation, UniversitÃ¡ degli Studio de Venezia, in 1987.
Ashok Chakradhar is a leading Hindi poet specializing in satire and comedy. He has won many prestigious national awards for literature and has been actively associated with radio and television and has scripted a number of dramas, satires and poems including, Maslaraam.
Ashok Vajpeyi, a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist, has more than 13 books of poetry, seven of criticism in Hindi, and three books on art in English, to his credit. He has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman, and the Kabir Samman. He has been decorated by Poland with ‘The Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland’, by France with the Officier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres, and by the Embassy of Romania to India with the ‘Best Promoter of Indo-Romanian Relations’ award. He is currently Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Ashwin Sanghi is an Indian author of thriller fiction, best known for his 2007 novel, The Rozabal Line,which earned him the moniker ‘India’s Dan Brown’. It was his runaway bestseller, Chanakya’s Chant, which won him the Vodafone-Crossword Popular Choice Award and an instant film deal with UTV. Ashwin Sanghi is currently working on a third, as-yet-untitled, thriller that is due in mid-2012.
Atul Kanakk writes in Hindi and Rajasthani. He was the Senior editor of a Hindi daily “Des ki Dharti”. Kanakk’s ouvre includes drama, satire, poetry and translation. His Rajasthani novel,Joon Jatra, was awarded by the Sahitya Akademi in 2011.
He is an avid blogger www.atulkanak.blog.co.in and www.vyangyavagairah.blog.co.in, and currently resides in Kota Rajasthan.
Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University where she teaches at the History Department and the Fletcher School. Her publications include The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan, The State of Martial Rule: the Origins of Pakistan’s Political Economy of Defence andDemocracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: a Comparative and Historical Perspective, Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy co-authored with Sugata Bose, Self and Sovereignty: the Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia since c.1850 and Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia.
A teacher by profession, Bama Faustina is the most distinguished Dalit fiction writer in Tamil. Her autobiographical novel, Karukku,was the first Tamil Dalit text on the Christian Dalit community. She has been the recipient of many awards like the Kural Amaippu Award, Cross Word Book Award, Dalit Murasu Kalai Illakkiya Award and Amuthan Adigal Illakkiya Parisu. She has participated in various international festivals in Paris, Singapore and Washington.
Bani Basu is a Bangla novelist, essayist, poet, critic and translator. Many of her novels and short stories have been translated into English and other languages. Her major works are Swet Patharer Thaala (‘The Marble Salver’), Ekushe Paa (‘Twenty-One Steps’),Gandharbi, Ashtam Garbha (‘The Eighth Pregnancy’), Maitreya Jataka(‘The Birth of Maitreya’) andAntarghat (‘The Enemy Within’), for the last two of which she received the Tarashankar Award and the Ananda Puraskar respectively. She is also the recipient of the Sushila Devi Birla Award and the Sahitya Setu Puraskar.
Barkha Dutt is one of India’s best known journalists and Group Editor of the NDTV news network. She is the recipient of over forty international and national awards and the youngest journalist to receive the PadmaShri. She has spent much of her sixteen years in media reporting from conflict zones across this world. This year she covered the Arab uprisings in Libya and Egypt. She is the host of two prime time talk shows ‘We The People’ and ‘The Buck Stops Here’ and also writes a fortnightly column for The Hindustan Times.
Ben Okri has published 10 novels including The Famished Road, and collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London. His latest collection, A Time for New Dreams, was published earlier this year.
Bhaichand Patel lives in New Delhi and is a writer with special interests in cinema, theatre and books. He is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines. Mr. Patel has served on a number of international film festivals as a jury member. He is the author/editor of three books;Happy Hours: Penguin Book of Cocktails; Chasing the Good Life andBollywood’s Top Twenty: Superstars of Indian Cinema.
C.P. Deval is a well known author and translator. He has written, edited and translated over twenty books of poetry and short stories. He has authored about twelve poetry collections out of which eight books are on Rajasthani poems like Paagi, Maarag, Kavad, Udik Puran and few in Hindi such as Aarthnaad, Bolo! Madhavi Smiriti Gandhe and Avasaan.
Carl W. Ernst
Carl W. Ernst received a PhD from Harvard in 1981 and is a specialist in Islamic studies, especially Sufism, in West and South Asia. His most recent book is How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide, with Select Translations. He is William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Catherine Weinberger-Thomas is Professeur Emeritus from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations, University of Paris. France. She is author of Cendres d’immortalitÃ©, La crÃ©mation des veuves en Inde(translated in English), L’Ashram de l’amour, Le gandhisme et l’imaginaire , Le Suaire, RÃ©cits d’une autre Inde, and the editor of L’Inde et l’imaginaire.
Chandrahas Choudhury is author of the novel, Arzee the Dwarf, which was chosen by World Literature Today in 2010 as one of its ‘60 Essential Works of Modern Indian Literature in English’. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Observer, and the Wall Street Journal. He has edited a short introduction to Indian literature, India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion, and is also the fiction and poetry editor of The Caravan.
Chandrakanta was born in Kashmir. She has authored 7 novels, 200 short stories & Poetry etc. Out of which 3 novels are based on the rishi sufi culture of Kashmir. The theme of her writing encompasses both socio-economic and political situations. She concentrates on the Value system, humanism & women’s issues and has many awards & accolades to my credit including the prestigious VYAS SAMAN.
Chandrashekhar Dasgupta is a former Indian Foreign Service officer, who served as ambassador to China (1993-96) and the European Union (1996-2000). His interests include diplomatic and military history, with a focus on political factors in the higher direction of war. He is the author of War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, 1947-48. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan.
Charan Singh Pathik
Born at Ronsi a small village in Karauli District of Rajastrhan. Charan Singh Pathik is known as a story writer of national fame who tells the stories of changing rural scenario and genuinely carries forward the tradition of legendry Munshi Premchand. He has got two story collections to his credit namely Baat yah nahin hai and Peepal ke phool. His stories and articles take place in almost all the leading Hindi magazines and news papers. He has been awarded by daily Dainik Navjyoti and Rajasthan Patrika for his stories Bakkkhad and Rojde.
Charu Nivedita is a noted name in transgressive writing and post-modern literature in Tamil. He has written novels, short stories, essays, political and cinema reviews. Zero Degree, a lipogrammatic novel, which he wrote around two decades ago, caused an uproar in Tamil society and was translated into English. His latest auto-fiction, Exile, speaks of Indian alchemy. His writing employs satirical parody towards herd-mentality, and conveys the message of humanism, peace and harmony as the ultimate goals of life.
Cheran has published eight anthologies of poetry in Tamil. His latest collection of poems is Kaadaatru, and his recent play in English, Not by our Tears, was premiered in Toronto and toured the US in 2010. Collections of his poems include Waking up is a Dream, Wilting Laughter: Three Tamil Poets, and You Cannot Turn Away. His latest collection of poems to be translated into English is The Second Sun Rise and Other Poems.
Chetan Bhagat is the author of five blockbuster novels — Five Point Someone,One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of my life, 2 States and Revolution 2020. Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release, and have been adapted into major Bollywood films. Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker.
Chiki Sarkar is the publisher of Penguin Books India. She did her secondary schooling at MHS, and went on to eventually do her BA in Oxford University. After graduation, she worked for Bloomsbury Publishing for seven years in London before returning to Delhi to head up the newly set up Random House India as their first editor in chief.
Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier both attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) in the 1960s and have been friends and working partners ever since. They have both been living in France for over 40 years, teaching literature and American civilization and writing English grammar and other books for French speakers. In the 70s, they both studied and got degrees in linguistics, one at the university of Vincennes, and the other at Nanterre, in Paris. They both had long and active teaching careers at Sciences Po. Notable among their publications have been a series of grammar books; a video series, for Disney to teach children English; Focus on American Democracy, explaining the American system of government, and several French cookbooks on American food. All along, they have been translating from French to English: social science, art, and feminist writings. Feminism and politics, as well as understanding and knowledge of France and its culture, led them to the translation into English of Le DeuxiÃ¨me Sexe, by Simone de Beauvoir.
A Konkani short fiction writer and novelist from Goa, Damodar Mauzo has 12 books to his credit. Among the several awards he has received is the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Karmelin, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. He also received the Best Screenplay Award and the Best Dialogues Award at the Goa State Film Festival in 2003 and 2005. These Are My Children is a collection of stories in translation published by Katha.
David Davidar is an Indian novelist and publisher. He is author of The House of Blue Mangoes, which was a New York Times Notable Book, andThe Solitude of Emperors, which was shortlisted for a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He is co-founder of Aleph Book Company, a literary publishing firm based in New Delhi.
David Gordon White
David Gordon White is the J. F. Rowny Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of four books, on comparative mythology (Myths of the Dog-Man), Indian Alchemy (The Alchemical Body), Tantric Sex (Kiss of the Yogini), and Indian Yogis (Sinister Yogis).
David Hare is one of the world’s most internationally performed playwrights. He is the author of 28 plays, sixteen of which have been seen at Britain’s National Theatre. Ten of his best-known plays, including Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, The Blue Room, Amy’s View, The Judas Kiss, and Via Dolorosa have also been presented on Broadway.
David M. Malone, a former Canadian High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to the United Nations, is President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), which funds research in developing countries. In 2011 he published Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy, which spent several months on India’s best seller list. His next book is Nepal: From Civil War to Fragile Peace.
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker since July, 1998, began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982. He is the author of several books, including The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, King of the World, Resurrection, andLenin’s Tomb, for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism. He became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1992 and has since written over a hundred pieces for the magazine.
Dayamani Barla is a tribal journalist and activist from Jharkhand. She works in a popular Hindi newspaper Prabhat Khabar to bring attention to the problems faced by the Munda people and other tribal communities in the Jharkhand region. She has won a number of prestigious awards for journalism.
