The Blog of Cafe Dissensus Magazine – we DISSENT

Regular Contributors

(Arranged alphabetically)

Syed Kamran Ali (Writer Intern)

He is a commerce graduate from Rampur (UP), who writes on the marginalized sections of society. Currently, he is a Writer Intern with Cafe Dissensus Everyday.

Lopa Banerjee 

She is a freelance writer, poet, and mother of two beautiful girls. Lopa is also in her final year of studying creative nonfiction writing at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She has just completed her memoir, a book-length collection of personal essays and stories on her childhood and her internal journey titled, Thwarted Escape: A Journey of Migrant Trails and Returns. Her poetry, essays, articles, and book reviews have appeared and are forthcoming at Prairie Fire13th Floor MagazineLinesYahoo VoicesThe Mind CreativeIncredible Women of India, and Ampersand Review.

Priyanka Banerjee

She is a freelance journalist with several years’ experience  with Indian  and International media houses. She obtained a post-graduate degree from Times School of Journalism, New Delhi. Prior to that, she completed a masters in English Literature at the University of North Bengal.  Commencing her career with the The Economic Times, New Delhi, she has written a wide range of feature stories, spanning from business to politics. She is the Managing Editor for Cafe Dissensus Everyday.

Neha Basnet

She is a graduate from the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University, The Netherlands. Neha writes about development, child rights, and youth.

Safia Begum

She is a PhD research scholar at the Centre for Folk Culture Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad. She works on the Folklore of Muslim Communities. She is from Hyderabad.

Rituparna Borah

She is an amateur farmer, currently involved in research for her upcoming entrepreneurial project. Upon obtaining her MA in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, she decided to pursue her research independently in the areas of social ecology, contemporary social theory and world cinema. Her musings and the links to her blogs can be found at Halftones.

Mary Ann Chacko

She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation examines the Student Police Cadet (SPC) program implemented in government schools across Kerala, India with a focus on adolescent citizenship and school-community relations. She is an Editor of Cafe Dissensus. Read more of her work on her blog, Chintavishta.

Soumya Sundar Chowdhury

A Civil Engineer by profession, he completed undergraduate degree in Construction Engineering at Jadavpur University and graduate studies at West Virginia University in Civil Engineering. An avid follower of Indian and world politics, his opinions are personal and mostly right-leaning.

Joyeeta Dey

She is currently working with a non-profit organization. Joyeeta has a Masters degree in Sociology of Education from the Institute of Education, University of London and Bachelors in Philosophy from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. She most enjoys contemporary poetry and modern art.

Riti Das Dhankar 

She is a freelance writer. Riti is doing her PhD in Psychology from Jaipur (India), where she completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

Achyut Dutt

He builds jet engines at Pratt and Whitney Canada. He writes under the pseudonym ‘spunkybong’ and has a blog

Mohsin Maqbool Elahi

He is a journalist who works for Dawn (newspaper) in Karachi. He has also worked for The News (newspaper) and several magazines. He completed his MA in International Relations. He loves writing limericks and haiku, along with other forms of poetry, book reviews, and articles on culture, education, environment, film, and music. Mr. Elahi occasionally writes for The Shillong Times and has also written for Citrus (e-magazine). Email:

Ursula T. Estrada

She was born in Mexico City, where she currently lives. She has developed and participated in several art education and art museum programs in Mexico and in Canada, some of which have received funding awards from relevant cultural institutions. She graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC), earning an MA in Art Education, and is currently studying for a PhD in Art History at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Dr. Kouser Fathima 

She is a Bangalore-based dentist who writes on issues concerning women, especially Muslim women.

Professor R. Ganesan

He is the Chairman of National Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained his Ph.D. in entrepreneurship development from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Email:

Bhaswati Ghosh

She writes and translates fiction and non-fiction. Bhaswati is an Editor-at-Large at Cafe Dissensus Everyday. Her website is

Rafikul Islam

He teaches at Howrah Rabindra Vidyamandir School. He obtained his M.A. in English Literature from Burdwan University and his B.Ed. from Calcutta University. He is passionate about his voluntary role as a Kolkata City Guide.

Mosarrap H. Khan

He is a doctoral candidate in the Dept. of English, New York University. He researches in the area of Muslim everyday life in South Asia. He is an Editor of Cafe Dissensus.

Nadira Khan

She is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Science, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Currently, she is working on her doctoral dissertation titled, “Imagining ‘Muslim’ Identity: A Study of Hindi Cinema and its Audience”. Email:

Dr. Anupama Mohan

She is Assistant Professor of English at Presidency University, Kolkata. She completed her doctorate at the University of Toronto in 2010 and published a monograph, Utopia and the Village in South Asian Literatures, with Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Anupama writes and teaches in the broad areas of postcolonial studies, the history of ideas, critical theory, and cultural studies. She is also the author of a volume of poetry, Twenty Odd Love Poems, published by The Writer’s Workshop in 2008.

Dr. Nishi Pulugurtha

She is Associate Professor, Department of English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Kolkata. Nishi is an academic with varied interests and writes on travel, too.

Prerit Rana

He is the co-founder and CEO of Agrasar, a non-profit organization working in the field of human capital development and social security of disadvantaged communities in India. Prerit’s job frequently takes him to the rural areas, tribal villages and slums in the country and he is always fascinated to meet people from diverse backgrounds and culture. He loves to write and share his experiences from the field through his blog: Lately, he is also learning documentary filmmaking.

Abu Saleh 

He is a doctoral student at the Center for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.

Bhupinder Singh

He blogs at A Reader’s Words.

Dr. Suvadip Sinha 

He is an assistant professor of South Asian literature and culture at the University of Minnesota, USA. He primarily works on Indian cinema. Suvadip is currently working on two projects. First one explores cinema as an ethical medium in the South Asian context. For his other project, Sinha looks at the dis/appearance of ghosts and animals in Indian cultural texts.

EPM Swalih 

He has just completed his Masters in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore and is currently based in Hyderabad. Swalih’s current scholarly project is located  at the intersections between political and legal anthropology (with special focus on South Asia), Islamic Sharia, and Malabar Studies.

Joyce Yarrow

Joyce Yarrow

She is a Pushcart nominee and the author of the Jo Epstein mystery series: Ask the Dead and Russian Reckoning. Her most recent novel, Rivers Run Back (Vitasta Publishing, 2015) is a romantic thriller, co-authored with Arindam Roy and set in India and North America. Joyce has worked as a screenwriter, singer-songwriter, multimedia performance artist, and most recently, a member of the of the world music ensemble, Abráce. Follow her @joyceyarrow or visit her blog at


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