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to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!
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 lives in Delhi and spends his time now reading books on philosophy, spirituality and literature and answering the unending questions of his teenaged granddaughter.
Akash Nag is a student of Class IV of Garden High School, Kolkata. He swears by cricket but loves swimming and watching football as well. When in a good mood, Akash loves to draw the world of his dreams.
Ananya S Guha has been born and brought up in Shillong, India and works in India's National Open University, the Indira Gandhi National Open University. His poems in English have been published world wide. He also writes for newspapers and magazines/ web zines on matters ranging from society and politics to education. He holds a doctoral degree on the novels of William Golding. He edits the poetry column of The Thum Print Magazine, and has published seven collections of poetry.
Beena Babu is an educationalist who has penned articles on school curriculum. Poetry was a medium that she explored using while working with students through meaningful integration of science and language. Her purposeful documentation of the teaching-learning process proved to be useful educational resources. Initially her writing drew from her vast professional experience with teachers as her primary audience. Some of her articles have been featured in newspapers. Gradually there was a shift towards writing poetry based on ideas that sparked off her creativity. She hopes to have a compilation of her poems completed soon.
D. Russel Micnhimer has been writing poetry for forty five years while working at a variety of jobs and traveling through much of the world pursuing his interests in the archaeology of ancient civilizations and rock art. He is author of several books on rock art, fiction and poetry including his latest collection Notes to Be Left with the Gatekeeper published by Global Fraternity of Poets which earned him the honour of Poet Laureate from that group. His latest book is called Lotus Mirage: 52 New Ghazals In English. He holds a degree from the University of Oregon and makes his home in Central Oregon with a 200 mile view of the Cascades outside his front windows for inspiration.
Born in Silchar (3rd Feb, 1988), an educationally advanced city of State Assam, India. Presently, he is working as a freelance writer and poet. He has written many short stories, poems and songs. His poems have been published in quite a few magazines and anthologies. His book containing his selected works named 'The Frost (Selected Poems)' was recently published by the Authorspress Publications. Apart from that, he has created a new poetry form called 'Tideling'. He writes on an array of topics. Mother Jhumur Panday is a renowned writer and father Deepak Kumar Nair is an Associate Professor (ex HOD), Department of Botany, Cachar College, Silchar.
Debarati Bhattacharjee is a scientist by profession. When she is not working, which is often, she watches movies and reads books, and dreams of going to exotic lands. She is an avid traveller and frequently dreams of a parallel universe where she is a hot shot travel writer for Discovery/NatGeo/Lonely Planet.
A freelancer consulting Social Development Specialist, Debasish works in large-scale infrastructure development projects in India and abroad as well.
An Anthropologist turned Regional Planner Debasish (Shibaji) is fond of several activities from writing travelogues to cooking, from sketching, painting, photography to dress designing, embroidering to choreographing. Whenever he feels, in the early mornings or dead of nights, he sits with doing something creative that is so close to his heart.
Born at Durgapur, West Bengal, Deeya Bhattacharya- a PG in English Literature and a Graduate in Education from the University of Burdwan. Her poems and articles have appeared in several National and International journals, websites, E-zine, besides several anthologies. Member of Poets International, Life Member of Tagore’s Nikhil Bharat Bangya Sahitya Sanmelan and CONTEMPORARY VIBES (CHANDIGARH). She has read her poetry at quite a few fests. She teaches English and Poetry at a State Government High School.
Divya Chakraborty is pursuing Master's Degree in English Literature from Delhi University and occasionally indulges in poetic pursuits. She is also a part time content writer. She is a die-hard fan of contemporary English Literary works by Indian writers and loves British classical literature too. Solitary in nature, yet enjoys the company of close friends and family.
Divya Rajgaria graduated from Loreto College and did her Masters in English from Calcutta University . She is passionate about travelling and exploring the beauty of nature in the mundane things of life. Teaching English for the last 12 years to Middle and High school students and learning from them as well. Amazed at the transformation in teaching and learning in schools. Loves dabbling in poems and articles on issues that touch her heart.
