Jayasree Kalathil and Roohi Kapur
Jayasree Kalathil is a researcher, writer and translator. She runs Survivor Research, a virtual collective that focuses on activism and knowledge production at the intersections of madness, “race” and gender. Her works includes Dancing to Our Own Tunes, Recovery and Resilience and the co-authored textbook, Values and Ethics in Mental Health. Her novella, The Sackclothman was hailed as one of the “ten controversial books Indian children must read”. Her translation of the Malayalam writer N. Prabhakaran’s stories, Diary of a Malayali Madman and Other Stories was published earlier this year. Roohi Kapur is a keen observer of life and can best be described as a “soul philosopher”. Her family of two beautiful, strong, independent girls; a caring husband; and an adorable dog has been the backbone of her life so far. Her father was her spiritual guide and still shines his light on her. She explores creative avenues (writing, painting, music and being close to nature) that shape her personal growth. She has just published her first book of poems, Ephemeral Musings.
Journalists in Kashmir have done remarkable work from the ground, despite government curbs and local media’s limitations.