City Scripts 2018


City writing has gained popularity in the mainstream space in India over the last two decades across various genres. Aman Sethi’s A Free Man, Naresh Fernandes’ City Adrift and Vivek Shanbhag’s Ooru Bhanga are some examples of narratives that archive the moments, people and practices that make and unmake a city over the years. With the city increasingly becoming the locus of a complex landscape of claims, writing about the city has become akin to a political act. To write about the city is to stake a right to represent, re-imagine and re-tell a city’s stories through personal prisms.


With a commitment to catalysing discourse around urban issues in the global south, IIHS envisaged CityScripts – a three-day celebration of city writings. Since 2016, the festival has brought together eminent authors, journalists, architects, poets, artists and others, and centre-staged writing of various kinds through conversations, readings, panel discussions and workshops.


City Scripts 2018 will build on these conversations through different modes of engagement including masterclasses, walks, poetry sessions, live art and installations, panel discussions and workshops.


Please Register here for City Scripts 2018

Aastha Chauhan

Aastha studied sculpture at the Panjab and later Delhi University. Her art practise can be defined as public, socially engaged and site specific. She has worked in the neighbourhood of Khirkee in South Delhi since 2005, initially with KHOJ International Artists Association as their Community Arts coordinator till 2011 and independently since. Her projects are collaborative, multidisciplinary in nature and mostly self-funded/self sustained long term engagements. She has taught at the Ambedkar University, Delhi and is currently working with Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology. She lives and works between Delhi and Bangalore.

Aditi Surie

Aditi Surie is a sociologist at IIHS. She enjoys getting lost in big cities, memes and exploring late capitalism’s technology-heavy structuring of everyday life. She has a 4.46 rating on Uber (a bit lower on Ola).




Amogh Arakali

As Senior Associate, Academics & Research, Amogh Arakali’s work focuses on the study of institutions, their structures, behaviour, and evolution within urban political economies. In particular, his focus of work is on analysing how institutions evolve, adapt, and influence in the face of urbanisation in India.


At present, he is working on institutions of resource use and management in Indian cities, specifically Bengaluru. Some of his work also deals with ideas and concepts of the urban commons, and he recently co-authored a teaching case on lake conservation movements in Bengaluru with Jayaraj Sundaresan, examining lakes and lake systems as a commons.  Additionally, he is studying institutions of environmental governance as part of IIHS’ research under ASSAR. Specifically, he is examining the current institutional frameworks at national and state levels in India for climate change adaptation, with a specific focus on budgetary spending.


Amogh’s previous research involved assisting on a project that studied links between industrial corridors and urbanisation in India, using the case of the Delhi-Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor in Gujarat and Rajasthan. ​Amogh has​ also been involved in developing a series of teaching films on cash transfers and urban food security under the RF-IIHS Urban India Policy Support Partnership. Additionally, ​he​ participated in conducting a study of water vulnerabilities in Bengaluru in 2014.


He currently teaches in IIHS’ Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), particularly on topics of  economy, institutions, and governance,as well as issues of the commons. He is also assisting with the co-ordination of the overall UFP – in particular, curriculum development for the commons term, and general logistics of the programme.​


Amogh ha​​s been involved with organising several IIHS events in the past. These include the Annual Research Conference at IIHS (2017 and 2018), the Annual PhD workshops (2017 and 2018) the Urban Policy Dialogues (2015), the Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP-UD) 2012 and the National Student Challenges in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, ​he is a member of IIHS’ Library Committee, assisting in the development of the IIHS Library.

Ananda Byrappa

Anjum Hasan

Anjum Hasan is the author of the novels ‘The Cosmopolitans’, ‘Neti, Neti’ and ‘Lunatic in my Head’, the short story collection ‘Difficult Pleasures’, and ‘Street on the Hill’, a book of poems. Her books have been nominated for various awards including the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Crossword Fiction Award. Her new collection of stories, A Day in the Life, is forthcoming from Penguin India.

