Speakers 2020

Alan Rode

Biographer and Film Scholar

"Alan K. Rode (pronounced Roe-Dee) is a biographer and film scholar."

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About Alan

Alan K. Rode (pronounced Roe-Dee) is a biographer and film scholar. He produces and hosts cinema events while providing commentaries for classic film Blu-rays/DVDs and appearing in special features and documentaries. He has interviewed scores of Hollywood celebrities with many of these discussions available for viewing at www.alankrode.com

Ana Filomena Amaral

Novelist, Historian and Translator

Ana Filomena Amaral, novelist, historian and translator, is a Portuguese awarded writer.

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About Ana

Ana Filomena Amaral, novelist, historian and translator, is a Portuguese awarded writer. She earned a master’s in contemporary economic and social history from the University of Coimbra, and a specialization in documentary sciences. She is an experienced interpreter and translator in several European languages, particularly German. She works for the Ministry of Education in Coimbra. She has already published six novels in Portugal and two of them were published in USA. She has also published historical monographies, including her master’s thesis about the Portuguese First Minister Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo. Twelve published books all together.

Ashutosh

Columnist and Author

A highly acclaimed journalist, a reputed columnist and a successful author.

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About Ashutosh

A highly acclaimed journalist, a reputed columnist and a successful author, Ashutosh is a founding member of the Hindi news and views portal Satyahindi.com. He was the Managing Editor of IBN7 from 2006 to 2014. Ashutosh has authored three books, ‘Hindu Rashtra’, ‘Anna- 13 days that awakened India’ and ‘The Crown prince, The Gladiator & The Hope- Battle for Change’. His collection of articles has been published in Hindi, titled “Mukhaute ka Rajdharm”.He was awarded the internationally acclaimed, United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to only 4 young journalists among 150 countries.

Anirban

Novelist, Author and Producer

Anirban is the author of The Deadly Dozen: India's Most Notorious Serial Killers

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About Anirban

Anirban is the author of The Deadly Dozen: India's Most Notorious Serial Killers. He is the Co-Creator and Producer of crime show on Television - Savdhaan India. He is television content producer having produced Crime Patrol, Fear Files and Isha Kills. He has been the Content Head at Channel [v] India, and Head of Brand Solutions and Non-Fiction at The Walt Disney Company (India). He is an actor having acted in Sui Dhaaga and Mission Mangal. He is also a standup comedian when he is not deep diving into crime for his television shows or books.

Alka Pande (Dr)

Art historian

Alka Pande(Dr) is an art historian who taught Indian Arts and Aesthetics at Panjab University

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About Alka Pande (Dr)

Alka Pande (Dr) is an art historian who taught Indian Arts and Aesthetics at Panjab University. Dr Pande, under the aegis of the Charles Wallace India Trust, conducted postdoctoral research in critical art theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been felicitated with the various honours for distinguished contribution to art including Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Government, Australian-India Council Special Award, L’Oreal Paris Femina Women under Design and Arts, Amrita Sher-Gil Samman, to name a few. Currently, Dr Pande is a consultant art advisor and curator of the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Aloke Lal

Former Indian Police Service officer

Aloke Lal is a former Indian Police Service officer whose exploits have won him accolades from many quarters

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About Aloke Lal

Aloke Lal is a former Indian Police Service officer whose exploits have won him accolades from many quarters, including two medals awarded by the President of India. Apart from having risen to the highest echelon of Director General, he held key postings in the crime infested belts of Kanpur, Lucknow, Barabanki, Pilibhit and Moradabad. His experience of dealing with the drug mafia and dacoits is not rivalled by many. His first book ‘The Barabanki Narcos’ revolves around his exploits in Barabanki and is set to be made into a web series. He is currently a member of the Constitutional Conduct Group.

Angie Sage

Author

Angie Sage writes character-led, many-layered stories set in strange new worlds

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About Angie Sage

Angie Sage writes character-led, many-layered stories set in strange new worlds that usually have a touch of magic about them. She likes to focus on family, friendships and the way people’s lives interconnect and, as her aim is to make her work easily readable by those aged eight and upwards, she also tries weave in a fast-moving plot and a fair amount of humour too. Her big success so far has been the seven-book series, SEPTIMUS HEAP, which was published in thirty three languages and got to number one on the USA NYT bestsellers list. Her other popular series, for younger children, is ARAMINTA SPOOK.

