Our Friends

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.

Paritosh Joshi

Advisor, Sun TV

Mr. Joshi serves as a Principal at Provacateur. He has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and general management in companies like ITC, Procter & Gamble, Business Standard, and Maharaja & Quest. He is an active Mentor in the start-up space and has worked alongside MentorEdge for many yearsHe serves as Member of board of governors of the Media Research Users Council (MRUC). He serves as Chairperson of the IRS technical committee and the role of the advisory at Sun TV.

Rama Lakshmi


Rama Lakshmi has been with The Washington Post’s India bureau since April 1990. She is a staff writer and India social media editor for Post World.
Rama was part of a team that won the ASNE Jesse Laventhol award for deadline news reporting for their work during the 2004 tsunami. A museum studies graduate, she has worked with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Missouri History Museum.

Richa Shah


Richa Shah studied Economics at St. Stephens College, New Delhi, and then completed her Masters in Business Administration from Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar. She worked as a senior analyst at India’s premier credit rating company, ICRA, and later as marketing director at Terraform Realty in Mumbai. She is the Managing Editor of the children’s publishing division at Delhi Press, and feels passionately about equality for men and women in India.

Rosinka Chaudhuri


Poet Rosinka Chaudhuri a professor in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Her books include Gentlemen Poets in Colonial Bengal: Emergent Nationalism and the Orientalist Project, Freedom and Beef Steaks: Colonial Calcutta Culture, and The Literary Thing: History, Poetry, and the Making of a Modern Literary Culture.

Sachin Ketkar


Sachin C. Ketkar is a bilingual writer, translator, editor, blogger and researcher based in Baroda, Gujarat. His most recent book is a collection of Marathi articles on contemporary Marathi poetry, globalization and translation. He has written three books in English and has extensively translated present-day Marathi poetry. He has translated fiction by Jorge Luis Borges, Ted Hughes and Adam Thopre into Marathi. He won ‘Indian Literature Poetry Translation Prize’, given by Indian Literature Journal, Sahitya Akademi for translation of modern Gujarati poetry in 2000. Apart from rendering the 15th century Gujarati poet Narsinh Mehta for his doctoral research, he has also translated numerous modern Gujarati writers like Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Bhupen Khakkar, Jayant Khatri, Rajendra Patel, Nazir Mansuri and Mona Patrawala into English.

Samir Somaiya

Samir Somaiya is the Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Limited and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Somaiya Vidyavihar and The Somaiya Trust. He graduated from Cornell University with a Masters in Chemical Engineering in 1992, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Continuing the heritage of his father and grandfather, Somaiya plays an active role in initiatives that improve the quality of life of the underprivileged sections of the society.