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- The Story of My Assassins by Tarun Tejpal Rana Dasgupta
- So Good in Black by Sunetra Gupta Aveek Sen
- The Imperial Agent by Timeri N. Murari Somak Ghoshal
- The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri Sumana Roy
- Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie Mini Kapoor
- For Pepper and Christ by Keki N. Daruwalla Kalpish Ratna
- Damage by Amrita Kumar Mitali Saran
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Jahnavi Barua
- ‘Coming face to face with our own humanity’—A report on the Writers’
Chain Translation Workshop, January 2009
Sampurna Chattarji
- 60 Indian Poets edited by Jeet Thayil Maya Khosla
- The Mahabharata Re-imagined: A Collection of Scenes from the
by Trisha Das and The Pregnant Kingdom by Devdutt Pattanaik
Samhita Arni
- ‘Indian print run’—A look at the current state of Indian publishing Sridhar Balan
- ‘Half the world is not narrow!’—12 independent women publishers
change the status quo
Ritu Menon
- ‘Ain’t nobody like my desi girls’—Tracking the unabashed rise of Indian chick-lit Nandita Aggarwal
- ‘The end of pretension’—The Chetan Bhagat phenomenon Jai Arjun Singh
- ‘The agent, the sage and the potter’—A peek into the future of children’s publishing in India Vatsala Kaul Banerjee
- Vijayanagara: Splendour in Ruins edited by George Michell Vikramajit Ram
- Theatres of India: A Concise Companion edited by Ananda Lal Anjum Katyal
- Handmade in India: Crafts of India edited by Aditi Ranjan
and M.P. Ranjan
Jyotindra Jain
- ‘Terms of criticism’—Why discussions around Slumdog Millionaire need
to move beyond debates about ‘Indian’ and ‘Western’, exploitation, authenticity and the ‘display of poverty’
Sharmistha Gooptu
- Bachchanalia: The Films and Memorabilia of Amitabh Bachchan by
Bhawana Somaaya and Osians’ CARD
Shubhra Gupta
- You say ‘potato’, I say ‘patatah’—A survey of the Indian
cookbook market
Vasundhara Chauhan
- ‘Gateway to the past’—A report on the setting up of one of the biggest online archives of historical material from South Asia. Ronojoy Sen
NANDITA AGGARWAL is Editorial Director, Adult and Business Books, Hachette India.

SAMHITA ARNI is a freelance writer based in Bangalore. She is the author of the The Mahabharata – A Child’s View and is currently working on a thriller based on the Ramayana.

SRIDHAR BALAN is currently Senior Consultant with Ratna Sagar (P) Ltd. He was previously with Oxford University Press India.

VATSALA KAUL BANERJEE is Editorial Director, Children’s and Reference Books, Hachette India.

JAHNAVI BARUA is a writer who has recently published her first collection of short stories, Next Door (Penguin India). She is based in Bangalore.

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI is an award-winning poet, novelist and translator. She has translated leading Bengali poets Sukumar Ray ( Penguin India) and Joy Goswami (forthcoming). She has authored several children’s books for Puffin and Scholastic. Her poetry collection Sight May Strike You Blind was published by the Sahitya Akademi (Indian Academy of Letters) in 2007 and reprinted in 2008. Her first novel Rupture is just out (April, 2009) from HarperCollins Publishers India.

VASUNDHARA CHAUHAN is a food writer who lives in Delhi and works for the ASER Centre, Delhi, which brings out the Annual Status of Education Report.

RANA DASGUPTA is the author of the recently published novel, Solo (HarperCollins Publishers India) and Tokyo Cancelled (2005).

SOMAK GHOSHAL read English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and University College, Oxford. He works for the editorial pages of The Telegraph, Calcutta.

SHARMISTHA GOOPTU is a founding trustee of the South Asia Research Foundation, and has done her Ph.D on Indian Cinema.

SHUBHRA GUPTA is a film critic with the Indian Express.

JYOTINDRA JAIN is currently Head of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. He has been Professor of Arts & Asthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Director of the Crafts Museum, both in New Delhi.

MINI KAPOOR is Associate Editor with the Indian Express.

ANJUM KATYAL has been Editor, Seagull Theatre Quarterly and Chief Editor, Seagull Books, Calcutta. She has overseen the publication of the New Indian Playwrights Series, which includes playscripts by Satish Alekar, and several other theatre titles, and translated Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor and Hirma ki Amar Kahani (The Living Tale of Hirma) as well as Usha Ganguli’s Rudali.

MAYA KHOSLA is a wildlife biologist and writer. Her poetry, which has been featured in The Wisconsin Review, Prairie Schoone, Poem and other journals, has been collected in Keel Bone (Bear Star; Dorothy Brunsman Award) and Heart of the Tearing (Red Dust Press).

RITU MENON is a feminist writer and publisher. She is founder of Women Unlimited and co-founder of
Kali for Women.

VIKRAMAJIT RAM writes about places, people and endangered species. He is the author-photographer of Elephant Kingdom: Sculptures from Indian Architecture (Mapin, 2007) and Dreaming Vishnus: A Journey through Central India (Penguin India, 2008).

KALPISH RATNA is the pseudonym under which Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan write together. Surgeons by profession, and writers by avocation, they write extensively on science, medicine and literature.

SUMANA ROY teaches at the Department of Humanities, Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College. Her first novel, Love in the Chicken’s Neck, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008.

MITALI SARAN is a Delhi-based freelance columnist, writer and editor.

AVEEK SEN is Senior Assistant Editor with The Telegraph, Calcutta. He won the 2009 Infinity Award for Writing on Photography from the International Center for Photography, New York.

RONOJOY SEN is Senior Assistant Editor with the Times of India and is the author of Legalizing Religion: The Indian Supreme Court and Homogenization of the Nation, published in the Washington, D.C. East-West Center Policy Studies series.

JAI ARJUN SINGH is a freelance writer and reviewer. He blogs at


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