MEHR TARAR, a freelance columnist, is the former op-ed editor of Daily Times, a leading English daily. Tarar has one son, Musa, eighteen, whom she considers her inspiration for everything she does.
SEEMA GOSWAMI is a journalist, columnist and author.
Hazarika is an award-winning journalist.His books include Bhopal: The Lessons of a Tragedy; Strangers of the Mist: Tales of War and Peace from India’s Northeast; Rites of Passage: Border Crossings, Imagined Homelands, India’s East and Bangladesh; and Writing on the Wall
Chand Surs an inventive cook who places great emphasis on nutritious and healthy meals. Sunita K Kohli is an interior designer, a reputed leader in historical interior architectural restoration and a manufacturer of fine contemporary and classical furniture.
S. Irfan Habib is a widely published historian of science and modern political history. Until recently he held the Maulana Azad Chair
Salman Rashid is Pakistan’s leading travel writer. The author of nine travel books, A Time of Madness is his first memoir.
Award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Beauty
Robert Bly is the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller Iron John: A Book About Men, as well as several collections of original poetry, most recently, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars: Poems.
Andrew Schelling is a North American poet and translator. He has published seven books of classical Sanskrit and Prakrit poetry
He is among India’s leading independent commentators on matters of conflict and conflict resolution, democracy and development, political economy, and the convergence of business and human rights
Tulasi Srinivas is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Emerson College, Boston.
Krishnendu Ray is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU.
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best known Zen Buddhist teachers in the world today. He is the author of numerous bestselling books.
Donna M. Wulff is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Brown University, where she founded and directed the South Asian Concentration Program.
Amrita Narayanan is a clinical psychologist and Homi Bhabha Fellow based in Goa.
Mini Krishnan edits translations for Oxford University Press (India).
Manu Parekh is among India’s best-known contemporary artists.
Prasenjit K. Basu has spent the past twenty-five years analysing Asia’s economies.
John Stratton Hawley is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion at Barnard College.
Khushwant Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974; he returned the award in 1984 to protest the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army.
Memon is a critic, short story writer and has translated numerous works of Urdu fiction.
The Demon Hunter of Chottanikara is Sujatha's debut novel, born out of her love for the Mother Goddess and passion for Indian mythology.
N. Ram, chairman of Kasturi & Sons Limited and former editor-in-chief of The Hindu and Frontline magazine, is a political journalist with literary interests.
Sylvia Tara is an Indian-American biochemist and writer. She holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Former Professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information Technology, G. N. Devy writes in English, Marathi and Gujarati.
Tripti Lahiri is the Asia editor of Quartz and is currently based in Hong Kong...
Her books about food include, The Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food and Ritual in Bengal and Eating India: Exploring a Nation’s Cuisine; a novel, Mirror City. She has contributed to Granta, Gourmet, Gastronomia and a variety of other publications.
Ramin Jahanbegloo is a political philosopher and the author of twenty-seven books...
Rajmohan Gandhi’s previous book, A Tale of Two Revolts: India 1857 and the American Civil War, was published in 2009 in India, the UK, and the USA. Until end-December 2012 he taught political science and history at the University of Illinois.
Mihir Bose is a London-based award-winning author and journalist...
Irwin Allan Sealy was born in Allahabad and educated in Lucknow and Delhi. He is the author of The Trotter-Nama...
In his half a century as a photographer, Raghu Rai has won many national and international awards and accolades including being nominated in 1971 by Henri Cartier Bresson to Magnum Photos...
A lifelong dog lover, S. Theodore Baskaran has raised many dogs, including two Indian breeds. He has been associated with the Kennel Club of India, Chennai, and was a member of the show committee.
Arun Kumar is the country’s leading authority on the black economy and has studied, written about and lectured extensively on the phenomenon for nearly four decades.
Sumana Roy writes from Siliguri, a small town in sub-Himalayan Bengal.
