The author for the Madras Then section is Dr. Nanditha Krishna - A historian, environmentalist and writer based in Chennai. She is the Director of The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation and founder director of its constituents. The author for the Chennai Now section is Ms. Tishani Doshi a poet, writer and dancer born in Madras. A freelance journalist for publications such as the Guardian, Corriere della Sera, The New York Times, Hindu, The National, India Today, Outlook, Tricycle, Vogue and Elle. She writes a fortnightly column for the New Indian Express.
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.
Tishani Doshi was born in Chennai, India, in 1975. She received her master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University. At the age of 26, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. She is the author of Countries of the Body, Everything Begins Elsewhere, and The Pleasure Seekers.