HQ Chowdhury is a freelance writer on music and films. He first wrote in the late 1960s for the People, an English daily from Dhaka and then for a while in the early 1970s for Cine Advance, published from Kolkata and Mumbai. He is a recipient of the 2006 ‘Sachin Dev Burman Award’ from the Government of Tripura, India.
HQ Chowdhury is the CEO of Plasma Plus, an application laboratory of science and technology of which he is also the founder. He was listed in the Marquis WHO’s WHO in the World of Professionals from 1997 to 2002.
Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a children’s writer with 35 books to his name. He also writes satire, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He has won 31 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT), over the years. Ramen was felicitated by the writers and publishers of Sri Lanka for his significant contribution to children’s literature recently.
His writings have been translated into 14 Indian and 13 foreign languages and have found a place in several school text books as well as anthologies, both in India and abroad. Ramen has been invited to participate in several literature festivals including Jaipur Literature Festival, Hyderabad Literary Festival, Bookaroo, Chandigarh Children’s Literature Festival et al, as well as seminars conducted by Sahitya Akademi, NBT, IGNOU etc. A much sought after story teller, inspirational speaker and mentor, Ramen has also conducted story telling sessions in schools in Copenhagen, Kenya and Colombo as well as all across India. He had the privilege of chairing two sessions at the 36th IBBY Congress in Athens recently.
An Engineer & an MBA, Ramen is working as Chief of Communications in Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha. His short stories, poems and essays for Learning and Creativity are very popular among readers. Website: ramendra.in
Lopa Banerjee is an Indian-Bengali poet, author and editor living in Texas, USA who has nine books on Amazon (including anthologies) to her credit. She has a Masters’ in English with a thesis in Creative Nonfiction writing from the University of Nebraska, and also a Masters’ in English from the University of Calcutta. She is the author of the Journey Awards 2015 winning memoir Thwarted Escape, and the critically acclaimed poetry collection Woman And Her Muse. She has translated Nobel laureate Tagore’s selected works of fiction as The Broken Home And Other Stories and two dramas of Tagore, Tales of Transformation (English translation of Tagore’s Chitrangada and Chandalika). Among her latest works are a poetry film/short film in collaboration with two other poets (upcoming) and an anthology on gender violence titled Muffled Moans Unleashed (as co-editor). A recipient of the Woman Achiever Award 2018 instituted by International Women’s Short Film Festival, The Reuel International Prize for poetry (2017) and for translation (2016), she wears many hats. She is also a featured poet/artist performing poetry/spoken words in Texas (at Power 214 Radio station, Dark Moon Poetry, Houston PoetryFest, I Want To Hear You Sistah among others). She is the Consultant Editor at Blue Pencil Publishers, New Delhi, India and an online writing consultant/workshop mentor at Dimensions, Kolkata.
Lata Jagtiani has an MA in English Literature. She has authored seven books: Temple Bells and Other Stories, Bhagavad Gita in 365 Days, Towards Light, Sindhi Reflections, Mumbai Terror Attacks, O P Nayyar, King of Melody and Dada’s Wisdom. She has also been a lecturer in English in Mumbai and Dubai colleges. Over the years, several articles and book reviews penned by her have been published by newspapers including The Times of India, DNA and The Pioneer. She loves nature, books, music and films.
Lata Jagtiani lives in Mumbai, and can be reached via email at [email protected]
Manek Premchand has a diploma in Journalism and a degree in Arts from Bombay University. He has many friends in the film industry and remains fascinated by the enormous role that Hindi cinema’s music has played as a key bonding medium in a country as disparate as ours. This fascination has motivated him to write six books on the subject. These are Yesterdays’ Melodies Today’s Memories, Musical Moments From Hindi Films, Romancing The Song, Talat Mahmood—The Velvet Voice, Hitting The Right Notes—Hindi Cinema’s Golden Music and The Hindi Film Jukebox—Exploring Unforgettable Songs. A seventh book Shiv Kumar Sharma — The Man And His Music was co-authored with two others. Besides these, he has written hundreds of music-related articles for a variety of newspapers.