Abdul Qadir

Writer

Abdul Qadir writes about people and their flaws

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About Abdul Qadir

Abdul Qadir writes about people and their flaws, living in the grey area between right and wrong. These are sometimes ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances, where morality cannot be defined as black and white. Told from a decidedly Pakistani perspective, these are stories of an underbelly that knows no borders.

Amitabh D Sarwate

Writer and Poet

Amitabh D Sarwate is a writer and a poet

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About Amitabh D Sarwate

Amitabh D Sarwate is a writer and a poet. The co-author of a management book, a technology and finance blog, Amitabh has contributed numerous articles to newspapers. His short story 'Arranged Marriage' was a finalist in a humorous short story competition held by Penguin, India. He has worked in senior positions at companies like Hewlett Packard, Seagate, Cisco and Twitter, and is also the founder of a technology startup company. He currently resides in the Bay Area, USA

Anjali Purohit

Artist, Writer, Poet, Translator and Curator

Anjali Purohit is an artist, writer, poet, translator and curator

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About Anjali Purohit

Anjali Purohit is an artist, writer, poet, translator and curator. She is the author of two books, Ragi Ragini: Chronicles from Aji’s Kitchen (Yoda Press, 2012) and Go Talk to the River: the Ovis of Bahinabai Choudhari (Yoda Press, 2019). Her writing has featured in several anthologies and literary journals including International Gallerie, Coldnoon, Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry II, Four Quarters Magazine, Indian Cultural Forum: Guftugu, The Bombay Review, Anti serious, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Desilit, Chowk, Teksto, Indian Writing from Around the World, Urban Voice India and Suvarnarekha. She is the founder and curator of The Cappuccino Adda. She is presently working on her forthcoming book of poetry.

Avinash Dharmadhikari

Artist, Writer, Poet, Translator and Curator

Avinash Dharmadhikari joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1986

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About Avinash Dharmadhikari

Avinash Dharmadhikari joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1986. He has held the posts of Sub-Divisional Officer, Phaltan (Satara District); Officer on Special Duty to Chief Secretary; Chief Executive Officer, Ratnagiri ZillaParishad; Additional Collector, Pune; Collector, Raigad and the Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He established an educational trust named 'Chanakya Mandal Pariwar' which works for personality development, career guidance, entrepreneurship development and also guides for the competitive exams on national and state levels. He is a good orator. In addition to Aswastha Dashakachi Diary, he is the author of many critically acclaimed books.

Aparna Purohit

Artist, Writer, Poet, Translator and Curator

Having started her film career assisting directors such as Aparna Sen, Bharatbala and Naseeruddin Shah

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About Aparna Purohit

Having started her film career assisting directors such as Aparna Sen, Bharatbala and Naseeruddin Shah, Aparna soon graduated to production responsibilities. Aparna is amongst the 2020 Impact top 50 Influential Women of the year. Recently, she has been recognized by Fortune India and Business Today amongst the Most Powerful Women in 2020. She was selected as the Chairperson for Promax India Virtual 2020 Awards. Her corporate journey began with Sony Entertainment Television. Later she joined UTV Motion Pictures (2007- 2008) and line produced films. She then joined Reliance Entertainment (2008-2010). She moved to NFDC (2010) as a consultant. Aparna is currently the Head of India Originals at Amazon Prime Video, India

Bhawana Somaaya

Film critic and Writer

Bhawana Somaaya has been a film critic for almost 40 years

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About Bhawana Somaaya

Bhawana Somaaya has been a film critic for almost 40 years and has contributed columns to various publications like The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, Pioneer, BBC and many more. She is the former editor of Screen and has authored several books on cinema that includes biographies of Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan. She has served on Advisory Panel of CBFC India, on the Shyam Benegal committee and also the Governing Council FTII, Pune. Somaaya was conferred with Padma Shri in 2017. She is the Entertainment Editor at 92.7BigFM Radio Channel and Letters to Mother is her 17th book

Chitralekha Purandare (Dr)

Writer and Author

Dr.Chitralekha Purandare is an award winning author and a highly sought after name when it comes to writing Celebrity Biographies

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About Chitralekha Purandare (Dr)

Dr.Chitralekha Purandare is an award winning author and a highly sought after name when it comes to writing Celebrity Biographies in Maharashtra. Chitralekha has authored more than 18 biographies, has published over 300 articles in newspapers, magazines and periodicals. Her genre of writing includes Fiction, Spiritual and Religion.Her worthwhile accomplishments are very much appreciated throughout the nation and two of her books namely ‘Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare’ and ‘Pragatisheel Shetkari Shri Gyaneshwar Bodake’ have been published through the hands of Bharatratna Lata Mangeshkar and Union Minister Smiriti rani respectively.