Aravani Art Project

Archana Kashyap

Archana Kashyap is a computer science engineer with a decade of experience in the healthcare industry. She is currently head of campaigns at SWMRT. She uses her passion for change and skills to design, plan and carry out influential campaigns like 2bin1bag, SwachaGraha and Trashonomics that create awareness and behavioural change in the SWM field. She has co-authored the Trashonomics guide for middle school children.

Aromar Revi

Aromar Revi is the founding Director of IIHS. Aromar is one of the world’s leading experts on global environmental change, especially climate change. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C that will define potential implementation pathways for the Paris Climate accord. He is Editor of the journal Urbanisation, which is anchored at IIHS and aims to publish comparative as well as collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship that will illuminate the global urban condition beginning with a firm footprint in the Global South.

Ashwin Mahesh (tbc)

Ayushi Saxena

Ayushi Saxena likes to travel and eat momos. In between, she edits, designs and argues with the press. Some days, she is a platypus.



Bijal Vachharajani

When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she can be found traipsing around the jungles of India. In her spare time, she works as a consultant editor with Pratham Books and writes about education for sustainable development. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the University of Peace in Costa Rica. She is the author of two children’s book, So You Want to Know About the Environment, which was shortlisted for the best children’s book of 2017 by Publishing Next, and What’s Neema Eating Today?

Bruce Lee Mani

Bruce Lee Mani: Yes, that’s his real name. As founding member and front man of what is arguably India’s most respected rock band—Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ)—Bruce Lee Mani has earned widespread admiration and acclaim at home and abroad. Primarily self-taught, his style has been called ‘instantly recognisable’ by Rolling Stone Magazine and has served as an inspiration for many up-and-coming musicians. The primary lyricist and songwriter for TAAQ, his work has led to the band being lauded as ‘the most prolific band in Indian Rock’. Also a committed educator, Bruce is the co-founder of ‘Taaqademy’, Bangalore’s premier space to learn, create, record and play music.


Dinesh, and Janastu, work on issues like Web content accessibility for our diversity of literacy needs. Their work brings together tools and techniques for negotiation of community archives by all, use of 3D methods for location interpretation and spatial navigation, social semantic web concepts for storytelling, and facilitation of audio Annotations on a browser.


Deepu co-founded Pedestrian Pictures, a Bangalore-based film collective in 2001. He has directed 8 documentary films and is actively engaged in film screenings and cultural and political activism. He is also a cinematographer with several narrative feature films, ad films and documentaries to his credit. He worked as a camera person in 41 documentaries. Some of the prominent directors he worked with are Jim Burroughs, Rakesh Sharma, T. Jayasree and  K.P.Sasi.

Divya Narayanan

Divya Narayanan is the campaigns manager for air pollution and climate change work at With a a background in public health and human rights, she has been in the environment and health space for over 5 years now. At she works primarily on air pollution and climate change campaigns.

Gautam Bhan

Part of the School of Human Development at IIHS, Gautam teaches, researches and writes on the politics of urban poverty and inequality, urban and planning theory, housing, and identity and social practice. At IIHS, Gautam has taught under several programmes, including the Urban Fellows Programme, the Urban Practitioners Programme and the PWP-UD.


He anchors IIHS role as a National Resource Centre with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and is part of IIHS’ work in affordable housing policy and practice. His previous research has focused on displacement and resettlement of the urban poor in Delhi, and his new work engages with regimes of urban welfare and social security, including work on urban health. He has been an active part of urban social movements on sexuality as well as housing rights, and currently advises and trains governmental agencies at local, state and national levels on housing policy.


He is the author of In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi  (University  of Georgia Press 2017; Orient Blackswan 2017), co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South (Routledge 2018), co-author of Swept off the Map: Surviving Eviction and Resettlement in Delhi (2008), and co-editor of Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in India (2006), in addition to numerous academic articles. He also writes frequently in public intellectual spaces and frequently in Caravan, India Today, Tehelka, Indian Express, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India.

Hamsa Kalyani

Hamsa Kalyani has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. In addition, she has completed a course on Information Technology Applications at NCSI, IISc, Bengaluru. After a brief stint at the British Library, she has been working at the National Institute of Advanced Studies since 1991 and is currently Library and Information Officer. She has designed and set up the library, institutional website as well as repository of NIAS.

