About Us

Tehnaz Dastoor

Tehnaz is the creator of wotweb.com which has been a labor of love for her. She has edited Travel and Lifestyle magazines over the past 8 years. Although her work with Unicef took her to many of the global ‘hot spots’, she enjoys leisure travel, reading political thrillers, attending Broadway plays and rock concerts, and experimenting with international cuisines.

Rajen Bali

Rajen Bali is a traveler, travel writer, food writer and a photographer. He has been at it and enjoying it for many, many years.

Rita Bhimani

Rita Bhimani is a Corporate Public Relations expert who has authored several books on PR, is a columnist on art, food and travel, an educator and core skills trainer who runs her own PR consultancy firm Ritam Communications. She is an anchorperson for industry events and her Red Sofa Conversations have covered a gamut of celebrities from all walks of life.

Andy Varma

Celebrity Chef Andy Varma has been an icon in the British Asian food industry for the past 20 years. He is the director of Maia, The Admirable Crichton, which currently has the Royal Standard by appointment, for HRH Prince Charles. Chef Andy has recruited and trained over 150 chefs in the past 2 decades for his various restaurants and food production units in the UK. He undertakes bespoke destination event planning and is an ambassador for globalizing and raising the standards of authentic Indian Cuisine all over the world.

GM Kapur

G.M. Kapur is the Director, INTACH Conservation Institute, Kolkata. INTACH is India’s largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to conservation and preservation of India’s natural, cultural, living, tangible and intangible heritage. Its mission is to sensitize the public about the pluralistic cultural legacy of India, instill a sense of social responsibility towards preserving the common heritage of the country, document unprotected buildings of archaeological significance and develop policy and regulations towards the country’s heritage.

Sayanti Mukherji

The writer is an independent scribe, writing on art, culture, craft, travel and textiles. She is also interested in varied aspects of the arts − research, documentation and dissemination.

Ritusmita Biswas

Ritusmita Biswas is an independent writer from Kolkata who loves to write on various topics pertaining to travel, fashion, lifestyle and other issues of human interest. An expert in Social Media and Internet Journalism Ritusmita has won various awards over the years for her excellence in work. She heads a specialized writing boutique “Wordsmith Writing Services” and a digital communication agency “Digital Brandz”, both of which are headquartered in Kolkata.

Gayatri Kohli

Gayatri Kohli – Food Innovator/Critic. Gayatri graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and West Lake Culinary Institute, California, specializing in International Cuisines. She has worked in the US for 25 years in the Food & Restaurant Industries.

Rukshana Kapadia

Rukshana Kapadia a.k.a. ‘The Culinary Commentator’ and the Founder of Kolkata Food Fanatics, loves all things culinary. Her passion is her enduring love for food of all kinds ranging from gourmet to rustic. She writes and reviews prolifically on the subject across myriad domains including Zomato.

Debal Ray

Debal is a designer with experience of over 15 years in the Web and print media space. He specializes in layout designing and has a keen eye for detail. In his professional career, he has worked for publishing houses, advertisement agencies and for print and digital media.

Supriya Newar

A hard core Calcuttan and a senior Communications professional, Supriya rejoices in Indian music, travel and books. She relishes a good conversation and enjoys wielding both her pen as well as various sports racquets.

Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson is a Lifestyle Manager. He was CEO of The Tollygunge Club and built and operated Vedic Village, Kolkata, Space Circle, Kolkata and The White Lotus an Ayuraveda Hospital in Delhi.

Sharmila Mohan

Creativity is at Sharmila’s core, displayed through her talents with the keyboard and the spatula. Sharmila voraciously reads anything with printed words on it but is partial to fiction littered with the odd murder, or ten.

Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar works for India largest and most profitable on-line B2B marketplace. He enjoys writing about his travel experiences throughout the globe, quizzing, and playing the guitar. He is also an amateur photographer.

Ranjan De

Ranjan De is a freelance writer, occasional author and creator of children’s books, foodie, avid traveler who adores falling off the map, and is a museumholic, He is a full time creative hands-on educator, a profession that takes him to the nooks and crannies of India, wherein he finds subjects for his travel-writing and photography assignments too.

