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Maitreyee B Chowdhury (Guest-Editor) is a poet, writer, and columnist based out of Bangalore. She has two books to her credit: Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinema’s First Couple and Where Even The Present Is Ancient: Benaras. Maitreyee is fiction editor of Bangalore based literary magazine, The Bangalore Review. Her forthcoming book, The Hungryalists is scheduled for an August 2018 release from Penguin. She can be found at

Yamini Krishna is a PhD scholar at the department of Film Studies, English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. She works on the history of cinema in Hyderabad.

Gargi Ray Chakraborty is a communications professional, nostalgia junkie, crime thriller and coffee addict. She lives the suburban life with multiple pets and plants and hopes that one day non-humans will have equal rights to mother earth.

Originally from Silchar, Assam, Goirick B lives in New Delhi. He has published three volumes of poetry. His latest collection of poems, Wet Radio and other poems (2017), was self-published via CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. He is co-directing a City Symphony titled, Dilli Dur Ast, which is set to release in 2018.

2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Sophia Naz is a poet, writer, translator, and editor published in numerous literary journals. Her poetry collections are Peripheries, Pointillism & Date Palms. Naz is Poetry Editor at The Sunflower Collective and City: A Quarterly of South Asian Literature. Her website is

Elita is an avid traveller-ambler and blogger ( who, when not writing stories from the road, is busy encouraging people to explore their own stories through the expressive writing workshops she facilitates.

Ananya Dasgupta began her career with The Telegraph in Kolkata, India, and has extensive experience as a journalist. She worked as an editor with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Archives in Mumbai, where she was responsible for the TIFR Oral History Project. She has co-authored the book A Masterful Spirit: Homi Jehangir Bhabha 1909-1966 (Penguin Books, 2010).

Uddalak Gupta was born in a small town of what is now Jharkhand. He grew up in Kolkata and trained as an architect but ended up writing advertisements. Living at present in a Delhi suburb, he is looking for a place in the hills and hopes to leave the big city someday.

A former television producer for multinational channels, Shreya Sen-Handley is a columnist and illustrator for the British and Indian media. She also teaches creative writing for a range of organisations including the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham. Her short fiction has been published on three continents, with her first collection of short stories due out next year. Shreya’s Harper Collins India book, Memoirs of My Body is out now.

Anindita Chatterjee is a senior professional in the minerals commodity sector, living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Travelling is her hobby; art, architecture, music and history her interests; and sharing tales with laughter over wine and stimulating conversation, an enduring passion.

Dr. Neela Bhattacharya Saxena is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY. She is author of Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism and In the Beginning is Desire: Tracing Kali’s Footprints in Indian Literature.


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

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