Our Mentors

Clancy Martin

Clancy Martin is a Canadian philosopher, novelist and essayist. His debut novel “How to Sell” was a Times Literary Supplement "Best Book of the Year”, and "Best Book of 2009" for The Guardian, Publishers Weekly and The Kansas City Star. Martin has written or edited over a dozen books and written for publications like The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, VICE and Harper’s Magazine. His areas of speciality include existentialism, moral psychology, and philosophy of literature. Martin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Professor of Philosophy at Ashoka University and Professor of Business Ethics at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management. Outside of work, Clancy is a proud father, loves sipping on club sodas and used to work in the jewellery business before he turned to writing.

Janice Pariat

Janice Pariat is the author of Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories and Seahorse: A Novel. She was awarded the Young Writer Award from the Sahitya Akademi and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction in 2013.
Her novella The Nine Chambered-Heart is out with HarperCollins India (November 2017) and HarperCollins UK (May 2018), and is being translated for publication into ten languages. Janice teaches Creative Writing and History of Art at Ashoka University. She lives in New Delhi with a cat of many names.

Shehzeen Cassum

Shehzeen Cassum is the cultural ambassador of Flamenco in India. She is the only Indian to be formally accepted into the Flamenco Community of Andalucía. She acquired all her training under the guidance of several world-renowned Flamenco artists like Manolo Marin, Antonio Canales, Javier Latorre and Alicia Marquez.
Founder and director of the only Flamenco academy and professional Flamenco dance company in India, Cassum is the first internationally trained professional Flamenco dancer to bring the artform down from Southern Spain to the Indian subcontinent, and teach it authentically. The main center of her dance institute, the Shehzeen Cassum Flamenco Academy, is in Mumbai.
Shehzeen is also a trained teacher and member of the Alianza Flamenca Board, which is a globally recognized Flamenco Association whose dance syllabi is widely used across 4 continents. SCFA is the only accredited center for international Flamenco Examinations in India.
It is believed that Flamenco has its origins in Northern India, and that the gypsy migration behind the tradition can be traced back to Rajasthan. Living between Seville & Mumbai, Cassum’s goal is to spread the art of Flamenco in India and bridge the gap between two rich and umbilically linked cultures

Govind Dhar

Govind Dhar is an international journalist and magazine editor with credits in BBC, Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveller, GQ, Vogue, Slate, Rolling Stone, Roads & Kingdoms and Travel + Leisure. He was the launch editor for Robb Report India, and editor-in-chief for an arts and archive publication he conceptualised in Sri Lanka entitled The Ceylon Chronicle. Based between Dubai, Colombo and Lisbon, Govind moderates panel discussions with authors at fests such as the Galle Literary Festival, and works on early manuscripts from published authors.