Authors' Lounge

  • Jean-Claude Perrier

    Jean-Claude Perrier, born in Paris in 1957, is a journalist, writer and publisher. He has widely traveled across Aria, Africa, Europe and the Americas. He discovered India 35 years ago. It was a deep ‘shock’ and it changed his life for the better. He is the author of several books on India including a study of Andre Malraux and Malraux’s fascination with India. He has also published the works of medieval Indian Sufi poet Kabir’s works translated into French by Andre Gide. Presently he is writing a book on the last Jews of India.

  • S N Mukherjee

    S N Mukherjee is a historian and a marxist scholar. He taught Indian history at the University of Sydney for most of his professional life. He is renowned for his historical studies of the intellectual, social and cultural life of Bengal in the British colonial period. Among his books are Sir William Jones: A Study in Eighteenth-Century British Attitudes to India, Cambridge University Press, 1968; Calcutta Myths and History, Subarnarekha, Calcutta, 1977; Calcutta: A City of Splendid Palaces and Dingy Streets, 1986 A.L. Basham Lecture, Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1987; Citizen Historian: An Exploration in Historiography, Sydney Association for Studies in Society and Culture, Vol. 13, Manohar, Delhi, 1995 and Citizen Historian: An Exploration in Historiography, 2nd. Ed. Subarnarekha, Kolkata, 2000.

  • Ashin Das Gupta

    Ashin Das Gupta, (1932-1998), was a pioneering historian of the Trade of the Indian Ocean of the 18th-19th Centuries. An Ishan Scholar in History from Presidency College, Calcutta, he did his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He taught at Presidency College, Calcutta, at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, United States of America, and was Agatha Harrison Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, United Kingdom. He was Director of the National Library and Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati. His publications include Malabar in Asian Trade, 1740 -1800, Indian Merchants and the Decline of Surat, 1700-1750, India and the Indian Ocean (with Michael Pearson) and, in Bengali, Prabandha Samagra.

  • Jean Francois Bert

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  • Sebastien Ortiz

    Sebastien Ortiz is the pen name of Fabrice Etienne. A career diplomat, he has served in French missions in Indonesia, Burma and India. He fell in love with literature early in life, and his second love, that of Asia, has kept him engrossed for the last twenty five odd years. Portraits birmans, his fourth work of fiction, was published in French in 2012. One of his earlier novels, Ghosts of Calcutta was published by Sampark in 2015; it has become greatly popular among readers.

  • Arvin Ghosh

    Arvin Ghosh has been Professor of Economics and Finance at William Paterson University, New Jersey, USA for most of his life. At the same time Dr. Ghosh has been a prolific writer in both English and his native Bengali. Through his novels, essays, travelogues and belle lettres he has made a mark in contemporary Bengali and Indian literature. Ever since his piece Kolkata O New York was published in Bengali magazine Desh in 1979, Dr. Ghosh has become a much known writer in the Bengali world. He has published 25 books in Bengali and in English. His biographical novels on Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda and Mother Teresa are outstanding contributions to modern Indian literature.

  • Mohan Kanda

    Dr. Mahan Kanda, a retired Indian Administrative Service ocer of Andhra Pradesh Cadre has spent over four decades in public service and has served the state and the central governments in several capacities in various important departments, including as Secretary to the Government of India and Chief Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He holds a Doctorate in Cooperative Agricultural Credit. After retirement from the service, Dr. Kanda served as a Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of India, and as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Planning Commission for the formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan for “Agriculture and Allied Sectors”. Currently, Dr. Kanda is visiting Professor at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, Department of Humanities and Social Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, Member of the Court, Central University, Rajasthan; and Member of the Board of Management of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Madhu Sahni

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  • Jerad Whalan

  • Jems Stephens

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  • Marc Hatzfeld

    Marc Hatzfeld is a French social anthropologist. He has written a number of highly praised books focusing on contemporary urban problems of homelessness, social alienation, youth delinquency and popular subcultures. He has also published several volumes of poetry. His book, Les dezingues, won the prestigious French literary prize-Prix La ville a lire.

  • Yunus Emre

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  • Wang Xufeng

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  • Anilendu Ghosh

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  • Laura Amalir

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  • Ritu Singh

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  • Venkat Changavalli

    Few can imagine the drive, dynamism, imagination and care that go behind saving half a million or five hundred thousand lives. Emergency Management and Research Institute achieved this unbelievable feat in 6 years between 2005 and 2011. And the man who led from the frontlines, and army of professionals and managers in the war to save humanity, is Venkat Changavalli. A graduate of National Institute of Technology, Warangal and of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in a career spanning four decades, he has traversed the boardrooms of corporate India and the dusty roads of village India with equal ease. A topnotch management consultant, leadership mentor and trainer for industry and management colleges, he brings together the best of his experience in this book. Written in a lucid style, the book is easy to understand for managers, students and citizens. It will enliven you, engage your attention and will inspire in you a zeal and vision to change for the better, your own life and lives of fellow Indians and world citizens. Unlike the usual book for managers, this book is as much for professional managers as for ordinary citizens, for in essence the manager is always both a manager and a citizen. And the manager who lives the life of an enlightened citizen transforms herself into a visionary leader of the future.

  • J. B. Fressoz

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  • Daniel Pennac

  • Bhupal Lahiri

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  • Sudeb Roy Chowdhury

    Sudeb Roy Chowdhury worked as a journalist for the Bengali daily, Ananda Bazar Patrika. In a career spanning four decades, he covered national and international events, most importantly, the Bangladesh war of 1971. He was elected president of Calcutta Press Club several times.

  • Jyoti Sabharwal

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  • Ramjibon Bhattacharjee

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  • Francois Clemenceau

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  • Parna Ghose

    Parna Ghose is Associate Professor of English and Convener of Women's Studies Centre, Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata.

  • Shanu Lahiri

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  • Namita Khare

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  • Priyada Padhye

  • Saswati Majumder

  • Uttara Chakroborty

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  • Trimukhi Platform

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  • Samyak Rai

    Samyak Rai is a budding novelist, lyricist, poet and a music producer. He started scribing short tales and stories from a very young age. He is currently a class 11th student, residing in Kolkata, who turned his hobby into his passion. He has undoubtedly raised the bars by presenting his debut novel 'Crowded Streets of Fun'. Apart from being an avid reader, Samyak likes to spend time writing poems, stories and music. Interacting with such a person can be very engrossing and fun!

  • Ipsita Ganguli

  • Tamal Datta Chaudhuri

  • Dr. Partha Chattopadhyay

  • Ashoke Sengupta

  • Snehasish Sur