Anjana Basu - Born in Allahabad, schooled for a time in the UK, Anjana Basu has to date published 7 novels and 2 books of poetry. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland. She began writing for children in 2010 when Roli brought out Chinku and the Wolfboy. Her Jim Corbett series for TERI includes In the Shadow of the Leaves, Leopard in the Laboratory and Eighteen Tides and a Tiger. Her byline has appeared in Hindu, Outlook and Outlook Traveller. She has written dialogues for the late Rituparno Ghosh's films. Anjana Basu lives and works as an advertising consultant in Calcutta.
Bipinchandra Chaugule - With degrees in Physics, Sociology, Journalism and IT, he has been a Television and short films Director for over 3 decades. As a part-time poet and lyricist in Marathi and Hindi, he has written songs for a Hindi feature film and several short films. He is the Founder-President of the Association of Left-handers, working in the field of Handedness, laterality and side-bias. He is also the Regional Co-ordinator for the Handedness Research Institute of Indiana University, Pennsylvania, USA. He has written numerous articles on the topics related to Handedness and especially Left-handers.
Fadi Zaghmout - Fadi Zaghmout is a gender activist, blogger, and author. His first two novels were best-sellers in the Middle East, and his third novel "Laila and the Lamb" is forthcoming from Egyptian publisher Kotob Khan. Fadi holds an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Thinking from Sussex University in the UK. He blogs at thearabobserver.wordpress.com and tweets as @fadizaghmout
Geeta Dharmarajan - Writer, editor, social entrepreneur, Geeta is the driving force at Katha, a nonprofit that she founded in 1988. Katha works in literature to literacy continuum - a leading childrens books publisher with roots in quality education of children from marginalized families. Geeta is deeply interested in how communities move towards empowerment, how children learn, communicate, become responsive, responsible reader-leaders and how story helps in this process. She sees translation as a counter-divisive tool in nation building. Author of more than 40 books, she has received inter alia, the Padma Shri, for her innovative work in literature & education.
HONEY IRANI - Started working in films at the age of 2 and 1/2. First film was Ek Gaon Ki Kahani. She has worked in 70 films in Tamil, Telagu, Marathi, Bhojpuri. Won a National Award for Pyar Ki Pyas, more. Memorable films are Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan, Talaq, Zameen Ke Taare, Didi, Santaan, Masoom. She is the mother of Zoya and Farhan Akhtar. She has written stories & Screenplay for Lamhe, Aaina, Darr, Kya Kehna, Kaho Na Pyar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krishh 1,2,3, Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai, wrote & directed Armaan and is writing a few more stories and screenplays for films.
Kavita Kané - Kavita Kané is a best selling author of five novels - Karna’s Wife (2013), Sita’s Sister(2014), Menaka’s Choice(2015), Lanka’s Princess(2016) and The FisherQueens Dynasty (2017). She is considered a revolutionary force in Indian writing for bringing in feminism in mythology.
A former journalist with Magna and DNA, she quit her job as Assistant Editor of TOI to devote herself as a full time author. A post-graduate in English Literature and Journalism & MassCommunication, she is a columnist and a motivational speaker giving talks on feminism and mythology at various institutes, corporate and management fora and literary festivals.
Kulpreet Yadav - One of the leading fiction writers in India, Kulpreet Yadav retired voluntarily from the armed forces to pursue a career in writing in 2014. Also a motivational speaker now, he has spoken at 200+ schools, colleges, and global corporate brands during the last four years. Kulpreet’s latest spy novel is called Murder in Paharganj (Bloomsbury India). He has spoken at many literary festivals in India and abroad and his writings have been shortlisted for numerous writing prizes, Kulpreet lives in Delhi and is currently writing a book on true crime along with critically acclaimed Bollywood actor, Sushant Singh.
Paul Cleave - Paul is an award winning author from Christchurch, New Zealand, where his novels are set. His works have been bestsellers that been translated into twenty languages. He’s won the Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year award, and has been shortlisted for the Edgar and the Barry and the Ned Kelly. He’s thrown his Frisbee in over thirty countries, plays tennis badly and golf even worse, and has two cats – which is often two too many. A Killer Harvest, a stand alone thriller about a boy who is given the ability to see after being blind his entire life, is his latest novel.
