Kitaab appoints editors-at-large for Bangladesh and Dubai


Farah Ghuznavi
Farah Ghuznavi

Kitaab is delighted to announce two new names to its growing list of international editors. Well-known Dhaka-based writer Farah Ghuznavi joins Team Kitaab as the country editor (Editor-at-large) for Bangladesh and Rituparna Mahapatra joins the team as Editor-at-lage for Dubai.

Farah Ghuznavi is a writer and newspaper columnist, with a background in development work in Asia and Africa. She remains an unrepentant idealist despite the existence of empirical evidence that suggests it might be better to think otherwise. Her work has been widely-anthologised in Europe, Asia and North America. Her story “Judgement Day” was Highly Commended in the Commonwealth Competition 2010, and “Getting There” placed second in the Oxford University GEF Competition. In 2013, Farah published her first short story collection, Fragments of Riversong (Daily Star Books, Bangladesh). The book has been well-received by the global literary community. In 2012, she edited Lifelines, an anthology of Bangladeshi writing for the Indian publisher, Zubaan Books. Having completed a stint as Writer in Residence with Commonwealth Writers in 2013, Farah has written a number of essays and advice columns on writing.

“I am delighted to be Bangladesh Country Editor for Kitaab, and the opportunity is meaningful to me for a variety of reasons,” she said in a statement. “Not just because it is an honour to be part of a team that includes colleagues like Amitava Kumar and my friend Anees Salim, but also because Kitaab has a vision – and a clear plan – for what it aims to do in order to bring the work of Asian writers to a wider audience. Its focus on originality and literary merit rather than the ‘marketability’ in the selection of projects means that Kitaab is providing a much-needed space for writers to explore their potential without feeling the pressure to conform to what is expected of them.”

“For me, the indicators that Kitaab is living up to its commitments include its focus on the area of short story writing, which continues to be astonishingly neglected by many traditional publishers, and its willingness to create a space for authors to raise the issues that are of concern to them,” Farah added. “The Kitaab website also provides an excellent free resource for readers and writers to access quality content on a variety of themes. I look forward to contributing to that rich tapestry in the time ahead.”
Rituparna Mahapatra
Rituparna Mahapatra

Rituparna Mahapatra is a writer and educator from Orissa, India.  She taught English literature at Sambalpur University and Delhi University. Driven by her love for writing, she gave up teaching and freelanced for various publishing houses like The Telegraph, Deccan Herald, before a short stint with Encyclopedia Britannica India.  A movie enthusiast, and a voracious reader, she loves nature walks in her free time  and aspires to be a singer among other things. Cooking for her family and friends is an added passion. Mother of two kids, she takes utmost pride in being called ‘Mom’. Currently, she lives in Dubai with her dog and family.

“I am excited about this opportunity,” she said. “I am looking forward to work with the distinguished members of Team Kitaab.”