Isaac Arul Selva

Isaac Arul Selva is editor and publisher of Slum Jagatthu (meaning Slum World), a magazine he launched in 2000. Printed in Kannada, it provides its readers with information and resources to take advantage of existing government programs designed to alleviate poverty.

Kabir Arora

Kabir Arora is a geographer. Having lived in eight different cities of India, he is trying to make sense of prevailing urbanity. To earn his livelihood, Kabir coordinates Alliance of Indian Wastepickers—an informal network of organisations, cooperatives, and companies working on waste management with the help of wastepickers and is based in Bengaluru. He has a deep interest in informal economy and is on a learning journey of exploring ways in which informal workers contribute to the making of urban in global south. He writes irregularly on the issues of waste management and climate change on

Kanchan Kaur

Kanchan Kaur is Dean at IIHNM. She has about two decades experience in journalism, and has worked, among other newspapers, in The Gulf News, too. She has covered a gamut of topics—from crime to art profiles. As a crime reporter, she was known for digging out the unusual. Her features in the Gulf News’ weekly magazine Friday, more often than not, became cover stories. At IIJNM she teaches students news gathering, reporting and writing skills. She now focuses on news literacy and fact-checking and thinks there is the need to counter the blight of fake news.

Kaveri Gill

Kaveri Gill is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies at Shiv Nadar University. She has published widely, including a monograph with Oxford University Press, Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India’s Urban Informal Economy (2009). Her research interests include the political economy of urbanisation, development, informality and the environment; inequality and social policy for development; development policies and the status of adivasis in mainland India; and the political economy of public health policy and practice.

Kavita Wankhede

Kavita Wankhede has a Masters in City Design and Social Sciences from the London School of Economics, U.K Trained in architecture, urban design and social sciences, Kavita’s work primarily revolves around urban service delivery and the interface between physical infrastructure and socio-economic dynamics. Kavita has worked as a researcher, project manager, educator and has built her expertise through a rich mix of field research, managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, teaching and training. She has engaged with various state governments in India, multilateral institutions, and with public sector enterprises in the UK. Some of her recent research and consultancy projects have included the review of the urban sanitation sector in India that contributed to the development of the National Urban Sanitation Policy 2008; and also impact assessment of the JNNURM in selected urban locations.


At IIHS, Kavita is Senior Lead – Practice. Currently, she leads the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) that is working to establish two model towns in Tamil Nadu, as well as enabling state-wide scaling up. Kavita has managed the International Curriculum Development Project at IIHS with a team of over 180 leading academics, practitioners and policy makers from across the world. She also co-led the 9-month IIHS Programme for Working Professionals in Urban Development (PWP-UD) that tested the interdisciplinary MUP framework and pedagogic approach.


She is a faculty member in the IIHS team’s LBSNAA’s Phases IV, III, II programmes on urban water and sanitation. She also completed a three-month Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA) fellowship at the Development Planning Unit, University College London in 2014. She has anchored the development of a national policy paper on water and sanitation in urban India; carried out monitoring and evaluation of an urban sanitation project in Katihar (Bihar), provided knowledge support to a national groundwater sanitation nexus programme.

Kayonaaz Kalyanwala

Kayonaaz Kalyanwala is a storyteller and communications for development specialist. She works with Video Volunteers.

Keerthi Shastri

Keerthi K. Shastri has worked in the fields of advertising, creative writing and film after completing a Bachelor’s in Communication, Psychology and English literature. Media, digital culture and the internet are her favorite areas of interest and study. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Digital Humanities at Srishti Institute of Art, Technology and Design, Bangalore.

Fields of View

Mallika and Rathnamma

Mallika and Rathnamma belong to a group called Navodayam (which means `new dawn` in Telugu). It was launched on August 15, 2001, in Chittoor district as a government initiative under District Poverty Initiatives Program to create awareness on development issues. It has now turned into a publication which is completely owned and managed by rural women themselves. Launched as a quarterly newsletter in Telugu with just eight pages, it has grown to a 24-page monthly on popular demand.

