Somdatta Mandal is Professor of English and former Chairperson of the Department of English and Other Modern European Languages at Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India. Her areas of interest are contemporary fiction, film and culture studies, diaspora studies and translation. A recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, she has been published widely both nationally and internationally. She has also received a Sahitya Akademi award for translating short fiction. She has written two academic books and edited and co-edited twenty books and journals, including two anthologies, Indian Travel Narratives (2010), Journeys: Indian Travel Writing (2013) and two translations, The Westward Traveller by Durgabati Ghose (2010), with a foreword by Ashis Nandy, and Wanderlust: Travels of the Tagore Family (2014). Another narrative, Bangamohilar Japan Jatra and Other Essays [A Bengali Lady’s Trip to Japan and Other Essays] by Hariprabha Takeda, with a foreword by Michael H. Fisher will be published in 2015. At present, she is translating some travel narratives by Rabindranath Tagore (Pather Sanchoy and Pathe O Pather Prante).