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.
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.
Amitava Kumar is the author of several works of non-fiction and a novel. His latest 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. He is Professor of English at Vassar College, New York. www.amitavakumar.com
Chetan Raj Shrestha was born in 1978 in Gangtok, Sikkim. He is a trained architect, specializing in conservation architecture. He has lived in Darjeeling, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Sydney, and is currently working in a collaborative architectural practice in Gangtok.
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) and The Storyteller’s Tale. He grew up in Saudi Arabia and India, and has been a journalist, policy analyst and semi-employed in a variety of odd vocations in a few countries. He currently lives in New Delhi.
Shovon Chowdhury is a Delhi-based amateur humourist. In his spare time, he does advertising work for clients who cannot find anyone cheaper. His grandfather ran away from Dhaka to escape Japanese bombing in 1945, not realizing that the war was about to end, and arrived in Calcutta just in time for the Great Calcutta Killings of 1946. These shared family experiences have left him deeply averse to sudden movement, which is why he has lived in Delhi for the last twenty years…
Aranyani is the nom de plume of a native of Tamil Nadu.
Valmik Thappar has spent several decades serving the wild tigers of India. He has written over twenty books and made or presented nearly a dozen films for the BBC and several other television networks on the tiger and Indian flora and fauna. He has also created a major non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving wildlife, the Ranthambhore Foundation.
Wendy Doniger is the author of several translations of Sanskrit texts and books on Hinduism, which include the acclaimed bestsellers The Hindus: An Alternative History; Siva, the Erotic Ascetic; The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology and translations of the Rig Veda and the Kamasutra. She is currently the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago.
Devdutt Pattanaik has written over twenty-five books and 400 articles on Indian mythology. Since 2007, he has been explaining the relationship between mythology and management through his articles and lectures. devdutt.com