Mamta Sagar

Mamta Sagar is a Kannada poet, playwright, translator teaching Creative Writing at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bengaluru. Mamta is a recipient of poetry residency and official projects of the India Wales Season and the UK India Year of Culture (2017-18). Mamta has collaborated her poetry performance with visual artists, musicians and poets from other language cultures within and outside India. Kaavya Sanje a community poetry event curated by her connects poetry with people.

Meera K

Meera K co-founded Citizen Matters, an award winning digital news media platform. She also initiated Open City, an urban data platform in partnership with Data Meet, and Co Media Lab, a community newsroom  and resource centre. Meera is an Ashoka Fellow, recognised for her work in building open knowledge platforms that allow citizens to collaborate and improve their cities. She is currently an ICFJ fellow, helping newsrooms adopt technology and innovative storytelling.

Mukul Kesavan

Mukul Kesavan is an Indian historian, novelist and political and social essayist. His first book, a novel titled ‘Looking Through Glass’ (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1994) received international critical acclaim. In 2001 he wrote a political tract titled ‘Secular Common Sense’ published by Penguin India. He teaches social history at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. He is also the co-editor of ‘Civil Lines’, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. In 2014, The New Republic included his ‘Homeless on Google Earth’ in its list of the year’s best books.

Nagappa Bakkannanavar

Nagappa Bakkannanavar holds a  Ph.D. in Library & Information Science from University of Pune, India. Over the last 13 years he has been working as the Information Resource Centre Head, Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore. He actively serves on a number of professional bodies at the national and international level including the Governing Council/Executive Committee Member & Joint Secretary of Karnataka State Library Association. He has edited 2 books, published about 15 papers, delivered 100+ talks on various domains, reviewed and edited more than 300 papers submitted for National and International seminars and conferences.

Neha Sami

Neha Sami studies urban and regional development and governance in post-liberalisation India.  Her research focuses on the governance arrangements of mega-projects, regional planning, and on environmental governance questions in Indian cities, particularly around issues of climate change adaptation. Her earlier work focused on the way local urban stakeholders, both within and outside government use their personal social and political networks to shape and facilitate large developmental projects and governance initiatives that are rapidly emerging in contemporary Indian cities. She is currently studying industrial corridor development projects between Indian cities like the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, focusing particularly on governance issues. She is also interested in regional approaches to land use planning. Other ongoing research focuses on questions of environmental governance at sub-national scales, focusing especially on planning for climate change at the city and regional scales. Her writing on some of these issues has been published in the Economic and Political Weekly, the International Journal for Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), and Land Use Policy, as well as through contributions to several edited volumes.


Neha is currently faculty at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore, India where she teaches on questions of urban and regional governance and sustainability, and research methods and ethics. She also anchors the Research Programme at IIHS. Neha is also a member of the Editorial Collective of Urbanisation (published by SAGE).


She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai. Prior to beginning graduate school at the University of Michigan, Sami worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority as an analyst with the Economic Development Division, as well as with the Environment and Sustainable Development Division of the UN-ESCAP (Bangkok).

Nikhila Anoth

Nisha Susan

Nisha Susan is a writer and a founder of the feminist magazine The Ladies Finger. Previously, she co-managed Yahoo Originals, an award-winning long-form reporting and immersive storytelling destination on Yahoo News. She has been Features Editor at Tehelka magazine. She has also published short fiction with Penguin, Zubaan and n+1 magazine.

N S Gundur

N S Gundur, Professor, Department of Studies and Research in English, Tumkur University, has been a bilingual writer. His areas of research interest include Literary and Critical Theory, European Philosophy, Liberal Education, Kannada Literary and Cultural Studies. Professor Gundur has translated Michel Foucault’s writings into Kannada, besides being the author of Vartamaanada Itihaasakaara: Michel Foucault, a critical introduction to Foucault in Kannada. He has engaged himself in translating philosophical essays from English to Kannada. Apart from publishing research articles in scholarly journals including EPW (Economic and Political Weekly), Dr Gundur contributes articles to dailies like Prajavani, a leading Kannada newspaper. He believes in teaching scholarship and leading a life of the mind.

