My Pocket Story-Know your Jury

1. Revathi Suresh 

Revathi Suresh worked with EastWest Books, Chennai, and helped edit, along with a senior colleague, a book review magazine called Indian Review of Books. EWB also had an imprint called Manas which brought out both fiction and non-fiction. She has worked with some of India’s finest translators—Gita Krishnankutty, Lakshmi Holmström, Vasantha Surya, N Kalyan Raman to name a few, as well as writers like Paul Zacharia, Ashokamitran, Ambai, K R Usha, and Esther David.  She has freelanced for a while during which she has written small commissioned books for children for Mumbai-based IL&FS-ETS. She has been a part of the UNICEF-Karnataka government sponsored Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan project for reluctant readers in rural Karnataka. Prior to which she wrote a commissioned biography of a south Indian industrialist, a project that was particularly challenging because he’d been dead twenty years, and trying to get a picture of his childhood and early life was pretty difficult because none of his contemporaries were around.

Bored with the kind of editing and writing jobs that she was getting, Revathi Suresh decided to go into quiet retirement. Jobless Clueless Reckless, her first novel brings her back from retirement to make a comeback.

2. Poornima Shekhar

Poornima Shekhar has been in the teaching profession for the last 25 years in various capacities. She was a student of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages – Hyderabad. After her Post Graduation in English Literature and Teaching of English, she trained as an Editor with a leading newspaper.

In the past couple of decades she has co-authored many textbooks for Macmillan India Publishers India. She has also worked with the National Institute for Open schooling (Ministry of HRD) and CBSE to select and develop teaching material and has developed teaching material and Teachers’ Manual for Higher education for various other reputed publishers. Following her love for teaching, she has worked as a teacher trainer and as a trainer in communication skills for Diplomats of non-English speaking countries. Currently an HOD English in a reputed school, she organises and trains students for a variety of literary events. She has trained and travelled to UK with a team of students to participate in an international level display debate at The Barbican, London.


3. Shruthi Rao –

Shruthi Rao lives in Bangalore.  She trained as an energy engineer, worked as a software engineer, and then left it all behind when she realized that writing was what she wanted to do.   She has written for Deccan Herald, The Hindu, Women’s Web and Complete Wellbeing, but writing fiction is what she loves best.  Her stories have been published in newspapers and magazines (Deccan Herald, eFiction India), included in anthologies (Two is Company, Helter Skelter’s New Writing) and have won awards (Tagore-O’Henry Short Story Award,Sunday Herald Short Story Competition in 2009 and 2012, and Unisun-Reliance TimeOut award for children’s fiction.)  Her award-winning children’s story was converted into a picture book, “The Story Lady.”

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