Deepak Chopra is a prolific author of nearly 64 books, with 18 New York Times bestsellers on mind-body health, spirituality, and peace. His Wellness Radio airs weekly and focuses on success, love, sexuality and relationships, well-being, and spirituality. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post on faith, and contributes regularly to Oprah.com, Intent.com, and Huffington Post. Time magazine has heralded him as one of the top 100 icons of the century, and credited him as the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.
Deepti Naval is an acclaimed actress with more than 60 films to her credit. She wrote and directedThoda sa Aasmaan, a TV serial about women, and produced a travel show, The Path Less Travelled. A collection of poems in Hindi,Lamha-Lamha, was published in 1983, and more recently, Black Wind and Other Poems has been published. She is a painter and photographer and enjoys trekking in the remote mountains of Himachal and Ladakh.
Devi Moodley Rajab
Devi Moodley Rajab is a psychologist and award-winning journalist for the Natal Mercury in Durban, South Africa. She writes a regular column for Confluence, a London-based newspaper on South Asian perspectives. She was educated in South Africa and in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar. She is author of Women: South Africans of Indian Origin from Indenture to Democracy, Devi’s Diary and No Subject is Taboo: Sociopolitical Commentaries on Post-Apartheid SA.
Donal McLaughlin, as reflected in Best European Fiction 2012 (Dalkey Archive), is both a writer and a translator. As a writer, he is known for his short stories An allergic reaction to national anthems & other stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, and nominated for the EIBF Readers’ Best First Book Award. Scottish PEN’s first Ã©crivain sans frontiÃ¨res, Donal has also been a Hawthornden Fellow, and a recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award. His translation work includes: a stage version of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader (with Chris Dolan); Shards, a bilingual edition of the poetry of Stella Rotenberg (with Stephen Richardson); and over 100 writers for the New Swiss Writinganthologies (2008 — present). 2011 saw the publication of his translations of My Mother’s Lover and My Father’s Book by Urs Widmer (both Seagull). His translation of Widmer’s Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics will appear in 2012 (also Seagull).
Ebba Koch is a professor of art history at the University of Vienna and a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She has spent much of her professional life studying the architecture, art, and culture of the Mughal Empire, and is considered a leading authority on Mughal architecture. Her books include King of the World: The Padshahnama, Mughal Art and Imperial Ideology, and The Complete Taj Mahal.
Esther David is author of The Walled City, By The Sabarmati, Book Of Esther, Book Of Rachel, My Father’s Zoo, Shalom India Housing Society, The Man With Enormous Wings, and has co-authored a book on India’s Jewish Heritage, Ritual, Artand Life Cycle, edited by Shalva Weil. Book of Rachel, which won her the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010, was translated in French and awarded the Prix Eugene Brazier. Trained as an artist, she often illustrates her novels.
Fakrul Alam is Professor of English at the University of Dhaka and currently a member of the Dhaka University Teacher’s Association and the Dhaka University Senate. He is also the author of Imperial Entanglements and Literature in English, South Asian Writers in English, Jibananada Das: Selected Poems, Bharati Mukherjee andDaniel Defoe: Colonial Propagandist.His most recent work, which he has co-authored with Radha Chakravarty, is The Essential Tagore.His translations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Unfinished Memoirs will be published in January 2011.
Farrukh Dhondy was born and bred in Pune, but then moved to London. He writes screenplays, fiction, the occasional non-fiction, drama and regular columns in newspapers. His latest work is a selective translation of Rumi and his most recent film, Cover Story will be released in India in February.
Fatima Bhutto was born in Afghanistan in 1982. She studied at Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She currently writes columns for The Daily Beast, New Statesman and other publications. Her third book, Songs of Blood and Sword, was published in 2010. She lives in Karachi, Pakistan.
Gaurav Jain is Literary Editor at Tehelka Magazine, where writes literary commentary and long features on new Indian culture. His subjects have included the hidden story behind the Aarushi murder case, modernist Indian cuisine, the new-age yoga guru Jaggi Vasudev, reality TV in small-town India and the next-gen superstar Ranbir Kapoor. Before joining Tehelka, Jain studied in Philadelphia and Oxford followed by five years of business research and consulting in Washington DC. He lives in New Delhi.
A leading author in Chinese and English, Geling Yan has published over 20 books and won over 30 awards. Her works have been translated into 12 languages and adapted for film, most recently The Flowers of War directed by Zhang Yimou. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College, Chicago.
Gillian Wright is a writer and translator living in Delhi. She has translated several modern Hindi classics into English, and is currently working on new translations. Her other books cover a wide variety of subjects from the nature of the modern Indian state to Indian birds and the story of Darjeeling Tea.
Founder-editor, Pratilipi, and founder-managing director, Pratilipi Books, Giriraj Kiradoo is a leading young voice from the world of Hindi literature. A recipient of the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Smruti Poetry Award and the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for fiction, he has worked with the Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi, with Siyahi as a consultant, and is currently advisor to the Sangam House International Writer‘s Residency Program. With S. Nirupam, he conceptualizes, designs and coordinatesSamanvay: IHC Indian Languages’ Festival, New Delhi.
Girish Karnad is a playwright, filmmaker and actor. He writes in Kannada and has translated most of his plays into English. His play, Hayavadana, won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Naga-Mandala was premiered by the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, USA, and Bali, the Sacrifice was premiered by the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, UK. He also scripted and presented the film, The Bhagavad Gita, for BBC Two. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Bharatiya Jnanapith Award. The International Theatre Institute of UNESCO, Paris, nominated him as World Theatre Ambassador.
Gogu Shyamala is a senior fellow at the Anveshi Research Centre for Women, Hyderabad. She has edited Nallappoddu: Dalitha Sthreela Sahithyam followed by Nallaregatisallu: Madiga Madiga Upakulala Aadolla Kathalu. In 2011, she published a biography of one of Telangana’s leading dalit politicians, T.N. Sadalakshmi based on a series of interviews with her.Father May Be an Elephant and Mother Only a Basket, but… is her first collection of stories translated from Telugu.
Govind Nihalani is one of the eminent film directors of India. He has to his credit 17 feature films as Director and 10 as producer including AAKROSH, ARDH SATYA, TAMAS, HAZAAR CHAURASI KI MAA, TAMAS, DEHAM and DEV. His films have won 12 National Awards in various categories in addition to several awards at international film festivals. He has been invited to serve as a member of the feature film jury at Montreal, Pyong Yang and Bangkok international film festivals. His current production is an animated feature film KAMLU Happy Happy which is written, produced and directed by him.
Gulzar is an eminent writer, filmmaker, lyricist and scriptwriter. He is author of several collections of poems and short stories in Urdu. Apart from making significant television serials on Mirza Ghalib and Premchand, he has written film scripts, books for children, plays, ballets, translations, and music albums. He has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema, with the Padma Bhushan, and the Sahitya Akademi Award for his collection of short stories, Dhuan, in 2002. He received the Academy and the Grammy Awards for his song for the film, Slumdog Millionaire.
Gurcharan Das is the author of The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma. His past works include, India Unbound, A Fine Family (a novel); The Elephant Paradigm; and an anthology, Three English Plays. He studied philosophy at Harvard University, and was CEO Procter & Gamble India before he took early retirement to become a writer. He writes a regular column in the Times of India and five regional language papers.
Hemant M. Nerurkar was Executive Director of India and South East Asia of Tata Steel Limited since April 9, 2009 and was appointed as Managing Director of Tata Steel Limited from October 01, 2009. A B.Tech in metallurgical engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune University, Mr. Nerurkar has attended several management courses in India and overseas, including CEDEP in France. He is associated with several professional organisations, such as Indian Institute of Metals, INSDAG and AIMA, amongst others.
H.S. Shivaprakash is a celebrated Kannada poet, playwright, translator and critic, whose works have been translated into major Indian languages as well as English, Italian, French and German. His translation of Kannada devotional poetry, I Keep Vigil of Rudra, has been published by Penguin Classics. A Professor from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he is now deputed as Director, Tagore Centre, Berlin.
Hanan al-Shaykh is one of the most acclaimed writers in the contemporary Arab World. She is the author of seven novels, including The Story of Zahra,Women of Sand & Myrrh, Beirut Blues, Only in London, a collection of stories: I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops, and her much praised memoir of her mother’s life The Locust and the Bird.
Hari Kunzru is the author of the four novels, the latest of which is Gods Without Men. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages. In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. He lives in New York City.
Ajmer based poet and writer, Hariram Meena has published poetry collections, travel books and a novel. His special focus is on Adivasi issues. He also contributes to several magazines and journals. He has been awarded the Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Meera Puraskar’ for 2003 and the Kendriya Hindi Sanasthan’s ‘Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Puraskar’ for 2007. He also participated in Vishva Hindi Sammelan in Surinam in 2003.
Harrison Kelly is a freelance publicist, specialising in arts and literature. He has experience of working with some of the world’s largest arts festivals and has been working with the Man Asian Literary Prize for the past two years. He lives in Scotland and Hong Kong.
Hoshang Merchant, born in 1947, is India’s first gay poet. His Yaaranaled to a discussion of the topic in the media. He has taught poetry at Hyderabad University for the last 25 years. He has written 15 books of poetry and five books on queer theory. He is a regular speaker abroad on gay India.
Houda Echouafni is a seasoned actress in Film, Television and Theatre, Of Egyptian/Moroccan origin raised in the UK. Houda Has been touring around the world playing Shahrazad in One Thousand and One Nights reworked by celebrated author Hanan El-Sheikh, and renowned director Tim Supple. She has earned critical acclaim for her role as Shahrazad.