Diwakar Pokhriyal is a writer by passion. He has written 10 poetry books and 1 short story collection which are published. He has been a part of 64 anthologies/magazines with writers around the world. His works are also included in various websites. He is also a part of "Limca Book of Records - 2015" as he participated in "Synthesis - The First book on Duet Poetry". He has won Poiesis Award for Excellence in Literature in 2014 for his short story. His work was selected by Aseem Ahmad Abbasi (famous Bollywood lyricist) to be included in a Hindi poetry anthology. He is also a member of GRV Band as a rhythmic guitarist and song writer. His songs can be enjoyed on You tube channel of GRV Band
Consultant Ophthalmologist at Disha Eye Hospitals, West Bengal. Keen traveler and enthusiastic photographer, Dr Bhaskar Bhattacharyya enjoys capturing his memorable travel moments through his camera lens.
Dr Mary Annie A. V., (M,Sc., Ph.D) writes under the pen name Anna Maria. She has been recipient of the Shanker’s International prize in writing at the age of five for her poem titled My Brother, which was subsequently published in the Illustrated Weekly of India. She has been an announcer for the All India Radio English Yuvavani programmes for nearly ten years during her college career and has done several features for the English sections of Yuvavani, AIR, Trivandrum. Though her subject is Zoology, her life is writing and literature and to her the simplest definition of Poem is :
Virgin white paper
She has been hugely acclaimed online and her poems have been published in Mirror, several anthologies in USA, U.K. and in e-zine magazines, India and abroad. She has been featured in Jes Führmann’s “The Diary of Pink Pearl, A Bird’s Eye View” released by Bookstand Publishing 2013. (First trilogy in America about a Moluccan cockatoo.),
She has also been featured in The Camel Saloon, Destiny Poet’s, The Little Child Magazine, Muse India, Indian Ruminations, The Plum Tree Books, No Nothing Nowhere, The Origami Publications, The Indian Ruminations, The Taj Mahal Review, The Gulmohar Magazine, Musings: A Mosaic Thanal Online, and many more. Her poems have been translated into Malayalam, Brazil, Arabic, Greek, Russian and French.
At present she works in the University of Kerala and resides in Trivandrum with her husband and three children. She also comperes for the Gyanvani FM, Trivandrum.
She has two published collections of poems :
My Beads Unstrung. by Poetree Garden, Trivandrum (2006) and More Beads Unstrung, by Roots and Wings,(2011).
Dr. Nandini Sahu’s preoccupation with poetry began very early in life, and today she is a major voice in contemporary Indian English poetry.
Dr. Nandini Sahu (1973) has accomplished her doctorate in English literature under the guidance of Late Prof. Niranjan Mohanty, Prof. of English, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. She is a poet and a creative writer of international repute, has been widely published in India, U.S.A, U.K., Africa and Pakistan. Dr. Sahu has presented papers on various subjects in India and abroad. She is a double gold medalist in English literature and also the award winner of All India Poetry Contest, the Shiksha Ratna Purashkar and Bouddha Creative Writers’ Award.
She is the author/editor of ten books titled “The Other Voice”(a poetry collection), “Recollection as Redemption”, “Post-Modernist Delegation to English Language Teaching”, “The Silence”(a poetry collection),“The Post Colonial Space: Writing the Self and the Nation”,“Silver Poems on My Lips”(a poetry collection), Folklore and the Alternative Modernities (Vol.I) and Folklore and the Alternative Modernities (Vol. II), Sukamaa and Other Poems ) and Suvarnarekha (An Anthology of Indian Women Poets Writing in English) all of those published from New Delhi. She has one poetry collection under publication, Sita (A Poem).
Presently, she is an Associate Professor of English in Indira Gandhi National Open University [IGNOU], New Delhi. She is continuing her D.Litt. on Native American Literature. Dr. Sahu has designed academic programmes/courses on Folklore and Culture Studies, Children’s Literature and American Literature for IGNOU. Her areas of research interest cover Indian Literature, New Literatures, Folklore and Culture Studies, American Literature, Children’s Literature and Critical Theory. She is the Chief Editor/Founder Editor of Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language(IJLL), a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal in English.
