CONTRIBUTORS

New Issue | Volume 1 | Issue 12 [April 2022]

Nishi-

Nishi Pulugurtha is an academic and writer based in Kolkata. Her publications include a monograph on Derozio (2010), a collection of essays on travel, Out in the Open (2019), an edited volume of essays on travel, Across and Beyond (2020), a volume of poems, The Real and the Unreal and Other Poems (2020), a collection of short stories, The Window Sill (2021) and co-edited a volume of poems Voices and Vision The First IPPL Anthology (2021). A second volume of poems is forthcoming from Writers Workshop, Kolkata. She is working on a book project that brings together recipes from the Telugu kitchen in Calcutta with tales of growing up in Calcutta/Kolkata. She also writes on Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Dr. Sarabjeet Dhody Natesan is an Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences, Krea University. She writes about growing up in Lajpat Nagar, a refugee resettlement colony of Delhi. Her academic research lies at the intersection of macroeconomics and public policy implementation. Her current research is on the ‘Bazaars of Post-Partition India’ and ‘The Economics of Religion’. She lives in Chennai with her family. In her free time, she can be found at the beach.

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Yamini Krishna Bandlamudi is from Vijayawada.  She did M.A English and MSW and has been into teaching English, Translation, English media & social work for the past 12 years.

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Amandeep Kaur is an assistant professor of English at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Volume 1 | Issue 11 [March 2022]

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Kalyani Dutta is a writer and translator. She co-authored with Meena Bhargava ‘ Women, Education and Politics’: The Women’s Movement and Delhi’s Indraprastha College ‘, OUP (2005). A recipient of Katha Translation Award, her translation of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Freedom Fables: Satires and Political Writings (2019) was nominated for the Crossword Translation Prize.  There are also Abanindranath Tagore’s   Rajkahini in English (2005) and three contributions in The Essential Tagore, Ed Radha Chakravarty, Fakhrul Alam, Harvard.  ‘Sobuj Card’ by Trishna Bosak, for ‘Bangladesh- Writings on 1971, Orient Longman, (2022) is the most recent.

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

Volume 1 | Issue 10 [February 2022]

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Amandeep Sandhu was born in Rourkela, Odisha, and studied at the University of Hyderabad. He lives in Bangalore.

Aman is the author of two novels: Sepia Leaves (2008, Rupa) is about a family living under the shadow of schizophrenia from a young boy’s point of view during the Emergency. Roll of Honour (2012, Rupa) is about the split loyalties of a Sikh boy in a military boarding school in Panjab during the Khalistan movement, based on the events of the year 1984. The novel was nominated for The Hindu Prize 2013.

In late 2019, Aman published his non-fiction book, PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines (Westland/Amazon, 2019) which is part-reportage, part-memoir, part-contextual history. The book was long-listed for the NIF-Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Award 2020 and short-listed for the Atta Galatta-BLF Non Fiction Prize 2020. Aman’s e-Book on India’s mental health in the times of coronavirus outbreak is: Bravado to Fear to Abandonment: Mental Health and COVID-19 Lockdown available on Amazon. His essays and short stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and websites. He also writes for Caravan, Scroll, The Hindu, The Hindu Businessline and others.

Aman was a Fellow, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, 2013-15. He is now a Homi Bhabha Fellow, 2022-2024, working on a book tentatively titled The Outliers: Sikhs who live Outside Panjab, in India.

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Jashanpreet Kaur hails from a village in district Bathinda of Punjab. She has completed her post-graduation in Literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh. At present, she is pursuing Ph.D. on the concept of Punjabiat in Punjabi Poetry of West Punjab. She is a voracious reader. Her areas of interest are poetry, folklore, culture and gender. Her poems have appeared in Punjabi literary magazines. She has also worked as a translator and content writer with TROLLYTIMES & KARTI DHARTI during the farmers’ protests.

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

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Jaskaran Singh Rana is a passionate photographer who is interested in the stories of common people and their struggles.  He is currently based in Jalandhar.

Volume 1 | Issue 9 [January 2022]

Contributor, Eating with the makers

Jaya Jaitly has worked closely, with India’s crafts persons to sustain traditional craft livelihoods and preserve India’s cultural heritage, since 1967 and has travelled widely both in India and abroad for her work. After guiding Design and Marketing at Gurjari for the Gujarat Govt for 11 years she founded the Dastkari Haat Samiti, a national association of craftspeople in 1986. She also created Dilli Haat, a permanent and now iconic crafts marketplace in Delhi in 1994. Jaitly works to link crafts persons to a variety of markets through innovative strategies like creating artistic crafts maps and organising over 15 international workshops with foreign artisans and Indian counterparts to further diplomacy and India’s soft power. She headed a major project with Google Arts & Culture titled Crafted in India to present the largest online exposition of craft stories in the world. Her published works, apart from hundreds of articles, and essays, include the Crafts of Gujarat, Crafts of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh, Crafting Nature, Craft Traditions of India, Crafts Atlas of India, The Artistry of Handwork, The Woven Textiles of Varanasi, A Podium on the Pavement, and Viswakarma’s Children.  Crafting Indian Scripts was published in 2015 along with the Akshara exhibition. Her most recent work is Life among the Scorpions – A Memoir of a Woman in Indian Politics. She also writes children’s stories, and gives lectures at educational and cultural institutions.

