Suranjana Barua works at the Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati (Assam, India) where she teaches Linguistics and English. She did her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delhi after which she worked at the Centre for Assamese Studies, Tezpur University, Assam. Her areas of academic interest are Sociolinguistics, Language Teaching, Translation Studies and Gender Studies. She dabbles in poetry (‘Rainbow Musings’ being her first poetry collection) and enjoys and gets frustrated by any translation challenge: she has translated from Assamese to English Indira Goswami, Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Bhupen Hazarika’s poems and songs, Arun Sarma’s famous play from the 1960s titled ‘Sri Nibaron Bhattacharya’ and Rajanikanta Bordoloi’s epochal 19th century novel ‘Miri Jiyori’ (which won the 2014 Pallavi Barua Memorial Best Translation Award from Assamese to English for the period 2012-13). It has been her long cherished dream to have a group of friends passionately engaged in academics learn from one another and with ‘Perspective’, she has earned her peace.

Suranjana loves (in random order) travelling, birthdays, photographs, Chinese food, Chinese checkers, black currant icecream, river banks, spending time with friends, the idea of the soul’s rebirth and a hearty laugh! You can reach her at: suranjana.barua [at] gmail [dot] com

NirmanLongjam Nirman Singh, lecturer, dept. of CSE, IIIT Guwahati, India, since December 2012. Research interests: Natural Language Processing (audio-visual), Human Factors & Ergonomics, Computational Semiotics. He is also interested in: Grammar Induction, Bio-inspired Computing, and Spatial-temporal Reasoning. Currently developing a documentation and typing tool for Manipuri with transliteration facility [coming soon at GitHub]. Received B.E. CSE (2010) from Manipur University, India and M.Tech IT (2012) from Tezpur University, India. Experienced in designing and developing websites. Was recently webmaster for

Hobbies: painting, writing and composing songs in native language (Meeteilon/Manipuri) and translating them to other languages. A B.A. in Indian classical musical instrument ‘Tabla’ from Bhatkhande Sangit Bidyapith Lucknow, India. Currently learning flute under guru Dipak Sarma. He is also associated with guru Bidyut Mishra; more about guruji here and here. A member of Rock Lab Music Institute and Jampad (Affiliation: Trinity College, London). Currently recording an Oxomia translate of his compose “nung-si-ra nang-gi maai-thong-ni” with band members! Likes meeting new people and expanding the perspective of thinking. Believes in “giving back to the community” and does voluntary work in free time for special interest groups. For technical work, follow him here and here and his Youtube channel is here.

rajarshi MitraRajarshi Mitra is Assistant Professor in English at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati (Assam, India). He has a PhD on colonial natural history narratives from the Dept of English Literature, EFL University, Hyderabad, and an M Phil on colonial hunting narratives from Dept of English, Central University of Hyderabad.

He is obsessively passionate about “all things colonial” (and imperial), which include books, artifacts, paintings, films and whatever comes up during exploration. He loves counting passersby while sipping tea in a cafe and feels energized if he locates rare books in the several archives which he visits whenever he is free. He loves to explore cities and dreams of making horror films in not so distant future. You can reach him at: mitrarajarshi24 [at] gmail [dot] com

GKI am Gautam Kalita, an alumnus of Tezpur University. I work at IIITG as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. My broad areas of research are Number Theory, Algebra, and Cryptography, where I try to use algebra and number theoretical results in cryptography so that these can be used in different security aspects.

I enjoy riding bike in rain on silent roads. Cooking, watching TV are my hobbies. I often love to hang out with friends to have some different taste of life apart from daily schedule.

I believe that surviving in any situation without any talent is my talent. I love deadlines, they polish my talents to get better.

You can reach him at: haigautam [at] gmail [dot] com

ferdousFerdous Ahmed Barbhuiya, Assistant Professor of Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati (IIITG), obtained his PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati. Prior to entering academics at IIIT Guwahati, he has worked with a Software product engineering company called GlobalLogic as a lead Engineer. He was associated with some of the innovative start ups like Mobio, Clearstandards, RockeTalk etc. and provides consultancy to various organization in Office Automation, Computer and Network Security etc.

