Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty is the Acting Director of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne. Mridula has facilitated deep-impact literary and cultural exchange between Australia and India through Literary Commons! (2014-15), a tri-nation Autumn School in Literary Translation (Kolkata 2013) and ALIF: Australia India Literatures International Forum (Sydney 2012). Her latest edited collection of essays, Being Bengali: at home and in the world (Routledge 2013), is an enquiry into the socio-intellectual history of this eclectic linguistic group from Eastern India and Bangladesh. She has co-edited A Treasury of Bangla Stories (Srishti 1999) and her translations have appeared widely. She is the recipient of an AK Ramanujan Award for the most felicitous translations from two Indian languages, Bangla and Hindi, into English. She teaches and researches on literatures of the subcontinent, in English and in translation, on issues of identity politics, diaspora, multiculturalism, global English, Bombay cinema and culinary cultures and often comments on these issues on ABC Radio National's Books and Arts Daily.