Living in one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Ira Mukhoty developed an interest in the evolution of mythology and history and its relevance to the status of women in India.
Ghazala Wahab is executive editor, FORCE, where she writes on homeland security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, left-wing extremism and religious extremism...
Pravin Sawhney has been editor of FORCE (a magazine on national security and defence) since 2003.
One of India’s finest and most popular storytellers, Ruskin Bond is the author of several bestselling novels and collections of short stories, essays and poems. These include The Room on the Roof (winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize).
Tejaswini Apte-Rahm is a writer from Mumbai who has lived in Serbia, Israel, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Venkat Raman Singh Shyam is a renowned Pardhan Gond artist.
Edward James Corbett (1875-1955) was born in the Himalayan hill station of Nainital. At the young age of seventeen he joined the Indian Railways, and twenty-two years later left it to return to Nainital to run a hardware shop.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi read English Literature at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. A former administrator and diplomat, he has authored a novel, Refuge, a play in English verse, Dara Shukoh...
Shashi Tharoor is the bestselling author of fifteen previous books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a noted critic and columnist...
Tarini Bedi is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago...
T. J. S. George is a journalist who began his career at the Free Press Journal in 1950, and was the founding editor of Asiaweek...
Valmik Thapar has spent four decades serving the cause of wild India. During this time, he has authored, co-authored and edited more than twenty-five books and made or presented nearly a dozen films for the BBC and several other television networks...
Devdutt Pattanaik is a renowned author, mythologist and leadership consultant. He has written over thirty bestselling books, published several hundred articles and given numerous talks and presentations on Indian mythology, culture, business and management.
Sanjaya Baru is Consulting Fellow for India, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; and Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi...
Murray Laurence is an Australian travel writer whose first overseas trip, to Indonesia, sparked a lifelong interest in Asia...
‘Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson’, as the Boston Globe describes her...
Stephen Alter is the author of fifteen works of fiction and non-fiction. His honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright award. He was writer-in-residence for ten years at MIT and directed the writing program at the American University in Cairo.
Saeed Naqvi has been a reporter and foreign correspondent for over four decades. He has travelled the length and breadth of India (except Odisha, he insists) and visited over a hundred countries in pursuit of stories.
Dr Sisir Kumar Bose founded the Netaji Research Bureau at Calcutta’s Netaji Bhawan—the house from where he assisted his Uncle Subhas’s 1941 escape—and built it over four decades into the world’s leading centre of research and documentation on Netaji.
Sujaya Batra is a textile designer and commercial artist. She qualified to teach T’ai Chi while living in London and that led to her interest in Taoist, Zen and Buddhist philosophies, which are the inspiration behind her drawings.
Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English. Twenty of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007).
Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) was a French historian, intellectual, musicologist, Indologist, and a convert to and expert on Shaivite Hinduism. In 1991, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.
Kanishk Tharoor is a writer based in New York City. His journalism, criticism, and short stories have appeared in international and Indian publications; his short fiction was nominated for a National Magazine Award...
Born into an army family (his father was a captain with 2 Rajput in 1962), filmmaker and military historian Shiv Kunal Verma has worked with all three arms of the Indian armed forces over the last two-and-a-half decades...
Barkha Dutt, one of India’s most prominent journalists and television anchors, became a household name with her reporting from the front lines during the Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999...
Radhika Vaz is a comedian who has trained with members of the prestigious Groundlings School in Los Angeles, as well as at the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Magnet Theatre in New York City...
Jeet Thayil was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hongkong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award...
Amateur ornithologist, politician and diplomat, Malcolm MacDonald (1901–1981), the son of British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, was the UK High Commissioner to India in the 1950s.
Saad Z. Hossain writes in a niche genre of fantasy, science fiction and black comedy which, on the balance of it, very few people actually want to read. Due to the stunning unpopularity of his writing he has been forced to work in various industries...
Timeri N. Murari is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and playwright. Time magazine chose his film, The Square Circle, as one of its top ten films of 1997...
