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Cyrus Mistry began his writing career as a playwright, freelance journalist and short-story writer. His play Doongaji House, written in 1977 when he was twenty-one, has acquired classic status in contemporary Indian theatre in English. His plays and screenplays have won several awards. His previous works include the novels The Radiance of Ashes (2005) and Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer (2012), which won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014.

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Khushwant Singh is, arguably, India’s best-known and most widely read author, columnist and journalist. His first book, The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories, was published in 1950. The best known among these are the novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi; his autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice; and the two-volume A History of the Sikhs.

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.

Shashi Tharoor is the bestselling author of 14 books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a noted critic and columnist, a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Indian Government Minister. His columns have been published widely. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, and has been twice elected to Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram. He chairs Parliament’s External Affairs Committee.

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. He is also the author of the fatherhood memoir, Dad’s the Word. He was a Granta New Voice in 2008. His writing has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Wisden, ESPNcricinfo, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is the editor of the Hindustan Times, Mumbai.

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; he has written five books on English Renaissance drama and ideas of the foreign. His articles on Bollywood and globalization have been published in the Hindustan Times. He is Professor of English and Dean of Academic Affairs at Ashoka…

Mamang Dai is a poet, novelist and journalist based in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Her published works include a poetry collection, River Poems; a book of interlinked stories, The Legends of Pensam and a novella Stupid Cupid. She received the Verrier Elwin Award in 2003 for her book Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden Land and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011 in recognition of her contributions in the fields of literature and education.

Timeri is currently writing about the continued machinations of Chanakya and the dysfunctional, ruling family. His previous novels include The Taliban Cricket Club, which was published in eight countries and Taj, which was translated into 25 languages. Time magazine chose his film, The Square Circle, as one of its top ten films of 1997. www.timerimurari.com

Jerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai. He has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian, journalist and columnist. He is now associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. His published works include a book of poems, Asylum, and Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007. jerrypinto.com

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’ which appeared continuously in the Sunday Statesman for about forty-six years. 'Of Birds and Birdsong' is the first collection of Krishnan’s writings that focuses exclusively on birds.