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Late Ronald Vivian Smith, journalist, novelist, poet, occultist and historical researcher since 1954, carried on the legacy of his father, Thomas Smith. As a chronicler of the Delhi, Agra, Jaipur Golden Triangle, he had left few stones unturned to discover quaint tales. The present collection is a sample of his quest for things seen by many but comprehended by few in a mundane age. Khushwant Singh once told him that he would never go stale. The old-timer's prediction may well be true.  
Rabindranath Tagore, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.He is sometimes referred to as “The Bard of Bengal”.
Raghu Rai has been a Magnum photographer since 1977, nominated to the world's most prestigious photographers' cooperative by the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. His work has graced the pages of international publications such as Time, The New York Times, Sunday Times, National Geographic, GEO, The New Yorker, and others. Over the last thirty years, his photography has been exhibited in major cities worldwide, earning him numerous awards. Twenty-five of his photographs are housed in the permanent collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Notably, he was the first photographer to be honored with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards. Raghu Rai has also served as a jury member for the World Press Photo Contest on three occasions. Throughout his career, he has published more than thirty books featuring his photography, including the book in question.
Raghupati Bhat has mastered the art of painting metaphysical themes in stick figures with sharp pointed features. He is credited with the revival of Mysore Ganjifa paintings.
After spending many years in Poland and New York, Ragini Bali now resides in New Delhi. She pens her fantasies in an astonishingly fresh and simple style.
Shuma Raha won the Juggernaut Short Story Prize, 2017. A former journalist with newspapers such as The Telegraph and The Times of India, this book is her debut collection of short stories. While charting a career in writing fiction, she continues to be excited by current affairs and contributes columns to a number of print and digital publications. Shuma lives and works in Delhi.
Rahaab Allana is Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi and Editor, PIX: A Photography Quarterly. Apart from the Filmi Jagat scrapbook, the recently created Rahaab Allana Collection comprises film stills, lobby cards, song books and other memorabilia dating between the 1930s-80s.
Rahul Jain is a textile researcher and historian based in New Delhi. His published works encompass technical studies of traditional Indian drawlooms, the woven silks of Sultanate India, as well as the court velvets, sashes, and luxury fabrics of Mughal India. He has also written about contemporary hand-crafted textiles in India. In addition to his research and writing, he operates a workshop dedicated to traditional drawlooms in Varanasi.
Rahul Mehrotra is an architect and educator based in Mumbai. He holds the position of Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. Additionally, he is a member of the steering committee of Harvard's South Asia Initiative. Mehrotra is the founder of RMA Architects (www.RMAarchitects.com), an architectural practice established in 1990 that has undertaken a diverse array of projects throughout India. He is a prolific author, co-author, and editor of numerous books covering topics such as Mumbai, its urban history, historic buildings, public spaces, and planning processes.
Raj Sekhar
Raj Sekhar Aich, holding PhDs in marine anthropology and applied psychology, has recently achieved a professorship at Sister Nivedita University. His research centers on the comprehensive examination of cultural and natural landscapes, particularly how they are influenced by the physical and symbolic relationships between humans and marine environments and life forms. Notably, he conducted pioneering ethnographical research on white shark cage diving in New Zealand, which marked the first of its kind. Additionally, he carried out the first academic investigation into shark attacks in the Sundarbans region of India. Through his work, Raj Sekhar Aich aims to make substantial contributions to transdisciplinary research, marine social sciences, and anthrozoology.
Imke Rajamani is a researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. In her research and publications, she focuses on various topics, including Indian media cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries, the history of emotions, conceptual history, and gender studies.
Rajan Kapoor is a photographer who has received numerous national and international awards for his work, including the Commonwealth Photographic Award for environmental photography, the National Wildlife Photographer Award, and the National Award on the theme of literacy. He has showcased his work in solo exhibitions, including exhibitions at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai and the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. Kapoor was also a member of the five-member Jury appointed by the Government of India to judge the National Art Awards in 2012. In addition to his photographic accomplishments, he is a successful industrialist with diverse interests in nature, environment, art, music, and sports, excelling in each of these fields. Kapoor conceptualized and photographed his first coffee table book on Brahma's Pushkar, which received significant acclaim.