Daniel Hahn

Writer, Editor and Translator

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with seventy-something books to his name

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About Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with seventy-something books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among many others. He is a past chair of the Society of Authors and the UK Translators Association.

Dipankar Mukherjee

Publisher and Director

Dipankar Mukherjee is the publisher and director of Readomania, one of Indian’s youngest traditional publishing houses

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About Dipankar Mukherjee

Dipankar Mukherjee is the publisher and director of Readomania, one of Indian’s youngest traditional publishing houses. Under his leadership, the house has produced over 100 books in just about 5 years, with some critically acclaimed titles as well. He is an engineer and holds an MBA degree from IIT Madras and had been in the corporate world for 9 years, before becoming an entrepreneur. He also manages business interests in consumer appliances under the brand Aeronova, in hospitality and manufacturing.

Denise Silvey

Actress, Singer

Denise Silvey trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

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About Denise Silvey

Denise Silvey trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began her career as an actress and singer working in the West End, film, television and radio, before moving into casting, production and general management. Denise played Miss Casewell twice in the West End production of The Mousetrap, before becoming Production Supervisor for the show in 2009 and then Artistic Director in 2018. She has cast every West End production since 2009, and tours since 2015 .Recipient of both Stage One Bursary and Start Up Fund for producers she is also an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and CDMT and is a singing teacher and coach.

Darshan Mondkar

Social and Political Commentator

Darshan Mondkar has been a social and political commentator since 2010

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About Darshan Mondkar

Darshan Mondkar has been a social and political commentator since 2010 and has managed to rope in an audience with his command over current issues and his ability to portray them in a realistic and yet simplistic manner. A master narrator, Darshan Mondkar has the ability to create fictional characters to almost dance alive vividly in the reader's mind leaving an unforgettable imprint which will probably remain with you forever. His articles have been published in various websites of leading digital news magazines such as The Citizen, National views, The News Minute, Huffinton post, The Quint , National Herald among many others.

François Bon

Author

François Bon was born in Vendée, in 1953

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About François Bon

François Bon was born in Vendée, in 1953. Published his first book, Sortie d’usine, in 1982. Among numerous other books, fiction or autobiography, a trilogy on the rock (biographies of the Rolling Stones, Dylan, Led Zeppelin). He experimented in the 2000s drama and documentary film, and creative writing workshops. He created in 1997 his first website, today his main experimentation platform, www.tierslivre.net. Currently teaches literary arts at the National School of Arts Paris-Cergy. Founder & CEO of Tiers Livre Éditeur.

Graham

Actor

Graham trained at RADA and is best known for playing Nigel Pargetter in the radio series The Archers

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About Graham

Graham trained at RADA and is best known for playing Nigel Pargetter in the radio series The Archers for 27 years. His theatre credits include more than 20 names including The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary tour). Similarly his Television credits include more than 20 names. His Film credits include: Peterloo, Gandhi, Good and Bad atGames, Honest, Little Dorrit, These Foolish Things and Wild Target. He was the recipient of the Broadcaster of the Year Award 2010 from the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Voice of Listenerand Viewer Special Award 2010.

Harshali Singh (Dr)

Author, Poet, Academician, Teacher trainer, Occupational Therapist

Dr. Harshali Singh is a New Delhi based Member of the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum- BYPL

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About Harshali Singh (Dr)

Dr. Harshali Singh is a New Delhi based Member of the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum- BYPL, a former member at the Consumer District Redressal Forum, an Author, a Poet, an academician, a teacher trainer, an Occupational Therapist, an avid reader and a passionate Painter. She has written in several literary genres ranging from poetry to fiction, columns to essays. She is the contributing author in several anthologies. Her short stories are featured in several e magazines. She has also chaired discussions with eminent personalities in their chosen fields of World Peace, Meditation, Infertility and Social Causes and stalwarts in the field of Writing.