Ronita Mohan

A writer at heart with a fondness for well-told stories, Ronita is always looking for a way to escape the planet, whether through films, television, books or video games. She always has an eye out for the subversive and champions diversity in media.

Piu Sur

Piu Sur is a Communication Consultant/Media Educator/ Documentary Filmmaker / Instructional Designer/Content Writer. Currently she is working as a consultant in the field of television production and is a Guest Faculty for Communication Studies.

Hemalatha Sridhar

Hemalatha Sridhar is currently pursuing her higher education in literature. Deviant yet dreaming while tussling to find her way with things. Reading poetry and listening to music include her prime pleasures alongside writing.

Arijit Roychowdhury

Arijit Roychowdhury, is a travel writer, photographer, and musician and dabbles in astrology. All this when he has free time from his printing and publishing company, which is 150 years old.

Monita Mohan

A geek at heart, Monita would rather live on Coruscant than on Earth. When she isn’t leading the X-Men against Magneto, she can be caught watching science-fiction films and television shows, reading a book while listening to loud music, or staring at a blank screen hoping her articles will write themselves.

Katayun Saklat

Katayun Saklat is a well-known artist, gallery-owner, art critic and the premier stained glass exponent in Calcutta.

Simi Suri

Simi is a freelance writer who brings with her a wide variety of interests and skills. She has worked for the business publication division of the Indian Express, is an HR professional, a soft- skill trainer and a communication consultant specializing in group dynamics and managing interpersonal relationships.

Subhajyoti Roychowdhury

A keen observer of daily Life, Subhajyoti’s trademark storytelling emerges from powerful, yet everyday images in life. His work has been published on several websites including National Geographic. He has shot editorials for ABP and is a regular contributor to Getty images, India.

Arup Chanda

Arup Chanda is a journalist, with 33 years of experience working with leading English dailies of India as well as several international wire agencies and publications. He has traveled all over India and overseas on assignment. He enjoys traveling and writing stories related to travel and tourism.

Munmi Barthakur

Being an English language graduate and armed with a post graduate degree in Linguistics from JNU, I have had a busy career in editorial assignments, written pieces for the magazine Swagat for a health portal called Trust for Health.

Md Maruf

A digital marketer, strategist, passionate about ever changing online promotion trends, technology and conceiving new ideas and also, an enthusiast about movies, music and travel.

Zena Singh

Zena has established her own Finishing School and carries with her ten years of experience in the Service Industry. Closer to her heart is her freelance stint with editing school texts, while also contributing to Magazines occasionally. She has been passionately writing a column titled ‘In Appreciation of the Simple Pleasures of Life’, for the newspaper, Eastern Mirror Nagaland.

Heidi Sarna

Heidi Sarna has been writing about travel and cruises for more than 20 years, the past decade from Singapore where she’s been living with her family. Her credits include Frommer’s, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN.com, USA Today, Afar.com and her latest project, creating QuirkyCruise.com, a guide to small-ship cruises under 300 passengers.

Kishore Bhimani

Kishore Bhimani is a senior journalist, novelist and television personality, who is part of elite television panels. He has 13 books to his credit.

Indrajit Lahiri

Although an entrepreneur by profession and an avid photography enthusiast, but what gives me the most joy is my blog https://moha-mushkil.com which features my gastronomic and travel experiences.

Madhumay Mallik

A traveler, blogger, photographer and wildlife worker, Madhumay is always ready for the next adventure coming his way. He likes exploring new places and coming back with stories that inspire his readers, either to start planning their next vacation or giving back to the cause of nature. He is based in Kolkata and has received numerous awards in several platforms for his work.He is the creator of a travel blog: http://madhumaymallik.com/ and can be reached at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madhumay.mallik; Instagram: @madhumaymallik; Twitter: madmyst619; and email: madhumaymallik88@gmail.com.