Sarita Mandanna’s bestselling and critically acclaimed first novel Tiger Hills was translated into fourteen languages worldwide and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice title.
Musharraf Ali Farooqi was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and currently lives in Karachi. His previous novel, The Story of a Widow, was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2010...
Jerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai. He has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian, journalist and columnist...
Joe Roberts was born in Bath, England, where he still lives with his wife and three sons. Since the publication of his first book, Three Quarters of A Footprint, in 1994 he has visited India many times.
Annie Zaidi is the author of Gulab, Love Stories # 1 to 14, and Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, which was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award. She is the co-author of The Good Indian Girl and a book of illustrated poems, Crush.
Shovon Chowdhury is a slightly disturbed Delhi-based writer. His blog, India Update, has horrified over 200,000 people. He is the creator of The Trilokpuri Incident, which is trying to understand an event that no one can remember.
Sorayya Khan is the author of two previous novels, Noor and Five Queen’s Road. Her writing has appeared in several anthologies and literary reviews. She is the recipient of a Fulbright research award, a Malahat Review Novella Prize.
Aditya Adhikari is a young journalist who has written widely on Nepali politics. He wrote a regular column for the Kathmandu Post between 2008 and 2012.
Born in Patna in 1974, Siddharth Chowdhury is the author, most recently of Day Scholar, shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2009. He works as an editorial consultant with the house of Manohar.
Soumya Bhattacharya’s books about how cricket defines India,You Must Like Cricket? and All That You Can’t Leave Behind, were published to international acclaim. His novel, If I Could Tell You, was a finalist for the the Hindu’s Best Fiction Award 2010.
Jonathan Gil Harris is descended from a long line of migrants on both sides of his family. Born in New Zealand and educated in England, Harris lived in the US for twenty-three years before moving to India. His day-job is as a professor of Shakespeare
Mamang Dai is a poet, novelist and journalist based in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her published works include a poetry collection, River Poems; a book of interlinked stories,
Salil Tripathi studied at The New Era School and Sydenham College in Bombay and got an MBA from Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College, in the US. He has been a correspondent in India, Singapore and Hong Kong and his work has appeared in several publications
Leila Seth was the first woman to top the Bar examinations in London, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court, and the first woman to become chief justice of a state High Court. She was appointed as a judge in 1978 and retired as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh in 1992.
Bulbul Sharma is a painter and writer. Her works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi and Chandigarh Museum as well as in private collections in India, UK, USA, Japan, Canada and France.
Arun Ferreira is from the East Indian community, the original Mumbaikars, whose villages became the localities of a sprawling metropolis. He graduated from the prestigious St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and has been an activist since his student days.
Mani Rao is the author of eight poetry books and a critically acclaimed translation of the Bhagavad Gita as a modern poem. Her poems and essays have been published in a number of international journals and anthologies, and translated into several languages.
Pamela Timms is a Scottish journalist who has written for a wide range of publications. She chronicles her Indian food adventures on her blog eat and dust and is a columnist for Mint. She lives in Delhi with her husband and three children.
Sridala Swami’s first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor, was published by The Sahitya Akademi in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award. She has written four books for children published by Pratham Books in 2009 and 2012.
Prashant Jha is an Associate Editor with Hindustan Times. He has extensively tracked Nepal’s political transformation, and was a columnist with the country’s leading dailies. Jha has also been the Nepal correspondent for The Hindu
Kavery Nambisan is a writer and a surgeon. She picked up the pen after starting to practise surgery and has since combined two professions successfully, because—she says—she does nothing else.
She is the author of six novels:
Irwin Allan Sealy was born in Allahabad in 1951 and educated in Lucknow and Delhi. He is the author of The Trotter-Nama, The Everest Hotel, The Brainfever Bird and other novels, and a travelogue, From Yukon to Yucatan.
Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor, The Impostor and In a Strange Room.
Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been General President of the Indian History Congress.
Ira Trivedi is the bestselling author of three works of fiction: There’s No Love on Wall Street (2011), The Great Indian Love Story (2009) and What Would You Do to Save the World? (2006). She has a BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia University and an LLB.
Adil Jussawalla has written four books of poems: Land’s End (1962), Missing Person (1976), Trying to Say Goodbye (2012) and The Right Kind of Dog (2013), a book of poems for young people.
Vikram Seth is the acclaimed author of three novels: The Golden Gate, An Equal Music and A Suitable Boy, one of the most beloved and widely read books of recent times. He has also published several books of poetry, an opera libretto, a book of other libretti
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is a medical officer with the government of Jharkhand. The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey is his first book.
Daughter of the late Romesh Thapar, Malvika Singh is the publisher of Seminar, a prestigious monthly magazine of ideas, founded in 1959. She has authored several books: Bhutan: Through the Lens of the King; New Delhi: Making of a Capital; Delhi
Born in Punjab’s Hadali village (now in Pakistan) in 1915, Khushwant Singh has acquired an iconic stature: he is, arguably, India’s best-known and most widely read author, columnist and journalist.
Kolkata-born Indrajit Hazra is a novelist and journalist. He was educated at St Xavier’s Collegiate School and Jadavpur University. He moved to New Delhi in 1998, where he wrote and published three novels—The Burnt Forehead of Max Saul,
Maria Aurora Couto was born in Goa and studied in Dharwar and New Delhi (where she later taught English literature at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University). She is the author of the widely acclaimed Goa:
A third-generation army officer, General VK Singh served with both the 2nd and 25th Battalion of the Rajput Regiment. A highly decorated soldier, he was the twenty-fourth Chief of the Indian Army. In the course of his tenure he took a principled stand on multiple issues
Manjushree Thapa is one of South Asia's best-known writers. She has written two novels: Seasons of Flight and The Tutor of History; a collection of short stories: Tilled Earth
Naresh Fernandes is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital newspaper. He is the author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age, which won the Dr Ashok Ranade Memorial Award and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.
David Davidar is the author of three novels, The House of Blue Mangoes (2002), which was published in sixteen countries and was a New York Times Notable Book.
Nirmala Lakshman is a journalist and Director of The Hindu group of publications. She was Joint Editor of The Hindu and has held senior editorial positions at the newspaper for more than three decades. Nirmala founded and edited
Shashi Deshpande is the author of eleven novels, a number of short story collections, four books for children and a book of essays. Her best-known novel, That Long Silence, which won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990, is considered a landmark in Indian writing in English.
Amitava Kumar is the author of several works of non-fiction and a novel. His 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.
Chetan Raj Shrestha was born in 1978 in Gangtok, Sikkim. He is a trained architect, specializing in conservation architecture.
Omair Ahmad is the author of Jimmy, the Terrorist (winner of the Vodafone Crossword Award for Fiction and shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize)
Aranyani is the nom de plume of a native of Tamil Nadu.
Wendy Doniger is the author of several translations of Sanskrit texts and books on Hinduism, which include the acclaimed bestsellers The Hindus:
Pavan K. Varma studied history at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and took a degree in law from Delhi University. He has been press secretary to the president of India.
Peter Smetacek, an authority on Indian butterfiles and months, has published sixty papers on them and has described a dozen new to science.
Journalist–analyst Shankkar Aiyar scooped the news of India pledging its gold reserves with the Bank of England in 1991 during its worst economic crisis since Independence.
M. Krishnan (1912-1996) is widely regarded as one of the finest naturalists the country has ever produced. A brilliant writer and photographer, his writing was showcased to fine effect in a newspaper column called ‘Country Notebook’.
Nilanjana Roy spent most of her adult life writing about humans before realizing that animals were much more fun; The Wildings is her first novel. Her column on books and reading for the Business Standard has run for over fifteen years;