Father Maybe an Elephant…
Gogu Shyamala with Mani Rao
Dr. Gogu Shyamala is one of the foremost contemporary Dalit writers in India, as an author, editor, researcher, and biographer. She holds a Ph.D. in Life Stories of Dalit Women in Telangana in the Department of Social Exclusion department, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Her collection of short stories Father Maybe an Elephant and Mother Only a Small Basket but… is a landmark in Indian literature – it has also been translated into German and some stories into French. She has received several awards. Some of her writings are in the syllabus of higher education in Telangana state, other states and also other countries Her writings are translated into Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali.
She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Anveshi Hyderabad.
Dr. Mani Rao is the author of twelve poetry books, three books in translation from Sanskrit including the just-released Bhagavad Gita:God’s Song (HarperCollins 2023), Saundarya Lahari (HarperCollins 2022) and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader (Aleph Books), and an academic book, Living Mantra: Mantra, Deities and Visionary Experience (Cham Springer, 2019). After working in advertising and television in Mumbai and Hong Kong for 20 years, she returned to academics to pursue her interests in poetry and early Indian knowledge, and did an MFA from UNLV, USA, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University, USA. Mani has held writing residencies at Iowa International Writing Program, Omi Ledig House NY, and IPSI Canberra; her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the poetry translations editor of The Bombay Literary Magazine. She lives in Bangalore and Puttaparthi.