Rajan Kashyap Rajan Kashyap, a member of the Indian Administrative Service, served the government, mainly in the state of Punjab, for 38 years, retiring as Chief Secretary. He studied Mathematics and English literature in India, and Development Economics (MPhil, Cambridge University, UK) and had a two-year stint as a university teacher.This book recounts his days as a district officer, as a unraveller of red tape, as head of an agricultural cooperative and as a handler of crucial service assignments. Post-retirement, he was Punjab’s first Chief Information Commissioner. He also worked for the voluntary blood donation movement and continued his association with tennis. He lives in Chandigarh with his wife, Meena, a former Professor of Botany.His daughter, Bini, and his son, Anurag, observe indulgently his undiminished passion for physical fitness, English and Urdu poetry, and worthy causes.
RAJAT CHAUDHURI's works include novels, story collections, edited anthologies, and translations. He curated The Best Asian Speculative Fiction and co-edited the Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures (Asia-Pacific) anthology. Chaudhuri's novel, The Butterfly Effect was twice listed by Book Riot (US) as a 'Fifty must-read eco-disasters in fiction' and among 'Ten works of environmental literature from around the world'. Acclaimed for its exploration of a 'Ballardian near-future', this novel is in the syllabus of one Indian and an American university. The 'visceral urbanism' of his book Hotel Calcutta is the subject of an essay in Routledge's The City Speaks collection. His fiction also appeared in the internationally acclaimed climate fiction video game 'Survive the Century'. Chaudhuri received writing fellowships from Charles Wallace (UK), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), and Livonics (India), and residency awards from Arts Council Korea-InKo (South Korea) and Sangam House (India). He lives and writes in Calcutta.
Rajesh Chaudhary A passionate nature lover and keen observer with a PhD in Biological Science. He is presently working as Associate Professor, teaching Biomedical Science at Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi. He has been observing, photographing and documenting nature as a hobby, for more than 20 years. He has published several articles, chapters, notes, etc. He believes that curiosity, passion, awareness and interest in the natural world can transform one into a guardian of nature.
Rajiv Chandran is a commentator on the arts, trends and popular culture. 
Rajnish Wattas, former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, is currently a visiting faculty at various institutions. He has lectured at prestigious institutions, including Harvard University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. A noted architectural critic and modern heritage expert, he has published a vast compendium of professional writings. He is co-author of Trees of Chandigarh and Sukhna—Sublime Lake of Chandigarh and is actively engaged in advising the Chandigarh Administration on various urban planning issues.
Raju Korti is a prolific and innovative media professional with over 33 years of experience in the industry. He initiated his career with "The Hindu" and subsequently worked with "The Indian Express," "Free Press Journal," and "Daily News and Analysis (DNA)" newspapers. Korti is also recognized as a fountainhead of creative writing.
Rakhshanda Jalil is a prolific writer and commentator on literature, culture, and heritage. She boasts an impressive bibliography of over 15 books, including two edited collections of short stories: "Urdu Stories" and "Neither Night Nor Day," featuring a selection by Pakistani women. She has co-authored two books with Mushirul Hasan, "Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia." Rakhshanda Jalil served as the co-editor of "Third Frame," a journal focused on literature, culture, and society published by Cambridge University Press. Furthermore, she has translated six works, with her latest translations including "Naked Voices & Other Stories" by Saadat Hasan Manto and "Panchlight and Other Stories" by Hindi writer Phanishwarnath Renu. She is the founder of "Hindustani Awaz," an organization dedicated to promoting Hindi-Urdu literature and culture.
Ram Rahman is a multifaceted creative professional with expertise in photography, art, curation, design, and activism. His photography work has encompassed architectural subjects, including projects for various architects in India and globally. He has also contributed to the documentation of architecture for the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture awards. Beyond his artistic pursuits, Ram Rahman is a founding member of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust in New Delhi.
