Belonging and Unbelonging in North-East India
Jahnavi Barua, Paramjit Bakhshi and Preeti Gill
Jahnavi Barua is a writer based in Bangalore. Her first book, Next Door, a collection of short stories was published by Penguin India in 2008 to wide critical acclaim. Her second book and first novel, Rebirth, was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Award and the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize.
Paramjit Bakhshi, an English Honours graduate from St. Edmund’s College , Shillong, has worn many hats. Starting out in National Defence Academy which he left after an illness, he has been a tea planter and a consultant, an entrepreneur, a life skills trainer, but also writes poems, columns and stories. A proverbial rolling stone he insists that this is prevented him from gathering the proverbial moss but gave him a certain shine.
Preeti Gill is an independent literary agent who has more than 20 years
experience in the publishing industry as a commissioning editor and rights
director. She has travelled extensively in the North East of India and written on
issues of conflict and women. She is the editor of The Peripheral Centre: Voices
from India’s Northeast as well as Bearing Witness: A Report on the Impact of
Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam. Her writing has appeared in
numerous journals and anthologies including 1984 in Memory and Imagination
(2016). Her documentary Rambuai: Mizoram’s ‘Trouble’ Years (co-produced with
Sanjoy Hazarika) was released in September 2016. She has edited She Stoops To
Kill, an anthology of murder stories by women as well as Insider/ Outsider:
Belonging and Unbelonging in India’s Northeast both published in 2019.
She is Founder of Majha House, a first of its kind literary and cultural hub in