| Ahmed Ali (1910-1994), novelist, poet, playwright, translator and literary critic, was born in Delhi, and educated at Aligarh Muslim University and Lucknow University. He was in China as a British Council Visiting Professor in 1947; after the Partition, he moved to Karachi and joined the Pakistan Foreign Service. His most famous work is his first novel, Twilight in Delhi (1940); he wrote two more novels, Ocean of Night (1964) and Of Rats and Diplomats (1984). Ahmed Ali was one of the founders of the Progressive Writers’ Movement in the nineteen-thirties. He contributed to Aangarey (1933), a collection of short stories that caused an uproar. He was a bilingual writer, who wrote most of his short stories in Urdu and his plays, poems and novels in English. Short story collections include Sholay (1936), Hamari Gali (1942, Qaid Khana (1944), and Maut Se Pahle (1945). As a translator, his most important work is Al-Qur’an: A Contemporary Translation (1984).
| Tabish Khair, poet, novelist and literary critic, is Associate Professor at the Department of English at Aarhus University, Denmark. He worked as a journalist for the The Times of India till he went abroad and obtained his Ph.D. from Copenhagen University in 2000. He is the author of four collections of poems, and a book of literary criticism, Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels (OUP, 2001). His third novel, Filming: A Love Story was published by Picador in 2007.