Ramapada Chowdhury, did his Masters in English from Presidency College, Calcutta, and was editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika (Sunday) for several decades. The author of many novels and short stories, he won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Bari badle jay in 1988. He is also the recipient of the Ananda Puraskar (1936), the Rabindra Puraskar (1971), and the Sarat Chandra Puraskar, among others. Many of his novels have been made into successful films, such as Ek din achanak, Kharij, Ban palashir padabali, Je jekhane danriye, Diper naam tiyarang and others.
Ramlal Sinha, a veteran journalist from the North- East is former Associate Editor with the Seven Sisters Post and The Sentinel, Assam. He began his career with a four-year stint with The Newsfront, Guwahati and is devoted to presenting the best creative works in Bishnupriya Manipuri.
Ramu Katakam has been a practicing architect for the last 40 years. Starting with a private practice, he subsequently turned to research on the traditional buildings of India, further exploring themes like lightness and being in the buildings he designed. One of his houses was shortlisted for the Aga Khan award for architecture in 2007, and two others (the Dilli Haat and the Syrian Orthodox church in Delhi) have been described in the latest edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's encyclopedia of world architecture.
Performer, choreographer, author, and educator Rachna Ramya has studied Kathak under Dr Maya Rao and the Jaipur style of Kathak under Pt. Rajendra Gangani, both recipients of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. She is also trained in choreography at the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography in New Delhi, India. Currently, she is teaching a course in dance at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She is also the artistic director of Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance.
Ranabir Ray Choudhury, during his extensive career with The Statesman in Calcutta from 1970 to 1994, primarily as a leader writer, developed a keen interest in the historical aspects of this significant city. Calcutta had been chosen by the East India Company as the central hub for its operations in the Indian subcontinent, including the eastern regions extending to Singapore and beyond. This burgeoning interest eventually culminated in the creation of three compilations: "Glimpses of Old Calcutta 1835-1850" (1978), "Calcutta a Hundred Years Ago 1880-1890" (1987), and "Early Calcutta Advertisements 1875-1925" (1992). Ranabir Ray Choudhury subsequently authored "The Lord Sahib's House, Sites of Power: Government Houses of Calcutta 1690-1911" in 2010. His sixth book, "A City in the Making, Aspects of Calcutta's Early Growth," was published by Niyogi Books in 2016.
Randhir Khare, an award-winning writer, poet, folklorist, and educator, boasts a prolific literary career with over thirty published volumes encompassing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and educational literature. His literary contributions have received both national and international acclaim. Khare's poetry has been adapted to music by the renowned A.R. Rahman, and it has been performed in collaboration with artists from various genres, including Western classical, jazz, and folk musicians. His poetic works have also been utilized in creative arts and educational workshops conducted in several countries worldwide. Furthermore, Randhir Khare has held positions as a Visiting Professor of Literature, Creative Writing, and Media at prestigious Indian institutions and universities. His dedication to cultural documentation has led to the preservation of folkloric traditions among communities such as the Bhil, Bhilala, Kota, Toda, Nari Kurava, Katkari, and others in regions spanning North and South Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh. This includes translating tribal folklore and poetry and promoting traditional music and oral traditions. In recent times, Khare founded "The Living Heritage Movement," a initiative aimed at supporting and nurturing practitioners and performers of traditional art forms and cultural heritage.
Rani Ray has a background in teaching English at esteemed institutions such as the University of Delhi, the University of California in Santa Barbara, USA, and the Institute of English Studies at Lodz in Poland. Her multilingual proficiency is evident in her translations of numerous short stories and novels from Bengali to English. Currently, she holds the role of an editor at Tulika Books in Delhi.
Ranjan Kaul is a writer based in Delhi and is the author of the novel Through the Forest, Darkly. He recently retired from the position of Managing Director, Oxford University Press India after a long and exciting publishing career. An MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, he completed his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur and subsequently did a postgraduate stint in industrial design from IIT Mumbai.Apart from creative writing, he draws and paints.  
