Frankly, what helped us take this project forward from being a germ of an idea to a full blown project was the support from our friends across the spectrum. Friends of the Collective are accomplished writers, thinkers, poets or just evolved readers. Often, we approached them to become a mentor, but they felt they were pressed for time and joined as friends instead! We hope that conversations about Indian novels will continue to grow and be enriched.
Sukrita Paul Kumar
Sukrita Paul Kumar is a noted Indian poet, critic, and academician of many years of standing. She has been the recipient of many prestigious grants, as well as national and international fellowships and residencies. Her major research project with the UGC led to the publication of her book Narrating Partition: Texts, Interpretations, Ideas. She is the chief editor of the book entitled Cultural Diversity, Linguistic Plurality and Literary Traditions of India, a textbook prescribed by the University of Delhi for course use in its Honours B.A. programme. Dr. Kumar has over four decades of teaching experience as an associate professor of graduate and post-graduate courses in English and American literature, as well as Indian literature in translation.
Taseer Gujral spent her formative years in Chandigarh, where she studied literature and proceeded to get a doctorate on the feminist poems of Adrienne Rich. Some of her published works appear in Muse India, Open Road Review, E2W Literature, and The Indian Express.
Graduated from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Vaishali Narkar has exhibited her art at various galleries, and is known for her 2002 Gujarat Riot solo show as well as her combined shows with visual artist Sanjeev Khandekar at reputed places like the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.