Contributors

Vaishnaavi Ramesh

Vaishnaavi is very passionate about mythology and how it can help people of today engage it interestingly and relate to values of life.

Sumathi Sridhar

Sumathi  is a Mumbai-based finance professional turned blogger. She is a student of Comparative Mythology at Mumbai University.

Shweta Joshi

Shweta is a Mumbai-based professional associated with one of the leading foreign banks and blogs on Indian mythology and history.

Mallika Iyer

Mallika is a Mumbai-based, lawyer-turned-free-lance writer. Her interests include History, Mythology, Sociology, Tree/Bird and Insect-watching. Mallika loves to write, particularly for children.

Mayur Godbole

Mayur is a lawyer with a well-known law firm in Mumbai.

Seema Anand

Seema is a London based mythologist and storyteller. She is a doctor of Narrative Practices specialising in women’s stories and her research focuses specifically on the revival and reproduction of oral literature for multicultural audiences.

Dr. Ravi Khangai

Dr. Ravi Khangai, is an Assistant Professor at the Dept. Of History, at the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur. He is a Ph.D. on ‘Bhakti Movement of Maharashtra’ and has been selected for Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) Post Doctoral Fellowship 2012-13 on the topic ‘Varnasankara (mixing of the Castes) in the Mahabharata’, besides being awarded the Minor Research Project by UGC on the topic, ‘Aborigines in the Mahabharata’, 2013. He has a number of publications and has also served in the Indian Air Force for fifteen years.

Deepam Chatterjee

Deepam, an Ex-Army officer, and an alumnus of The National Defence Academy and The Indian Military Academy, has served six years in The Indian Army. He writes and lectures on spirituality and Hindu thought. Deepam lives at Mumbai and lectures on spirituality and stress management. His writings are regularly published in newspapers and periodicals. “The Timeless Faith” is his first book.

Rama Arya

Rama Arya is the proverbial prodigal who returns to her land, a non-resident Indian who chooses to come back to live and work in her country. A communications professional, she currently runs her own communications and public relations (corporate and policy advocacy) training firm, The Communique. She has lived and worked in nine different countries which gives her a vast global exposure and understanding of diverse cultures.

Dr. Mahendra Kumar Mishra

Dr. Mahendra Kumar Mishra is a noted Folklorist of India and is the author of ‘Oral Epics of Kalahandi’. He has set up Community Digital Archives in tribal areas in Orissa. He is the  initiator of  multicultural   education in  Odisha  using  folklore in  primary schools.

Dr Mishra  is  also  the Chief  Editor  Lokaratna , a  e-folklore journal of  Folklore Foundation,  Bhubaneswar, Orissa in collaboration with  the D space of Cambridge  University UK   and  national  Folklore  Support  Center, Chennai. Dr  Mishra  is also the  author  of  ‘Folktale of Odisha’ published by   National Book Trust  India.

Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Musharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator.

Dr. Pradip Bhattacharya

Dr. Bhattacharya has been the West Bengal State Govt.’s nominee on the Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta for over 15 years and is on the editorial board of its Journal of Human Values. An Indian Administrative Service officer, he has a PhD in Comparative Literature for his research on the Mahabharata, a Post Graduate Diploma with distinction in Public Service Training from Manchester. He is India’s only International HRD Fellow (awarded by Manchester University and the Institute of Training and Development, UK) and an MD in Homeopathy. He has authored and edited 30 books and published numerous articles in India and abroad on Public Administration, Comparative Mythology, Mahabharata, Homeopathy, Management and Human Values. His latest books are: “Love Stories from the Mahabharata” and “Puranic Tales for Cynical People” (both from Indialog, New Delhi) and “Pancha Kanya: the five virgins of Indian Epics” (Writers Workshop, Kolkata). He has chaired sessions and presented papers in National Conferences on the Mahabharata in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai.

Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai

Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai, specialises in folklore studies, cultural anthropology and cultural history of Goa.  He has authored seven books and several articles on folk culture of Goa. He is recipient of many of research fellowships and prestigious state cultural awards of Government of Goa for his outstanding contribution to folk-art and folk lore studies. He is a former Member Secretary of the state academy of art , Kala Academy , Goa.

John Thekkayyam

John Thekkayyam was an officer in the merchant navy and is now a writer, radio professional, weather junkie and an aspiring film maker.

Bharati Kapadia

Bharati Kapadia is a visual artist and a performer based in Mumbai. Her work addresses  concerns related to memory, identity, inner evolution and she has evolved techniques where intervention through light becomes crucial for a complete viewing experience. Her  engagement with light as a catalyst to animate her work, is intimately linked to her quest to gain access to the inner light of realization without which, she says,  transformation of the self cannot occur.

