A Literary Decade: Out of Print
Jahnavi Barua, Raza Naeem, Rheea Mukherjee, Samhita Arni, Tanuj Solanki, Vasudhendra and Zui Kumar-Reddy with Indira Chandrasekhar
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.
Dr. Indira Chandrasekhar is a scientist, a writer, a literary curator and the founder and principal editor of Out of Print, one of the primary platforms for short fiction bearing a connection to the Indian subcontinent. An anthology marking ten years of the magazine is being published by Context.
Indira is curator of Literature at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai and Mentor-Editor at G5A’s art and literary magazine, imprint.
As a fiction writer, she focuses on the short form, drawing deeply on her scientific experience working with the complex subtleties of biological macromolecules. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies and literary journals across the world, and a collection of her short stories, Polymorphism, was published by HarperCollins.
Raza Naeem is a Pakistani social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader currently living in Lahore, where he is the President of the Progressive Writers Association. His most recent work is an introduction to a reissued edition of Abdullah Hussein’s classic partition novel The Weary Generations (Udas Naslein), HarperCollins, 2016. A number of his translations of Urdu short stories have appeared in Out of Print.
Rheea Mukherjee is the author of The Body Myth and was shortlisted for the TATA Literature Live First Book Award 2019. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, Scroll.in, Electric Literature, Out of Print Magazine and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She co-founded Bangalore Writers Workshop in 2012 and currently co-runs Write Leela Write, a Design and Content Laboratory in Bangalore.
Samhita is the author and illustrator of The Mahabharata – A Child’s View. More recently, she collaborated with artist Moyna Chitrakar on the New York Times bestseller Sita’s Ramayana. Last year, Arni’s third bookThe Missing Queen,was published jointly by Zubaan and Penguin in India. Elle Magazine named Arni as one of twenty young upcoming South Asian writers to watch out for.
Arni was a scriptwriter for “Rafina”, a feature film directed by Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar, and worked for six months in Kabul on the script for “The Defenders” a 13-part television series that aired in Afghanistan.
Tanuj Solanki’s first novel, Neon Noon, Fourth Estate, 2016, was shortlisted for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award. In 2019, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for his second book, Diwali in Muzaffarnagar, HarperCollins, 2018. His latest novel, The Machine is Learning, Pan Macmillan, 2020, has been shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature.
Vasudhendra is an Indian author in Kannada language known for his short stories and novels. He lives in Bangalore, India.
Vasudhendra was born at Sandur in the Bellary district in Karnataka. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka as a gold medalist. He then did his Master of Engineering from Indian Institute of Science. He had been a software professional since 20 years. He was also the Vice President at Genisys Software.
Vasudhendra is a proud and out gay.
He has started his own publication house called the Chanda Pustaka. Through this he has given encouragement to many upcoming writers of Kannada. It has published around 50 books till date and these books have won more than 60 prestigious awards. He has instituted an award ‘Chanda Pustaka Bahumana’, which will be given to a fresh and young short story writer every year by publishing his first anthology along with a cash prize. He publishes all his books through this publication house and he looks after sales and marketing of his publications.
Being a hiker, he has trekked across Western Ghats. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania and trekked to Kailash & Mansarovar of Tibet. He is a regular squash player. World Cinema, Mahabharata and Indian classical music are his other passions. He decided not to watch television 12 years back and he follows this till date.
Vasudendra has also done a professional course in counseling and spends most of his time these days in counseling his clients.
Zui Kumar-Reddy is a writer, buffalo herder and rabbit caretaker living in Bangalore India. Her writing has been published in Out of Print – The Short Story Online, DNA Magazine, Homegrown.in, The Legendary and The Peal amongst others. In 2015 she won the DNA – Out of Print National Short Story Contest. In 2020 she began working on The Name Project – a documentary theatre and empathy building exercise that she hopes to institute in schools across the country. She is currently working on her debut novel The Generation of Light.
* Some speakers in this session are participating virtually via Zoom.