Paula Morris - Paula Morris is a writer of Māori and English descent from New Zealand. She’s the author of the story collection Forbidden Cities (2008); the essay On Coming Home (2015); and seven novels, including Rangatira (2011), winner of best work of fiction at both the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards. Her most recent book is False River (2017), a collection of stories and essays around the theme of secret histories. She teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland and is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature (www.anzliterature.com).
Pratishtha Singh - Pratishtha Singh is a lecturer of Italian language & literature. She is an author, a poet and an opinion leader. She has completed doctoral thesis on representation of Mussolini in Contemporary Italian literature. She has been a student & scholar of cinema in Italy & India & also been a jury of Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy since 2009. Last year, she was nominated God Mother of the Festival. She has submitted a thesis in Lok Sabha Secretariat on the Privileges of Members of Parliament, along with extensive work in Rajasthan with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Her travel experiences have recently been published in a bestselling book.
Salil Tripathi - Salil Tripathi is an award-winning journalist and writer whose books include Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull), The Colonel Who Would Not Repent (Aleph) & Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar). He is chair, Writers-in-Prison Committee at PEN International. Born in Bombay and educated at Sydenham College & Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (US), Salil has been a correspondent in India, Singapore & now lives in London. His awards include the Red Ink Award for human rights journalism from the Mumbai Press Club, Bastiat Award in the USA and the Citibank Pan Asian Journalism Award in Hong Kong. His next book is about Gujaratis.
Shatrujeet Nath - Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which includes The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru and The Vengeance of Indra. Described as "a new face to Indian mythology" by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. His first book, The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller, has recently been optioned to be made into a web series.
Sudha Menon - Sudha Menon is the author of four non-fiction books including Legacy, Gifted and Devi, Diva or She-Devil. A former journalist, Sudha is now a columnist and founder of writing workshop series Get Writing and Writing With Women. Sudha is a speaker on gender, diversity and inclusion issues and is invited to speak on these issues at corporate houses and educational campuses including BITS,Pilani. She has been a speaker on prestigious platforms such as TEDx, TiECon and CII. Her fifth non-fiction book is to be published in end-September. Sudha's books have been translated into several Indian languages.
Surender Mohan Pathak
Surender Mohan Pathak - Surender Mohan Pathak – the most acclaimed writer of detective/crime fiction in Hindi – has recently completed 59 years while writing short stories and full-length mystery novels and has been the flagbearer of popular literature in India. His first story ‘57 Saal Purana Aadmi’ was published in ‘Manohar Kahaniyan’ in year 1959, whereas his first novel ‘Purane Gunah Naye Gunahgaar’ was published in 1963. He has so far written 275+ novels, 45+ stories and 26 joke books. Some of his bestselling books have been translated in English and Gujarati. His books are now also available on the screens of mobiles/tablets/kindle.
Sutapa Basu - Sutapa Basu is the best-selling author of Padmavati, The Queen Tells Her Own Story (2017), a historical fiction. She has authored psychological thriller, Dangle(2015) & her second historical fiction, The Legend of Genghis Khan is about to be published. A poet, author, publishing consultant, she is the 2016 First Prize winner of Times of India's Write India Campaign for Amish Tripathi. Her short stories appeared in anthologies, Crossed & Knotted, Defiant Dreams, When They Spoke & Write India Stories. Her poems appeared in Kaafiyana & The Dawn Beyond Waste. Read her works on her website Storyfuntastika.com & Readomania.com.
T C A Raghavan
T C A Raghavan - T C A Raghavan has retired from the Indian Foreign Service and is a former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan (2013-15) and Singapore (2009 – 2013). He is a PhD (1992) in history from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. His first book Attendant Lords, Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim - Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India was awarded the Mohammad Habib Memorial Prize by the Indian History Congress in 2017. His second book is ‘The People Next Door- The Curious History of India’s relations with Pakistan’. (Harper Collins, 2017). He is currently Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs.
Tara Deshpande - Tara Deshpande Tennebaum actress (Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin, Style, Encounter) food writer and photographer is the author of 3 books. Her latest, An Indian Sense of Salad:Eat Raw, Eat More (Random House Penguin 2018)deconstructs classic Indian dishes to their salad form to prepare easy, fresh, nutritious recipes packed with flavor.