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to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!
Dr. Amit Shankar Saha is a scholar, editor, poet and writer. He has a PhD in English from Calcutta University. His research articles have appeared in anthologies and journals both in India and abroad, prominently in the journals of Purdue University (USA), Drew University (USA), Bordeaux University (France), BHU (India), etc. He was a guest lecturer in the distance education centre of Madras University and is currently pursuing post-doctoral research. He is also the co-founder and coordinator of Rhythm Divine Poets group. He has won a number of creative writing competitions too. His website is amitshankarsaha and he blogs at Amit's Diary.
Ananya Raghu is a book lover, a short story writer and a poet. Her writing has been published in several newspapers and magazines and she is the runner-up of TOI’s nation-wide Write India Contest. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she’s probably listening to music or playing basketball. Ananya is passionate about art and believes in writing that has meaning.
She loves animals and crazy poetry, although not necessarily in that order.
A post graduate in English from Punjab University, Lily taught in degree classes. A gold medalist and a university colour holder for dramatics and histrionics, Lily enjoyed editing the college magazine and writing middles for newspapers. Poetry is a passion that flared after her young son's sudden demise.
A writer, poet, graphic designer, harmonica player, Ronin is an artist who loves to do whatever he does. He likes fiction and fantasy genre and is a huge fan of Van Gogh, comic book legend Stan Lee, Munshi Premchand, and Dan Brown to name a few. Ronin loves listening to old rock songs; Pink Floyd and Guns N' Roses are his all time favorite. Ronin also goes by the name of Shubhang Saurav in the mortal world, which is his birth as well as socially accepted name.
Saheli Mitra is a journalist, author, blogger and poet. She is an amazon best selling author of romantic novel Lost Words that was launched by Penguin Partridge USA last year. Her poems regularly feature in US literary magazines like Yellow Chair Review and India’s literary poetry journal Taj Mahal Review. Saheli often uses poetry as a tool of protest in a patriarchal society known for its atrocities against women. She is also a mother to a naughty twelve year old son and an avid environment activist running her group To Trees With Love. She was Calcutta University Topper and did her MSc on Environmental Biology and Mphil on Egg Shell Thinning.
Samina De (Urmi) is a noted classical thumri singer based in Delhi. She is a devoted disciple of the Queen of Thumri Shobha Gurtu, who considered Samina as one of her most favourite students. Bangladesh-born Samina hails from a family of musicians. She is a regular Kheyal/Thumri artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan and has performed at many classical music festivals all over India and at music gatherings in North America, UK, Europe and Bangladesh.
Sana Tamreen Mohammed, M.A., B.Ed resides in Kolkata, India. She won The First Monsoon Haiku Competition, Kolkata. Presently, she works as a teacher when not working on her manuscript. She was featured in a radio show. Her poems were published in various online literary magazines and translated into four different languages.
Sanjay Kumar Bissoyi is an alumnus of IIMC and a columnist. What distinguishes him from others in communication field of expertise is that he treats communication as entertainment. Sanjay has a special interest in writing poems and he believes the road to success is trying. Born in Nabarangpur, Odisha but now based in Delhi, he's determined to uncover the secrets of how people become successful.
The recently released, This Summer and That Summer, (Bloomsbury) is Sanjeev Sethi’s third book of poems. His work includes well-received volumes, Nine Summers Later and Suddenly For Someone. He has, at various phases of his career, written for newspapers, magazines, and journals. He has produced radio and television programs.
His poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Solstice Literary Magazine, Off the Coast Literary Journal, Oddball Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Literary Orphans, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, The Peregrine Muse, Otoliths, Kitaab, Café Dissensus Everyday, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Muse India, and elsewhere. Poems are forthcoming in Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Ink Sweat & Tears, First Literary Review-East, Meniscus, Futures Trading and The Jawline Review. He lives in Mumbai, India.
Santasree Chaudhuri is a successful woman entrepreneur, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed women's rights activist. She participates in spiritual healing programs, political discussions and conducts relationship workshops. She spoke to BBC on various issues and also has been a regular panelist on national news channels, participated in various documentaries on atrocities against women, minor girls and child trafficking. An ardent follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, she is the founder Trustee and Chairperson of Green Tara Social Initiative (a charitable trust), a gender expert, actively associated with many NGOs as mentor and adviser. She is also a maker of critically acclaimed poetry films, a proud Rotarian and public speaker.
