Meet the Facilitators
Bhumika Anand, Founder and Director, has a degree in Communicative English and a Masters in English. She has been a lecturer, a corporate trainer, editor, communications consultant, events coordinator, MC, a social media strategist, and an erstwhile manager of online communities for over 14 years. Her work has been published in Urban Confustions, The Affair, The Bombay Literary Magazine, and is forthcoming in Queer Ink. She has been interviewed by The Delphi Quarterly, The New Indian Express, and DNA. She has been trying unsuccessfully to write and edit the second draft of her novel for a few years now. She is an intermittent but uncomfortably intense blogger at Bhumika's Boudoir, and an appreciator of the ridiculous. She strongly believes that everyone has a story to tell and most of them, with a little help, can write it well. She is a disinterested cook and a terrible singer. She feels very intensely about grammar and punctuation. She is particularly critical of those who use multiple exclamation marks.
Philip John, Facilitator, Voice in Fiction, is an alumnus of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA). He has eleven years of experience in marketing communications. Currently, he is a creative director with a start up advertising agency. He is also a freelance writer and creative consultant. His unpublished book, Two Hearts, deals with family and identity. His short fiction has appeared or is soon to appear in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Bengal Lights, Helter Skelter and Spark. He likes jazz, cinema, comics, twentieth century Americana and cats. He lives in Bangalore.
Rahul Shingrani, Facilitator, is an engineer and a writer. He has worked in the healthcare industry for ten years, a time spent occasionally on the wordsmithing of inane ruminations. He enjoys the abstract, experimental, and often portentous nature of short fiction. His writings have been published in the Four Quarters magazine, Stupid Bird, and the Abraxas lifestyle magazine. He has participated in writers workshops in both New York and Bangalore. He is a culturally alienated, moon struck believer of intangible dimensions, who has always tried to fit the word ‘juxtapose’ into arbitrary sentences. He also enjoys muted psychedelia, ambient electronica, audio visual art, animated shorts, Bombay, Yo Yo Ma’s rendition of Bach, and walks. He now knows that the world seen in a freefall and from under the seas is different, yet connected.
Keerthana Jagadeesh, Facilitator (Poetry), studied Economics at NYU and works in the data analytics field. She has previously studied and led poetry workshops at NYU. She was the President of the NYU Poetry Club, mentored and advised by Tim Tomlinson who founded the New York Writers Workshop. Born in Davengere and brought up in Bangalore, Keerthana loves poetry, and fiction that is influenced by poetry. Her favourite writers are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Arundhati Roy, Jonathan Lethem and Mona Simpson. Her writing (poetry) is published in Ducts, Best of Ducts: The Man Who Ate His Book, and PSFK’s culture and lifestyle blog.
Sarita Talwai, Facilitator (BWW: Children's Edition), is a graduate in English Literature (Honours) from Bombay University and a post graduate in English (with special emphasis on Indian writers in English). She has also completed her B.Ed from the same University. She has a Diploma in Counselling Skills from the Banjara Academy, Bangalore and is working with children, especially teenagers, for the past six years. She has completed the BWW Classic Course and the Short Fiction Course and is looking forward to seeing her name in print. She is an avid reader, a passionate teacher, who tutors kids with special needs, and has a deep affection for children. This has helped her in her job as a teacher and a counsellor.
Jon Magidsohn, Facilitator (BWW: Creative Non-Fiction), originally from Toronto, Canada, is the author of Immortal Highway: a memoir. He has been featured in The Guardian, The Bangalore Mirror, Hippocampus Magazine, Mojave River Review, Full Grown People and has written about fatherhood for Today’s Parent, dadzclub.com and the Good Men Project. He’s been an actor, singer, bartender, upholsterer, sales representative, handyman and dad. He and his family live in London, UK, where Jon received an MA in Creative Nonfiction from City University. You can read more about him at www.jonmagidsohn.com
Hari Ravikumar, Facilitator, Short Fiction, studied mechanical engineering and trained/worked as a programmer with Infosys Technologies. Then he was a teacher and administrative director at the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) where he continues to teach the violin. He is also the English language editor of the Melton Foundation. Amid all his professional dalliances, he has remained true to his first love: writing. He has co-authored three books and several articles on the Bhagavad-Gita. His short stories and travelogues have been published in Bhavan's Journal, Indian Short Fiction, The Affair, and The Economic Times. Hari is passionate about Eastern wisdom, Carnatic music, mathematics, literature, learning languages, and education pedagogy design.
Anu Gummaraju, Facilitator, Technical Writing, is a content professional with about 16 years experience in editing and technical communication. Most of these years were at Infosys Technologies Ltd. where she worked in technical content, documentation project management, content usability, and user experience management. She is now a freelance content writer, creating content for products, websites, and volunteer driven projects. While not working on content, she manages Second to None, which she co-founded, a forum in the social media space that encourages recycling.
Deepa Padmanaban, Facilitator, Freelance Journalism, has a Master's degree in Biochemistry. She worked as a researcher in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Harvard University, USA, for about a decade before she took to journalism. She is a frequent contributor to The Hindu, Mint, and has also been published in The Caravan, Scroll, Quartz, First Post, IndiaSpend, and The Alternative. She has been published in international publications such as The Christian Science Monitor (US) and The National (UAE). She has also done a fiction writing workshop from BWW.
H L Cadambi, Facilitator, Communication in Business, dallied with a few educational streams, before actually finishing a BA in Economics, followed by a Diploma in Journalism and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. Cad (as he prefers to be called) was then lucky enough to join IMRB – a leading Market Research firm - where he spent 27 years. A large part of his time was spent communicating with clients, and with peers and reportees, as also in conducting internal training programmes. After leaving IMRB in 2007, Cad has been a consultant and trainer; the latter largely with young staffers in advertising, PR and market research companies, helping them quickly learn the ropes of internal and external relationship-building through effective communications and confident interaction. Cad simply loves cricket, food, people, and single malt scotch. He also reads extensively, listens to music, sings to himself – but is too lazy to write.
Kalpana Tanwar, Facilitator, Discover Your Creative Mojo, is a trained and practicing psychotherapist. She is also part of the faculty at the Srishti Institute of Design. After studying medical and psychiatric social work at TISS, Mumbai, she worked in qualitative market research for two decades. In order to go back to her first love, Kalpana moved to Portland, OR, USA and stayed there for eight years to study Process Work/Process Oriented psychology (PW/POP) and worked as a quaified mental health practioner in community health services. As part of her thesis, she worked on a writing project on family fairy tales.