Padmini Ray Murray

Padmini Ray Murray is the course leader for the MA in Digital Humanities as well as teaching on a range of different courses at Srishti. Padmini’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections across a range of disciplines, and she has received significant funding on several occasions to help develop her research. She is currently Vice-Chair of Global Outlook:Digital Humanities, the Editor in Chief of the SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) newsletter, and Managing Editor of DHCommons.

Paromita Vohra

Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer and devoted antakshari player whose work focuses on feminism, love, desire, urban life and popular culture. She is the director of many documentaries including Partners in Crime, Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City, and Morality TV as well as the TV series Connected Hum Tum. In 2013, Time Out listed her as one of ten people who have changed the way we look at film in India. She is the founder of Agents of Ishq, a first of its kind multimedia digital project about love, sex and desire which seeks to create a new, inclusive conversation around love, sex and desire for young people in India. She currently writes two weekly newspaper columns Paronormal Activity in Sunday Mid-day and How To Find Indian Love in Mumbai Mirror. Her fiction and non-fiction writing have been published in various anthologies and print and digital media platforms.

Pinky Chandran

Pinky Chandran has over seventeen years of experience spanning careers across international education, research, training, community mobilisation, waste management, livelihood development, policy advocacy, communication and strategy, and community media. she has been instrumental in the launch of Radio Active, a community radio station, in June 2007 in Bangalore. The station is dedicated to providing a space for different groups to come together to create their own media landscape.

Poornima Sukumar

Poornima Sukumar is the founder of Aravani Art Project, which aims to embrace the transgender community and other marginalized populations by creating consciousness and well being through arts, awareness, and social inclusion in in Bangalore, India and beyond. As a muralist, artist, illustrator, and documentary photographer, she uses public spaces – especially through wall-painting – to enable youth voices, engage youth in peacemaking, and to create awareness. Poornima feels privileged to have had the opportunity to work on a variety of social causes and human welfare issues.

Preedip Balaji

Preedip Balaji has a Master’s in Library and Information Science and over ten years of work experience in the field. He has  worked with ICICI Knowledge Park and the Indian School of Business. At IIHS, Preedip is responsible for setting up the library and initiating information services for the IIHS academic and research community, which involves providing reference services, initiatives of knowledge dissemination and information resources management. With a few published papers to his credit, his research areas of interests are knowledge organisation, digital libraries and semantic web.

Priya Kuriyan

Priya Kuriyan is a children’s book author and illustrator. She also creates comics and dabbles in some animation. She has directed educational films for the Sesame street show (India) and the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and illustrated numerous children’s books for various Indian publishers. She has contributed to Indian comics anthologies like Pao, This side that side, Eat the sky drink the ocean and First hand 2 (an anthology of non-fiction comics). She was also part of the Indo German collaboration Elephant in the room published by Zubaan books. She recently collaborated with the writer Devapriya Roy on a graphic biography of Indira Gandhi for young adults.

Raksha Kumar

Raksha Kumar  is a multimedia journalist focusing on human rights, politics and social injustices. In the past six years, she has reported for The New York Times, BBC, Guardian, TIME, South China Morning Post, Scroll and The Hindu. In 2017, she was shortlisted for Kurt Schork Memorial Awards in International Journalism. For her work on land conflicts in India, she was awarded the Chameli Devi Award for Outstanding Media Personality in 2016. With a Fulbright Scholarship for Leadership Development, she went to the Columbia University in New York City to pursue a Masters in Science. As a student, she was offered the Scripps Howard Fellowship to report from Israel and the West Bank. Since 2011, Raksha has reported from 11 countries across the world. Raksha worked as an editor at NDTV, leading English news channel in India. She was the editorial head of a two-hour prime time news show, where she lead a team of about 20 junior journalists.


Rohini Kejriwal

Stemming from a love of art, poetry, music, and all things beautiful, The Alipore Post is a daily newsletter curated by Rohini Kejriwal. What started off as a letter-like email to start the day has now become a Facebook community with over 15,000 followers and an annual festival called The Alipore Post Offline – a curated weekend full of poetry readings, live music, unique workshops, experiential interactions, boards games, etc.


