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, 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.
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 Her unpublished collection of stories, In these Cities We Dreamed, was a Semi-Finalist in the Black Lawrence Press, St Larence Book Award, 2011.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, Minority Report, 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 His unpublished book, Two Hearts, deals with family and identity.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.
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), is from Toronto, Canada from whence he’s been ever-evolving. He started writing songs and poetry at age 13. Since then he’s been an actor, singer, waiter, upholsterer, sales representative, handyman, dad and writer. He moved to London, UK in 2005 where he graduated with an MA in Creative Non-Fiction at City University. He’s written about fatherhood for dadzclub, the Good Men Project, Today’s Parent and Mummy and Me magazines. He’s also been featured in The Guardian, Bangalore Mirror, Chicago Literati, Hippocampus, Mojave River Review, Full Grown People, 100 Word Story and currently publishes three blogs. Jon and his family are thrilled to be in Bangalore where Jon has completed a memoir, is writing his first novel and continues to evolve.
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.
Anumeha Fatehpuria, Facilitator (BWW: Children's Edition), is a contemporary crafts designer at Prishth which she also founded. A certified Montessorian, she has been teaching Performing Arts for over 12 years working with children following both mainstream education and children with special needs. She has studied Theatre at Misf!t and worked as an assistant director with Jayant Kripalani. She has worked with Jagriti Theatre, Misf!t and Padatik as an actor and as crew. She has conducted trainings for teachers from villages in West Bengal on teaching English through Performing Art. She believes very strongly in following an integrated curriculum for theatre in schools. She loves Teaching Art with a difference where children learn to express their own ideas by tapping their imagination with confidence and in the Development and application of Skill based art techniques for special needs learners. While teaching, she ensures that children get opportunities to own their learning. This sense of ownership makes the learning exciting. She has been interviewed by Smart Indian Women and Talk to Tiger. She has been a guest blogger for fellow crafters. She is the founder and initiator of The Arts In Education where Teachers, Students and all Education enthusiasts are invited to share their stories and best practices with regards to Education and the Arts. The Arts In Education, aims to seamlessly integrate the Arts within the realm of education, so children and facilitators alike, may benefit and be inspired from the richness of the learnings, not just for mere physical and emotional relaxation, but as a foundation for good education. She has also co-created and facilitated a design thinking programme for middle schoolers. She enjoys writing and tries to blog (almost) regularly at Lafzon Ka Mausam.