Guest Columnists

Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi has published five books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her essays, poems and short stories have been widely anthologised.

Tishani is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for Poetry and the All India Poetry Prize. Her first book of poetry Countries of the Body (2006) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Everything Begins Elsewhere, her second collection, was published in 2013.

Her debut novel The Pleasure Seekers (2010) was shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award and long listed for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.       

She is also the author of Fountainville: New Stories from the Mabinogion (2013), a retelling of the Mabinogion myth.

Tishani also performs internationally with the Chandralekha dance group.

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Tishani Doshi on Tara Books

Arshia Sattar

Arshia Sattar is an accomplished author, translator, facilitator and director. Her acclaimed English translations from Sanskrit of Tales from Kathasaritsagara (1993) and The Ramayana of Valmiki (1996) are Penguin Classics. 

Her collection of essays Lost Loves: Exploring Rama's Anguish (2011) was shortlisted for the Crossword Non-Fiction Award in 2012. 

She has also written three books for children including Kishkindha Tails, Pampa Sutra and Adventures with Hanuman.

Arshia teaches classical Indian literature at various institutions in India and, along with DW Gibson, founded and runs the Sangham House international writers' residency program near Bangalore.

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Anita Nair

Anita Nair is the author of the bestselling novels The Better Man (2000), Ladies Coupe, (2001), Mistress (2005), which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, Lessons in Forgetting (2010) and Cut Like Wound (2012). Her latest title Idris: Keeper of the Light was published in January 2014. Her books have been translated into over 30 languages around the world.

Anita's children's books, for which she has been presented with the Central Sahitya Akademi award, include The Puffin Book of World Myths and Legends, Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel, and Living Next Door to Alise.

Anita has contributed poetry and prose to a number of journals and anthologies and adapted her own work for the stage and screen. Her screenplay for the film version of Lessons in Forgetting won a National Film Award in India in 2013. or follow her on twitter @anitanairauthor

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Anita Nair on Leo Bates