Jane Goodall (Dr)

Ethologist and Environmentalist

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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About Jane Goodall (Dr)

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. At the age of 26, she travelled from England to Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of the wild chimpanzees. Today there are 24 Jane Goodall Institutes working across the globe.She has received many awards and honorary degrees, has authored books for adults and children and has featured in numerous documentaries and films.

Jennifer Croft

Author, Critic and Translator

Jennifer Croft is an American author, critic and translator.

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About Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft is an American author, critic and translator. She won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her memoir Homesick and the Man Booker International Prize for her translation from Polish of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. Her other translations include Romina Paula’s August, Federico Falco’s A Perfect Cemetery, Pedro Mairal’s The Woman from Uruguay, and Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob. Her next books are Serpientes y escaleras (Entropía) and Notes on Postcards (Catapult). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa.

Janaki Lenin

Author

Janaki Lenin is the author of two volumes of My Husband and Other Animals.

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About Janaki

A city girl gone feral, Janaki Lenin is the author of two volumes of My Husband and Other Animals. Her latest is Every Creature Has a Story released in August 2020. She writes on a wide range of wildlife and conservation subjects for newspapers and magazines. She and her human partner share their home on the outskirts of Chennai with numerous pets and free-ranging wild creatures.

Ketan Anand

Writer, Director, Producer, Actor and Author

He is the eldest son of legendary film-maker Chetan Anand &Writer-Actress Uma Anand.

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About Ketan Anand

He has Co-authored the book “Chetan Anand: The Poetics of Film” with his mother. He started his film career as an Associate Producer from “Heer-Ranjha”. He has directed four major films AAJA MERI JAAN, TOOTE KHILONE, HUM RAHE NA HUM, SHART and two TV Serial for DD “PARAMVIR CHAKRA” &“V.I.J.A.Y”. He has expressed his creative potential as an actor in four films Funtoosh, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Ravaan, HEXING. He is the eldest son of legendary film-maker Chetan Anand &Writer-Actress Uma Anand and Nephew of Dev Anand and Vijay Anand, Cousin of Shekhar Kapoor.

Kiran Manral

Author, TEDx Speaker, Columnist, Mentor and Feminist.

Kiran Manral is an award-winning and bestselling Indian author.

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About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral is an award-winning and bestselling Indian author, TEDx Speaker, columnist, mentor and feminist. She has written books across genres in both fiction and nonfiction.

Koral Dasgupta

Author

Koral has published five books ranging from comedy to classic.

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About Koral Dasgupta

Koral is an author. She writes academic non fictions and relationship dramas. She is a compulsive storyteller, often with a dash of humour. She is the founder of www.tellmeyourstory.in, a crowdsourced storytelling platform where stories create the narrative of a generation. She consults with educational and corporate bodies on content and communication projects and workshops. When she is tired or sad or angry, she paints.

Kulpreet Yadav

Author

An author of fourteen book

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About Kulpreet Yadav

An author of fourteen books, Kulpreet Yadav retired voluntarily from the armed forces to pursue a career in writing in 2014. He was the winner of the Best Fiction Writer for 2018 award at the Gurgaon Literature Festival. He lives in New Delhi.

Kena Shree

Writer, Poet and Storyteller

Kena Shree is a writer, poet and storyteller

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About Kena Shree

Kena Shree is a writer, poet and storyteller. She has written for the Huffington Post, Hindustan Times, Cox and Kings India, Women's Web and She The People among other writing forums, and also writes a column for Times of India web besides running a popular personal blog "Words and Vigenettes". Her storytelling videos on YouTube have over 5 million views and she is also a TEDx speaker. She gets a mention as --- 100 influencers to follow on Twitter, Bombay's Top 100 HR under 40, "100 inspiring women at workplace" and more. Her biography features in the book "Folktales -- Inspiring Souls of Awadh".

Karuna Datta

Author, and Army doctor

Karuna Datta is an Army doctor of about 25 years of experience in the medical profession

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About Karuna Datta

Karuna Datta is an Army doctor of about 25 years of experience in the medical profession. This book is her attempt to share the academic experience as a self help for better health of our population. As a doctor, she feels that one of our major aims should be to prevent the disease from happening and this book is about prevention of sleep problems and increasing motivation of the reader to look after one's sleep which, if neglected becomes a cause for emotional, physical and mental ill health.

