Raeesa Usmani (Guest-Editor) is an Assistant Professor in English at Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, Gujarat, India. She is a multitasker and perfectly juggles her time between teaching, blogging and composing poetry. An avid reader of world literature, she also works as a freelance translator and has a few famed projects to her name. Currently she is working on her doctorate in English Language Teaching and editing a few reputed journals in the capacity of an invited guest editor. She authored a non-fiction book, Life: An Intriguing Rollercoaster (Ukiyoto publishing, 2020).
Sudeep Ghosh is Coordinator of Theory of Knowledge at the Aga Khan Academy Hyderabad (India). His pedagogical articles, poems, critical papers, translations and art reviews have appeared in national and international journals. Passionate about comparative literature, world religions, philosophy and art, he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susmita Roy is an M.A. student and an independent researcher at the department of English, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Her research interests include Postcolonialism, African-American Literature, and South-Asian Literature. She has a passion for traveling. In her leisure period, she likes to read and write short stories.
Basundhara Chakraborty is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis on eighteenth century British women’s travel writing, at the Department of English, Jadavpur University, India. She is also working as a project fellow there. Her research interests include travel writing, feminism, gender studies, Indian Writing in English, cultural studies and linguistics. She has published research papers in various national and international reputed journals and also contributed chapters to a number of peer-reviewed edited volumes.
Puja Chakraborty currently works as a state-aided college teacher at Malda Women’s College, West Bengal, India. Her areas of interest include Gender studies, Postcolonial studies, contemporary Indian Writing in English and Diasporic literature.
Guillermo Pupo-Pernet is a Ph.D. student at the University of Arkansas in the program of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. His dissertation attempts to demonstrate how French and Spanish travel literature depicts race, especially Whiteness.
Stella Chitralekha Biswas is currently registered as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies at the Central University of Gujarat. Her research interests include studies pertaining to colonial Bengal, sexuality archives, prostitution discourses, gender studies, juvenile literature, pedagogy, speculative fiction, etc.
Sohomdeep Sinha Roy is an architect and urban designer by profession. Debika Banerji is a researcher and a lecturer in geography with a doctoral degree from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Both of them are passionate about Kolkata and their sketch based merchandise can be found on Instagram page, ‘a landscapeofmemories merchandise’.
Suparna Barman is pursuing Masters from IGNOU. An enthusiasm in food and culture as well as a passion for travel made her pursue tourism studies after receiving Bachelors in Botany. Today she has around two years of experience in designing exotic travel itineraries. Her recent project includes a budget-friendly Europe trip in 2022.
Richa Chilana, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi.
Dr. Rashi Bhargava, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi.
Radhakanta Barik is a teacher and a writer. He is a playwright in Odiya and writes poetry in English.
Prithvijeet Sinha belongs to the cultural epicentre, Lucknow. He is a published writer with works ranging from poetry, film writings, and travel pieces in Confluence, Gnosis, Café Dissensus, Thumbprint Magazine, Screen Queens, The Medley, Wilda Morris’ Poetry Blog, Borerless Journal, among others.
Annie Surdi, a Brit, graduated with a degree in Media and Communications. She is an English Language teacher and a Coach. She is also a creative writer. Annie has written blogs for a teaching company offering teachers advice on living and working abroad because of her extensive travel experience.
Subimal Misra (b. 1943) has been called the only anti-establishment writer in Bengali. Influenced by the cinema of Sergei Eisenstein and Jean-Luc Godard, Misra experimented with the use of film language in Bengali writing even as he made William Burroughs’s cut method his own. With his very first collection of stories, Haran Majhi’s Widow’s Corpse or the Golden Gandhi Statue (1971), he signalled his departure from conventional narrative fiction. He has written exclusively for little magazines. Misra’s stories, novelettes, novellas, novels, a play, essays and interviews comprise over thirty volumes. Cupid’s Corpse Does Not Drown in Water, an experimental prose-work, was published in 2010.
V. Ramaswamy lives in Kolkata, India. He is currently concluding a long-term project of translating the short fiction of Subimal Misra, the anti-establishment Bengali writer. His Misra translations include Golden Gandhi Statue from America, Wild Animals Prohibited and Two Anti-Novels.
Dr. Ritushree Sengupta works as an Assistant Professor of English in Patrasayer Mahavidyalaya, Bankura. Her area of expertise includes Victorian Studies and Children’s Literature. She has been a mother to street animals and plants since her days in Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.
Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca was born and raised in a Jewish family in Mumbai. She was educated at the Queen Mary School, Mumbai, received her BA in English and French, an MA from the University of Bombay in English and American Literature, and a Master’s in Education from Oxford Brookes University, England.
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