Maureen Nandini Mitra is an independent journalist of Indian origin who divides her time between Berkeley, CA, and Calcutta, India. She generally writes about human rights, environment and sustainable development issues but is equally at home writing about food and books. A journalism graduate from Columbia University, her work has appeared publications such as The New Internationalist, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The Caravan, Economic and Political Weekly and Down to Earth magazine. When she isn't working, Maureen spends much of her time glued to her laptop reading 20 articles at the same time. The rest is spent playing with her two crazy cats, cooking large family meals, biking, learning classical dance and making long international calls. Her website is maureennandinimitra.com.