Currently Consulting Editor with HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt Ltd, Sathya Saran's books include Ten Years with Guru Dutt Abrat Alvi's Journey, Sun Mere Bandhu Re The Musical World of SD Burman, a collection of short stories titled The Dark Side and From Me to You, a selection of Editorials written during her term as Editor of Femina magazine, and later of Me magazine. Her latest book Baat Niklegi to Phir is due for release in July 2015.
I am Saurabh Turakhia, a 39 year young passionate portrait artist. I work full-time as a writer and am passionate about writing short stories and painting. I paint in my free-time and on weekends. I believe in the power of predictable stories of good over evil that can inspire and provide hope to a child in the slums or a labourer who is challenged. My short stories blog is Always Open Pen and art blog is Heart At Art, which has a collection of over 350 portraits. There has been good recognition of my paintings from celebrities themselves. The collection has portraits of every major star from Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, Nutan to Kajol, Geeta Bali to Vidya Balan, Pran Saab to Amrish Puri.
Successful top ranking executive in an MNC bitten by wanderlust. Sayan Roy loves traveling around the world to pacify his wanderlust, often with wife Panchali Mukherjee Roy as able company. Although an amateur shutterbug, Sayan takes you through historical grandeur, natural marvels, exotic locales, mesmerizing scenery with amazing dexterity.
Shabir Ahmad Mir from Gudoora, Pulwama Kashmir; gets bored every now and then. And out of this boredom he scribbles - sometimes in prose and sometimes in verse; and occasionally in ink as well-blue and black only. Earlier he used to scribble on loose paper leaves of his class-notes (he sometimes imagines that they were fallen leaves of a forgotten tree) but now he mostly scribbles on his Facebook wall... Occasionally someone drops in to read.
Shakun Narang is passionate about people, dancing, music, kids and their safety rights, traveling and city exploring. She is a perpetual dreamer and dream-chaser, a friend for life and companion for all conversations and part time Agony Aunt. A moviebuff and bookworm herself she is actively working on her Facebook communities Moviemaniacs and Bookoholics to be that happy place where people bursting with views and reviews around movies and books can meet and mingle with like minded people.
Sharanya Banerjee, who is known as Rimli at home, lives in Flower Mound, Texas with her family. She is eight and a half-year-old and will be in fourth grade soon. She has recently won Honorable Mention at the Kappa Theta Writing Project of Lewisville ISD, Texas for her short story entry. In Summer 2019, she is working on her debut poetry chapbook, inspired by her mother. She also loves playing the violin, dancing, art and singing, and watching videos of Pentatonix.
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.
Dr. Shoma A Chatterji is a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata. Her focus of interest lies in Indian cinema, human rights, media, gender and child rights. She has authored 24 books mainly on Indian cinema and on gender and has been jury at several film festivals in India and abroad. She has won two National Awards - for Best Film Critic in 1991 and for Best Book on cinema in 2002. She has also won four fellowships over the past 10 years.
Shubhankar is 9 years old and a student of class IV. He has been good in academics and active in other curricular activities. From childhood, he has a strong liking towards arts and keeps on drawing different things. His favorite subject of drawing has been lord Ganesha.
He also likes to play different sports. His favorite games include badminton, swimming, cricket and loads of indoor board games. With a childlike inquisitiveness and excitement, his aspirations keep on changing when asked on what he would like to do in future where his range goes from Pilot to Sport star, Artist to Armed personnel.
He enjoys watching action movies of Salman Khan. Some of his all-time favorites are Singham, Dabang and Chennai Express.
Emotional by nature, he has strong attachment towards family. He enjoys and cherishes time with siblings and relatives. He has big friend circle and always ready to make new friends.