Contributor, Eating with the makers

Adnan Kafeel Darwesh hails from Ballia (U.P). He graduated in Computer Science (Hons.) from Delhi University and went on to acquire a Master’s Degree in Hindi Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia. Currently pursuing a Ph.D from Jamia Millia Islamia, he is a poet, translator and occasional photographer. Darwesh won the noted Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Poetry Award (2018). His first poetry collection, ‘Thithurte Lamp post’ is published by Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi in 2022.

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

Volume 1 | Issue 8 [December 2021]

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Kalapini Komkali is endowed with a wholly original, melodious and extremely rich voice. She is widely recognized as one of the finest and well – trained classical vocalists of the younger generation. She is the daughter and disciple of the legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva and has also been trained by her illustrious mother, Vidushi Vasundhara Komkali. Kalapini learnt from her distinguished parents not only the technique and grammar of her art but also inherited a capacity for creativity and reflection.

While strengthening her hold over her inheritance with a fine sense of understanding, she has evolved her own vision and has emerged in the last decade as a vocalist with a profound degree of sensitivity and intensity. Her performances are marked by youthful imagination, artistic thoughtfulness and a mature command over various aspects of classical vocalism. The improvisations made by her are generally rooted in the Gwalior gayaki, but carry her own distinct identity.

Kalapini’s wide repertoire of ragas and compositions is further supplemented by the presentation of the traditional songs of Malwa representing the folkore and ethnic flavour of the region. The Sagun-Nirgun bhajans (devotional songs) of the various saint poets rendered in her inimitable style provide an ascetic flavour to Kalapini’s music.

Committed to the promotion of art, she organizes music festivals at Dewas to bring together major scholars, performers as well as young artists. A performer of uncommon perception, Kalapini is popular amongst the youth for her lecture- demonstrations of Indian Classical Music.

Kalapini lives in Dewas, Central India. She is an active trustee of the Kumar Gandharva Sangeet Academy. Commercial releases of her studio recordings include, ‘Aarambha’ and ‘Inheritance’, released by HMV; and ‘Dharohar’ released by Times Music. ‘Swar- Manjari’, a live concert recording, was released by Virgin Records. Kalapini has also recorded for sound tracks of the films, ‘Paheli’ and ‘Devi Ahilya’.

Himadri-Agarwal

Himadri Agarwal (Hima) is a reader and a lover of language. She currently reads Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and English, and hopes to keep adding more to the list. She loves to play, both with words and with games—an avid Dungeons & Dragons fan, she hopes to spend her life listening to stories, whether they are from people, pages, or the game board.

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Kalyani Jha is a Marathi lecturer at the undergraduate level. She also teaches Marathi to non-Marathi speakers. She has a Doctorate in Marathi Literature. Research, translation, culture, gender, child education and music are her areas of interest. She lives in Pune.

Volume 1 | Issue 7 [November 2021]

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Zainab Ummer Farook calls Kozhikode her home, but she loves banana halwa from Mangalore. Her poems have been featured in The Bombay Literary Magazine, nether Quarterly, Narrow Road, and the anthology 14 International Younger Poets.

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Yamini Krishnan is a student of English and Creative Writing at Ashoka University, Haryana, India. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Scroll.in, The Bombay Literary Magazine and Extinction Violin: The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Poets among others. She’s a graduate of the Summer Institute of the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa. She writes poetry and essays. She lives between Delhi and Pune.

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Purvi Rajpuria is a freelance writer and illustrator. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

Volume 1 | Issue 6 [October 2021]

Abhishek-Majumdar

Abhishek Majumdar is a writer, director and scenographer. He is currently the artistic director of Nalanda Arts Studio, Bangalore and Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre at New York University, Abu Dhabi. He writes primarily in Hindi, English and Bangla and directs in multiple languages.

Chirodip-Naha

Chirodip Naha is from Cumilla, a small city in Bangladesh. He is a Post Graduate student at Ashoka University. He was invited to participate in the University of Iowa’s prestigious International writing program summer institute. He prefers to write fiction, especially historical fiction. Currently, he is interested in the 1971 Bangladesh Pakistan war and is writing a novel on this theme. His short stories have been published in the Collision Literary Magazine.

