Prof. Manu Mittal, a philologist, has been teaching at the Centre for Russian Studies, School of Language, Literature & Cultural Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for the last thirty three years.Her current areas of work and research include India-Central Asia links and interactions, and the Indian connection to the fabled Silk Route. She has travelled widely in India, Central Asia, Russia, the East, Europe and USA looking for commonalities and links. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations has invited her to travel and deliver a series of lectures in the Central Asian States on Indian-Central Asian links and other themes. She has authored many books and contributed many papers in different seminars in India and abroad.
Mona Agnihotri, a research scholar at Centre of Russian Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, teaches Russian. She is a researcher in the field of cultural and linguistic connections between India, Russia and countries of Silk Road. She has presented various papers in conferences on Silk Road, particularly on the countries of Central Asia.