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Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha (Guest-Editor) is Associate Professor, Department of English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Kolkata. Her areas of interest are British Romantic literature, Indian writing in English, diaspora literature and Shakespeare adaptations in film. She has published papers in refereed international and national journals and books. She has a monograph on Derozio (2010) and a collection of travel essays, Out in the Open (2019). She guest edited the June 2018 issue of Café Dissensus on Travel: Cities, Places, People. Her recent book is an edited volume of essays on travel, Across and Beyond (2020) and a volume of poems The Real and The Unreal and Other Poems (2020). She also writes short stories and on Alzheimer’s Disease. She is Secretary of the Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library, Kolkata.

Ranu Uniyal is Professor and Head, Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India.

A teacher and a researcher, Dr. Sambhu Nath Banerjee has a passion for travelling, photography and poetry. A Guest faculty at the University of Calcutta and RCCIIT, Dr. Banerjee has captured the famous Jagadhratri Puja for five years consecutively and is now working on a book on it. He has authored a volume of bilingual poems, Ek Mutho Roddur.

Sarottama Majumdar is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Sarsuna College, Kolkata. Her research interests include cultural history of urban colonial spaces in India, rhetoric of identity formation and historiography. She has published and presented her findings in journals as well as books.

Dr. Subarna Bhattacharya is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune. Her research interests are English literary studies, travel writing studies, women’s writing, and feminist studies. She is currently working on a minor research project on “Women’s travel writings of 19th century colonial India” as co-investigator. She has published research papers on travel writing studies. Her most recent academic publication is “Beyond Postcoloniality: Female Subjectivity and Travel in Jamaica Kincaid’s Among Flowers” in Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities. She has co-edited two anthologies, We and Our World and Soft Skills Through Literature, published by Pearson India.

Ananya Dutta Gupta is Associate Professor at the Department of English, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. She was the recipient of the Felix Scholarship to pursue an M.Phil. in English Literature, 1500-1660 at the University of Oxford and Charles Wallace India Trust Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cambridge. Her revised Orient Blackswan Annotated edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Book I (2012) is currently in worldwide circulation and she has several other scholarly articles published in national and international journals to her credit. She has also published book reviews and translations of essays, poetry, and short stories. Her most recent work of translation may be found in Dalit Lekhika: Women’s Writings from Bengal, eds. Kalyani Thakur Charal and Sayantan Dasgupta (Kolkata: Stree-Samya, 2020). She published several commissioned book reviews for The Statesman in 2002-4 and then again for the Asiatic Journal. Her creative non-fiction and ethnographic travel writing may be found online at Cafe Dissensus, Rupkatha, Muse India, Pratilipi, Caesurae and Coldnoon Travel Poetics. Her latest such essay is titled Palate Tales, Kitchen Truths: Cooking in the Time of Corona (Rupkatha, November 2020). She is currently in the process of putting together several manuscripts.

Dr. Sacaria Joseph is an assistant professor of English at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. A student of St. Xavier’s College during his graduation, he did his M A in English literature from Pune University, M. Phil from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Doctorate from Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal. His area of special interest and research is cinema and literature.

Ishan Mehandru is a graduate student in the Comparative Literary Studies program at Northwestern University, USA. He is interested in women’s writings in Hindi-Urdu literature, masculinity studies and contemporary South Asian literature and culture. He can be reached at

Dr. Nabanita Sengupta is presently working as assistant professor of English at Sarsuna College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta. She is also associated with two literary societies – Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library and Kolkata Translators’ Forum. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published in SETU, Muse India, Coldnoon, Café Dissensus,,, and Different Truths. She has a number of critical writings to her name and has presented papers at various national and international seminars and webinars. Her latest publication is A Bengali Lady in England: Annotated Translation with a Critical Introduction to Krishnabhabini Das’ Englandey Bangamahila. 

Sumantra Baral is currently a Postgraduate student at the Department of English, Amity University, Kolkata. He has presented papers in various national and international conferences. His poems have frequently appeared at the University of Edinburgh Journal.

Yash R. Gupta is an undergraduate student from FLAME University. Currently in the last year of his Literary and Cultural Studies Program, he is interested in the study of thanatological discourses, gender studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and other tangential subjects.



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