Avijit Sarkar is a musician, composer, illustrator, cartoonist, writer, poet, puppeteer, philanthropist and a polymath from Sydney, Australia. He has been endorsed by the Australian Performing Rights Association as a music composer. His first book, A Turn of Events was recently published in Australia. His designs, illustrations and cartoons have appeared in many magazines and books across the world. Avijit is the Director of Natraj Academy that he established in Sydney 11 years ago. Today all proceeds from his creative pursuits are donated to medical research and charities in Australia. In a career spanning over four decades, Avijit has left his footprint in every form of creativity in Australia.
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.
Krrish Mishra is eight years old and lives in London, England with his parents, Debadutta Mishra and Priyanka Rath. Krrish goes to an Independent Boys school in Harrow, and is an avid reader.
From a young age, he has pursued creative studies – actively participating in “Expressive Arts” weeks organised at school, and beyond. He also has a passion for music (Training towards his Grade 4 Piano certification), plays the violin and sings in the school choir group. His favourite sport is cricket, though he also plays tennis. He enjoys performing arts, and is working towards his Stage 2 LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) certification.
Sharanya Banerjee, who is known as Rimli at home, lives in Texas, USA with her family. She is almost 10 years old and will be in fifth grade soon. She won Honorable Mention at the Kappa Theta Writing Project of Lewisville ISD, Texas for her short story entry titled ‘An Adventure to Giggly Land’, which is part of this book.
‘My Unicorn is a Dove’ is her debut collection of poetry and stories which she started writing when she was eight years old, inspired by her mother who is an author. One of her favorite leisure activities is snuggling her mermaid blanket in a secret corner of her bedroom where many of her thoughts emerge. She also loves playing the violin, art and singing, cooking and baking with her dad, making creative things with websites and listening to music videos of Pentatonix.
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”.
Jagari Mukherjee is a gold medalist in English Literature, a Best of the Net 2018 nominee, a DAAD scholar from Technical University, Dresden, Germany, and a Bear River alumna. Her poems and other creative pieces have been published in different venues both in India and abroad.
Her latest book, The Elegant Nobody, was published by Hawakal Publishers in January 2020. She is the winner of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2018 for Book Review, Poeisis Award for Excellence in Poetry 2019, and also the recipient of Reuel International Prize for Poetry 2019, among other awards. Jagari is a part of the Reviews team at The Blue Nib.