Meet the Facilitators
Bhumika Anand, Co-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, and is forthcoming in Queer Ink, The Affair, and The Bombay Literary Magazine. She has been interviewed by The Delphi Quarterly, The New Indian Express, and DNA. She lives and works out of Bangalore. 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.
Rheea Mukherjee, Co-Founder, received her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ultra Violet, Southern Humanities Review, A Gathering of Tribes, Bengal Lights, Jet Wings International, and CHA: An Asian Literary Magazine. Her previous fiction was a Top 25 Finalist in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award. Her unpublished collection of stories, In these Cities We Dreamed, was a Semi-Finalist in the Black Lawrence Press, St Larence Book Award, 2011. She has a collection of short stories and is currently working on her first novel. She is a huge fan of Haruki Murakami and generally prefers contemporary writers. She is unabashed in her liking for the cheesier versions of Bollywood movies and has a special place in her heart for the tacky 90s. She refuses to eat anything without raw onion and a good sprinkling of green chili. She also works as a writing and training consultant when not catering to the whims of Nimbu, her pet dog.
Philip John, Facilitator, 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 His unpublished book, Two Hearts, deals with family and identity.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. She wants to run a 10K in 2014.
Kavitha Rao, Facilitator (Breaking into Freelance Journalism), is a Bangalore based freelance journalist, author and columnist whose work has appeared in both international and national publications including the Guardian, the New York Times, Time, Quartz, the National, Elle, Vogue, Caravan and others. Her website is at www.kavitharao.net. She is also the co-author of “Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Journalism”, a practical guide to breaking into freelance journalism, which was published by Westland. The book contains tips and tricks from over 50 editors and journalists, including those from the Guardian, the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic, Forbes, Elle and many others. Kavitha has taught this workshop at the Kala Ghoda festival, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, the Times School of Journalism and several other institutes.
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