Lipika Bhushan

Senior Marketer and Publicity Proffesional

An award-winning senior marketing and publicity professional

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About Lipika Bhushan

An award-winning senior marketing and publicity professional, Lipika Bhushan heads MarketMyBook, leading publicity and digital marketing agency for writers and publishers. She started her career in publishing with heading marketing at Harper Collins India and has worked with over 500 writers across the world and has been a consultant to some of the top publishers in India and abroad. Lipika is a poet and also contributes as an industry expert to various publications.

Leonhard Thoma

Writer, and Teacher

Leonhard Thoma was born in Aschaffenburg/Germany in 1966

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About Leonhard Thoma

Leonhard Thoma was born in Aschaffenburg/Germany in 1966. He studied German literature and philosophy at Munich University (M.A.). After working in Dijon and Paris as an assistant teacher, he moved to Barcelona, teaching German language and literature at university for many years. Since the late 1990s, he has been writing short stories for teaching German as a foreign language/DaF (incl. ‘Der Hundetraum’, ‘Das Idealpaar’ etc.). He is currently based in Augsburg/Germany. Along with writing he has also conducted lectures and workshops all over the world.

Lata Gwalani

Writer, and Columnist

Lata enjoyed a career spanning over three decades as a journalist, a columnist, a corporate trainer

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About Lata Gwalani

Lata enjoyed a career spanning over three decades as a journalist, a columnist, a corporate trainer, before turning into a full-time writer. Her writings have appeared in The Hindu, The Indian Express, ME Magazine, and Arre, a digital content portal.Lata loves to play the narrator of human experiences, transporting readers to a place where the lives of strong people with endearing flaws entwine in equally intriguing plots and landscapes. Her debut novel Incognito, and the more recent Prisoners of Secrets, have richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots. Her ability to tell an everyday story in a sensuous and evocative style has earned her a devoted readership from across the world.She teaches creative writing and storytelling through her forum called Kathaasis.

Manbeena Sandhu

Writer

Manbeena Sandhu is based in Toronto, Canada.

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About Manbeena Sandhu

Manbeena Sandhu is based in Toronto, Canada. Sandhu has been closely following the Bhagwaan Rajneesh movement for the past twenty-five years, and her book ‘Nothing to Loose’ is a result of the intense research and multiple interviews and meetings with Ma Anand Sheela. In addition to being a writer, she works as an addictions counsellor in Canada. Sandhu has previously written a work of fiction Layla in the Sky with Diamonds. Nothing to Lose is her first foray into nonfiction.

Martin Edwards

Novelist

Martin Edwards is a British crime novelist and a winner of several eminent awards.

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About Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards is a British crime novelist and a winner of several eminent awards. He is the 2020 recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger for the sustained excellence of his work. He has also won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards, the CWA Short Story Dagger and Dagger in the Library, and the Poirot award for his contribution to the genre.

Maya Lang

Author

Maya Shanbhag Lang is the first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants

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About Maya Lang

Maya Shanbhag Lang is the author of What We Carry: A Memoir, named a New York Times’ Editors’ Pick and an Amazon Best Book of 2020 and The Sixteenth of June (Scribner), Finalist for the Audie Award for Best Audio Book. Lang’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Times of India, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and In Style, among others. Recipient of the Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, she has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and others. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from SUNY Stony Brook.

Mona Verma

Author

Mona Verma is an award-winning author of 8 works of fiction

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About Mona

Mona Verma is an award-winning author of 8 works of fiction. She has edited various science journals, self-help books, biographies and is a regular feature writer for online news papers. Her books have been the subject of thesis for many Research Scholars and excerpts from her book have been used in the ICSE ELT series. She is on board of various Universities as an advisory expert. She co-owns DISHA, a Corporate Training firm. She is the recipient of the Woman of Substance Award, Hindustan Times Woman of The Year Award, Uttarakhand Ratna and many more.