As a Creative Director with a passion for both travel and painting, Ranjan effortlessly weaves together their love for exploring new places and creating visual masterpieces.
Ranjana Gauhar, a leading exponent of Odissi, is a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for her research on the temple tradition of Odissi dance.
Ranjita Biswas is a versatile professional, working as an independent journalist, fiction and travel writer, as well as a translator. Her contributions span various topics, including gender issues, development, health, film, travel, and art and culture, in both national and international publications. Her journalistic work and creative writing focus extensively on different aspects of North East India. Ranjita has received awards for her children's fiction, including recognition from the Children's Book Trust. Her most recent literary work, "Music of the Hills," is an adventurous story aimed at young adults, published by the National Book Trust. Additionally, she has curated "Folktales from Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh," a collection of retold stories drawn from the rich folktale tradition of North East India.
Rashid Maxwell lived for nearly 20 years as an artist, art lecturer and therapist. A close call with death impelled him to make his life a quest till he met his master, Osho.
Rashmi Jolly Rashmi Jolly has over forty years of experience as an Executive Director overseeing the public relations and export activities of the Jolly Group of Companies, Mumbai. She is now Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of Jollyboard Ltd. An Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa, she has been promoting Czech art, culture, fashion and music for the past ten years. An English Literature graduate from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi, Jolly has done her Post Graduate Diploma in Asian Art from the British Museum, London. As an avid collector of contemporary Indian art for over forty years, she has been published several times in the Times of India and other leading publications. A keen environmentalist, Mrs. Jolly is also known to encourage and promote young and upcoming artists.
A poet, journalist, critic, editor, a screenplay writer and a human activist, Girdhar Rathi is also a master translator of works in different Indian languages into English. In 2010, he won the Bihari Puraskar for his poetry collection, Anta ke Sanshaya. He has been the editor of the Sahitya Academy’s Hindi journal Samkaleen Bharatiya Sahitya (1992–2003) and Pratipaksh, managing editor of the international journal Alternatives (1978–1991), and editorial assistant for China Report and Janyug. His published works include books of poetry (Baahar Bheetar, Uninde kee Loree and Nimit), of criticism, a travelogue (Naye Cheen mein Das Din) and a co-edited publication (Survival: An Experience and An Experiment in Translating Modern Hindi Poetry) with another renowned poet, editor and translator, Daniel Weissbort. Rathi has also translated and edited Hungarian plays and poetry.   
A former IPS officer, Ravi Gupta quit the IPS to take over as managing director of National Film Development Corporation. He produced films with India’s leading filmmakers including Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen among many others and supported new talent in their debut feature films including Mira Nair, Sumitra Bhave, Sudhir Mishra, Vinod Chopra. He is a writer, entrepreneur, educationist and is currently dean and director of Whistling Woods International. He was the managing editor of Cinema in India. He is a linguist and speaks eight languages including Spanish, French and German.   
R.C. Friedericks or Rishi, as he's known lovingly since his teen years in India, grew up in China, India, and Nepal. He is the son of an American doctor who founded a hospital in Tansen, Nepal. A lifelong interest in the plight of the Tibetan people began when refugees, streaming out of Tibet in the early 1960s, came for treatment at the hospital. The Dalai Lama often visited Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, where Rishi was a student. He attended university in the USA, followed by film school in London.
Reema Abbasi is an accomplished journalist with a career spanning 19 years. She initially focused on culture and lifestyle reporting at The News International before transitioning to cover crime and socio-political topics for The Herald magazine. Her career then led her to become an Assistant Editor and editorial writer at the newspaper Dawn. Presently, she contributes as a columnist and independent writer to international publications while also providing regular commentary on socio-political issues. Over the past decade, Reema Abbasi's writings have centered on promoting the values of secularism. In her recent book, "Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience," she aims to stimulate a dialogue that combats intolerance towards any faith and rejects the idea of religious supremacy. Reema Abbasi received her education at Sherborne School for Girls in England and St. Joseph's College in Karachi, Pakistan. In addition to her career in journalism, she has a keen interest in travel, arts, and culture. Her contributions to literature were acknowledged when she received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for the literary personality of the year in 2014 at the Fifth Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards.
