Ishrat Syed is a general and pediatric surgeon. He shares the pseudonym Kalpish Ratna with Kalpana Swaminathan. Their special interest is the emergence of diseases and its relation to the environment. In The Secret Life of Zika Virus they explored the long entanglement between man and virus. Their newest book is FAT: The Body, Food and Obesity. Ishrat the photographer uses his camera to explore hidden histories. His work in progress, Palimpsest: The Erasures that make Bombay, was previewed in 2011 as The Persistence of Memory at the CSMVS, Mumbai.