International Speakers

Mohammed Hanif

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book. His second book, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, won the Wellcome Book Prize. He writes a monthly opinion piece in The New York Times. Recognized for politically aware works of fiction, his latest book is Red Birds.

Manjushree Thapa

She is considered one of the most successful writers of Nepali descent writing in English. Her latest novel All of Us in Our Own Lives was published two years ago. She is the author of three other novels, four non-fiction books and two works of translation. She moved to Canada a few years ago and is also popular as a commentator of contemporary Nepali politics and social issues.

Harish Nambiar

He is the author of ‘Defragmenting India: Riding a Bullet through the Gathering Storm’, a chronicle of a 3-week motorcycle journey through seven states during the Gujarat riots of 2002. He was a columnist with The Economic Times before he joined it as a staffer. He has also worked for Reuters.

Dr. Nicola Streeten

Dr. Nicola Streeten is an anthropologist-turned-illustrator and author of award winning graphic memoir, Billy, Me & you (2011). She has a PhD from the University of Sussex. She has lectured in Critical Theory and History at Kingston University, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London and in Cultural Studies in the Media, Film and Music department at the University of Sussex since 2014.

Sabrina Toppa

Sabrina Toppa is a journalist based in Pakistan. Her stories have been published by The Guardian, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, NBC News, Public Radio International, and Al Jazeera English, among other outlets. She previously worked in the offices of Mother Jones in San Francisco, TIME Magazine in Hong Kong, The Dhaka Tribune in Bangladesh, and The Kathmandu Post in Nepal.

A.S. Panneerselvan

A.S. Panneerselvan is Executive Director of Panos South Asia and the Readers’ Editor of The Hindu. Apart from being a regular columnist, he is also a journalism teacher and adjunct faculty of the prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. With wide experience in both print and television journalism, he is a board member of the Organization of News Ombudsmen and Standards Editor representing Asia. He was a fellow of Reuters Journalism Fellowship program at the University of Oxford in 1998.

Prajwal Parajuly

Prajwal Parajuly (b. 1984) is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. The Gurkha’s Daughter, his bestselling collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK and a semi-finalist for the Story Prize in the US. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was an Independent (London) book of the year and a Kansas City Star best book of 2015. Prajwal is the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He also heads the writer-in-residence program at the L’Ancienne Auberge in Puycelsi, France. He received his Master of Studies in creative writing from Oxford University.