Iftikhar Gilani perhaps one of most widely read journalists in South Asia. Currently, he is assistant editor in the Delhi bureau of Daily News Analysis HE was conferred the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Media’ by the government of Jammu and Kashmir in 2010 for his research project on ‘Insurgencies in South Asia’. He is author of My Days in Prison (2005), the Urdu translation of which won the Sahitiya Akademi Award in 2008. A visiting fellow of Dart Centre, Australia, he has been deputy chairman of the Indian parliament’s Press Advisory Committee, and vice-president of the Press Association of India. With several research papers to his credit, he is an external discussant at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), and research advisor at the Centre for Landware Studies (CLAWS).
Actor, singer, dancer and lyricist, Ila Arun wears many hats, including that of a writer. Her command over the Hindi language has blossomed into memorable theatre productions by her theatre group, Surnai. Her adaptations of well-known playwrights includeBeech Bhanwar Mein from Terrence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea,Jameela Bai Kalaali from Mario Vargas Llosa’s La Chunga, andMareechika from Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Riyaaz, an original play, ran to full houses in many cities in India. She has also written the scripts for Ghera, a film on child marriages in Rajasthan, and Kalpana, both yet to be produced.
Writer, journalist and publisher Ilija Trojanow wrote his first book, In Africa: Myth and Everyday Life in East Africa based on travels in Africa. His first novel, It’s A Big World andSalvation Lurks Everywhere was published in 1996 to considerable acclaim. In his long essay, DogÂ´s Times: Homecoming to a Foreign Country, he describes the “failed revolution” of 1989, and the transformation of the communist elite into a capitalist one. Other books include Along the Gangesand From Mumbai to Mecca: To the Holy Sources of Islam. In 2006, he published The Collector of Worlds, which won the Fiction Award at the Leipzig Book Fair and the Berlin Literary Award, became an international bestseller, and has been translated into 24 languages.
Ira Pande started her career as a University lecturer and taught for about 16 years in the Punjab University in Chandigarh. After a short stint with the Indian Express she worked for some years as the Assistant Editor of Seminar. Her memoir of her mother, the famous Hindi writer Shivani, published by Penguin-India in 2005, was shortlisted in the best non-fiction category of the Crossword-Vodafone award in 2006. She has also translated Manohar Shyam Joshi’s Hindi novella, T-ta Professor, which was awarded both the Crossword-Vodafone award and the Sahitya Akademi award for the best translated work into English for 2010. Her latest book, Shivani’s Apradhini: Women Without Men is a translation of her mother’s writings on women.
Jaisal Singh is the author of two books that celebrate two of his great loves; wildlife and Polo. He has spent much of his life observing and filming Tigers in the wild, an experience that informs his passionate advocacy for its protection. Jaisal is a born conservationist, entrepreneur and raconteur who leads an eclectic life in a fast changing India.
Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, My Brother, and My Favorite Plant, among others. Kincaid was elected in 2004 to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in fall 2009 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.”
James Mallinson is a Sanskritist whose primary research area is yoga and asceticism. He has spent many years travelling around India in the company of sadhus and yogis, and worked as a translator for the Clay Sanskrit Library. His published works include translations of Sanskrit texts ranging from Kalidasa’s Meghaduta to the Khecarividya, a medieval text on tantric yoga.
James Shapiro is the author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize. He is also the author of Contested Will,Shakespeare and the Jews, Rival Playwrights, and Oberammergau. He is a professor of English at Columbia University.
Jason Burke is the South Asia correspondent of The Guardian newspaper. In 15 years as a foreign correspondent he has covered this region and the Middle East intensively, reporting on many of the major events and conflicts of recent years. He is the author of several critically acclaimed works including a major bestselling study of al-Qaeda (2003) and his most recent book, The 9/11 Wars,published in september 2011.
Educated at Ravenshaw College, Orissa and Merton College, Oxford, Jatindra k Nayak is Professor of English at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. He has won KATHA Translation Award, 1997 and Hutch-Crossword Book Awarad, 2004. He has co-translated into English Fakir Mohan Senapati’s classic Oriya novel Chha Man Atha Guntha (Six Acres and A Third). His other translations include Astride the Wheel and A Time Elsewhere.
Javed Akhtar is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter. He writes in Hindi and Urdu. His work reflects his consummate skill with words while also underlining his interest in politics and the struggle against religious fundamentalism. His first collection of poetry, Tarkash, is in its eleventh edition in Hindi, and its seventh edition in Urdu. He has been honoured with five national awards by the Government of India, including the Padmashri, the Padma Bhushan, and the Avadh Ratan, and has been awarded 15 Filmfare Awards for his contribution to films.
Jawhar Sircar has been working for the last three decades on the de-construction of religious phenomena and on popular religion. He has published several articles and research papers on history, culture and society. He has delved into specific aspects of Hindu myths and beliefs, in an attempt to decipher the underlying societal conflicts and their dynamics.
Jay Garfield is the Doris Silbert Professor in Humanities and professor of philosophy at Smith College, professor in the graduate faculty of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, professor of philosophy at Melbourne University, and adjunct professor of philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies. His recent books are his translation, with Ven. Prof. Geshe Ngawang Samten of the Tibetan philosopher Tsong Khapa’s commentary on Nagarjuna’sMulamadhyamakakarika (‘Ocean of Reasoning’), and Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation. Other books in progress include the Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, of which he is editor, Readings in Buddhist Philosophy and Trans-Buddhism: Transmission, Translation and Transformation both of which he is co-editor, and Sweet Reason: A Field Guide to Modern Logic, where he is co-author.
Jeet Thayil is a poet, novelist and musician. His poetry collections include These Errors Are Correct and English, and he is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His libretto for the opera Babur in Londontours internationally this year, and he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. Jeet Thayil’s novel Narcopolis has been translated into French, Italian, German and Dutch.
Jehangir S. Pocha
Jehangir S. Pocha is currently Co-Promoter, INX News Pvt. Ltd. A senior editor with years of global experience in media and business, Jehangir comes with a varied knowledge and in-depth understanding of the Indian media and its consumers.
John Elliott is a journalist who has been in Asia since 1983, initially for the Financial Times. Now based in New Delhi, he writes a blog on South Asia current affairs – http://ridingtheelephant.wordpress.com – which also appears on The Independent (UK) newspaper website, and contributes to The Economist and Fortune magazine.
John Keay has been writing books, often about India, for 40 years. The latest is the just published ‘To Cherish and Conserve; The Early Years of the Archaeological Survey of India’. He lives in Scotland and is probably the only author ever to have written major narrative histories of both India and China.
Jonathan Shainin is the senior editor at The Caravan. He was the founder and editor of The Review, a weekly literary supplement to The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and previously worked at the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. His own writing has appeared in The Nation, Bookforum, Salon and The Paris Review.
Joseph Lelyveld’s interest in Gandhi dates back to tours in India and South Africa as a correspondent for The New York Times where he worked for nearly four decades, ending up as executive editor from 1994 to 2001. His book on apartheid, Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White won a Pulitzer Prize. He’s also the author of Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop.
K. Satchidanandan is perhaps one of the most translated contemporary Indian poets, with 23 collections in 18 languages. He writes in Malayalam and English, and has published more than 20 collections of poetry, besides several books of travel, plays and criticism, including five books in English on Indian literature. He is a Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, and has won 27 literary awards besides the Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy and the India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland.
Kalli Purie is a self-diagnosed chocoholic and a self-confessed serial dieter. It has taken her years of therapy, diets, workouts, trainers and dieticians to get hold of her life and face her weight. Her two deliciously edible kids are the only treat she is allowed. Though she has achieved many things as an alumni of Modern School, a graduate from Oxford University and a media professional, nothing has brought her more joy than shedding half her weight. She currently lives in New Delhi and is on a new diet.
Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran in 1969 and exiled to the UK in 1979. She is an experienced journalist, travel writer and broadcaster who has written for the British and international press including The Times, the Financial Times, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire and the Guardian as well as co-authoring The Lonely Planet Guide to Iran. She has recently been nominated for a National Magazine Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. She is currently living between London and Italy.
Kapil Sibal obtained his Post-Graduate Degree in History from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College before pursuing a Masters Degree at the Harvard Law School. He cleared the elite Civil Services Examination, but preferred a career in Law. In May, 2009, he was appointed as Minister of Human Resource Development. In that capacity, he has initiated several path breaking reforms in education. The historic guarantee of the right to free and compulsory elementary education to every child became a reality under his stewardship. His vision is to universalise access to quality secondary education by the year 2020.
Karan Thapar is the only Indian television professional who has worked for ten years in television outside India. Trained as a correspondent, producer, editor and presenter with London Weekend Television in the United Kingdom, where he worked for programmes as varied as Weekend World, The World This Week, The Business Programme, The Walden Interview and Eastern Eye, he has both the most varied and the most in-depth knowledge and experience of television current affairs programme making available in India today.
Karima Khalil is an Egyptian doctor and photographer who documented the extraordinary eloquence of the Tahrir protesters’ signs in the moving and powerful bestseller, Messages from Tahrir.
Karl Sabbagh is a British-Palestinian writer and publisher, and a former TV documentary maker. He has written a range of non-fiction books published by leading publishers, including Remembering Our Childhood (OUP), and Palestine: A Personal History (Atlantic Books). He is currently Managing Director of Hesperus Press, an independent British publisher.
Katherine Boo is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, focusing on matters of poverty and social opportunity. Her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, will be published this winter in the U.S., India, and elsewhere. Formerly an investigative reporter and editor at the Washington Post, Boo has received many honors for her writing and reporting, among them a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, a National Magazine Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Katie Hickman is the author of seven books, including two best-selling history books, Daughters of Britannia and Courtesans. She has written two travel books, Travels with a Mexican Circus, about her experiences travelling with a Mexican circus, and Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon, about a journey on horseback through the forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Her two latest novels, The Aviary Gate and The Pindar Diamond, set in Constantinople and Venice in the early seventeenth century, have been translated into nineteen languages.
Katie Kitamura is author of The Longshot and Gone to the Forest,which was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and is currently being developed into a feature film. She is a regular critic for Frieze and Art Monthly, and has written features for The Guardian, The New York Times, Wired, and other publications. She was creative consultant on the documentaries, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.
