Samprati Pani is an anthropologist working on the weekly bazaars in Delhi through intersections of urban informality, design and spatial practices. She has worked in academic publishing for many years and is the co-founder of a design studio that specialises in book design. A walk in the crowded bazaars of Delhi, she believes, is a cure for migraine, heartache and any other ailment. She is the editor of the blog and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarover Zaidi, a philosopher and social anthropologist, has worked on Indian Ocean architectures, urbanism and everyday life in Bombay. She has previously lived in a Buddhist nunnery, worked on issues of poverty, health and right to food across Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, and learnt how to centre clay pots. She obsessively collects images of Hindu goddesses and iconography in Islam and Christianity. Sarover curates ‘Elementary Forms’, an interdisciplinary forum on art, architecture and anthropology, and currently teaches at School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and Jindal School of Art & Architecture, Sonipat. She tweets at @and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Namrata Acharya currently resides in Ahmedabad. After a master’s in economics from Delhi, she worked for a few years as an editor at Oxford University Press, Delhi. Post her MPhil in development practice from Ambedkar University Delhi and her stint with the development sector, she continues to delve on alternative ways of doing development ethically, focusing more on the process rather than the product, by way of research and practice. She loves to read, travel to meet friends and, of course, cycle.
Shiraz Husain is a visual artist and graphic designer. He is the founder member of Khwaab Tanha Collective, which celebrates Urdu and Hindi literature through visual reimaginings, and has also taught applied arts. Shiraz curates the Saiyidain Manzil Sessions, a cultural space for arts, literature and cinema. He is currently working on a set of children’s books. He posts as @khwaabtanha.
Mumbai Paused, aka Gopal MS, is a blogger who documents Mumbai’s streets.
Sailen Routray is a researcher, writer and translator. His interests lie in the areas of anthropology of development, anthropology of the everyday state, culinary cultures, contemporary history of Odisa and sociology of literature. He is the managing editor of Anwesha, an Odia quarterly of politics, culture and ideas. He currently serves as the Director of Centre for Human Sciences Bhubaneswar (CHSB).
Somok Roy is a master’s student in Medieval and Early Modern History at the Department of History, University of Delhi. He is interested in the histories of the Muslim community in early modern South Asia and their discursive practices in the making of settlements. His broader interests include notions of ‘temporal’ authority in the pre-modern Islamic world. He is presently learning Persian and loves listening to Hindustani classical music.
Mila Samdub is a writer and curator based in New Delhi. Mila studied creative writing at Bard College in upstate New York. His writing has been published in Art India, Real Life Magazine and elsewhere. He is passionate about infrastructure, trees and queer futurities. He occasionally posts on Instagram as @delhimodernism.
Mohammad Sayeed was among the founder members of Chiragh Dilli. He works on the anthropology of congestion, looking at the precarity of social relations in urban spaces. He also happens to have studied theoretical mathematics and classical Islam. When he is not teaching sociology at a Delhi University college, he is trailing smells and noises around the city. Apart from Delhi, he is obsessed with chess and Borges.
Nishpriha Thakur has been working on Surat’s bazaars, old city areas, and the textile and diamond industries since 2013. Currently pursuing a PhD in sociology from Shiv Nadar University, her research interests include marketplace languages, tangible and intangible forms of belongingness in a city, and everyday routines in cityscapes.