Dr Sigma G R received her Phd degree from Mother Theresa Women’s University Kodaikanal and currently works as an Assistant Professor in Department of English at Cherthala NSS College in Alleppy district. Her areas of research are Feminist studies and Poetry and Poetics. In her current role, apart from teaching, Dr Sigma is as an editor, reviewer and advisory board member in four international Journals (The Criterion Journal, TJPRC Journal, The Expression Journal and ARC Journals). She is an article writer, paper presenter and a poet. She has got 9.5 years of teaching experience as a lecturer in India and abroad. Dr Sigma worked for Oman Ministry Of Manpower as a lecturer. She is going to publish her collection of poems in June/July 2015. Few poems of her are published by American Literary press and some poems are published in www.wordchimes.com. Dr Sigma has been a poet member in WordChimes community since 2003. Her research articles are published in India and few articles are published in Times Of Oman.
Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Shankar is a contributing author to Crossed and Knotted, a composite novel- the first of its kind in India. She began writing poetry at a very young age and her first poem was published when she was 10 years old. She took to writing again after a long hiatus when she began posting her poems, musings, translations and short stories to her blog. She holds a doctoral degree in English literature from Osmania University, Hyderabad and a Diploma in English Language teaching from EFL University, Hyderabad. She is a shortlisted writer of Litagram's Viral Story Contest and her story is published in the anthology 'Long Story Short'.
Dr. Janet Brill (Ph D, RD, LDN) is a renowned nutrition & fitness expert, writer and consultant. She is the author of three books - Cholesterol Down, Prevent a Second Heart Attack and Blood Pressure Down book. She blogs to share Mediterranean recipes and tips to promote health and longevity.
Himadri Agarwal is a Humanities student of Modern High School. Words are her first love and till date, she is more loyal to them than anyone else. When she is not reading or writing, you'll find her listening to Passenger, sleeping or stuffing her face with chocolate. Her other hobbies include chasing the stars and dreaming out loud.
A quintessential student of life. Born and brought up in the City of Joy. Graduating with Political Science from Presidency College following it up with a post graduation in International Relations from Jadavpur University, Ipsita went on to become a Hotelier she has worked with the Oberoi Group and is now with ITC Hotels. She finds joy in writing and looking at life with both a smile and at times a pinch of salt.
Kushal Poddar has been widely published in several countries and his poems have been included in prestigious anthologies such as Men In The Company of Women, Penn International MK etc, Van Gogh’s Ear. He has been featured amongst the poets for the month December by Tupelo Press, Vine Leaves Literary Journal's Best of 2014 and in various radio programs in Canada and USA. He presently lives at Kolkata and writes poetry, fiction and scripts for short films when not engaged in his day job as a lawyer in the High Court At Calcutta and as an English Language Trainer in various universities. He is the editor of the online magazine Words Surfacing. He authored The Circus Came To My Island (Spare Change Press, Ohio), A Place For Your Ghost Animals (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), and Understanding The Neighborhood (BRP, Australia).
M Dharma Kirthi is the Secretary of Shankar Jaikishan Fans Association International. Starting his career as a an officer in State Bank of India in 1977, Dharma moved on to work with various private sector enterprises as Finance head and Teacher of Finance. He has been working as CFO in Corporate Hospitals in Hyderabad for the last ten years. An active sportsman in his student days, Dharma loves movies and music to the extent of madness. He is also a foodie, is bitten by the wanderlust and loves to anchor music and cultural events.
Mahesh Sowani is a writer, poet, book reviewer, speaker and a legal professional. He holds masters degrees in Law and Management. He was a faculty member for Master of Laws course at University of Mumbai. He has keen interest in yoga, meditation, English literature and financial management.
Many of his writings have been published in leading English and Marathi publications like Hindustan Times, Outlook Traveller, Maharashtra Times, Yuva Sakaal, Kalnirnay, etc. He is contributing author of the books Defiant Dreams, Winged Hearts, Love Stories Around Us, Friendship Bonds Beyond Time and Unbound trajectories that changed course of life.
His writings in the Hindustan Times are available as an e-book titled Heart of the Matter. His twitter handle is @maheshsowani and Facebook profile.
He writes short stories, poems, book reviews and everything that touches the heart on his successful blog, which attracts heavy traffic.
Maya Khandelwal is a free-lancer and a language teacher by profession. Rest she is a mother of two children and can be their best pal when the fun cap is on. She is a passionate lover of nature and can commune with it for hours at a stretch. She loves rains and can't resist the sacred drops drench her entire being. Nature, in its various guises, soothes her best in pensive mood.