For two and half decades now Kavita Srivastava, a Human Rights worker, has been part of non-violent resistance undertaken by people to assert their democratic and constitutional rights and attain justice. She has played a critical role in the Country in exposing the violations by the State of the rights of Human Rights Defenders and is campaigning for the release of Dr. Binayak Sen. She is also in the forefront of the campaign for the Right to Food. She was one of the nominees for the Noble Peace Prize as a part of the Global Campaign called the 1000 women for Peace in 2005.
A novelist, playwright and screenplay writer; literary, film and social critic, he writes in his mother-tongue, Marathi, and in English. His novels include Saat Sakkam Trechalis (Seven Sixes are Forty three), Ravan and Eddie,Cuckold and God’s Little Soldier. His novels have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and Marathi.Ravan and Eddie is his Indian novel to be published in 2012 as an e-book.
Krystyna HellstrÃ¶m studied interior design in Florence, Italy, and History of Art at Lund University, Sweden. Her thesis was on Jaipur and Provencal quilts. Krystyna worked with Swedish Television and for Emilio Pucci in his fashion house in Florence, which was one of the best places in the world to learn about exquisite textiles and original design. She has also written for interior design magazines.
Kuldip Nayar is a noted Indian journalist who has been in the field for almost sixty years. He is noted for his highly centre-left columns. Kuldip Nayar has been many things in his life – reporter, editor, detainee during the Indian Emergency, high commissioner to Great Britain , peacenik, Rajya sabha member – but what he does best is explore the byzantine maze of Indian politics to provide amplification and clarity of events, issues and personalities.
Kunal Basu is the author of four critically acclaimed novels (The Opium Clerk; The Miniaturist; Racists;The Yellow Emperor’s Cure), and a collection of stories – The Japanese Wife – the title story of which has been made into an award winning film. He was born in Kolkata, educated in India and the United States, and teaches at Oxford University.
Lakshmi Sharma is lecturer by profession. Her writings in the form of Critical Article and other writings have been published in various leading hindi magazines. Her books include Ek Hansi Ki Umra; a Story Book and an anthologyAurat Ho Kar Hansti Hai.
Lalit Kumar is the Founder and Administrator of Kavita Kosh (www.kavitakosh.org) project. It is the largest and best managed collection of Indian poetry available on Internet. Lalit, a prolific writer in Hindi and English, has played a major role in developing Hindi language content on web.
Lalla’s talents are extraordinarily versatile. Best-known as an actress (companion to the definitive Doctor Who, Tom Baker; Ophelia to Derek Jacobi’s Hamlet, numerous roles in the theatre, cinema and television, as well as the voice on audible versions of the Richard Dawkins books) her creative versatility seems boundless. She has exhibited her unique textile and ceramic creations three times in London in the past three years, the last two being at the National Theatre to great success.
Lata Sharma served as a lecturer for 22 years, and then resigned to pursue her true calling — writing. Her work has been published in all the leading Hindi journals, and has been translated into German, English, and many regional languages in India. She has also worked as a broadcaster with Akashvani.
Leena Prakash was born into a family that has generational ties to the Indian Army and grew up in cantonment towns all over India. She is an Alumni of Miranda House, New Delhi and IIT Mumbai. Leena cooked her first meal at the age of ten and almost set the house on fire. It was then her grandmothers decided to teach Leena their magic in the Kitchen. Most of the recipes in her first cookbook originate from this apprenticeship. Grandma’s recipes of home style food, of the celebrations and festivals come alive in the “Treasures of the Indian Kitchen”.
Linda Spalding is a Canadian writer and editor. Her most recent book is Who Named the Knife, the true story of the murder trial of Maryann Acker, a teenager sentenced to life in prison for a murder. Her earlier books include the novels The Paper Wife andDaughters of Captain Cook, and the non-fiction book, A Dark Place in the Jungle, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Her latest novel, The Purchase, will be published in 2012.
A widely published journalist, Lionel Shriver is author of 10 novels, including the New York Times bestsellers So Much for That (a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award) and The Post-Birthday World (2007). Winner of the 2005 Orange Prize, the international bestseller, We Need to Talk About Kevin, was adapted for a feature film by Lynne Ramsay in 2011. Her work has been translated into 26 languages.
Madan Gopal Singh
Madan Gopal Singh is a singer, composer, lyricist and scriptwriter. He has lectured and performed extensively in India and abroad. He is currently working on Indian film music as a Senior Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He also composed music for the well-known Pakistani film, Khamosh Pani.
Madhu Trehan started the news magazine India Today in 1975. In 1986, she produced and anchored a path-breaking television news magazine programme Newstrackand Trehan became known as a pioneer in investigative journalism. In 2009, Trehan’s best seller book, Prism Me a Lie, Tell Me a Truth — Tehelka as Metaphor was published. Madhu has just launched and is Content Director of a website newslaundry.com which critiques the media.
Mahendra Bhanawat has been contributing creatively to both Hindi and Rajasthani literature for the last fifty years. He has published several essays on the traditional forms of theatre of Rajasthan, such as Kaavad, Kathputli, Phad, Gavri, Turraaklangi and others. It’s because of his painstaking research that students are now studying these forms at the University level. He has more than 80 books to his credit. His book Nirbhay Meera is considered a masterpiece in this genre.
Malashri Lal is Professor of English at the University of Delhi and has held senior administrative positions. Her research area is women’s writing in cross cultural perspectives. Her books include Speaking for Myself: Anthology of Asian Women’s Writing, and In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology. She is a member of several committees overseeing programmes for Tagore this year.
Manhad Narula, Founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, is strongly committed to driving the literary initiatives of DSC Limited. He has been instrumental in his company’s rapid growth in the Infrastructure, hospitality and real estate sectors. A management graduate from King’s College, London, Manhad has completed his Masters in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.
Manisha Kulshreshtha is a popular young Hindi writer. She has published five story collections. Her very popular story Kathputaliyan, based on life in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, has been translated into 12 languages. Her first published novel; Shigaf (The Slit) based on Kashmir, is written in the unusual form of a blog, and second novel ‘Shalbhanjika’ is based on a art film makers life. Some of her translations into Hindi include the autobiography of Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. A Kathak dancer herself, she is presently writing a novel on the dance form, tentatively titled Panchkanya.
Manoj Joshi is Comment Editor of Mail Today. He is also the author of two books on Kashmir, as well as a TV commentator specializing on strategic affairs and security issues. He has a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been a member of the National Security Council’s Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the National Task Force on Defence and Security Reforms. He has reported on several wars and insurgencies and authored several papers on insurgency and military issues in professional journals.
Manoj Kumar Sharma
Manoj Kumar Sharma has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management. He has written two poetry collections Kya-Kya Toot Gaya Bhitar and Uska To Koi Gaon Hoga Hi Nahi. He regularly publishes poems and stories in national and state magazines, newspapers and periodicals.
Mark Tully was born in Calcutta in 1935. He was the chief of bureau of the BBC in New Delhi, for 22 years. Today his distinguished broadcasting career includes being the regular presenter of the contemplative BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Something Understood’. His books includeAmritsar: Mrs Gandhi’s Last Battle,No Full Stops in India, The Heart of India, India in Slow Motion, India’s Unending Journey. His latest book isNon-stop India.
Max Rodenbeck is the Middle East Correspondent for the Economist magazine. A fluent Arabic speaker, he is the author of Cairo, the City Victorious (Picador and Knopf) and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
Meenal Baghel is the editor of Mumbai Mirror. Her first book of non-fiction, Death in Mumbai, is just out in the book stores.
Michael KrÃ¼ger writes short stories and novellas, novels and essays but is best known in Germany as a poet. For over three decades, he is also the editor of the literary journal Akzente. He made his literary debut in 1976 with a poetry collection Reginapoly. His most recent collection of poems At Night, beneath Trees — Selected Poems andDas elfte Gebot — The Eleventh Commandment are also available in English language. Michael KrÃ¼ger received numerous awards and honours both for his own work as well as for his role as pathfinder and enthusiastic go-between for international literature in Germany.
Best known as a novelist, Michael Ondaatje’s work encompasses poetry, memoir, and film. His books include Running in the Family, the Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry,There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do, other collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler and Handwriting, works of fiction such as The English Patient,In the Skin of a Lion, Anil’s Ghost,Divisadero and The Cat’s Table. The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film unites his love for literature and passion for filmmaking. He has garnered several literary prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction and The Irish Times International Prize.
Mita Kapur runs Siyahi, India’s leading literary agency based in Jaipur, which also conceptualizes and directs literary events. She writes for various newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from women’s rights to lifestyle and food.
Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist, ethnomusicologist and classical vocalist. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, and a novel, The Collector’s Wife. Her most recent work is another novel,A Monsoon of Music. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her works have been translated into several languages.
MJ Akbar has worked in the field of journalism with the leading publications of India. He launched & was editor of The Asian Age. He also launched in 2010 The Sunday Guardian, Delhi’s first Sunday newspaper & India on Sunday, published from London. MJ Akbar is the Editorial Director of India Today & Headlines Today. Some of his books include India: The Siege Within, Challenges to a Nation’s Unit; Nehru: The Making of India; Kashmir: Behind the Veil; The Shade of Swords: Jihad amongst others. MJ Akbar’s book Blood Brothers is the story of three generations of a Muslim family & how they deal with the fluctuating contours of Hindu-Muslim relations. January 2011 launched two books Have Pen Will Travel: Observation of a Globertrotter and TINDERBOX: The Past and Future of Pakistan.
Mohammed Hanif is the author of the highly acclaimed A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was the winner of the Commonwealth First Book Award. He lives in Karachi with his family.
Monika Boehm-Tettelbach, retired Professor of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, Heidelberg University, has focused on the Sants and religion and politics in the kingdom of Jaipur. Her books include a translation of Dadu’s songs, and studies of the Govinddevji temple of Jaipur and Savai Jaisingh’s religious policy.
