Sunanda K. Datta-Ray’s first essay on Calcutta appeared in the Observer magazine, London, in October 1970. He was editor of the Statesman, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and editorin-residence at the East-West Centre, Honolulu, before moving to Singapore, where he spent more than a decade in journalistic research and academic positions. His books include Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim, Waiting for America: India and the US in the New Millennium, Bihar Shows the Way, and Looking East to Look West: Lee Kuan Yew’s Mission India.
Indrajit Hazra is a novelist and journalist. His novels The Burnt Forehead of Max Saul (2000), The Garden of Earthly Delights (2003) and The Bioscope Man (2008) have been described by critics as "stamped by trenchant black humour" and "[original prose with] mad images hyperlinked to other mad images", one reviewer stating that "few (Bengali) writers writing in English are able to capture that sense of decay and temper it with that quintessential Bengali humour the way Hazra can". He is also the author of Grand Delusions: A Short Biography of Kolkata (2012). He is a columnist for The Economic Times where he writes 'Red Herring' every alternate Mondays. He lives in New Delhi and has been at it trying to finish his latest book that involves missing children and (a sort of) time travel. He blogs on http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/author/indrajithazra/
Photographer: Pramod Kapoor
Pramod Kapoor, the founder and publisher of Roli Books (established in 1978), has over the course of his illustrious career, conceived and produced award-winning books that have proven to be game-changers in the world of publishing. Be it the hit ‘Then and Now’ series and the seminal Made for Maharajas, or even the internationally acclaimed Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography, which is published in eleven editions in most major languages worldwide. In 2016, he was conferred with the prestigious Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest civil and military award in France, for his contribution towards producing books that have changed the landscape of Indian publishing. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Mahatma Award 2021 (an Aditya Birla Group initiative) for Lifetime Achievement for his contribution to publishing and literature in India.