TOM ALTER has acted in nearly 200 hundred films, 50 televison serials, and 25 plays, including
Shatranj ke Khiladi, Kranti, Parinda, Sarda, Maulana Azad, Waiting for Godot, Junoon, Zabaan
Sambhal Ke, LOC, and Jugalbandi. He has published two books including Rerun at
Rialto (Viking Penguin), and a third is forthcoming.
ALOK BHALLA teaches at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad.
JANE BHANDARI is a writer and painter, and lives in Mumbai. She coordinates the Mumbai poetry
ARUNA BHOWMICK is a freelance critic and writer based in Delhi and works towards propagation of
civic rights awareness, and responsive citizenship. She writes on art, books, and urban culture.
JOHN H. BOWLES produces international exhibitions and has contributed to Outlook,
Orientations, Marg and other publications.
DARIUS COOPER is Professor of literature, film and humanities at San Diego Mesa College, USA. He
has published two books, one on the cinema of Satyajit Ray (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and
recently on the films of Guru Dutt (Seagull Publications, 2005). His poems and stories appear
regularly in literary journals in India, USA and elsewhere.
VASUDHA DALMIA is Professor of Hindi and Head of the Department of South and Southeast Asian
Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
ELLA DATTA is a journalist and has authored Ganesh Pyne: His Life and Times (CIMA
Gallery), Art of A. Ramachandran (Roli Books), and Lines of Colours: Discovering Indian Art
VINAY DHARWADKER is a member of the senior faculty in the Department of Languages and Cultures of
Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His recent books include Cosmopolitan
Geographies: New Locations in Literature and Culture, edited for The English Institute
(Routledge, 2001); and Kabir: The Weaver’s Songs (Penguin Classics, 2003).
GEETA DOCTOR is a freelance writer and critic.
TISHANI DOSHI is a freelance journalist and a dancer based in Chennai.
NARAYANI GUPTA retired as Professor of History from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and is now a
consultant with INTACH.
PARSA VENKATESHWAR RAO JR is a freelance journalist. He has recently collected his columns on
books in an anthology titled Mullah Omar and Robespierre: Essays in the Ideas of Politics
JYOTINDRA JAIN is Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
MINI KAPOOR is Senior Editor, The Indian Express.
BRUCE KING lives in Paris. The second edition of his book Three Indian Poets will be
published by Oxford University Press later this year. His Internationalization of English
Literature 1948-2000 was published by OUP in 2004.
MAYA KHOSLA’s collection of poetry, Keel Bone (Bear Star Press, 2003) won the Dorothy
Brunsman Poetry Award. Her earlier book of poems is Heart of the Tearing (Red Dust Press,
New York, 1995). She also conducts field-based biological surveys and has published Web of Water
(Golden Gate, National Parks Conservancy Press, 1997) which deals with fish migration and habitat
and Wild Treasures: Notes in the Field is currently in press.
MITALI SARAN is a freelance writer based in New Delhi.
NAVTEJ SARNA is the official Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. He has written short stories
for the London Magazine and BBC, and his first novel was We were not Lovers Like That
KALPISH RATNA is the pseudonym under which Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed write together.
They edited the Books Page of the Sunday Observer and work as surgeons in Mumbai.
SUDEEP SEN’s [www.sudeepsen.com] 0 (HarperCollins) was
awarded the Hawthornden Fellowship (UK) and nominated for a Pushcart Prize (USA). His new
book-length poem, Distracted Geographies: An Archipelago of Intent (Indialog), has just
appeared this month.
PRAYAG SHUKLA is a poet, writer and art critic.
JAI ARJUN SINGH is a feature writer with Business Standard newspaper.
K. S. SUBRAMANIAN, a former member of the IPS, has worked in the IB and the Union Home Ministry.
He was Senior Fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Library, Teen Murti
House, New Delhi.
JEET THAYIL’s writing has appeared in various journals, including London Magazine, Verse, Agenda,
Stand, The Independent, Poets &Writers and Poetry Wales. He is an editor with Rattapallax, a New
York-based literary journal, and a contributing editor with Fulcrum, a poetry annual out of
Boston. His most recent collection of poems is the critically acclaimed English (2004). He lives
in New Delhi.