Mukund Lath is a historian, musicologist, philosopher and poet and has recently been awarded Fellowship of Sangeet Natak Akademi. His most important works are Dattilam -based on an ancient text on music and Ardhakathanak which is the first autobiography in the Indian tradition from the 17th Century, which he translated. Dharmasankat by Lath is a philosophical treatise on the centrality of dilemma in moral life. He was awarded the Shankar Puruskar for his work – Sangeet Avem Chintan.
Mukund Padmanabhan is the Senior Associate Editor of The Hindu. He oversees some of the newspapers supplements (including the Sunday Magazine, Literary Review and MetroPlus) and writes editorials on legal and political issues. He is an adjunct faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University, where he teaches law to post-graduate students. He curates two international festivals, of theatre and music, on behalf of the newspaper — the MetroPlus Theatre Fest and the Friday Review November Fest. They are held annually in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Coimbatore.
Mushirul Hasan is Director General, National Archives of India, New Delhi. A Padmashree awardee, he is former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. One of the foremost scholars of modern South Asian and Partition history, Mushirul Hasan has published and edited twenty-one books with Oxford University Press. His publications include Pluralism to Separatism; A Moral Reckoning; and Between Modernity and Nationalism. He has also edited numerous books likeIndia’s Partition; Towards Freedom1939 Parts 1 and 2; and Exploring the West.
Writer, publisher and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Namita Gokhale is author of six novels and several works of non-fiction. Her books include Paro, Dreams of Passion, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala, The Book of Shiva, In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, and Priya: In Incredible Indya., A collection of short stories, The Habit of Love is out in January 2012. Gokhale is also member-secretary of Indian Literature Abroad (ILA), an initiative to translate and promote contemporary Indian literature internationally.
Nand Bharadwaj is a well-known writer of Hindi & Rajasthani and a media person. Andhar Pakh, Jheel Per Havi Raat and Hari Doob Ka Sapna are some of his poetry collections. His novel Samhi Khulato Marag in Rajasthani, has been awarded by Sahitya Akademi, in 2005. His major editorial works include Ret Par Nange Panvand Teen Beesi Paar published by National Book Trust, India in 2007. At present, he is active as a free-lance writer and media expert.
Nand Kishore Acharya
Dr. Nandkishore Acharya is one of the foremost creative writers of our times. Beginning his writing career early with an analytical work on the writings of one of the most eminent writers of India, Ajneya. A command of almost every genre of creative writing, clear incisive vision and originality of verbal expression has earned him great respect amongst his contemporaries. His writing explores the grey and untouched subliminal zones of myths, legends and history, redefining human sensibilities and piercing the contemporary social and political scenario, and in his poems it delves deep into the recesses of human experiences enthralling the reader like a whiff of flesh fragrant breeze.
Nathacha Appanah has published four acclaimed novels in France. Her fourth novel, Le Dernier FrÃ¨re (The Last Brother), has been translated in seventeen languages and has obtained several prestigious literary prizes in France. She was born in Mauritius Island and now lives in Paris.
Navdeep Suri is an Indian diplomat who has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam, and London, and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg. He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. He has written on India’s Africa policy, public diplomacy, and the IT outsourcing industry. His translation of Pavitra Paapi, the classic 1930s Punjabi novel written by his grandfather, Nanak Singh, has been published as The Watchmaker. His translation of Adh Khidya Phul has recently been published.
Navtej Bharati writes poetry and creative non-fiction in Punjabi and English. His poetry book Leela,(1052 pages) co-written with Ajmer Rode is considered an outstanding Punjabi work of 20th century. Last year he received Anad Kaav Sanman, the biggest award in Southeast Asia for Punjabi poetry. He lives in Canada and for many years ran Third Eye, a literary press.
Navtej Sarna is currently India’s ambassador to Israel. He is author of the novels The Exile and We Weren’t Lovers Like That, as well as non-fiction titles The Book of Nanak, and a translation ofZafarnama. A collection of his short stories is due for publication in 2012. He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and several Indian journals. His literary column, ‘Second Thoughts’ in The Hindu is now in its sixth year.
Nayana Currimbhoy grew up in India and came to the United States in the eighties. She has published three non-fiction books Indira, a biography of the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Living in Deserts and Entrances. She has been a regular contributor to Interiors and Architectural Record Magazines for many years, has written film scripts, reviews, social humor and advertising copy about many random and mostly obscure topics for newspapers and magazines in the United States and in India. Miss Timmins’ School for Girls is her first novel.
Nayanjot Lahiri is Professor at the Department of History, University of Delhi where she teaches Indian archaeology. Author and editor of several books ranging from Pre-Ahom Assam (1991) and The Archaeology of Indian Trade Routes(1992) to The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization (2000) and Finding Forgotten Cities (2005), she has written extensively on the people, processes and puzzles involved in the history of Indian archaeology. A volume of her essays, Marshalling the Past, will be published this year.
Neelabh Ashk has ten volumes of poetry, two volumes of criticism, several books of essays, to his credit. He has translated numerous books from English, written scripts for dance-dramas and light and sound shows. A publisher, broadcaster, journalist, researcher, columnist, film-script writer and producer, he is actively involved with protest-movements focusing on the oppression of tribals and upholding human rights.
Trained in the history of art and in theatre, Dr Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry worked with Rang Mandala, a repertory attached to Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. In 1984, she moved to Chandigarh and formed a theatre company, ‘The Company’. She has been working with traditional actors from rural Punjab called ‘Naqqals’. Her group creates theatre that fuses source material with a performance style grounded in Punjabi aesthetics, and has participated in major national and international festivals. She received the Padmashri in 2011, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Shiromani Bhasha Vibhag Award in 2004.
Neelum Saran Gour
Neelum Saran Gour is a fiction writer with four novels and three short story collections. She has translated her work into Hindustani, edited a volume on the history and culture of Allahabad, reviewed extensively and been a humour columnist. She teaches English Literature at the Allahabad University.
Neerja Mattoo is a writer, translator, academic and social activist. She is chief editor of Miraas a quarterly journal published by the Kasheer Foundation. Apart from papers published in journals and anthologies, her work includes three books of Kashmiri short stories translated into English—The Stranger Beside Me, Contemporary Kashmiri Short Stories and Kath-Stories From Kashmir and a coffee-table book, The Trefoil Land–Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. She has also written two books on Kashmiri cuisine–The Best of Kashmiri Cooking and Sal-A Feast of Kashmiri cuisine.
Neeta Gupta is the publisher at Yatra Books. Besides translating and contributing to various magazines, she is the editor of Bharatiya Anuvad Parishad’s quarterly journal on translation, Anuvad. Yatra Books has been co-ordinating Penguin’s Indian Languages Publishing Programme since January 2005. They have published almost two hundred titles together in Hindi, Urdu and Marathi. These books have been published both in translation as well as in the original languages.
Ms Nidhi Razdan is ‘Associate Editor, Foreign Affairs’ with NDTV, where she has worked for the last 12 years. As a reporter, Nidhi covers foreign affairs. She has reported from Pakistan, Pakistan Administered Kashmir, the Northern Areas, Iran, Afghanistan, China and more. Some of her other major stories include the India-US nuclear deal, national politics, extensive reportage from Jammu and Kashmir since 1999, and several state and all general elections since 1999. Nidhi anchors a daily political news show called ‘Left Right and Centre’. She has won several awards for her reporting and anchoring including the prestigious Ramnath Goenka award for her reporting from Jammu and Kashmir, and Best News Anchor at this year’s News Broadcasting Awards.
Nilanjana S Roy has worked in publishing and journalism, and currently writes regular columns for the Business Standard and the International Herald Tribune. Her writings have also appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Caravan, Civil Lines 6, the New York Times’ India Ink blog, Outlook and Biblio. Some of her children’s fiction has been carried in Scholastic’s anthologies. She is the editor of A Matter of Taste: The Penguin Book of Indian Food Writing.
Nirupama Dutt is a poet, journalist, and translator and has written in English, Hindi and Punjabi. Her anthology of poems in Punjabi Ik Nadi Sanwali Jahi received the Punjabi Akademi award. She translated and edited Stories of the Soil, an anthology of 41 short stories of Punjabi , published in December 2010. Her poems have appeared in Hindi translation in an anthology titled Buri Auraton Ki Fehrist Mein by Pratilipi. She has translated the autobiography and poems of Punjabi revolutionary poet Lal Singh Dil called Song of the Flaming Satluj for Penguin India.
Nisha Susan is Features Editor at Tehelka magazine in New Delhi, where she reports on culture — which is, fortunately, a hold-all term that allows the pursuit of anything from online sex tapes to female boxers to Gond art to high school mating rituals. She has lived in Nigeria, Oman and the nerdy, incestuous, book-loving, candlelight-vigil-holding communities of Bangalore. Some of her short fiction has been published by Zubaan and Penguin.
N.S. Madhavan is a Malayalam fiction-writer and columnist. He has published five collections of short fiction, a collection each of plays and literary essays, and the novel, Lathanbatheriyile Luthiniyakal. The novel’s English translation, Litanies of Dutch Battery(Penguin), won the Vodafone Crossword Indian Language Translation Book Award, 2010, and was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize for Indian Fiction. His short stories won the Katha Award for Best Short Fiction in Malayalam in four different years. A book based on his writings on Cuba, where he travelled extensively, is scheduled for publication soon.
Om Prakash Bhatia
Om Prakash Bhatia is a renowned poet and fiction writer of Rajasthani and Hindi. One of his collection of short stories named ‘Sur Devata” has given him fame in the literary field. the novel ‘Salam Singh’ and short stories collection ‘Rang Badalati Ret’ has consolidated his work and established his identity beyond the boundaries of Rajsthan. He scripted the locale of Thar Desert in his writing. The culture and history of western Rajasthan has been the main elements of his literary creation.
