Sunil Bhandari is a poet disguised as a corporate executive. His book of poetry ‘Of Love and Other Abandonments’ was an Amazon bestseller. His second book ‘Of journeys & Other Ways to Get Lost’ is just out. His poetry podcast ‘Uncut Poetry’, is a huge hit.”
Jocelyn Cullity’s Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, set in 1857 Lucknow, won the 2018 American Book Fest Best Book Awards for Historical Fiction. Translated into French and Tamil, the book is also available in India in English with Rupa Publications. Jocelyn’s second novel, The Envy of Paradise, was a finalist in the 2020 International Book Awards. Her short stories and essays have been published in the United States, Canada, and India.
Jocelyn is Associate Professor in the BFA in Creative Writing program at Truman State University. She lives with her two children and husband, the film scholar Prakash Younger, in Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Shaili Sathyu is the Artistic Director of Gillo Repertory Theatre, an organization that specializes in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has written and directed over ten plays, including 'Kyun-Kyun Ladki', 'Mister Jeejeebhoy and the Birds', 'She-He-Shey', ‘Gulaabo Aur Parizad’ and 'Chidiya, Udd!', among others. Since 2003, she has conducted creative drama and theatre workshops for children and teachers across India. Under her leadership, Gillo Repertory Theatre has produced more than 20 plays, staged over 500 shows and reached over 110,000 children in India. Shaili is a recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi. She has served as the Honorary Secretary of ASSITEJ India chapter (The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) for two years.
Leslie Francis D’Gama, was formerly Vice President and Head, Trainer Development Group of
IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited. He holds an M.A., a B.Ed, and Diploma in Training & Development from Indian Society for Training & Development and is an accredited FIRO-B Practitioner. He has conducted sessions in Language, Communications, Team work, Management, Leadership and Interpersonal Behaviour at institutions like British Council, M N Dastur, Nicco Engineering, Spencer’s Retail, Tata Telecom, Bengal NRI Complex, Luxmi Tea, Bisk Farm, Child Rights and You (CRY) and educational institutions such as Nirma Institute of Technology, Gujarat, IISWBM and Jadavpur University Management College. Earlier he taught English and Mathematics at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata for two decades. Currently Leslie mentors the Kolkata development centre of Quantum Inventions (a Singapore based software product company) and assists in learning and development functions across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. He is also deeply engaged in training teachers in Online Education and is a Google Certified Educator.