She has initiated and created art related projects and presented lecture-demonstrations at art institutions and museums in India and abroad. Her work is in several collections in India, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Parul Doshi

Parul Doshi is a Counselling Psychologist and a Relationship Consultant. She is an ongoing researcher and scholar of Art Therapy, Comparative Mythology and Jungian Psycho -Analysis. At present she is working with Dr. Rajesh Parikh and Dr. Firuza Parikh as a consultant psychologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Center.

Charudatta Ram Prabhudesai

Charudutta Prabhudesai has M. F. A  degree from  MSU Baroda.  He is a painter, actor, cartoonist- humorist and  an educator.He lives and teaches at Sri Airobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, since 1980s.

Anjali Pai Panandiker

Is a retired data analyst. She currently lives in Austin Texas, USA.

Janaki Sincro

Jannaki Sincro is a lawyer and certified Company Secretary. She is an avid mountaineer and a trekker who loves reading.

Johny ML

Johny ML, is a curator, art writer, blogger and an editor. He currently edits online Tehelka art magazine.

P.R. Ramchander

Dr. Vidya Kamat- Parthan – 

A Contemporary artist, research scholar and Professor of Comparative Mythology.  As an artist she has exhibited her works in India and abroad, and her works are in various prestigious museums. She was also the recipient of cultural scholarship by HIVOS Netherlands for her study on “Documentation and study of roadside shrines in Mumbai”. She has been engaged in teaching and designing courses on comparative mythology for many years.  She is an accredited research guide for doctoral students of comparatives mythology at the University of Mumbai since 2003. Currently, she is a co-founder of Talking Myths Project -the online archive on traditional tales from the Indian subcontinent. She is also the Founder Member and Secretary of Center for Study of Mythology and Culture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and study of Indian  mythology.

Utkarsh Patel 

Utkarsh Patel is a corporate-professional-turned-mythologist and now the author of “Shakuntala – The Woman Wronged”, published by Rupa Publications. He is a professor of Comparative Mythology at the Mumbai University and has qualifications in Mythology, both Indian and World from Mumbai University. He has been writing a Blog, ‘This is Utkarsh Speaking’ (www.utkarshspeak.blogspot.in) for close to five years now, and also writes a regular column, ‘Mythic Musings’ for News18.com (earlier ibnlive.com). Utkarsh is also a regular speaker and lecturer on varying subjects of mythology and other topics, at various forums, litfests, organisations and colleges. He is a co-founder of ‘Talking Myths Project’, an online archive of traditional tales from the Indian Sub-continent.

Arundhuti Dasgupta Singhal

Author, editor and mythologist, Arundhuti currently works with a financial daily where she handles a small publishing programme that brings out titles on economic, political and corporate affairs. She is also involved with various aspects of the newspaper in different capacities and writes a blog called Mythic Mantra for her paper. She has co-authored two books that were published by Penguin (The Weretiger) and Puffin (Spooked) and also lectures on mythology at many public platforms. She is co-founder of ‘Talking Myths Project’, an online archive of traditional tales from the Indian Sub-continent.

Dr. Sunil Parab (M.D., B.A.M.S.)

Dr. Sunil Parab (M.D., B.A.M.S.) is a young scholar exploring various dimensions of Indian Mythology, Philosophy, History, Literature, Manuscriptology and Untapped regions with Archaeohistorical significance. He is Ayurveda & Healthcare Management Consultant by profession.

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is a renowned author, mythologist, and leadership consultant, whose work focuses on deriving management insights from mythology to reveal a very Indian approach to modern business. He has authored over 30 books, many of them best-sellers like Myth = Mithya, Business Sutra, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata.

Asha Kamath

Asha Kanath is a homemaker and is a student of mythology and is passionate about all aspects of myths and other genres of stories.

P. R. Ramchander

Mr P. R. Ramchander is a retired scientist and an avid blogger. He is interested in astrology, insect ecology, Indian History, sociology and culture and story telling. He has also translated  books from Tamil and Kannada literature to English.

Shaiontoni Bose

Shaiontoni Bose is an author and illustrator. She has co-authored two books, The Weretiger (Penguin) and Spooked (Puffin) and continues to write in various digital and print publications. She lives in Mumbai with her family.

Sumitra Sen

Sumitra Sen is a retired professional and a volunteer with a few social organisations. She lives in Kolkata and enjoys reading and researching a wide range of issues.

Rajasree Sen

Rajasree Sen is an educator and home maker. She enjoys reading and teaching children and has a flair for languages. She lives in Bengaluru with her family.

Anuradha Dhar Bose

Anuradha Dhar Bose is a chartered accountant by training and a mythologist by passion. She has worked for several leading financial organisations and is currently engaged with a large non-governmental organisation. She also runs a storytelling club in London where she is based with her family.

Rukmini Gupte

Rukmini Gupte is a London based Brand Strategist.Her job involves helping brands create greater consumer delight by making sense of macro trends and by delving deeper into consumer motivations and prejudices. She is fascinated by myths not just because she loves a good story but because myths help her to understand where she comes from and helps reaffirm that we humans are all part of the same journey through time and space.