Anoop Parik has been a Teach for India fellow and has worked there as Program Manager and literacy curriculum lead. Before working as a teacher, Anoop was an Admissions Counselor at the College of Wooster, Ohio, where he oversaw the admissions process for international and domestic students. A literary enthusiast, Anoop pursued a degree in English and economics and won the Adriana von Hicks Prize for Poetry in college. He was also on the editorial board of the college literary magazine and a writer for the college newspaper. Anoop Parik currently teaches English and social studies at Shree Geeta Vidyalaya, where he is also school co-ordinator.
Catherine Morris-Fernandes has a wide range of experience as Content Developer, Instructional Designer, Writer, Researcher and Editor on diverse projects that catered to different audiences during her stint with IL&FS Education and Technological Services Ltd. She has a Masters in English Literature from Mumbai University, a certificate in Creative Writing from Xavier’s Institute of Communicaton and Diploma in Business Management from Xavier’s Institute of Management. She has also taught English and History at Lilavatibai Podar, while moonlighting in other capacities as Instructional Designer and Soft-skills trainer.
Katie Bagli is passionately fond of nature. She shares this love through her writings – in story books as well as children’s magazines. The interesting titbits included in her books are enjoyed and appreciated by adults as well. Besides writing, Katie enjoys her role as a nature volunteer too, taking people for trails and revealing fascinating facts about nature. To spread awareness she conducts Tree Appreciation Walks once a month in various green pockets of the city, along with five other friends. Her books on nature include “How Blue is Our Planet”, “Intriguing Insects” and “Birds of Different Feathers”.
Shiladitya Sarkar is a writer, painter and art critic based in Mumbai. He has authored two books: Thirst of a Minstrel and Abstract Reality. His essay on Pondicherry has been anthologised in the book Day’s End stories: Life After Sundown in small-town India. Sarkar’s writings on art, politics, and culture have been featured in leading publications, including the Times of India, The Telegraph, The Indian Express, Art India, Art Affairs, among many others. He has also written a monograph on Indian art for the Department of South Asian Studies, University of Austin, Texas.
Tanushree Angirish is currently working as an English Language Arts and Humanities teacher for grades 8th, 9th and 10th at Avasara Leadership Fellows programme, which is an intensive after-school programme for highly motivated girls from low-income communities in Mumbai. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, with a BA (hons) in English Literature. She then joined Teach for India, where she taught English Literacy to Grades 3 and 5. She believes that all children can learn and reach their full potential if they are given the right support.
Snehal Vadher has completed an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. He has taught Creative Writing to media students at St Xavier's College, Mumbai and has conducted several workshops and regular writing courses for school children over the last three years. This summer he completed his tenure as a Charles Wallace Fellow in Creative Writing at The University of Stirling, in Scotland.
A lawyer turned home maker, Sarika Athalye, always enjoyed spending time and interacting with little children. This gave her the nudge to learn professional storytelling from the Kathalaya Academy, Bangalore. With this new feather in her hat, she can spin a tale and make kids smile in a jiffy. Her energy and positivity are her strengths.
Tanvi Bhat is a freelance illustrator who lives in Mumbai and loves the rains. She's a self-taught artist who loves to draw for children’s books. In the past few years she’s illustrated various books with Pratham Books, Amar Chitra Katha, Karadi Tales, Duckbill Books and Tulika Books. She's also conducted illustration workshops for children at literature festivals like Kala Ghoda & Junior Writers Bug. She works with water colours and gouache and gets her inspiration from things she sees when out exploring the streets of colourful India.
Jai Ranjit is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Mumbai, whose work is wide reaching in themes, but largely present in the styles of Abstraction and Cubist portraiture in an unique style that he has developed over the course of his career. With five solo shows and several group shows in three cities across India under his belt, Jai is constantly on experimental path, trying to understand styles and combinations that might better explain a particular concept, emotion or notion. With a love for teaching, Jai is always encouraging young and old to pick up the brush, be it to satisfy a creative yearning, or to gain from the therapeutic powers of the arts. Jai has also introduced a new avenue of art exposure: “#ArtAuction” on twitter, where people from around the world can bid for small to mid-sized paintings within a set time frame, something that has gained some following in the major metro cities of India as well as articles in the print and online media.
Ahmed Sikandar is a cartoonist and illustrator based out of Mumbai. This is what he has to say about himself “I have always LOVED drawing & doodling as a kid. It was my favourite pastime & now my means of making a living & I LOVE IT!!! I believe that any form of art (may it be drawing, painting, dancing, playing a musical instrument, etc.) is a way how one emotes his or her feeling at that time. Any feeling that cannot be described verbally, can be easily emoted through art irrespective of what form of art it is, & that is why art is so beautiful & personal 2 me.”