ANITA ROY is senior commissioning editor for Young Zubaan, a feminist publishing house in Delhi. She writes about one of the world’s best known feminists, Gloria Steinem in ‘A Women’s Woman’ (pg 170 ).
What were you like at five? Desperate to be reading books as well as my twin brothers who were big, grown-up seven-year-olds. Who’s on your A-List? Ella Fitzgerald for her magnificent voice. What’s your secret past? I was rubbish at the violin, but wanted to be in the school orchestra, so played with the bow just off the strings. Shameful! Author FATIMA BHUTTO needs little introduction. First published at the age of 15, she has gone on to write the novels The Shadow of the Crescent Moon and Songs of Blood and Sword. She writes about being afraid in ‘The Handbook of Fear’ (pg 172). What were you like at five? A bookworm. What’s your secret past? I have long been, and hope to always be, an insufferable optimist. In his second Bazaar anniversary issue, photographer VIKRAM PATHAK captures fashion’s finest as they take ‘Sheer’ backstage (pg 256). Who’s on your A-List? Alexander McQueen is still on the top of my list. What’s your secret past? I legally grew 12 plants of medical-grade cannabis in my garden in Hollywood for 10 years. A new-media artist, NANDITA KUMAR specialises in creating immersive environmental spaces. This issue, she creates the pristine, chaotic environs of story ‘The Moët the Merrier’ (pg 206).
What were you like at five? A tomboy, playing football, sailing with my dad, looking for secret treasures, and building sand castles.
Who’s on your A-List? Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer, sound artists Alva Noto and Ryoji Ikeda, art director Tim Woodring, and science fiction author Frank Herbert.
The editor of scroll.in, a digital news daily, NARESH FERNANDES is also the author of the book, Taj Mahal Foxtrot. He writes about conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah in ‘One Woman Army’ (pg 182).
What were you like when you were five? Small. Who’s on your A-List? Aakar, Aarefa, Aaron, and Aarti.
What’s your secret past? I used to be a rock climber but now my stomach sticks out too far for me to be able to get close enough to a cliff to scale it. Thai photographer SIVAKORN CHOTANAKARNSATIT captures the country’s upcoming designers in ‘Fashion’s New Tribes’ (pg 68) and the pioneers in ‘Shirts Du Jour’ (pg 274). Who’s on your A-List? Asian actress Maggie Cheung. What’s your secret past? My schoolmates always called me ‘Ducky’ because of my family business—a grilled-duck restaurant.