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Mimi Mondal

Mimi Mondal is a Dalit writer of speculative fiction and social-justice nonfiction, and the poetry and reprints editor of Uncanny Magazine. Her first anthology, Luminescent Threads:...

Subodh Ghosh

Subodh Ghosh (1909 - 1980) wrote several novels but it was with his short stories that he made radical departures from the conventional form. One of his early stories, "Ajantrik," was about a taxi...

Bimal Mitra

Bimal Mitra (1912 - 1991) wrote over 100 novels and short stories, giving up his job with the Indian Railways at the age of 1938 to become a full-time writer. His novels were sprawling sagas, as...

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (1894 - 1950) was arguably the most acclaimed among the many Bengali novelists and short story writers who followed Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. A prolific...

Somrita Ganguly

Somrita Urni Ganguly is a professor, researcher, and translator, soon to complete her PhD from the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She teaches British...

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876 - 1938) was a younger contemporary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore who left his mark on Bengali literature with his novels and short stories. He was...

Shumona Sinha

Shumona Sinha was born in Calcutta in 1973 and moved to Paris in 2001. Her first novel, Fenêtre sur l'abîme, was published in 2008. Her second novel, Assommons les pauvres! (2011),...

Arinimal

Born in the village of Palhalan in Kashmir's Baramulla district, Arinimal lived during the eighteenth century and wrote verses of romantic love and longing, using the lyric lōl form...

Roop Bhawani

Roop Bhawani (1625–1721) lived in Srinagar, and is one of the most important poets of the Kashmiri mystic tradition. Her poetry takes the form of the vaakh, "invented" in the fourteenth...

Dīna Nāth Nādim

Dīna Nāth Nādim (1916–88) was a high-school teacher (at the Hindu High School, Srinagar, Kashmir) for years and later in life appointed as the assistant director of...

Rasul Mīr

Rasul Mīr is thought to have flourished between 1850–1900, though it is hard to find agreement even where rough estimates of his dates are concerned. Mīr was born in...

Arshia Sattar

Arshia Sattar has a PhD in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, Tales from the Kathasaritsagara and The Ramayana of...

Sonam Kachru

Sonam Kachru is an assistant professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Virginia. He is professionally a student of the history of philosophy in South Asia, with...

Neerja Mattoo

Neerja Mattoo taught English at Government College for Women in Srinagar, from where she retired as principal. She is a writer/translator, and apart from contributions to anthologies and academic...

Dhamayanthi

Dhamayanthi was born in Tirunelveli. She has worked as a DJ in a family radio station, and also directs documentaries, and writes scripts and lyrics for movies. Her debut...

Subashree Krishnaswamy

Subashree Krishnaswamy is an editor, translator, and writer. She edited the Indian Review of Books, a monthly magazine devoted to reviews of books, for a number of years. As editor of Manas,...

Padma Narayanan

Padma Narayanan is the translator of many books of literary fiction from the Tamil, including La. Sa. Ramamritham's Apeetha (Oxford University Press, 2014), Indira Parthasarathy's Poison...

Lakshmi Holmström

Lakshmi Holmström is a writer and translator. She has translated short stories, novels and poetry by the major contemporary writers in Tamil. Her most recent books are Fish in a Dwindling...

Malathi Maithri

Malathi Maithri (b.1968) is an acclaimed Tamil feminist poet, social activist, and public intellectual. She has been contributing to literary and political magazines with her poems and articles...

Perundevi

Perundevi has authored three poetry collections and several articles in Tamil. Presently, she is an assistant professor of religious studies at Siena College in Loudonville, New York State. She...

Kutti Revathi

Kutti Revathi is widely recognized as possessing a vital new idiom, both within the poetics and politics of the Tamil literary tradition and in that borderless space we now think of as...

Sukumaran

Sukumaran (b. 1957) is a poet who writes primarily in Tamil and translates from English and Malayalam. His published translations include Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred...

Sundara Ramaswamy

Sundara Ramaswamy (1931–2005), fondly known as "Su.Ra" in literary circles, was one of the exponents of Tamil modern literature. He edited and published a literary magazine called...

Arunava Sinha

Arunava Sinha is a translator from India. He translates classic, modern, and contemporary Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English. Thirty of his translations have been published so far....

R Raj Rao

R Raj Rao is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Boyfriend and Hostel Room 131. Riyad Wadia's short film BomGay was based on his poems. He is also the co-editor of Whistling in...

