Shinie has written short story collections The Orphanage For Words, Barefoot and Pregnant and the novel When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied. She has compiled anthologies including Why We Don’t Talk. She was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Asia region prize in 2003 for her story A Dog’s Death. Her latest work is an Amar Chitra Katha novel – A Kingdom For His Love.
Srikrishna is a venture capital investor investing in early stage start-ups that create large scale social impact. His past experience is in consulting and implementation with organizations that improve the lives of people at the ‘Base of the Pyramid’. Passionate about travel, books, Indian classical music and radio, Srikrishna has hosted a daily show on India’s first and only wellness and lifestyle radio station.
Subodh and Lakshmi are co-founders of Atta Galatta, a Bengaluru-based bookstore with a focus on Indian, vernacular writing and is a venue for literary, art and cultural events. Since its inception 4 years ago, the bookstore has hosted over 500 events, including book launches, poetry readings, theatre performances, art shows, screenings, storytelling sessions and workshops.
Surya is the curator of the Under 25 Lit Fest and has also organised several national and international level college festivals. A student of journalism and communication, he has been published in several newspapers, magazines, websites and has also contributed to a book on differently-abled entrepreneurs. He was the youngest participant chosen by the Times Group to be mentored by Bachi Karkaria, Amish Tripathi, Javed Akhtar and others, on various aspects of writing.
Vikram is a storyteller who believes in stories as a strong medium for conservation, taking the age old oral medium in a contemporary form to new age listeners. A theatre practitioner in the English theatre space working with various groups for about 10 years, his group, Tahatto, performs regularly at various spaces and festivals across India. Vikram is working towards finding a balance between theatre, wildlife and the social sector.