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Meenakshi Bharat is Reader in English at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She is a translator, reviewer and critic. Her special interests include children’s literature, women’s fiction and English studies — areas which she has extensively researched. She has published three books: The Ultimate Colony (2003), Desert in Bloom: Indian Women Writers of Fiction in English (2004), and the recently published edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. Currently, she is engaged in translating a volume of Hindi short stories, and is also editing an anthology of Indo-Australian short stories. She has presented a number of lectures on films in several universities in Australia. At present, she is exploring diasporic responses to Indian films in the UK (as Charles Wallace Fellow), and elsewhere.
Nirmal Kumar is Reader in History at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. He has worked on gender history of the 18th century and is in the process of editing a book on Muslim identities in Hindi films. Some of his forthcoming books that he has edited are: Essays in Medieval Indian History and Essays in Early Modern History of India. He has been Associate Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla; Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Leeds; and Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society, London. He has presented many papers at national and international conferences.