Born and brought up in desert part of Rajasthan. Editing Jansatta, a Hindi daily of the Indian Express Group, from New Delhi. Had been engaged in theatre, literature and environmental activities. Have recently published a travelogue on Indus Valley’s Muanjodaro.
Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she entertained, enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers for 25 years. She is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, a television network available in the United States and Canada. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.
Oscar Pujol studied Sanskrit (BA, MA, Ph.D.) at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. His Ph.D. dissertation was on a manuscript of Sanskrit grammar from the twelfth century. He has published numerous articles on Sanskrit studies and comparative poetry and has translated several books from Sanskrit into Spanish. He is also the author of the Sanskrit-Catalan dictionary. He has co-authored several books likePataÃ±jali-Spinoza, Words of Silence: The Language of Absence in the different mystical traditions andFrom the Ganges to the Mediterranean. He has recently published a literary work titled The Labyrinth of Love.
Mr. Partha Sengupta, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel joined the company as a Graduate Trainee in 1980. In 2002, Mr. Partha Sengupta moved to Tata Special Steel Limited in Mumbai, where he supervised its merger into Tata Steel and was placed as the Executive-in-Charge of Wire Division in 2003. He has an illustrious career spanning across 31 years and is a widely travelled person, apart from being an avid reader, he is also passionate about sports.
Parvathy Baul is acclaimed for her masterful solo rendition in the oldest style of Baul song and dance. She sings with minimal use of Baul instruments like Duggie, Ektara and Nupur all played at the same time. She has inherited this style from Shri Sanatan Das Baul, who followed the style of legendary Baul Singer-Practitioner Shri Nitai Khapa, and Shri Shasanko. For over 12 years she has been traveling to meet masters of this Bengal music traditions as a part of her search for Baulsongs and its practice. These songs deals with universal love, humananity, the universe and self denial in life and practice.
Apart from his diplomatic career, Pavan Varma has authored over a dozen books, including a bestselling biography of Mirza Ghalib, a book on Lord Krishna, and acclaimed translations of the poetry of Gulzar, Kaifi Azmi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His path breaking books on contemporary India include The Great Indian Middle Class and Being Indian andBecoming Indian:The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity. His first work of fiction When Loss is Gain has just been published in January, 2012. He was conferred an honorary doctoral degree for his contribution to the fields of diplomacy, literature, culture and aesthetics by the University of Indianapolis in 2005. Currently, he is Ambassador of India to Bhutan.
Peter Popham, born in Ireland but educated in London, made his authorial debut with Tokyo: The City at the End of the World. A foreign correspondent with The Independent for most of the past 20 years, he was based in Delhi as the paper’s South Asia correspondent from 1997 to 2002, before moving to Rome to become its correspondent for southern Europe. His biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady and the Peacock, was published in November 2011 to widespread acclaim.
Philip Gourevitch is the author of Standard Operating Procedure: the ballad of Abu Ghraib (2008), A Cold Case (2001), and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: stories from Rwanda (1998), winner of many prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle Award (USA) and the Guardian First Book Award (UK). His books, short fiction, essays and reportage have been translated into a dozen languages. He is the former editor of The Paris Review, and a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker.
Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of books of travel, history and fiction. His latest – about Britain, Cornwall and the age of sail – is The Levelling Sea, described by the Sunday Telegraph ‘a simply splendid book’ . His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Piyuish Daiya is a popular name in the current Hindi literary and art scene. He was founder-editor of Purovak and Bahuvachan, Hindi journals on literature, culture and art. He has edited and translated Haku Shah’s essays into Hindi, as well as his four books for children. Three book-length conversations with the important Indian painters — Haku Shah, Akhilesh and Manish Pushkale — have also been published, and he is currently working on similar projects with the painters Ramkumar and Prabhakar Kolte.
Pola Oloixarac (1977, Argentina) is a fiction writer and essayist. Pola’s work was included in the collection Granta: The best of young Spanish novelists. Her first novel Las TeorÃas Salvajes (The Wild Theories), described by Spanish newspaper El Mundo as one of the first classics of the 21st century in the Spanish language. It has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, Finnish and Portuguese.
Pradip Krishen is the author of A Field Guide to the Trees of Delhi and the forthcoming Jungle Trees of Central India (2012). He also practises ‘ecological restoration’ and has created the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
Born and brought up in a farmer’s family in CHAMPARAN, schooled at Sainik School Tilaiya, Bihar, Jha gave up studying physics at Delhi University and took up cultivation at the family farm in Bettiah, West Champaran in the year 1970. Jha is a multiple award wining independent Film Maker from India. Trained as a Film Editor at the Film & Television Institute of India, he has produced and directed 10 Feature Films, over 25 Documentaries, 2 Featurettes and 3 Series for Television.
Prasoon Joshi has his finger on the pulse of the nation. Having published his first book of poetry at the age of 17 (Main aur Woh), Joshi’s way with words stood him through varied professions – that of an internationally acclaimed advertising professional (Cannes Lions winner amongst host of others), a prestigious National Award winning Hindi-film lyricist as well as dialogue and script-writer.
Pratibha Ray is eminent Odia writer who has received many awards including Sahitya Akademi Award, Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award and Padmashree. She has written 20 novels, 20 short story collections, travelogues, essays, poetry, and children literature. Novels Jajnaseni, Mahamoha, Aadibhumi, Magnamati are modern classics which have been translated into different Indian/foreign languages.
A leading critic and scholar, Purushottam Agrawal has won the Devi Shankar Awasthy Samman forTeesra Rukh, and the Mukutdhar Pandey Samman for Sanskriti: Varchswa aur Pratiroadh, both collections of literary and theoretical essays. His latest book,Akath Kahani Prem Ki: Kabir Ki Kavita aur Unka Samay (2009), was awarded the first Rajkamal Kriti Samman. This book has created a stir in literary and academic circles.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Qaisra Shahraz, is a prize-winning and critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in the UK since childhood. Her novels, The Holy Woman and Typhoon, have been translated into Hindi, Urdu, Turkish, Indonesian and Dutch. Her serialised drama, The Heart is it, was broadcast globally and won two TV awards in Pakistan. Her short stories The Elopement, A Pair of Jeans, and The Escape, explore cross-cultural, migration, and issues of multiple identities. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to magazines and newspapers including The Times (London).
R. Raj Rao
R Raj Rao is the author of the cult queer texts The Boyfriend and BomGay. His other work includes the novels Hostel Room 131 and the forthcoming Lady Lolita’s Lover, as well as the co-edited volume Whistling in the Dark: Twenty one Queer Interviews. One of India’s foremost queer writers and queer theorists whose work is known internationally, Rao is currently writing a book entitled Formulations: Queer Theory in India.
Rabi Thapa’s debut collection of short stories, Nothing to Declare, was published in 2011. Previously the editor of the weekly Nepali Times, he is based in Kathmandu, where he contributes to local publications, mentors young writers, and writes the odd script. He was an advisor to the inaugural Kathmandu Literary Jatra and is working on a novel about a journalist who goes mad.
Radha Chakravarty has co-editedThe Essential Tagore and is the author of Feminism and Contemporary Women Writers andTagore and the Modern Novel. Her translations include Tagore’s Gora,Boyhood Days, Chokher Bali,Farewell Song and The Land of Cards: Stories, Poems and Plays for Children; Bankimchandra Chatterjee’s Kapalkundala; Mahasweta Devi’s In the Name of the Mother; Vermillion Clouds: Stories by Bengali Women, andCrossings: Stories from Bangladesh and India. She has edited several anthologies of South Asian writing. She was nominated for the Crossword Translation Award, 2004.
Rahul Bhattacharya is the author of the novel, The Sly Company of People Who Care, which has been shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize 2011. His first book, Pundits from Pakistan, was voted fourth in The Wisden Cricketer’s poll of the top fifty cricket books of all time. He was born in Bombay and now lives in Delhi.
TIME magazine’s ‘superstar of arthouse cinema’, Rahul Bose won Best Actor at the Singapore Film Festival for ‘Split Wide Open’. In 2002, at Palm Springs, he was awarded Second Best Debut Director for ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!’. His NGO, ‘The Foundation’, is dedicated to the removal of all kinds of discrimination. An Oxfam Global Ambassador, he was awarded the Green Globe award in 2009 when he was also voted the Indian Youth Icon of the Year – Social Justice. Rahul played rugby for India from 1998-2008.
Rahul Pandita is Associate Editor of the Open Magazine. He is the author of the best-selling Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of the Maoist Movement, and the co-author of the critically-acclaimedThe Absent State. He has reported extensively from battle zones – from Bastar to Baghdad, and is currently working on a memoir on growing up in Kashmir.
Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah. He was one of the founders of the pioneering Al Haq human rights organization. He is the author of a number of books including Palestinian Walks, Notes on a Vanishing Landscape which won the 2008 Orwell Prize and more recently A Rift in Time, Travels with my Ottoman Uncle.
Rameshwar Godara published works include Mukno Meghwal Ar Duji Khaniyan and Veere Tu Lahor Vekhan Aain. Some short stories translated into other indian languages. He has pariticipated in various regional and commonwealth writers’ festival.
Ramkumar Singh is a prolific Hindi fiction writer, lyricist, screenwriter, film critic, and columnist. His short stories have appeared in all the leading Hindi literary journals. The Rajasthani film, Bhobhar, is based on a story written by him and has been screened and acclaimed at various Indian and international film festivals. The Hindi film, Chutki Bajaa Ke, for which he scripted the screenplay, will be released in cinema halls shortly. He is presently working on his debut novel.