His research interests are Security issues of Social Network, Crowd Computing, Cloud Platforms, Smart Grid, Software defined network etc. Apart from academics and research, he is instrumental in various Socio-Economic causes of North East India.

The few hours he gets beyond his professional commitments, he loves to spend time with family, talking to a friend or watching a TalkShow on news channels and discussing current issues with enlightened people. He is a voracious reader and loves to travel, drive and is fond of good food. Ferdous can be reached at: ferdousa [at] gmail [dot] com

emonEmon Bordoloi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, NEF Law College (affiliated to Gauhati University and recognized under Bar Council of India). She has been teaching there for the past eight years since 2007. She has also been actively involved in the developmental sector working  in female sex workers and gays project in Greater Guwahati  under  ASCED, a mother NGO of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India. Passionate about the law, Emon’s research interests include Development Studies, Community Studies, Gender studies and Dynamics of Law apart from Research Methodology.

An accomplished singer of modern Assamese songs with many albums to her credit, Emon is also a doting mother and a self-confessed connoisseur of street food. She is currently working on her new album. She can be reached at

Parag - Pic for PerspectiveParag Kumar Deka is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of English, Gauhati University, where he is pursuing his PhD on the topic “Animals in J. M. Coetzee’s Writings”. He did his MA from Tezpur University, in English literature, and his MPhil from the Department of English, Gauhati University. Apart from this new-found love for animal studies, his other passions and areas of interest include Assamese literature, translation, cognitive linguistics, creative writing, walking and wearing hand-washed, sun-sprayed cotton clothes.

An occasional dabbler in the short-story form, he is looking forward to engaging more seriously with creative fiction in the coming years. Though he can play neither the tabla nor the table, he is a very avid listener of music, his interest ranging from the Blues to the Borgeet. He currently lives on the campus of Gauhati University

Avishek Parui ImageAvishek Parui is an Assistant Professor in English, IIT Guwahati, and an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, having done his PhD from Durham University under the supervision of Patricia Waugh. His research interests include Masculinity Studies, Memory Studies, Modernism and Posthumanism and he has been published in South Asian Review, Katherine Mansfield Studies, Janus Head and Peer English, among other places, and has two entries in the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. A published poet and short story writer, he still dabbles in the craft of creative writing whenever he is able and does his best to avoid words such as ‘discursive’, ‘metacognitive’ and ‘aporia’ in his poetry!
His other interests include coffee, traveling and cinema, strictly in that order!

You can reach him at:

hariDr. Hari K. Choudhury is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati. He did his Ph. D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Teaching is his passion. His academic research area is related to the issues of development economics, biofuels and energy security, farmers’ technology and innovation adoption behaviour.

He likes to play badminton and football. He loves music and sometimes tries to sing (although it becomes horrific for others). Sometimes sitting in a bus stop alone, he tries to reenergize himself by watching the movement of people. He believes the word, which comes via the heart. He believes in never missing the opportunity to laugh.

You can reach him at:

IMG_20151015_100645Rakesh Matam, Assistant Professor of Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati (IIITG), obtained his PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna. Before joining academics, he worked as System Engineer in Syntel Inc. His research interests are Wireless Networks, Network Security and Internet of Things. Apart from academics and research, he is also interested in National and International politics. He is an avid reader of books on politics and loves a good debate with a friend any time of the day.

Rakesh is an avid animal lover having raised four dogs and his latest canine friend is named June – she is a female labrador. He likes to travel and usually prefers unplanned getaways with friends. He enjoys watching cartoons and is a huge fan of the Avatar series. He also likes to watch movies and prefers comedy/drama/thrillers over action movies. Rakesh can be reached at: matamrakesh [at] gmail [dot] com

manabManbendra Sarma has been teaching English literature at B.Barooah College Guwahati since the past eight years. He is also pursuing his PhD from Gauhati University and his areas of research interest are Renaissance Theatre, Shakespeare, Marxism and Assamese literature. His is especially interested in contemporary and regional adaptations of Shakespeare in the context of spatial studies.