Mukul and Shilpa Gupta

Two professionals who fell in love—with each other and then, along the way, with travel—we are admittedly incorrigible travellers. Give us a few hours and some money, and we will take off … from anywhere challenging that people tell us about, to nowhere that people know about. We bring back beautiful memories from our sojourns, of course, and priceless souvenirs too. But doubling up as memories AND souvenirs are the countless articles and photographs we have been contributing to several national and international travel magazines like JetWings and National Geographic Traveller India, webzines and travel anthologies.

Krishnandu Sarkar

I was born and bought up in Kolkata in the midst of what Bongs are best known for – Eating, Sleeping and Traveling. A developer by profession and a traveler by passion, I have been traveling since I was a child. Recently I started blogging about my travel experiences (http://krishnandusarkar.com/) to assist those looking to travel with advice on pocket-friendly and smooth experiences.

Gautam Vir Prashad

Raised in California and having completed his Masters in Motion Picture and Television Production with a specialization in cinematography and still photography, Gautam Vir Prashad has spent nearly 10 years in the industry. With a passion and talent for still photography, Gautam has worked on major Bollywood films, shot for high-end fashion designers, and held 2 critically acclaimed and successful photography exhibitions.

Nayan Basu

Nayan Basu is an Instructional Designer by profession and a Blogger by passion. He loves to travel and explore new places and food, and is passionate about cricket, cinema and Calcutta. Nayan blogs at https://thetaleslived.net/.

Ipsita Ganguli

A compulsive writer Ipsita started scribbling her emotions at the back of a notebook or on a tissue paper. She was soon initiated into poetry groups and began contributing to e magazines like Learning and Creativity, Different Truths, Kaafiya. Ipsita has coedited an e-anthology on Bonded Labour for Different Truths. Her poems have been published in several anthologies like LifeNama, Rhythm Divine Anthology and Cloudburst: A Womanly Deluge. Her work has recently feautured in the Get Bengal New Year Anthology for 2018 and Women’s Day Anthology entitled: 50 Shades of Eve.

Ipsita debuted with her solo compilation of poems with “Of Love, Longing and Random Pondering” which was launched in the Kolkata Book Fair 2017.

Jael Silliman

Jael Silliman was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Iowa in the Women Studies Department. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women’s Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope, and the first author of the prize winning book Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice. She was a Program officer at the Ford Foundation in New York in the Human Rights Unit. Currently she is an independent scholar and curated the Digital Archive, Recalling Jewish Calcutta www.jewishcalcutta.in that has been featured across the world including in the New York Times, Ink, the BBC and Time magazine. She is also the author of two novels, The Man With Many Hats and The Teak Almirah that are set in the Jewish community of Calcutta. She writes and speaks on issues of gender and women’s rights as well as on the Bagdadi Jewish community to academic and public audiences in India, US and many other countries.

jsilliman55@gmail.com

Chandana Ghosh

Chandana Ghosh is a freelance writer based out of Kolkata. She is an avid traveler and enjoys seeking out new places and experiences. Professionally, Chandana is a management graduate, with more than 20 yrs experience. She has held lead positions in both marketing and HR functions in large FMCG conglomerates, based out of Mumbai and Kolkata. She is also a visiting faculty in some of the premier management institutes ; and has designed and set up elearning solutions for corporates as well as students.

chandana.ghosh10@gmail.com

Rupa Chakravarti

Rupa has been a teacher all her life and enjoys the fine arts. She is quintessentially a people’s person who engages in the teaching and learning process, globally.

chakrupa@yahoo.com

Priya Virmani

Priya Virmani is a Political and Economic Analyst. She contributes to print, radio and television across the world including the BBC, London and the Guardian, London. As a TED speaker and an international speaker, she gives talks on disruptive economics, politics, psychology, and social and female entrepreneurship, the world over. She is also the founder and director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian project that works to rehabilitate underprivileged children who have suffered trauma and abuse. In 2018, she received the Inspiring Indian Award for the most inspiring Indian woman in the U.K. Her passions include travelling and working with children – both of which she feels are tremendous teachers.