A romantic person at heart, she would often cuddle around her hubby and snatch a 'yes' for a long drive and a 'dhaba' tea whenever it drizzles. She loves soft numbers sung especially by Jagjit Singh. She derives her wells of strength from her husband who has been the proverbial rock in her life. A practical man with business running in his veins like blood, he too has been coloured in the hues of romance after the conjugal bliss of ten years with her.
She doesn't hold God in awe. She rather loves Him like she would love her Dad who always understands and listens.
A voracious reader, brand new mother of an 11month old princess, mostly on the move having worked with corporate houses for five years and now being the better half of defense personnel. Currently on a sabbatical and awaiting doctoral degree. Have been associated with various Editorial boards of in-house college magazines by virtue of being an Assistant Professor of English/soft skills. Publications include multiple papers on varied topics of Management and English Literature in reputed journals. Few poems and short stories published in Readomania. Aspire to write a novel sometime in the near future. Regularly expresses her thoughts on: paromitamukherjeeojha.wordpress.com
Pramila Khadun is a poetess from the island of Mauritius. She holds a degree in Food Science from S.N.D.T Women’s University, Pune, India and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education(P.G.C.E) from the Mauritius Institute of Education.She had been Head of the Department of Food Studies Department at Modern College and part-time lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of …Education.She has three collections of poetry published and more are on the way. Recently her textbook ‘Food and Nutrition Simplified’ was launched by Lifi Publications at the Kolkata and Delhi World Book Fair and her novel entitled ‘When Love Speaks’ will soon be in print.Now she is comfortably retired and lives with her husband Raj and three children,Dr Rajnee, Priyumvada and son Kaviraj, an airline pilot.She spends time, reading, writing and travelling and her life flows with the beautiful grace of love and peace.
Radhika Mall is a poet, a History topper in class 10 (ICSE). After receiving 1st position in inter house music competition and interning with Womenite, she is currently studying in Lady Shri Ram College.
Rahul Mall is a passionate poet, writer and an artist who lives in the Kathmandu Valley, capital of Nepal. Having recently completed his Bachelors in commerce he is currently working in an advertising firm in Nepal. His works have been published in various online magazines and anthologies. He has also been featured on radio for his poetry. He believes that a paintbrush and a pen are the greatest weapons known to mankind and strives to learn and excel in both.
Sheikha A. hails from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. She has authored a short poetry e-book titled Spaced (Hammer and Anvil Books, 2013). With work published in over 40 literary magazines such as Red Fez, A New Ulster, Mad Swirl, Pyrokinection, Ygdrasil, Carcinogenic Poetry, Sunlit, The Bactrian Room, Danse Macabre du Jour to name a few, and several anthologies, she continues to seek a wider audience in order to be read and discussed with viable frequency. She edits poetry for eFiction India.
Shernaz Wadia is a retired primary school teacher, and lives in Pune, India. She was educated in St. Joseph’s High School Valsad and Wadia College, Pune. Her articles, short stories and poems have been widely published in web journals and anthologies. She has also published Whispers of the Soul, a collection of some of her poems and Tapestry Poems – a genre of poetry composition in partnership, developed by her and Israeli poet Avril Meallem. More about this form can be read at: tapestrypoetry.webs.com.
Shirani Rajapakse is a Sri Lankan poet and author. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories, Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Shirani’s work appears or is forthcoming in Café Dissensus, Silver Birch, International Times, Writers for Calais Refugees, The Write-In, Asian Signature, Moving Worlds, Citiesplus, Deep Water Literary Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Kitaab, Lakeview Journal, Cyclamens & Swords, Channels, Linnet’s Wings, Spark, Berfrois, Counterpunch, Earthen Lamp Journal, Asian Cha, Dove Tales, Buddhist Poetry Review, About Place Journal, Skylight 47, The Smoking Poet, New Verse News, The Occupy Poetry Project and anthologies, Flash Fiction International (Norton 2015), Ballads (Dagda 2014), Short & Sweet (Perera Hussein 2014), Poems for Freedom (River Books 2013), Voices Israel Poetry Anthology 2012, Song of Sahel (Plum Tree 2012), Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, World Healing World Peace (Inner City Press 2012 & 2014) and Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence (Plum Tree 2012). She blogs at Shirani Rajapakse.
