Surgeons Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed write together as Kalpish Ratna. They explore the interface between science and the humanities. Their recent books are Synapse (2019), Fat: The Body, Food and Obesity (2018), The Secret Life of Zika Virus (2017), and Room 000: Narratives of the Bombay Plague (2015). Kalpana Swaminathan is also the creator of detective Lalli who has so far appeared in six novels, the most recent being Greenlight (2017). Her book of short stories, Venus Crossing, won the Crossword Fiction Award for 2009.