Richa Chilana has a decade-long experience in teaching English Literature at the Department of English, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. She was a recipient of the POSCO scholarship for scoring the highest marks in the B.A. (Honours) English examination (2006-07) at the University of Delhi. Her doctoral thesis titled “Negotiating the Veil: Purdah in Twentieth-Century Indian English Writing” (Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University) engaged with the complexities of purdah as a garment, an ideology and division of space on the basis of gender. Singlehood studies, stand-up comedy and popular fiction are some of her current areas of interest. She is presently working on an edited volume, Punching Up: Stand-Up Comedy Speaking Truth to Power (Routledge).