Rekha Tandon is a choreographer and researcher specializing in Odissi, a traditional Indian dance form. Her academic background is interdisciplinary, with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, a Master of Arts in the History of Art from the National Museum in New Delhi, and a Ph.D. in Dance Studies from Laban in London. Rekha Tandon is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of "Danceroutes" and currently works at "Skandavan," located near Auroville in Tamil Nadu, India.
Rekha Sarin is a freelance writer based in Delhi. She serves as a contributing editor for leading Indian magazines and newspapers, and her writings cover a wide range of topics related to travel, culture, and interior design. Rekha is a graduate of the University of Delhi, and she achieved academic excellence by earning a gold medal from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School of Journalism. She is also the recipient of the Times of India gold medal. Beyond her writing career, Rekha Sarin has a deep affection for nature and is a skilled floral decorator. Her first book, focusing on the art of flower arrangement, received acclaim for its clear and accessible style. Her latest book represents her second literary endeavor.
Archaeologist, historian, and writer Rima Hooja is Consultant Director (Library & Archives) Maharaja Sawai ManSingh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur. She has been a Member of India’s National Monuments Authority, Director Minnesota University’s MSID India Program and Faculty Director New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India Program. A PhD from Cambridge University, and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the author has held several academic posts and served on various governing boards, committees and councils.  Rima has several books, research papers, newspaper article, and conference presentations to her credit.
Rishita Loitongbam is an illustrator from Manipur, currently pursuing Communication Design at National Institute of Design, Andhra Pradesh. She loves bringing adorable characters to life through her illustrations. In her free time, Rishita enjoys taking aimless walks, humming along to her favourite songs.
He was a noted Indian film director, screenwriter, and playwright. Along with prominent contemporary Bengali filmmakers Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha and Mrinal Sen, his cinema is primarily remembered for its meticulous depiction of social reality, partition and feminism. He won the National Film Award's Rajat Kamal Award for Best Story in 1974 for his Jukti Takko Aar Gappo and Best Director's Award from Bangladesh Cine Journalist's Association for Titash Ekti Nadir Naam. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for Arts in 1970.
Robert Elgood is an expert in the field of historic arms from Hindu India and the Islamic world. He has extensive experience in lecturing and working in various countries. Elgood is the author or editor of numerous books, including: - "Islamic Arms and Armour" (1979) - "Arms and Armour of Arabia" (1994) - "Firearms of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Collection, Kuwait" (1995) - "Hindu Arms and Ritual" (2004) - "The Arms of Greece and her Balkan Neighbours in the Ottoman Period" (2009) - "Arms and Armour at the Jaipur Court" (2015) - "Rajput Arms and Armour: The Rathores and their Armoury at Jodhpur Fort" (2017) He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SOAS in Islamic History and a DPhil in Indian Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Elgood has worked at institutions like Sotheby's and the Wallace Collection and has served as a guest scholar or consultant at various major museums. He is currently an independent consultant and holds fellowships with the Royal Asiatic Society, London, and the Society of Antiquaries.
Robin Laurance is a writer and photographer whose work has been widely published in newspapers and magazines, both in the UK and in America. He began his career with The Guardian newspaper in London before turning freelance and contributing to The Times, The Sunday Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week and Forbes magazine. His previous books include Just What I Always Wanted! (Quercus), The Millennium Generation and Portrait of Islam (both Thames & Hudson). Reviewing a previous book, the Times Educational Supplement referred to Laurance as ‘that rare breed of genuine photojournalist with a talent for telling stories in photographs and words.’   
Roda Ahluwalia Roda Ahluwalia is an independent scholar of South Asian Art, with an interest in painting and the book arts, religio-philosophical thought and the material culture of South Asia. She is currently a visiting scholar of Jnanapravaha, Mumbai, where she lectures on Mughal, Deccani and Pahari painting for the 'Indian Aesthetics' programme and a member of the Governing Board of the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai.
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