Milan Vohra

Author

Milan Vohra is the author of four books

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About Milan Vohra

Milan Vohra is the author of four books. Her first, ‘The Love Asana’ (Harlequin,2010) made her India’s first Mills & Boon author. Her second, a romcom, ‘Tick-tock we’re 30’, (Westland 2013) has been acquired by a biggie studio for screen adaptation. ‘Our Song’ (Harper Collins, 2019) is a witty romance centred around music. Her latest book ‘Head over heels’ (Amazon Kindle, 2020) is about forgiveness and finding love. Milan also writes short stories. Milan is a TEDx speaker and an awarded advertising professional. Milan also enjoys writing for various publications. She has been creative director at India's leading advertising agencies.

Meghnad Desai

Writer and Chairman

Meghnad Desai was associated for thirty-eight years with the London School of Economics (LSE)

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About Meghnad Desai

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Meghnad Desai was associated for thirty-eight years with the London School of Economics (LSE) where he was Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance (1991-2003). He was elevated to the House of Lords in June 1991. He is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum ( OMFIF). He has written over thirty books on economics, history, politics and cinema, as well as fiction. He received the Pravasi Bharatiya Puraskar in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2008.

Manohar Sonawane

Editor, Poet, Writer and translator

Manohar Sonawane is the editor of the Vishwakarma Publications, Pune

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About Manohar Sonawane

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Manohar Sonawane is the editor of the Vishwakarma Publications, Pune. He is also a poet, writer and translator. He has 10 books to his credit, so far. Recently, he jointly authored a novel titled 'Tirupati: Ek Lokvilakshan Devkatha' with Deepak Karandikar. He has own many prestigious literary awards including Government of Maharashtra’s Yashwantarao Chavan literary award for his literary work 'Sadara Badalaleli Manase'. He is also a recipient of professional excellence award by Rotary Club of Pashan, Pune for his editorial skills. An extract of his book was included in Kumar Bharati text book of 9th standard during the period 2012-17.

Meeran Chadha Borwankar (Dr)

Author, Deputy Commissioner

Belongs to 1981 batch of the Indian Police Service (Maharashtra Cadre)

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About Meeran Chadha Borwankar (Dr)

Belongs to 1981 batch of the Indian Police Service (Maharashtra Cadre). Held various positions in service including Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D),Director General National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Chief of Maharashtra Prison Department, Commissioner of Police Pune, Chief of Crime Branch Mumbai, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mumbai. She also worked in Economic Offences and Anti-corruption wings of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Author of two books, ‘Leaves of Life’ and ‘Inspector Chougule’, she conducted a research study on ‘Gender in Maharashtra Police’ and writes extensively for national and international journals.

Mayur Didolkar

Novelist

Mayur Didolkar has published three novels and several short stories

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About Mayur Didolkar

Mayur Didolkar has published three novels and several short stories. Nagin, his story collection about shape-shifters, was published to general acclaim. At present he is awaiting publication of his next two novels while working on several screenwriting projects. Mayur has tried his hands at diverse hobbies like running marathons and doing stand-up comedy.

Nim Gholkar

Author and Intenational Speaker

Nim Gholkar is an author, international speaker and life coach based in Sydney, Australia

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About Nim Gholkar

Nim Gholkar is an author, international speaker and life coach based in Sydney, Australia. Hers is a quintessential migrant achievement story. Working her way up through different corporate roles while raising a family, Nim’s successful navigation of challenges became the cornerstone of her popular empowerment programmes. Through her businesses ‘Nims Media’ and ‘Nims Academy Australia’, Nim continues to inspire global audiences and helps young and old alike, to become a little wiser and a little happier in their personal and professional lives. Nim is the author of 4 popular books: ‘Diary of an Immigrant Bride’, ‘Unlock The Real You’, ‘A Little Wiser, A Little Happier’ and ‘Success Café'.

Nandini Vijayaraghavan

Finance professional, Columnist and Translator

Nandini Vijayaraghavan is a corporate finance professional with extensive experience in researching

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About Nandini Vijayaraghavan

Nandini Vijayaraghavan is a corporate finance professional with extensive experience in researching Asia Pacific corporates. Nandini’s writings – columns, case studies and books – focus on the Asian business landscape and translations of Tamil works of literature into English. The Singapore Blue Chips is her maiden corporate biography. Nandini’s debut publication is an English translation of Kalki R Krishnamurthy’s Tamil classic, Sivakamiyin Sabadham (Sivakami’s Oath). she holds postgraduate degrees in Economics and Finance from Tufts University and London Business School respectively and is a CFA charter holder.