Saranya Ganguly

Saranya Ganguly works as a Catalogue Executive at FirstCry.com for a day job but keenly pursues her passion as a painter/ illustrator. She has also completed M.A in English Literature from Pondicherry Central University.

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

Volume 1 | Issue 5 [September 2021]

Damodar Mauzo

Damodar Mauzo is essentially a short fiction writer and novelist with over 20 books in Konkani and one in English to his credit, besides edited and translated ones. He is also a literary critic and scriptwriter. Five of his books have been published in English translation besides some into Marathi. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1983) for the novel Karmelin which is translated into 14 languages so far. He is also the recipient of V. V. Pai Puraskar for the novel Tsunami Simon, the Goa State Cultural Award amongst several other laurels. His short story collection, Teresa’s Man was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Award.

Subodh-Kerkar

Subodh Kerkar was born in the small picturesque village of Keri on the northern border of Goa. A qualified medical professional, he gave up medicine to pursue visual arts. He is an artist and an activist and uses art to comment on social, political, religious and other issues. He has carved a niche for himself, especially in the field of conceptual art and land art. He spent his childhood, walking on the beaches with his artist father, Chandrakant Kerkar. These walks consolidated his relationship with his father and with the ocean. Subodh Kerkar’s installations are heavily washed by the ocean, both literally and metaphorically. He creates his ephemeral installations using thousands of mussel shells, pebbles, palm leaves, boats, fishermen and sand. The ocean is both inside and outside his works, his master and his muse. Subodh creates large works on the seashore, which are often infused with politics and history. He is the Founding Director of the Museum of Goa (MOG) and has exhibited widely in India and abroad in both galleries and museums.

Shaila-Mauzo

Shaila Mauzo, born in Maharashtra and married in Goa is a homemaker. She has translated Damodar Mauzo’s novel ‘Jeev Dyava Ki Chaha Ghyava’ and short stories into Marathi.

Pantaleao-Fernandes

Pantaleão Fernandes who lives in Goa is a writer, photographer and ethnographer. Passionate about Goa and its vibrant culture, he spends most of his time exploring villages in the deep hinterlands, to experience first-hand the warm spirit and culture of the villagers and document these experiences. These excursions have resulted in several books including “100 Goan Experiences”, “Goa Remembered”, “Traditional Occupations of Goa”, “Goa –Rare Portraits” and “Outdoor Museums of Goa”. “Once Upon a Time in Goa”, and “Ful – A story” are children’s books penned by Fernandes. In his spare time, he curates cultural experiences for discerning visitors to Goa, enabling them to have an authentic experience of the real Goa.

Volume 1 | Issue 4 [August 2021]

Pushpamala

Pushpamala N has been called “the most entertaining artist-iconoclast of contemporary Indian art”. In her sharp and witty work as a photo- and video-performance artist, sculptor, writer, curator and provocateur, and in her collaborations with writers, theatre directors and filmmakers, she seeks to subvert the dominant discourse. She is known for her strong feminist work and for her rejection of authenticity and embracing of multiple realities. As one of the pioneers of conceptual art in India and a leading figure in the feminist experiments in subject, material and language, her inventive work has had a deep influence on cultural practice in India.

Pushpamala N lives and works as an independent artist in Bangalore. She studied BA and MA in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda. She exhibits widely in India and internationally, and speaks often at seminars and conferences. Her writing is published internationally in journals and books. She is the recipient of the National Award 1984, Gold Medal at the VI Triennale India 1986, Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 1986, Karnataka Shilpa Kala Akademi Award 1997,the Karnataka State Jakanachari Award 2015. In 1996, she created a fictitious institute Somberikatte (Idler’s Platform in Kannada) through which she organizes talks and seminars. In 2016, she organized an international seminar on the early modern Karnataka artist K. Venkatappa in Bangalore. She is now co-editing the book with Deeptha Achar to be published by Routledge. She was the curator of the Chennai Photo Biennale 2019, during which she organized an international photography seminar called Light Writing in Chennai, India.

Vighnesh Hampapura recently graduated from Ashoka University with a degree in literature. He is heading to the University of Oxford for further studies, where he is supported by a Rhodes Scholarship. His English translation of Kannada writer Vasudhendra's short stories is forthcoming from Penguin Random House.

Vighnesh Hampapura recently graduated from Ashoka University with a degree in literature. He is heading to the University of Oxford for further studies, where he is supported by a Rhodes Scholarship. His English translation of Kannada writer Vasudhendra’s short stories is forthcoming from Penguin Random House.