He has also been a consultant with Saregama India Ltd. and a show host on many radio platforms including WorldSpace Satellite Radio. He also teaches elements of Broadcasting to post-graduate students at Xavier Institute of Communications, a part of Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is currently an adviser to Manipal University Press.
Santosh Bakaya is the author of three mystery novels for young adults, and a book of essays titled Flights From My Terrace, which was recently published as an e-book on Smashwords. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad Of Bapu has been published by Vitasta Publishers, Delhi, India in May 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews from everywhere. Although a Political theorist, with a doctorate in political theory, it is literature which has been her first love. She was awarded the Reuel international award for language and literature 2014 for her long poem Oh Hark! , which forms part of the Significant Anthology. Many of her poems have figured in the highly commended category in Destiny Poets, a U.K based website and many are part of international anthologies. Right now, she is giving the final touches to her satirical novel, tentatively titled Sanakpur Shenanigans.
B.M. Malhotra was born in a village near Chakwal (now in Pakistan) and white still in his teens, migrated to Delhi, in the wake of India’s partition in 1947. Since then, he has lived in New Delhi. After securing a Master’s degree in English literature, he worked for nearly 35 years in the Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi, from where he retired in 1990.
Watching selected films, particularly the song-studded Hindi ones and writing about their different facets as well as iconic directors, music composers, singers and lyricists, has been one of his hobbies. Literature, spirituality, patriotism and India’s rich heritage have been his other interests and his numerous writings on films as well as these subjects saw the light of day in some newspapers and magazines. The Press Trust of India released many of them as “features”, while the All India Radio aired some others as “scripts for broadcast”.
A Fulbright Fellow, seasoned journalist and editor, A K Nanda had a long career in writing and editing, working in the areas of research and analysis in economic studies, population studies, corporate management and accountancy, to name a few. He selected and edited the stories featured in Roots and Meanderings, the Anthology of Selected Short Stories. He lives in Delhi and spends his time now among books on philosophy, spirituality and literature.
Dr Koshy A. V. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at the College for Arts and Humanities for Girls, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has written, co-written or co-edited eight books of criticism and poetry to his credit with authors like A.V. Varghese, Gorakhnath Gangane, Angel Meredith, Madhumita Ghosh, Zeenath Ibrahim, Rukhaya MK and Bina Biswas and one of them ‘A Treatise on Poetry for Beginners’ was reprinted once as ‘Art of Poetry.’
He is a Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee (2012) and twice Highly Commended Poet in Destiny Poets UK ICOP (2013, 2014) and he was thrice featured in Camel Saloon’s The Hump for best poem/editor’s pick and once for best poem in Destiny Poets UK Website. Even as a child he won the Shankar’s international award for writing. He is a reputed critic and expert on Samuel Beckett besides being a fiction writer and theoretician. His last books were Wake Up, India: Essays for Our Times, co-authored with Dr Bina Biswas and Mahesh Dattani’s Plays: Staging the Invisibles co-edited with Bina Biswas. Three more are on the way, namely The Significant Anthology he is editing with Reena Prasad, a collection of stories to be published by Lifi and a collection of poetry with Bina Biswas and Pramila Khadun.
He has edited or co-edited many books including A Man Outside History by Naseer Ahmed Nasir and Inklinks: An Anthology by Poets Corner and a novel for Lifi. He instituted the Reuel International Literary Prize in 2014 and runs an autism NPO with his wife Anna Gabriel. The first prize was given to Dr Santosh Bakaya. He administers with the help of others the literary group Rejected Stuff on Facebook. His poems have been studied in a research paper by Dr Zeenath Ibrahim and Kiriti Sengupta in Dazzling Bards and also translated into Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati,German and Malayalam.
He won World Bank’s Urgent Evoke and participated in European Union’s Edgeryders. He has been interviewed extensively. He has other degrees, diplomas and certificates to his credit besides his doctorate on Beckett. He attributes everything to God’s grace and the prayers and good wishes of his loved ones.