Squadron Leader Rana TS Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot. A recipient of the prestigious MacGregor Medal for best military reconnaissance in 1986, he had the distinction of carrying out the highest landing in the world by a medium-lift class of helicopter. A keen military historian, he is currently Secretary and Editor of the United Service Institution of India Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research and Vice President of the Indian Military Historical Society, UK. He is the author of a number of books, the latest of which is Indian Order of Merit: Historical Records 1837-1947, a study of the oldest gallantry award in the Commonwealth.
Born to Sri Lankan parents, writer, critic and scholar Randy Boyagoda is a professor of American Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has written for publications including The New York Times and Harper’s. His new novel, Beggar’s Feast, was hailed as a “Postcolonial Great Gatsby” by the Globe and Mail newspaper and also earned Boyagoda comparisons to Salman Rushdie, Saul Bellow, and Michael Ondaatje.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His collections of poetry includeVanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems (1985-2005) and Die Ankunft der VÃ¶gel. His translation of the fourteenth century Kashmiri mystic, Lal Ded, has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded. With Ilija Trojanow, he co-authored Confluences (Yoda Press, 2012). He has also co-authored, with Nancy Adajania, The Dialogues Series, an unfolding programme of conversations with artists. He has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich, Theater der Welt, Essen/ MÃ¼lheim and the Polish Institute, Berlin. He has curated more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary art.
Renuka Chatterjee entered publishing in 1992 as Associate Editor with Penguin Books. She has been editor-in-chief of HarperCollins India and subsequently, Roli Books. In 2007, Renuka started India’s first professional literary agency with Osian’s, and in the space of a year and a half, built a list of 21 authors that included veteran writers like Ved Mehta as well as exciting newcomers like Karan Bajaj, Madhulika Liddle and Omair Ahmad. However, in January 2009, she decided to return to publishing, and is currently editor-in-chief, Westland Ltd., whose imprints include Tranquebar Press and EastWest Books.
Richard Dawkins’ bestselling books include The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and The Ancestor’s Tale. Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, was published in September 2009, and his latest, The Magic of was published in 2011.
Richard Flanagan’s novels Death of A River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping and co-wrote Baz Luhrman’s Australia.
An archaeologist, historian and writer, Dr. Rima Hooja is the Director of Minnesota University’s MSID India Program. A Ph.D in Archaeology from Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland. Books by her include The Ahar Culture and Beyond, Prince, Patriot, Parliamentarian: Biography of Dr. Karni Singh – Maharaja of Bikaner,Crusader for Self-Rule: Tej Bahadur Sapru and the Indian National Movement, an English translation of a fifteenth century Sanskrit manuscript on iconography, Mandan’s “Devata-Murti-Prakarnam”, A History of Rajasthan.
Rita Kothari is author of Translating India: The Cultural Politics of English,The Burden of Refuge: Sindh, Gujarat, Partition, and Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch,Gujarat (forthcoming). She has translated the Gujarati Dalit novel,Angaliyat: The Stepchild, and Speech and Silence: Literary Journeys byGujarati Women, Unbordered Memories : Partition Stories from Sindh, and is co-translator ofModern Gujarati Poetry: A Selection,and Coral Island: The Poetry of Niranjan Bhagat. She has co-editedDecentering Translation Studies: India and Beyond, and Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish. She is with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.
Romesh Gunesekera’s Booker short-listed Reef and his other Granta books have just been reissued. His last novel The Match,was described by the Irish Times as a book that ‘shows why fiction is written-and read’. His new novel isThe Prisoner of Paradise out in Jan 2012.
Rosamund Bartlett’s previous books include Wagner and Russiaand Chekhov: Scenes from a Life. She is following up her biography of Tolstoy by producing a new translation of Anna Karenina for Oxford World’s Classics. She currently holds a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute in Fiesole.
Roshi Fernando was born and brought up in London. She has won the 2009 Impress Prize for New Writers, for her composite novel, Homesick. She has also been given a special commendation by the judges of the Manchester Fiction Prize, and has been long listed for the Bridport Prize 2009. Roshi was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize in 2011.
Ruchir Joshi is a writer and filmmaker based in Kolkata. His first novel was the iconoclastic and adrenaline-fuelled The Last Jet-Engine Laugh. Poriborton, an impressionist’s diary of the recent elections in Bengal, was published in 2011. He has also edited Electric Feather, an anthology of erotica, and written extensively for Granta, the Telegraph, and other publications on politics, literature and sport. His second novel, set in Kolkata during the Second World War, will be published soon, and has been extracted in the literary journal, Civil Lines 6.
Rupleena Bose teaches English Literature at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She writes and publishes academic articles and reviews on cinema, music, urban cultures, and nineteenth century women’s autobiographies and journals. After hours, she translates, writes fiction and screenplays for documentary and narrative films.
S. Anand is the cofounder of Navayana, an independent press that focuses on caste from an anticaste perspective. He is the co-author of Bhimayana (2011), the graphic biography of B.R. Ambedkar, and of Brahmans and Cricket (2003), a polemical critique of cricket, Lagaan and caste. Before turning to publishing full time he was a journalist for ten years. In 2007, he won the British Council—London Book Fair International Young Publisher of the Year award.
Sahil Maqbool is a well-known Kashmiri journalist. He visited Pakistan with a proper passport and visa in June 2001, but was later arrested under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and Enemy Agents Ordinance (EAO) in September 2004. He has written 10 books, out of which seven were completed during his detention. The books consist of Jail Dairy, history, poetry, short stories, and two novels. He currently works as associate editor for the Urdu weekly, Pukar, and conducts programmes for local radio and television stations.
Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve works of fiction and three volumes of nonfiction, as well as a memoir to be published in September 2012 and the screenplay for Deepa Mehta’s film of his novel Midnight’s Children.
Samanth Subramanian is the Indian correspondent for The National and the author ofFollowing Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast, which won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2010. His journalism has appeared in theNew York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Mint, Caravan, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Newsweek.
Samit Basu has written five novels and several comics and short stories, starting at the age of 23 with The Simoqin Prophecies (2003). His latest novel, Turbulence, will by published in the UK/US by Titan Books in 2012. Samit lives in New Delhi and on the Internet.
Sari Nusseibeh teaches philosophy at al-Quds University in Palestine, where he has also served as President for several years. In addition, Nusseibeh became involved over the years and as a political activist in various initiatives and roles devoted to finding a fair settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.
Satyanand Nirupam is currently working with Delhi Press as Associate Editor (Sarita). Previously he has worked with Penguin Hindi as Editor (Hindi) and steadily built a list of important titles focusing exclusively on original works. He plays an active role in promoting a book-reading culture in Hindi through all possible media channels. He, with Giriraj Kiradoo, conceptualizes designs and coordinates Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages’ Festival, New Delhi.
Shabnam Virmani is director of theKabir Project and artist in residence at the Srishti design school in Bangalore. In 2003 she started travelling with folk singers in Malwa, Rajasthan and Pakistan in a quest for contemporary resonances of Kabir and created 4 films, 10 CDs and several poetry books. Inspired by the inclusive spirit of folk music, she took up the tambura and now sings a wide repertoire of Kabir folk songs herself.
Shail Mayaram is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. She has written extensively on myth, memory and marginality of peasant and pastoral communities. Her recent work is on conflict and cosmopolitanism in cities; religion and secularity in the nonwest; and in swaraj in ideas or decolonizing knowledge.
An elected member of parliament, former Minister of State for External Affairs and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Shashi Tharoor is the prize-winning author of 12 books. These are fiction and non-fiction and include The Great Indian Novel(1989), India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), Nehru: The Invention of India (2003), and The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century (2007). . He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier both attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) in the 1960s and have been friends and working partners ever since. They have both been living in France for over 40 years, teaching literature and American civilization and writing English grammar and other books for French speakers. In the 70s, they both studied and got degrees in linguistics, one at the university of Vincennes, and the other at Nanterre, in Paris. They both had long and active teaching careers at Sciences Po. Notable among their publications have been a series of grammar books; a video series, for Disney to teach children English;Focus on American Democracy, explaining the American system of government, and several French cookbooks on American food. All along, they have been translating from French to English: social science, art, and feminist writings. Feminism and politics, as well as understanding and knowledge of France and its culture, led them to the translation into English of Le DeuxiÃ¨me Sexe, by Simone de Beauvoir.
Shobit Arya is the founder and publisher of Wisdom Tree, an independent publishing organisation that believes in creating books which are Indian in essence and global in appeal, and the first Indian publisher to sell its books on Kindle. He contributes to various newspapers and magazines and has photo edited the widely acclaimed book The India Idea.
Shoma Chaudhury is Managing Editor, Tehelka, a weekly newsmagazine widely respected for its investigative and public interest journalism. Earlier she had worked with The Pioneer, India Today, and Outlook. In 2000, she left Outlook to join Tarun Tejpal, and was among the team that started Tehelka.com. When Tehelka was forced to close down by the government after its seminal story on defence corruption, she was one of four people who stayed on to fight and articulate Tehelka’s vision and relaunch it as a national weekly.
Shubnum Khan, born in South Africa in 1985, holds a degree in Media Studies and a master’s degree in Creative Writing. She teaches English and Media Studies at the University of Kwazulu Natal. Also a freelance journalist and cartoonist, her work has been published in Al Qalam, Al Jazeera Talk Online, The Mail and Guardian(SA) and O, the Oprah Magazine(SA). Her first novel, Onion Tears, was published in 2011, shortlisted for the Penguin Prize for African Writing and the Citizen Book Prize, and translated into Italian.
His short stories and satires focus on social issues. Some of his popular Rajasthani stories areMadal, Tizijoon, Girta Lewara. In Hindi he has written two collections of stories, a novel and a travelogue. He was awarded The Katha Puruskar, and some of his stories have been translated into Telegu and Marathi.
Siddharth Varadarajan is editor of The Hindu and a leading commentator on national and international issues. He has taught at the University of California’s Graduate School of Journalism and in 2009 was a Poynter media fellow at Yale University. In 2010, he won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka award for print journalism.