At City Scripts 2018, I will be curating a 3-hour Poetry Appreciation session, which will include poetry readings, writing activities, magnetic poetry and other poetry games, to engage poetry lovers of the city.

Sheshagiri Kulkarni

Shikha Nambiar

Shikha Nambiar is a multidisciplinary illustrator and artist. After graduating from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, she eventually began Sunny Skies Starry Eyes, which started as a humble attempt to keep snail mail alive through postcards and has developed into a range of illustrated products. Shikha is passionate about illustration and hand-lettering and likes to try out various mediums in her artistic ventures. Her work is inspired by her travels, culinary exploits, music, visual experiences and social exchanges.

Sruthi Krishnan

Shruti Buddhavarapu is an editor, writer and academic. She has a Master’s degree in literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and in social justice from the University of British Columbia. Her academic, creative and non-fiction work has been published in international journals and magazines. Shruti currently works in the editorial at Tara Books, Chennai.

Shruti Rao

Shruti Buddhavarapu is an editor, writer and academic. She has a Master’s degree in literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and in social justice from the University of British Columbia. Her academic, creative and non-fiction work has been published in international journals and magazines. Shruti currently works in the editorial at Tara Books, Chennai.

Sruthi Krishnan

Sruthi Krishnan is a writer and researcher interested in how technology and culture shape each other, especially in the Indian context. She is one of the co-founders of Fields of View, a not-for-profit research organisation that designs games and simulations to help make better public policy. Previously, she reported at The Hindu, and holds a degree in computer science and engineering.

Srinivas Alavalli

Srinivas Alavalli strongly believes that online activism will not make any real difference and the only way to discipline our political class is by showing up in numbers, on the street, as that’s the only language they seem to understand. He is particularly passionate about using new and effective ways of communication to aggregate #PeoplePower. Srinivas is one of the founding members of #SteelFlyoverBeda movement that galvanised thousands of Bengalureans to action under the Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) umbrella. All that volunteer energy propelled CfB to march ahead post #SteelFlyoverBeda, switch to ‘Beku’ mode with spirited, highly visible public campaigns #ChukuBukuBeku (for suburban trains) and #BusBhagyaBeku (double the buses, halve the fares). Recently CfB held Beku Beda Santhe to mark one-year anniversary of #SteelFlyoverBeda and published #BekuBedaSantheCitizensManifesto. And yes, he is yet another software professional from Bengaluru!

Sriram Aravamudan

Sriram Aravamudan is an engineer, writer, musician and entrepreneur. He has over 20 years of work experience, including 11 years in IT as a software architect and project manager, 12 years as a writer, and 9 years as an entrepreneur. He is a regular columnist and feature writer for print and online publications. His blog, Bengalooru Banter is a lighthearted take on life in the city and beyond. It has won three Best Blog awards from Explocity’s 080 Magazine and includes cartoons, voice and music snippets. A featured voice-over artist and musician for radio and corporate events, with several performances and viral videos to his credit. He authored and voiced scripts for several comedy cameo characters on radio, like Radio One’s ‘Rajni Saar’, among others. Shit Bangaloreans Say – a cheeky take on Bangalore’s vibrant and diverse culture, is a set of youtube videos that he authors, produces and co-creates. The videos went viral around the time they came out, and the channel now has a collective viewership of over half a million views.


 He has also successfully established two start-ups, My Sunny Balcony and The Bakeaway and has been running it for the last 8 years.

Supriya Nair

Supriya Nair is a writer from Mumbai. She is an editor at Brown Paper Bag, and the editor of The Caravan Book of Profiles. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Wisden, The New Republic and other publications.

Supriya Sharma


Surekha is a visual artist and curator exploring artistic forms through installations, video & photography for the last two decades. Her works investigate how visuality engages with ecology/socio-political aesthetics, negotiating public and private spaces. She is based in Bangalore and the ever altering city itself has been a subject of her artistic representation.  She has been involved in visual art collectives like BAR1, VAG Forum, Khoj and was a founder curator of Rangoli Metro Art Center, Bangalore.