Film historian, author and archivist of vintage film memorabilia SMM Ausaja is Sr Vice President of Osianama, the world’s largest art and cinema archive online. Based in Mumbai, Ausaja has collected, preserved, archived and restored a phenomenal collection of posters, movie stills, song synopsis booklets, lobby cards, glass slides, post cards, LP records and other film memorabilia over the last two and a half decades. He is the author of Bollywood in Posters and has co-authored Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars! He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sohini Roychowdhury, Indian dancer and choreographer, is October 2013 awardee of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman by the House of Lords, British Parliament, London, and Founder of Sohinimoksha World Dance & Communications and Sohinimoksha Artes de La India. From performing at the special request of director Danny Boyle at the Slumdog Millionaire premiere, to rocking the Andes with the jingle of her ghungroos in Bogota, to mesmerizing snow covered Moscow, to enthralling audiences from Adelaide to New York with her stagecraft and performances, Sohini Roychowdhury has been a premier ambassador of Indian culture for the last several years. She is the 2010 European Brand Ambassador for India Tourism’s Imagine !ndia campaign; Visiting Professor of Dance, and performer, at the Los Andes University in Bogota (Colombia), the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center of ICCR (Moscow, Russia), Salamanca University, Complutense University (Madrid), UIMP Santander, Spain, Casa Asia, Madrid.
The writer is presently a Research Scholar in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her interests range from the occult and supernatural to theatre and gender studies. This poem was composed on her last flight back to Delhi from the City of Joy to which she still truly belongs.
Sonali Majumdar is a US based IT Management professional, working for a major US Bank. Married and mother of two, she enjoys creative writing, painting, volunteering and working with kids. She also loves cooking and traveling. Her perspective of life comes from her challenges as a working woman, as a mother, as a person seeking her purpose in life.
Sourav Paul, a student of English literature and a UGC Junior Research Fellow, is presently pursuing his Ph.D at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India under the supervision of Dr Shri Krishan Rai. Sourav’s research focuses on the Post 9/11 South Asian Literature in special terms of Terror, Violence, Islam and the Secular paradigmatic socio-political concerns. He is also interested in Contemporary Literary Theory, Poetry of the Romantic Period and Greek Drama. Nevertheless a Sangeet Prabhakar in Indian Classical Music (vocal) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti Allahabad (India), Sourav is interested in poetry, music and teaching. Among many of the publications he has got two papers and two poems in international journals.
Sraosha Angel Lyall is a grade 5 student in in Our Own English High School, Sharjah. She is ten years old. Sraosha loves reading, writing stories, drawing and swimming. She gets a lot of inspiration from books and the world around her.
Srijata Chatterjee is pursuing M.A in English Literature under West Bengal State University. She writes poems not professionally, but whenever her heart dictates. She is not sure if she is a poet or not, but she is definitely an artist who is striving to enrich herself in an ongoing creative journey.
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.
Sufia Khatoon is a social activist managing Our World Our Initiative, a social and philanthropic initiative to help underprivileged focusing on helping old people, children and orphans who are forced to beg or earn on the Streets. As an Art curator of Art Fair and artists she has exhibited her works in eminent galleries in Kolkata like Mirage Art Gallery, Birla Art gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Chemould Art Gallery, ICCR, Shrimati Art Gallery with more than 20 groups shows in 2 years. She has been featured *India Positive, CNN IBN*, Femina, Telegraph, Times of India, Taaza Tv various online portals, magazines and websites for her social and artworks...
She is a young passionate enthusiast who loves to live her life. Writing for her is survival...without which she would lose her vision. Her poetry has been selected for various national and international anthologies namely Magnitude by IIA, Umbilical Cord by Rejected stuff, Milange by Poets corner, Kaafiyana of Delhi Poetry festival, Create2inspire initiated anthology The Dawn Beyond Waste, Avadh Literary Festival anthology 'Lifenaama', Red Balloon Anthology, Hall of Poets, Colours of Refugess, and many more. Her short stories has been published in various anthologies life 25 Strokes of Teen Life by Grapevine, Seasons of Love, Myraid Tales and Life Sundae, Wordweavers, etc. She is the co-founder of Rhythm Divine, a poets' group in Kolkata which focuses on promoting poetry, organizing creative writing workshops and featuring poets live on radio. It's about poetry reaching out to people and poets evolving. She is currently working on her poetry book.
Sulagna Dasgupta is a Postgraduate in English literature from the University of Calcutta and an aspiring scholar. A bookworm by nature and a writer by passion, a few of her poems have been published in little magazines. She is currently publishing her poems and short pieces of writing in her own blog.