Peter Altman (Dr)

Biochemist, Writer and Speaker

Dr Peter Altman is trained as a biochemist and now works as a science writer and speaker

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About Peter Altman (Dr)

Dr Peter Altman is trained as a biochemist and now works as a science writer and speaker. His areas of special interest include cosmology, biochemistry and photography. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Bricket Wood Science Group and a member of the Magic Circle in London.

Prashasti Rastogi

Publisher

With over 13 years of experience in Publishing, Higher education, Technology, Culture & Media

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About Prashasti Rastogi

With over 13 years of experience in Publishing, Higher education, Technology, Culture & Media, Prashasti has worked at the cross-section of the creative sector in an endeavour to create networks that will build the future of content. Currently she is Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Communications at Wiley in India. She has run conferences, higher education expos, upskilling programmes for publishing – online and offline, podcasts on creative industries and speaks regularly at various forums. She has worked closely with Government - Departments and Agencies, corporates, and academic institutions on strategic partnerships to further academic exchange.

Pallavi Aiyar

journalist

An award winning journalist, Pallavi Aiyar has worked as a foreign correspondent for over 15 years

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About Pallavi Aiyar

An award winning journalist, Pallavi Aiyar has worked as a foreign correspondent for over 15 years, reporting from China, Europe, Indonesia and Japan. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and also serves on the WEF's Global Council on the Future of Media and Entertainment. She is the author of several books. Pallavi was a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University and is the youngest winner of the Prem Bhatia memorial prize for political reporting for her dispatches from China. Pallavi is currently based in Madrid, Spain., from where she writes for international publications.

Prachi Sharma

Author, Editor, Content developer, Writer and Journalist

Prachi Sharma is an author, editor, content developer

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About Prachi Sharma

Prachi Sharma is an author, editor, content developer, award-winning short story writer, blogger, and aspiring journalist. She obtained her Master degree in Pharmacy Practice from Manipal University and has since worked in health communication. She is the author of six published books, three of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, and two of her short stories have been published by Juggernaut Books.One of her stories was recently accepted in a feminist anthology, and others have appeared in online literary magazines. She is currently working on her first collection of horror stories and a crime series set in Bollywood.

Preeti Pathak

Author and Emotional Coach

A renowned author, emotional coach and practitioner of yoga and meditation

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About Preeti Pathak

A renowned author, emotional coach and practitioner of yoga and meditation, Preeti Pathak has authored two books on mindful living titled ‘25 Essentials To Happy Living’ and ‘Enrich Life’. Preeti also conducts workshops on mindfulness with emotions. Enrich Life was selected by National book Trust, India for International Book Fair in Azerbaijan and Colombo, 2019. Preeti also writes as a freelancer for renowned publications and newspapers from time to time..

Rajesh Talwar

Author

Rajesh Talwar has written on a variety of themes ranging from social justice to law and culture

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About Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar has written on a variety of themes ranging from social justice to law and culture for international and national magazines, newspapers, and websites including The Guardian, The Economic Times, the Pioneer, and Sunday Observer. His non-fiction works range from books on legal literacy and human rights to those on the sacred feminine and world culture. More recently, Rajesh Talwar wrote the best-selling ‘Courting Injustice: The Nirbhaya Case and Its Aftermath’ . Talwar is also a playwright where he has focussed on social themes.

Rekha Vinaykumar Diwekar (Prof)

Nutritionist and Speacialist

Prof. Rekha Vinaykumar Diwekar is a nutritionist and health specialist

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About Rekha

Prof. Rekha Vinaykumar Diwekar is a nutritionist and health specialist. She wasLecturer at Sathye College, Vile Parle. She retired in 2010 after 35 years of service. She has been practicing organic farming just outside Mumbai. Post her retirement, she has been giving talks and conducting workshops on topics like Chemistry in the kitchen, Yog and Aahaar, Staying youthful forever, Slimmer waist and Fuller Life, etc., across India and abroad.

Ricardo Fayet

Author and Businessman

Ricardo Fayet is one of the four founders of Reedsy

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About Ricardo Fayet

Ricardo Fayet is one of the four founders of Reedsy, a marketplace connecting authors to the world’s top publishing talent—from editors to cover designers, book marketers, author website designers, and literary translators. He’s the author of several Reedsy Learning courses on book marketing and a regular presenter at several prestigious writers’ conferences: NINC, RWA Australia, and The Self Publishing Show Live, among others.