Tanveer Hasan

Tanveer Hasan — bio not available on CIS site. He’s not sent us anything either. Will you be able to introduce him since you know him and his work?

Vasanthi Hariprakash

Vasanthi Hariprakash is an independent anchor-moderator and media strategist. She is also the founder of a community platform called Pickle Jar that creates and curates film festivals and programs of social relevance and that gave Bangalore city retrospectives of cinema greats like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Smita Patil. Her past life includes a stint as a special correspondent at NDTV 24×7, documentary anchor of a South-Asia series on BBC World News, awardwinning radio show host of a primetime breakfast show on Radio CIty 91.1 FM and a chief sub-editor at the New Indian Express. She moderates panel discussions in India and outside but loses debates at home to son Anirudh; struggles with devices but is a facebook punter, recites Sanskrit shlokas & sings Tamil classical numbers, speaks five-and-a-half languages, hums half-tunes from films, but loves telling full stories.

Vikram Sridhar

City Scripts 2017

The second edition of the IIHS urban writings festival City Scripts–Bengaluru was attended by over 500 people in February 2017. It featured eminent authors, journalists and others involved in writing in and about the city. Topics such as music and movies in the city, the Jallikattu protests in Chennai, media and censorship, and public art were discussed over the three days. Panelists included Shubha Mudgal, CS Lakshmi, Kiran Nagarkar and Baradwaj Rangan. The Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing on the Urban was instituted this year and awarded to Amrita Shah for her book ‘Ahmedabad: A City in the World’.

The first edition of City Scripts–Delhi was held at the India International Centre (IIC) Annexe and the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan in March 2017. The three-day event hosted a series of readings, conversations and moderated panel discussions around a range of themes including poetry, violence, cinema, masculinities, reportage and walking in the city. Noted panelists included Ravish Kumar, Kiran Nagarkar, Shahid Amin and Monalisa Changkija, among several others.


Amrita Shah Aneesh Pradhan Arpita Das Arshia Sattar
A R Venkatachalapathy Aruna Ganesh Ram Amitabh Kumar Baradwaj Rangan
Bina Paul Bridget White-Kumar Claire Rao C S Lakshmi
Dipankar Hamsa Iyer Harsh Mander  Jenny Pinto
Karen Coelho Manogna Shastry Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy Naresh Fernandes
Nisha Abdulla Nisha Susan Paranjoy Guha Thakurta Priya Chetty-Rajagopal
Rakesh Ragunathan Rana Ayyub Rohini Nilekani Rupleena Bose
Samar Halarnkar  Shubha Mudgal  Sidharth Bhatia Subasri Krishnan
Sultan Ismail Supriya Nair Vasanthi Hariprakash Vasudhendra

City Scripts 2016

Over 300 people attended the first edition, which was held between 19 and 21 February 2016. The three days featured moderated panel discussions around city histories, activism in cities, gender and cities, urban reportage in India, and cities and cinema; a master class on writing; conversations with authors on their books; storytelling sessions on the city for parents and kids; book readings; the launch of Gautam Bhan’s In The Public’s Interest; film screenings; and one-on-one author interactions.


Aarti Mohan Anjum Hasan Appupen Aromar Revi
Arpita Das Arshia Sattar A R Venkatachalapathy Danish Sheikh
Disha Mullick Gautam Bhan Harsh Mander Indrajit Hazra
Jairaj Singh Kaiwan Mehta Kalpana Sharma K T Ravindran
Lawrence Liang Naresh Fernandes Nisha Abdulla Nisha Susan
Paromita Vohra Ravikant Rohan Shivkumar Ruchir Joshi
Rupleena Bose Samar Halarnkar Savita Hiremath Spandan Banerjee
Srinath Perur Subasri Krishnan Suresh Jayaram Urvashi Butalia
Vidyun Sabhaney Vinutha Mallya Vishwajyoti Ghosh Vivek Shanbhag
Zac O’Yeah

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