Pratilipi Team

Rahul Soni, Co-founder and Co-editor, Pratilipi Magazine and Pratilipi Books

Writer, editor and translator based in Jodhpur. Chief Editor with Writer’s Side, India’s first professional manuscript assessment service. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in Almost Island, Asymptote Journal, Biblio, Dhauli Review, Hindi, Indian Literature, Tehelka, etc. Edited the anthology of Hindi Poetry in English translation, Home from a Distance, for Pratilipi Books. Currently translating Geetanjali Shree’s novel Tirohit for Harper Collins India, Dharamvir Bharati’s Suraj ka Saatvan Ghoda, Shrikant Verma’s Magadh and Dhoomil’s entire oeuvre. Other works-in-progress include a documentary, a novel and a non-fiction book. Awarded the Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia for the year 2010. Writer-in-residence at the Sangam House International Writer’s Residency Program for the year 2012.

Shiv Kumar Gandhi, Co-founder and Art Editor, Pratilipi Magazine and Pratilipi Books

Shiv Kumar (b. 1973) is a self-trained painter who also writes poetry in Hindi and, like some others on Pratilipi, never cares about publishing it. He is a happy college drop-out whose exhibitions have been held at many places including Australia. After working for and with institutes / NGOs – like the Institute for Development Studies, Digantar and others – he also tried his hand in publishing, ocassional film-making, and children’s art. Lives and works in Ahmedabad.

Sandhya Surana, Managing Editor, Pratilipi Magazine  and Pratilipi Books

Sandhya Surana was educated in English literature, journalism and mass communication and has done research on ancient narrative forms. Among others things she learned but decided to forget include French, Russian and Computer languages. When her childhood dream of becoming an animal trainer in a South African jungle didn’t come true, she agreed to manage Pratilipi.

Devyani Bhardwaj, Associate Editor, Pratilipi Magazine & Media Coordinator, Pratilipi Books

Poet, editor and ex-journalist Devyani has a day job with Digantar, Jaipur. Her poems and articles have appeared in many Hindi journals. She

Trisha Gupta, Associate Editor, Pratilipi Magazine

Trisha Gupta is a writer and critic with a background in cultural anthropology. Her published writing can be read at She lives in Delhi.

Mahesh Verma, Associate Editor, Pratilipi Blog

Mahesh Verma, based in Ambikapur, a remote small town in Chhattisgarh, is a young poet, fiction writer and artist who took the Hindi literary scene by surprise in 2011, with a series of brilliant pieces in various publications. He is now widely regarded as a prominent young voice.  He works as a medical representative and is currently curating a poetry special for the magazine Paraspar.

Aakriti Mandhwani, Distribution and Promotion, Pratilipi Books

Aakriti Mandhwani graduated in commerce from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi in 2007. She worked with a leading consultancy for a year before decided she couldn’t live with its drudgery for the rest of her life. Moving on, she chose to switch career paths to literature instead, and is now  teaching at a college  in Delhi.