priyav20@hotmail.com

Saira Shah Halim

Saira Shah Halim is an educator, a communication consultant and a passionate human and civil rights activist. She’s seen on national television on prime time debates on pertinent political and social issues of the country. Saira is also a popular culturist who promotes art, culture and literature across the country and abroad. She lives in Kolkata with her husband and two young girls and likes to believe that she’s a global citizen.

saira.shah27@gmail.com

Anisha Pal

Anisha Pal is currently pursuing an English Major. Apart from English her areas of interest include gastronomy. She has been a part of several food groups and is experienced in Food blogging and reviewing.

palanisha98@gmail.com

Amrita Daityari

Amrita Daityari is an Alumni of Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and the University Of London. She has a Masters in Media and Communication Management and has worked as the Country Head of Media and Communication for Eveready Industries.

She has authored The Fire Within (a biography of Sourav Ganguly); and The Last Ode (a translation of Tagore).

She is currently a freelance writer for the External Ministry, Government of India.

diya.daityari@gmail.com

Captain Surojit D. Biswas

A master mariner by profession Capt. Surojit D. Biswas has travelled extensively in India and around the globe since he was 18 years of age. Till date he has visited over 40 countries around the globe, many multiple times. In his travel blog he tells the reader about various destinations − both known and unknown. He also provides valuable tips that travelers should know.

Surojit is also a passionate photographer who believes that images are a better way of capturing moments and telling stories. He has documented his travel experiences with detailed photographs.

Live life to the lees is his mantra.

surojitbiswas@gmail.com

Kavita Lohia

A writer, a singer, a dancer, an avid reader, a foodie, a speaker… I’m a world of my own. I feel one can never know enough and the boundaries for exploration don’t exist! It is my motto to live everyday as it comes and knowing a little more than I knew yesterday!

kavitabajajlohia@gmail.com

Dr. Sreemati Mukherjee

Dr. Sreemati Mukherjee works with the many interfaces of Gender and Culture within post-colonial contexts. She specializes in African and African American women’s writing which more or less fall within this historical framework. Besides, she is passionately involved with the evolving forms of Indian musical traditions, and the multiple intersections of classical and folk vocal traditions.

sreemati.mukherjee@gmail.com

Anagh Pal

Anagh Pal loves his coffee, to travel, hike and record his adventures on http://moneyfoodtravel.com/author/anagh-pal/
visit: http://moneyfoodtravel.com/author/anagh-pal/

pal.anagh@gmail.com

Anjana Basu

Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Calcutta. She has had a book of short stories published by Orient Longman, India, the BBC has broadcast one of her short stories and her poems have featured in an anthology brought out by Penguin India. She has appeared in The Antigonish Review. The Edinburgh Review and The Saltzburg Review have also featured her work.Apart from Outlook Traveller, her byline has appeared in Outlook Traveller and Conde Nast Traveller. She has 7 novels to her credit.

anjanaorama@gmail.com

Sorab Bhathena

What can be more rewarding to the semi- retired or the retired, than the juicy prospect of travel which is now more of a reality than ever before. That prospect for me had been knocking on my doors for the past few years, so I have lapped it up at every opportunity.

My career itself, was one of travel. I was privileged enough to be in the merchant navy spanning almost 30 years and got to see most of the world, on the job.

Now living in Dubai over the past 19 years, has only whetted our travel appetite as Dubai is such an excellent hub for us always on the prowl for a good deal.

sorab@eim.ae

Anand Puri

All-round Kolkata boy and Xaverian | 3rd Generation Trincas | Traveller | Foodie | Scribbler | Dreamer | Whimsical Tastes | Eye for Detail

Diving with jellyfish, sharks and sea turtles, paddleboarding with whales, trekking tropical jungles, and seeing the sun rise over volcanoes will widen anyone’s horizons – environmentally, socially and empathetically.

Follow him on @theadventuresofnando on Instagram or see what he’s up to at @trincasrestaurant. Do check out his Community-Based Memory Project: The Trincas Timeline Project on www.trincas.in for amazing stories on Calcutta, it’s most famous street and the iconic Trincas.

trincasrestaurant@gmail.com