Team

Founder-Editor Anindita Sengupta is a poet, writer, journalist and consultant. She has been published in The Guardian (UK), The Hindu, Bangalore Mirror and Outlook Traveller Guides. Her first collection of poems, City of Water, was published by Sahitya Akademi in February 2010. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies and she has performed at several national and international poetry festivals. In 2008, she received the Toto Funds the Arts award for young writers and in 2010, she was a Charles Wallace fellow at University of Kent in England. In 2012, she received the Muse India Young Writer award for City of Water. She is preoccupied with gender, poetry, art, pop culture, media and new media. She lives in Mumbai. More at http://aninditasengupta.com   Section Editors Aditi Malhotra is an activist-social worker currently working with Partners for Law in Development, a legal resource group working in the field of social justice and women’s rights in Delhi. Aditi graduated in history followed by an Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and was a human rights fellow at McGill University, Canada. While at TISS, she co-founded TissTalks, a peer discussion forum to discuss gender concerns. She is interested in politics and web-based social media tools and hopes to open an elephant farm one day.   Bonnie Zare is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming. She is co-editor, with Nalini Iyer, of Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India, and her work has appeared in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, and South Asian Review among others. She has designed the courses “Gender and Sexuality in Postcolonial Writing,” “Women of India: Lives and Literatures” and the India overseas course “Social Justice in Culture and Practice.” Zare is Founder of the Keep Girls in School Project, which raises awareness about issues of formerly abandoned children in Andhra Pradesh. She feels lucky to regularly stand under the big open skies of Wyoming and also amongst the pulsing rhythms of Hyderabad.   Dilnavaz Bamboat is a therapist by training and writer by choice. Having shuttled between India and the U.S. over the last 11 years, she is a keen observer of diaspora life, while being strongly connected to her Bombay roots. You can find her online as a founder member of India Helps and as a blogger at Women's Web.  Dilnavaz lives in Silicon Valley, California, with her spouse. Singing, history, and red velvet cupcakes make her very happy.   Koyel Lahiri has studied literature, globalisation and labour and is currently doing an inter-disciplinary M.Phil in the Social Sciences from Centre for Studies in Social Science, Kolkata. She hops disciplines to make sense of the world and lives for those batti-jal-gayi moments when things fall into place. Her areas of interest include labour movements and people’s movements. Feminism for her is like a membrane that underlies every experience, every learning, every idea. It is like the skin that contains the flesh, she cannot see a body without it. She looks to expose this skin in every piece she writes, in every piece she reads, in any creation she shares. She blogs at http://paagolhawa.blogspot.in/   Having graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA Honours in English Literature, Richa Kaul Padte has been involved in various social movements -- anti-educational cuts, pro-Palestinian, anti-racist groups and most recently (and intensely), women's rights. She has worked for Point of View, a media-based feminist non-profit in Mumbai, and is a freelance writer for various publications. Richa currently lives between Bombay and Goa, and is passionate about literature, art, and bass-heavier forms of electronic music.   Shilpa Phadke is a sociologist. She is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has been educated at St. Xavier’s College, SNDT University, TISS and the University of Cambridge, UK. She is co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets. She has published in academic journals and anthologies and in popular media. Her areas of concern include gender and the politics of space, the middle classes, sexuality and the body, feminist politics among young women, reproductive subjectivities, feminist parenting, and pedagogic practices. She loves the chaotic city of Mumbai.   Sonal Makhija is a lawyer and researcher. Her areas of interest include women & law, human rights, law and society. She has an MSc. in Law, Anthropology & Society from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a degree in law from Government Law College, Bombay, and a Diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. She lives and works in Bangalore.