Sohini Choudhury must have been Hiuen Tsang in an earlier life. Born in India, brought up in the US and has travelled all over the world, backpacking mostly. Writing is a passion. The poet is currently an Independent travel consultant called Poribrajok.
Srobona Banerjee, 8 years, studies in second grade and stays in Texas with her parents and her sister, a first-grader. She also loves playing the piano, dancing, art, reading the American Girl series and watching Kids' Baking Championship and other cookery shows.
Subhajit Sanyal, born and brought up in Purullia, is presently pursuing English Honours at Kolkata University. He is a poet who loves writing on different forms of poetry covering all aspects. A translator, an author and an executive member of CCC, he was also a participant of the World Culture Festival organized by the Art Of Living in 2016 and a 3rd place winner of the Verse Poetry Contest organized by the renowned organization, Realistic Poetry International (USA). He is a contributor to many online anthologies and magazines and his works feature in many printed anthologies, journals and magazines.
Dr. Sunil Kaushal is a retired gynaecologist turned writer and loves everything about life. She has a passion for writing shorts stories, poetry and articles. Besides writing, she is an accomplished actor, having done a number of stage plays, TV and radio programs. She is associated with Mother Theresa’s home and other charitable institutes also. As Lioness club President in 1982, she was awarded ‘Best Lioness President’ Asia. She has also been chairperson of a number of socially committed organizations for many years. Having been on the Advisory Committees of Doordarshan and All India Radio, she brought about a number of changes for Women and Children’s Welfare.
Sufi, Indian Classical music and Gurbani are what you would catch her listening to when she is not writing or blogging. You can catch this 70 year old on her blog Reborn at 70.
Mumbai-based, Sunil Sharma, a college principal, is also widely-published Indian critic, poet, literary interviewer, editor, translator, essayist and fiction writer. He has already published three collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, one novel and co-edited five books so far. His six short stories and the novel Minotaur were recently prescribed for the undergraduate classes under the Post-colonial Studies, Clayton University, Georgia, USA. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012.
He edits online journal Episteme:
Tapeshwar Prasad Yadav is a Graphic Designer currently working as an Asst. Librarian at St. Xavier’s College, Digha (Patna). Married to a beautiful woman with two loving daughters and a son, presently based at Patna. His schooling was from K.V.S. Jorhat (Assam), Sarsawa (U.P), Halwara (Punjab) respectively and graduation from Punjab University (Chandigarh). Painting, sketching, reading and music are some of his part time hobbies. Awarded Bihar Wibhuti Samman for his social work.
He is the author of three books, Ansul Amef [Meaning: Atma Prakash in hindi], released in the year 2002, Soul, released in 2013 by the Poetry Society of India, Gurgaon and Divine Trumpet released in 2014 by Shambhawi, Kolkata. Besides, his poetry has been featured in numerous international anthologies, journals and e-zines including Camel Saloon, Scaling Heights (an Anthology on Contemporary Indian English Poetry), inklinks, The Aquillrelle Wall of Poetry, Anthesis and Episteme: an online interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and multi-cultural journal.
He has been included twice as ICOP: Roll of Honour as Faith centered poet of the year 2013 and 2014 as Highly Commended by Sir Louis Kasatkin, U.K.
Brought up in Delhi in a family of liberal educationists Tikuli is a mother of two sons. She is also a blogger and author. Some of her short stories and poems have appeared in print and in online journals and literary magazines including Le Zaparougue, MiCROW 8, Troubadour21, The Smoking Book (Poets Wear Prada Press, US), The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mnemosyne Literary Journal, Women's Web. Open Road Review.
Some of her print publications include poems in Guntur National Poetry Festival Anthology, Melange - a potpourri of thoughts (Anthology By Poets Corner). and much acclaimed Chicken Soup For The Indian Romantic Soul (Westland). Her work has also been featured on websites related to gender issues and child sexual abuse. She blogs at tikulicious.wordpress.com
Vamika loves to sing pop star Miley Cyrus's songs. Katy Perry is her favorite too. She dances on her favorite Bollywood numbers and swims 25 metres in the span of 30 seconds. She is a voracious reader and J K Rowling is her best author for writing the famous Harry Potter series. She has read four series till now! She likes to write adventurous stories and pens down poems too.