P G Joshi

P G Joshi has published articles in several highly respected journals in India. His doctoral thesis was on the novels of the Indian feminist writer Shashi Deshpande. He has collaborated with R...

Vaishali Raode

Vaishali Raode is a Pune-based Marathi writer and journalist. She works for the daily newspaper Sakal.

A. Mangai

A. Mangai is the pseudonym of Padma Venkataraman, who has been active in Tamil theater for almost three decades. Her works center on gender. She strives to make her artistic, activist,...

Prema Revathi

Prema Revathi is a filmmaker, activist, and educator. She started and runs Vanavil, a school for underprivileged children in Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu, India (www.vanavil.org). Every once in a...

Mira Desai

Mira Desai writes, works, and lives in Bombay, with a day job in pharmaceuticals. Her translations have been featured in 91st Meridian, Indian Literature, Pratilipi, Muse India, Calque and The...

Pravinsinh Chavda

Pravinsinh Chavda is an established author in Gujarati, with six short-story collections and a novel to his credit. A literary autobiography and a travelogue have also been well appreciated. A...

Akhtar Ul-Iman

Akhtar ul-Iman  was born in 1915 in Uttar Pradesh, India. After earning his MA from Aligarh University, he wrote screenplays and became a film director. Though he was a member of the...

Makhdum Moinuddin

Makhdum Mohiuddin was born in 1908 in Hyderabad Deccan. He obtained his MA from Osmania University. As a communist, he was committed to revolutionary change and  suffered imprisonment for...

Salam Bin Razzaq

Salam Bin Razzaq is the pen name of Shaikh Abdussalam Abdurrazzaq, who was born in 1941 in Panwil in Maharashtra, India. He finished high school in 1960 and published his first short story two...

Rajinder Singh Bedi

Rajinder Singh Bedi was born in Sialkot in 1915. He first worked as a clerk in the postal department; later he joined the Lahore office of All India Radio and wrote many successful plays, having...

Sajid Rashid

Sajid Rashid is a noted writer and journalist and editor of the quarterly Urdu magazine Nayaa Waraq. A liberal Muslim intellectual and activist, he writes columns for the Mumbai-based Hindi...

Naiyer Masud

Naiyer Masud was born in 1936 in Lucknow. He did two separate PhD degrees in Urdu and Persian, and was a professor of Persian at Lucknow University. He started publishing his fictional work in...

Anwar Khan

Anwar Khan was born in Mumbai. He did his MA in both Urdu and Persian and worked for the Bombay Port Trust. He is the author of three collections of short stories and a novel. Before his...

Qurratulain Hyder

Qurratulain Hyder (1927–2007) is regarded as the most celebrated woman writer of the subcontinent. Her published works include six novels, many novellas, and several collections of short...

Zakia Mashhadi

After an advanced degree in Psychology from Lucknow University, India, Zakia Mashhadi worked in its Demographic Research Center for some time and also taught Psychology for six years at Loreto...

Siddiq Aalam

Siddiq Aalam was born in 1952 in a small town Purulia in India and since 1983 has lived in Calcutta, a city which is the background of his first novel Charnock ki Kashti. He holds an M.A. in...

Ismat Chughtai

Ismat Chughtai (1915–1991) is among the earliest women Urdu writers. After receiving her education at Agra, Aligarh, and Lucknow, she worked as a headmistress first in Jawra State and...

Muhammad Husain Jah

Muhammad Husain Jah (?–1891–93?) was one of Urdu's greatest prose stylists and an accomplished poet. His father, Syed Ghulam Husain, was a rammal or diviner. Hardly any...

Basharat Peer

Basharat Peer's first book, Curfewed Night: The Battles for Kashmir, was published recently by Random House in South Asia and will be published later this year by Scribner in the United...

Rohan Kamicheril

Rohan Kamicheril is a writer, editor, and cook. He is the founder and editor of Tiffin, a Web site dedicated to showcasing regional Indian food through interviews, recipes, and travel stories. His...

KK Mohapatra

KK Mohapatra (1951-) has published two collections of stories, Palabhuta and Chor, and a novel, Photo, in Oriya and co-translated The HarperCollins Book of Oriya Short Stories (HarperCollins...

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a...

Vijay Dan Detha

Vijay Dan Detha, shown here with translator Christi A. Merrill, is one of India's leading story writers and among the most eminent writing in Rajasthani today. Winner of a Sahitya Akademi...

Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-55) was the leading Urdu short-story writer of the twentieth century. He was born in Samrala in the Ludhiana district of Punjab. He worked for All India Radio during...
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