Vinod Balakrishnan is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. He is a practising poet, motivational speaker and reviewer of books. He was the General Editor of the 12-volume Encyclopaedia of World Mythology (2013). His research interests include somaesthetics, the politics of representation, film studies, life writing, and narratives about India. Currently, he is working on “The Role of the Public Intellectual and the Future of the Humanities”. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Creative Communications, Journal of Dharma, Pragmatism Today, Archiv Orientalni, a/b:auto/biography studies, LitCrit, Indian Literature, CIEFL Bulletin, Journal of English Language Teaching and Indian Express.Vishaka Venkat is a UGC NET Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. She is working on the language and rhetoric of humour in Indian political cartoons. Her areas of interests include humour, political cartoons, popular culture and Indian aesthetics.