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Karthik Venkatesh lived in Bathinda, Punjab between 2005 and 2016 and ran a rural school. He is now an editor and freelance writer based out of Bangalore. 

Amandeep Sandhu is working on a book on Punjab.

Dr. Chaman Lal is a retired Professor from JNU, New Delhi and Alumnus/Fellow of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Anirudh Kala is a psychiatrist based in Ludhiana. He was a member of an expert group which recently drafted the Mental Health Policy of India. A weekend scribbler, his anthology of short stories, Partitioning of Madness, is being published by Speaking Tiger.

Sangeet Toor is a Cybersecurity, M.S. student at George Washington University, Washington DC, a mentor at Women in Technology and a single mother to two handsome boys.

Sakoon N Singh teaches English Literature at the Department of English, DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, India. A product of JNU, New Delhi, She has been a recipient of UGC-JRF Fellowship and Fulbright grant at the University of Texas at Austin, US. She has written for journals such as DIALOG, FAMILIES, Muse India, Abstracts of Sikh Studies, and E3W Review of Books for which she also did a stint as Editor, South Asia Section. Her interests include Indian Writing in English and Translation, Amitav Ghosh, Indian Drama, Aesthetics, and Cultural Studies.

Dr. Yogesh Snehi teaches history at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). He was earlier a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. His major teaching and research interests focus on popular culture. His understanding of Popular Sufi Shrines problematizes debates on identities and offers a critical insight into local and regional processes of social formation. He has also created a digital repository of images that are in circulation at popular Sufi shrines in contemporary Punjab. Snehi is editing a book, ‘Modernity and Changing Social Fabric of Punjab and Haryana’ and working on a monograph, ‘Spatializing Popular Sufi Shrines: Dreams, Memories, Territoriality, Historiography’.

Jasdeep Singh is a translator, blogger, and software engineer based in Chandigarh. He curates a blog on translated Punjabi poetry. He has worked as an additional dialogue writer and translator for the critically acclaimed Punjabi films, Annhe Ghore Da Daan and Chauthi Koot.

Randeep Maddoke is a photographer and filmmaker from Punjab. He has documented everyday experiences of Dalits in Punjab, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu to study the operation of caste, power, and hegemony. In Nepal, he has documented the armed struggle of the rebels, the majority of whom are from the Dalit castes.


For more stories, read Café Dissensus Everyday, the blog of Café Dissensus Magazine.

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