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

Volume 1 | Issue 3 [July 2021]

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A bilingual writer and journalist, Ashutosh Bhardwaj writes in various prose genres ranging from fiction, literary criticism, reportage, investigative journalism, travelogues to memoirs. He has received several awards and fellowships for his journalism and literary writings. He has published three books: Jo Frame Men Na The (a short story collection); Pitra-Vadh (a book of literary criticism that received the Devi Shankar Avasthi Samman); and a book on the Naxal insurgency, The Death Script that was chosen as the Atta Galatta Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020.
He has been a Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and will be a writer-in-residence at Prague-City of Literature in 2022.

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Daisy Barman is currently a Ph.D. scholar at Gauhati University, Assam where she is working on literary folkloristics in Indian English fiction. Her interest in translation began at a formative age and developed into serious engagement over time. Her translation of an Assamese short story ‘A Political Tale’ has recently been published in an anthology, How to Tell the Story of an Insurgency edited by Aruni Kashyap.

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Saronik Bosu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, New York University, writing his dissertation on literature and economic thought in modern India. His other interests include medical and environmental humanities. He has been published in journals such as Interventions and Movable Type, and in volumes such as The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature. He co-hosts the podcast High Theory, which asks simple questions about difficult ideas from the academy. Recently for mental health purposes, he has resurrected his long-abandoned habit of making art.

Volume 1 | Issue 2 [June 2021]

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Leela Samson is a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer and actor. She received the impulses for her growth as a dancer from Kalakshetra, Chennai. From 1975 to 2005, she taught at the Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and privately in Delhi, and choreographed a body of work called ‘Spanda’ known for its innovations in Bharatanatyam. Leela has travelled extensively and performed at leading festivals of dance in India and abroad. She was the Director, Kalakshetra from 2005 to 2012. Leela has written a few books – ‘Rhythm in Joy’ for Lustre Press in 1987, on the classical dance forms of India, ‘Rukmini Devi – A Life’ published by Penguin Viking in 2010, on the life of the legendary founder of Kalakshetra. Leela is the recipient of the Sanskriti Award in 1982, the Padmashri Award in 1990, the Nritya Choodamani Award in 1997, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2000 and the Natya Kala Acharya Award from the Music Academy, Chennai in 2015. From August 2010 to September 2014, she served as Chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. From mid-2011 to early 2015, Leela served as Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification. Leela performs solo and also travels with the Spanda Dance Company for shows in India and abroad. It is what she loves best – to dance, to teach, to understand better the relationship between the lyrics, music and expression of the individual dancer and the socio-political forces amidst which an artiste practices her art.

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Kalyani Jha is a Marathi lecturer at the undergraduate level. She also teaches Marathi to non-Marathi speakers. She has a Doctorate in Marathi Literature. Research, translation, culture, gender, child education and music are her areas of interest. She lives in Pune.

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

Volume 1 | Inaugural Issue [May 2021]

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Manoranjan Byapari was born in the mid-fifties in Barishal. After he migrated to West Bengal at the age of three, he lived in two refugee camps before he moved away at the age of fourteen to work. At twenty-four, he became politically active with the Naxals after meeting famous labour activist Shankar Guha Niyogi. It was in prison that Byapari taught himself to read and write. Later, when he was working as a rickshaw puller, he had a chance encounter with Mahasweta Devi who asked him to contribute to her journal, Bartika. He has since then published several novels, four volumes of memoirs, over fifty short stories, essays and poems. He worked until recently as a cook with the Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Blind in West Bengal. He won the 2019 Hindu Prize For Non-Fiction for his biography, Itibritte Chandal Jiban translated into English as Interrogating My Chandal Life: An Autobiography of a Dalit.

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Amritah Sen is a visual artist based in Kolkata and studied art at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan with painting as her specialization. Through her works, Amritah tells stories of different kinds and in different formats and currently takes a lot of interest in making Book Art. She has shown her works frequently in group shows across India, Europe and USA. Amritah has also done nine solo shows till date in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai and has participated in different art fairs including Dhaka Art Summit, India Art Fair and United Art Fair. She has been a part of various research residencies in India and other South Asian countries.

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Utsa Bose is a final year undergraduate student in the Department of English at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. He divides his time between translations, writing, and undergraduate academic work. His publications include the translated short fictions of Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyay, Rajshekhar Basu and Rabindranath Tagore

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Vandana Rag is a bi-lingual author, translator and literary activist. She has published four books of short stories in Hindi. Her recently published Hindi novel, Bisat par Jugnu – a saga of dreams traversing across India and China is receiving much critical acclaim. She has translated poetry and prose into Hindi and English.

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