Manbendra loves watching good plays and prefers a languid pace of Life. He has eclectic reading preferences, an eye for the esoteric and likes arbitrating a good argument or debate. You can reach him at

dimpleDimple Choudhury is a Research Associate at IIT, Guwahati: she is currently working in an ICSSR funded project “A Broad Socio-linguistic Study of Assamese dialects”. She was also working as an Assistant Project Scientist for a Department of Information and Technology funded project “Development of Pronunciation Lexicon Based on Experimental Study of Phonetics and Phonemics of Indian Languages (Assamese)” at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati.

Dimple’s research interests include Documentation, Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics and her hobbies are: Travelling, Photography, Food, Movie and Dancing.

Anamiya Bhattacharya is Ph.D Scholar in Electronics and Communication Engineering Department (Speciaanamiyalization: RF, Microwaves and Antenna Design)  at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati (Assam, India). He did M.Tech in Microwaves from the Dept of Physics, The University of Burdwan, West Bengal and did B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering Department from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal (formerly known as: West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal). He worked as an Ad-hoc project engineer from Sep. 2014 to May 2015 in the IIT Kanpur before joining the Ph.D program. During M.Tech project work he was in Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO in Ahmedabad from August 2013 to June 2014 under the guidance of Shri Rajeev Jyoti, Group Director of Antenna Systems Group, Scientist/Engineer-‘H’.

He is interested in reading technology articles, recent activities in mobile communication and designing implantable antennas for Biomedical applications. He also loves watching movies (especially action movies) and some TV series whenever he is free. He enjoys riding bike and sometimes likes to explore new arrival in Wrist Watches. You can reach him at:


Arpana Nath works as Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Cotton College, Guwahati. She did her graduation in English from Cotton College, Guwahati and went on to do her PhD from IIT Guwahati in the broad area of Indian Writing in English.  Her research interests include Postcolonial Literature, Literary Theory and Women’s Writing and she has published articles in national and international journals.

Arpana’s hobbies include reading, travelling and musing on the world about which she is endlessly curious! She tends to get lost in details, loves chocolates, has a penchant for siding with the underdog and prefers a laidback attitude to life. You can reach her at

L Davidldl Lal, teaches Political Science at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Guwahati, Assam. He has a PhD on Dalit Consciousness and Caste Atrocities from Jawaharlal Nehru University and MPhil on Dalit Conversions in Post-Independence India. Before joining IIIT-G, he taught Political Science at University of Delhi from 2012 to 2015.  He also worked as Associate Fellow at Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, Delhi from 2009 to 2012 where he co-authored several research reports such as ‘Mapping Caste-Based Atrocities in India’ for Christian Aid, UK; ‘Dalit Women in Indian Politics: Making Impact through Parliament?’ for IDRC-Canada; ‘Study of Social Inclusion at the Level of PRIs, Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti, Gram Panchayat and Gram Sabha in select States’ for UNDP and Ministry of Panchayati Raj; ‘Atrocities against Dalits: Emerging Pattern’ for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. He has published articles in various national and international journals.

If he was not in academics then he would have been a percussionist. He is an acoustic drummer and loves holding those sticks. His other passions are cooking, travelling, painting, designing posters and talking to oneself to avoid silence.

kdKaveri is an Assistant Professor of Economics in IIIT Guwahati. After completion of Masters and M.Phil. in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Kaveri pursued and completed her PhD from IIT Guwahati. Her area of expertise is international trade and economic development.

She is an avid nature lover and is vocal about her passion. She likes singing, watching movies, hiking and traveling to places that are off the beaten path. She can be reached at