As a content writer by profession and creative writer by passion, Sumauli Mukherjee loves penning her thoughts on the places she travels, the books she reads and the movies she watches. Being an amateur shutterbug, Sumauli enjoys to frame moments and shares a visual that her mind speaks.
Film and music enthusiast Sundeep Pahwa has a wealth of knowledge and information on movies, especially of the Golden Era. He belongs to a family which was closely connected with the film industry and had produced two films Bahu (1955) and Bombay Race Course (1965). Sundeep is an active member of several movies and music groups and foundations which are striving towards reviving and preserving our film heritage. He is known for his tireless efforts towards helping other film enthusiasts and writers access authentic and accurate information of movies and music.
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:
Sunila Kamal Khemchandani is a commerce and law graduate from India, a teacher by profession and a poetess for love of English literature, now based in Canary Islands, Spain. She has several poems published in English anthology collections (Wings, Change, Indus Valley, Heavenly Hymns, Poetic Symphonies, Synthesis - The Duet Anthology and in one of Brian Wrixon’s anthologies). In 2008, she won the position of the best annual poet in poetriesonline.com. Besides writing poems, she translates spiritual articles, books of her spiritual master, proof reading and transciption. Some of her translated works have been published and are circulating.
Sunita Singh is a bi-lingual poet and writer. Some of her poems feature in Anthologies and e-magazines. Many of her poems have also won awards on on - line forums. A few of her Hindi poems have been turned into lyrics for private albums. She is also an active member of a forum reviving Indian languages.
Suparna Ghosh has published three books of poetry - Sandalwood Thoughts, a collection of poems and drawings; Dots and Crosses, a prose poem with CD, and Occasionally, which features poems in free verse and ghazals in classical Indo-Persian style, one of which has been translated into Urdu, set to music, and made into four short videos. Her poems have been published in local and international literary journals. Suparna was short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and published in their Global Poetry Anthology. Her poem, Dance of the Goddess, won the grand-prize at the Artists Embassy International’s Dancing Poetry competition and was recited, choreographed and staged in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco in 2012. She has exhibited her paintings in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Mumbai and New Delhi. Her paintings were chosen for the Canadian Art of Imagination show featuring international artists. Her work titled Vigil was one of the finalists in the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto competition, NEXT! 2015. Her website is suparnaghosh.com
Surbhi Sarna is a children’s writer based out of Bhubaneswar. A biochemist by training, the world of children’s literature appealed more to her imagination than the cold precision of science. Although she discovered children’s writing rather serendipitously but now it has become a serious pursuit for her and a very enjoyable one! A few of her short stories have been published as illustrated storybooks and several others have appeared in various dailies. When she is not writing or reading, she loves to meditate and spend time in nature. Sometimes she can be seen hugging trees. She blogs at surbhisarna.wordpress.com
Surendra Mohanty writes short stories and articles, many of which have appeared in anthologies and in a few magazines. He is presently in the process of completing a novel and is looking for a publisher. After taking voluntary retirement from the defence forces, he is working at KiiT International School, Bhubaneswar. He edits and publishes a children’s magazine titled Kloud 9, that is owned by the KiiT group of institutes.
An amateur astronomer, poet, lyricist, composer, amateur photographer, singer and writer all rolled into one is what describes Surojit Sengupta. Surojit, a trainer by profession has been exploring the imaginative depths of his mind with his creative expressions.
Sutapa Basu is an author, poet, editor and publishing consultant. She has authored two historical novels, a thriller and co-authored four anthologies and two poetry collections. Her stories, plays and poems for children have been published in English and Value Education textbook series for schools which she has authored. Her extensive collection of children’s fiction and poetry can be accessed at her website www.storyfuntastika.com.
Swayam Ganguly's novel titled “Love Films and Rock n Roll” (Alchemy Publishers) has been released recently. His next upcoming novel “Good, Bad and Ugly” (Supernova Publishers) is slated for release soon.
Opportunity lies within the difficulties. While solving a problem, one has to come out of disorderliness and look for minimalism. Once the situation is minimalized (simplified), there will be a coherence which will then throw the light towards the possible break (solution).