Siddhartha Gigoo was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1974. He left Kashmir in 1990 due to the political turmoil and militancy. He studied English Literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His poetry anthologies, Fall and Other Poems and Reflections, were published in 1994-1995 and his debut novel The Garden of Solitude was published in 2011.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and educated at Cambridge University. His books are world bestsellers published in 38 languages. Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar won History Book of the Year, British Book Awards.Young Stalin won the LA Times Biography Prize (USA) and Costa Biography Prize (UK) and is being developed as a tv-mini-series. Jerusalem: the Biographywas no1 bestseller in the UK. Montefiore is presenter of BBC-tv seriesJerusalem: Making of a Holy City. He is the author of the novel Sashenka.Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London with his wife and two children.
Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He teaches and conducts research on language and cognition, and is the author of eight books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and most recently The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and author of 17 books of non-fiction and four novels including the novel, The Crimson Throne, the memoir, A Book of Memory, and the edited volume, On Dreams and Dreaming. His books have been translated into 21 languages. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Harvard, Chicago, McGill, Melbourne, Hawaii, and a Fellow at the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton and Berlin. The French weekly, Le Nouvel Observateur, listed him as one of the world’s 25 major thinkers, while the German weekly, Die Zeit, portrayed him as one of the 21 important thinkers for the 21st century.
Sugata Bose is the Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University. Educated in Calcutta and Cambridge, Bose’s many books include Modern South Asia (with Ayesha Jalal), A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire and His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire.
Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India. Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy advising Chairpersons and CEOs on branding and marketing. Counselage works for Tata Steel, The Taj Group of Hotels, Hero Honda, Tata Teleservices, NDTV, Coca Cola, and Max India amongst others. A debator, theatre and film actor and author, Suhel wears many hats.
Suman Keshari is a poet, a story writer and a researcher. “Yagyavalkya se Behas”( In Argument with Yagyavalkya) – a collection of her poems has been published by Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi. She has also edited a book of memoirs and reflections “JNU mein Namvar Singh”, published by Rajkamal Prakashan. Recently she has conceptualized and edited ‘Sargam’ and ‘Swara’– a series of textbooks for primary and secondary level classes.
Professor Suman Yadav is an eminent artist of Indian classical music and disciple of Dr. Leelawati Adsule of Gwalior Gharana. A – Grade artist of AIR & Doordarshan. Performed at National & International platforms and travelled extensively abroad. Play back singing in Telefilms and feature film. Her musical performance ranges from classical music to semi- classical (Bhajan, Ghazal) Rajasthani Folk & Fusion music. Recorded a number of audio cassettes and CDs for leading Music companies. Presently, professor of Indian Classical music (Vocal and Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director of the King’s India Institute at King’s College London. His publications include Arguing Revolution: The Intellectual Left in Postwar France and The Idea of India, just published in a new edition as a Popular Penguin – as well as many essays and articles.
Dr. Sunil Kumar is Professor of Medieval History, History Department, Delhi University and taught previously at SOAS, Berkeley, the EPHE and the EHESS in Paris. His publications includeThe Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate, and The Present in Delhi’s Pasts. He is on the editorial board of the Indian Economic and Social History Review and South Asia Research.
Suresh K Goel is diplomat and currently Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He has served in various diplomatic positions in Indian Missions in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Egypt, New York and South Africa. Before joining as Director General, ICCR, he served as Ambassador of India in Lao PDR. His vision for ICCR is to bring out the prominence of cultural, intellectual, civilization and historical communications between different segments of societies and nations as a step towards civilizational dialogue and connectivity. His work at the ICCR over the last one year has therefore been dedicated to discovering and establishing new idioms for cultural communications in an all inclusive manner.
Surina Narula MBE won the Asian of the Year Award in 2006 for her dedication to philanthropic causes. She is a fund raiser and is best known for her work in supporting street children worldwide as President of the Consortium for Street Children (a network of 70 organisations in 130 countries).
Tabish Khair is the author of wide-ranging studies, as well as the poetry collections, Where Parallel Lines Meet and Man Of Glass and the novels, The Bus Stopped, Filming: A Love Story , and The Thing About Thugs which is currently on the shortlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Khair has just completed a new novel, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position, and has been contracted by Harvard University Press to write a book on The New Xenophobia. His books have been shortlisted for various awards in India and overseas.
Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1975. She attended Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, where she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology in 2005. Tahmima has been published in Granta Magazine and The New Statesman. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Award for Best First Book and was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Award. She lives in London.
Taiye Selasi is a graduate of Yale and Oxford Universities. In 2010 she signed a two-book deal with Penguin Press. In 2011 she debuted in Granta with ‘The Sex Lives of African Girls,’ hailed by The Times as a ‘standout piece of fiction.’ Her first novel Ghana Must Go will be published in 2012. She considers Chattarpur a second home.
Tarun Das has dedicated his professional career to the development and promotion of Indian Industry. Starting in November 1963 with the predecessor body of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) he was the Director General and Chief Executive of CII. His leadership of the organization over three decades has led to achievements in strengthening business and strategic ties between India and the world.
In a twenty-eight-year career as a journalist, Tarun Tejpal has been an editor with India Today and the Indian Express groups, and managing editor of Outlook. He is the founder of Tehelka, which has garnered international fame for its aggressive public interest journalism. His debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, was hailed by the Sunday Times as “an impressive and memorable debut”. His second novel, The Story of My Assassins,was published in 2009 to rave reviews. His latest book, The Valley of Masks, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Asia Prize.
TEJU COLE was born in the US in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two books, a novella,”Every Day is for the Thief,” and a novel, “Open City,” which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Time Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and many others. Heis currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.
Dr Thant Myint-U is an historian and a former Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge . He is also the author of three books, including most recently Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia. He has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations and as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs.
Tim Butcher is a best-selling author, journalist and public speaker. His books, Blood River and Chasing the Devil expanded the genre of contemporary travel literature by using accounts of adventurous journeys to unravel the turbulent history of Africa. British born, Tim lives in Cape Town with his family.
Tom Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 and moved to England, via Singapore and India. His first full-length play,Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was followed by other award winning works, including Jumpers, Travesties, The Real Thing, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock’n’Roll. Screen credits include Brazil, Empire of the Sun and Shakespeare in Love (Academy Award). Stoppard received a knighthood in 1997 and the Order of Merit in 2000.
Tyler Williams has taught Hindi-Urdu at Columbia University and South Asian culture at St. John’s University, New York. He has written in Hindi and in English for numerous magazines and journals in India and abroad. He is currently researching the poetry of the Niranjani saints of Rajasthan.
Urs Widmer completed his doctoral thesis on German postwar prose, and then worked as an editor for Walter Publishing House in Olten, Switzerland, and for Suhrkamp Publishing House in Frankfurt. In Frankfurt he stayed for 17 years. Together with other editors he founded the Verlag der Autoren. In 2007 he was awarded with the Friedrich-HÃ¶lderlin-Preis of the town of Bad Homburg for his collected works. Urs Widmer now lives and works as a writer in Zurich. Urs Widmer’s books are published in 28 languages.
Urvashi Butalia is a writer and publisher. Co-founder of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, she is now Director of Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. She has written and published widely, and her best known work is the award winning oral history of Partition,The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. She is currently working on several different books: a Reader on India’s history, culture and politics, a family memoir about Partition and a book on sexuality and citizenship as seen through the life of a eunuch.
Major General VK Singh retired from the Indian Army in 2002. He is a well known military historian. Among his well known books areThrough — Saga of the Corps of Signals (2001); Leadership in the Indian Army – Biographies of Twelve Soldiers, (2005); History of the Corps of Signals, Volume II (2006); India’s External Intelligence — Secrets of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in 2007; Contribution of the Armed Forces to the Freedom Movement in India (2009); and History of the Corps of Signals, Volume III (2011).
Valmik Thapar has spent 36 years working with wild tigers and India’s forests and wildlife he has written 22 books on the subject and his latest work Tigers in the Emerald Forest will be published in Feb 2012 by Oxford University Press. He has presented more than 14 documentary films on tigers and India’s wildlife for the BBC since 1990. He presently serves the National Board of Wildlife.
Vijay Shankar Vyas
Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas has a P.hD. degree in Economics. He has a taught in the Universities in India and abroad. He is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Rajasthan. He has written and commented on various aspects of Rajasthan’s economy, history and culture, and has edited the book Rajasthan Quest for Sustainable Development.
Vijay Tankha is a professor of philosophy, St Stephen’s College, New Delhi. He is the author ofAncient Greek Philosophy:Thales to Gorgias.
Vinod Mehta has founded and edited numerous publications, among them India’s first Sunday paper, the Sunday Observer, the Indian Post, the Independent and the Pioneer (Delhi edition). Currently, he is editor-in-chief of the Outlook Group which brings out 10 magazines, including the weekly newsmagazine Outlook. Vinod Mehta has authored biographies of Sanjay Gandhi and Meena Kumari, and in 2001 published a collection of his articles under the title, Mr Editor, How Close Are You to the PM?
Wendell Rodricks has put the tiny Indian state of Goa firmly on the fashion map. Establishing his own label in 1990, he moved to his ancestral village in Goa in 1993, creating memorable collections each season, inspired by many emotions. Known as India’s Guru of Minimalism, he gave the country resort wear, minimalism and eco-friendly clothing before the words were coined. He has written for many periodicals and books, has lectured on World Costume History for eight years, interned at museums in Lisbon and New York and has been researching the history of Goan costume for eleven years. This is his first book.
William Dalrymple is the author of seven acclaimed works of history and travel, including City of Djinns, which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; the best-selling From the Holy Mountain; The Age of Kali, which won the French Prix D’Astrolable; White Mughals, which won Britain’s most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson, and The Last Mughalwhich won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize & The Crossword Prize for Non Fiction. He divides his time between New Delhi and London, and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New Statesman and The Guardian.