Ruby Gupta

Author

Ruby Gupta is the bestselling author of eight books, including the murder mystery

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About Ruby Gupta

Ruby Gupta is the bestselling author of eight books, including the murder mystery, ‘No Illusions in Xanadu’ published by Bloomsbury, the suspenseful, ‘A Degree in Death’ (Long Listed for the Crossword Award), and the mystical, ‘Maya: A Novel’. An awardee of the GSE for USA by Rotary International; and recipient of the Pratibha Samman Award; she is currently working as Professor & HoD Humanities, at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

Rakhee Bakshee

Veteran Media and Communications Professional

Rakhee Bakshee is a Veteran Media and Communications Professional with over a decade of experience in the Industry

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About Rakhee Bakshee

Rakhee Bakshee is a Veteran Media and Communications Professional with over a decade of experience in the Industry. She has also been active as a social entrepreneur. A Credible name is anchoring hosting and moderating Ms, Bakshee has served as Former Media Adviser to the Former Lok Sabha Speaker and handled significant assignments in the Parliament. Till recently, she has been hosting a popular English weekly show titled “The Quest” On Rajya Sabha TV. The show, featuring eminent political personalities and well known Public Figures, got rave reviews from people all across the nation and the globe.

Ratnaa Sinha

Assistant Director, Director

Ratnaa Sinha started as an Assistant Director to Vinod Chopra

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About Ratnaa Sinha

Ratnaa Sinha started as an Assistant Director to Vinod Chopra. She has produced 6 shows for various channels including Star, Sony and Zee. She has directed over a 100 music videos for various music labels like T series, Saregama and Universal. She has directed Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana with Raj Kumar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda. She is currently directing a young coming of age movie being produced by Anubhav Sinha starring Prit Kamani and Eisha Singh.

Randip Sahu (Colonel)

Retired Colonel and Author

Colonel Randip Sahu is a retired army officer with over 33 years of commissioned service

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Randip Sahu (Colonel)

Colonel Randip Sahu is a retired army officer with over 33 years of commissioned service. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Kharakvasla, he has a graduate degree from JNU, an MBA postgraduate degree from IGNOU, and an MPM postgraduate degree from Pune University. He loves singing, traveling, playing golf, and writing fiction. The Honour Code is his debut work. His novel, The Goat Farm, is in the works. Married, with two children, he lives with his wife in Pune.

Ritu Lalit

Novelist, Writer and Blogger

Ritu Lalit is an Indian novelist, short story writer, and blogger

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Ritu Lalit

Ritu Lalit is an Indian novelist, short story writer, and blogger. She is author of seven novels. She started blogging in 2007 and won many accolades from both the main blogging platforms of India, Blogadda and Indiblogger. She has recently started a podcast called THE SHIFT that deals with the shift of mindset from materialism to spirituality and new age philosophy. She also runs an editing and writing circle on Facebook to encourage young authors to learn and polish their craft.She has written short stories that have been featured in the NCERT curriculum and anthologies.

Rupangi Sharma

Author and Editor

Rupangi Sharma is an author, editor, and an edupreneur who lives and works in Mumbai

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Rupangi Sharma

Rupangi Sharma is an author, editor, and an edupreneur who lives and works in Mumbai. She has edited India Alive, which features South Asia’s most influential thinkers. She holds a postgraduate degree in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. As a certified Yoga trainer, she practices Yoga and mindfulness daily. She is the Founder & CEO of EFG Learning | Education For Growth, a Mumbai-based education consultancy. She has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Boston, among other leading educational institutions in India and abroad.

Radhika Raje

Markerter

Radhika Raje heads the marketing team at one of India’s leading publishing houses, Jaico Publishing House

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Radhika Raje

Radhika Raje heads the marketing team at one of India’s leading publishing houses, Jaico Publishing House. After being involved editorially in newspapers like Free Press Journal and magazines like Time Out India and Man's World, Radhika has opted to work with books and to promote reading as a culture, through various offline and online platforms.

Saira Shah Halim

Activist, TedX Speaker, Educator, Writer, Theatre Personality, Image and brand consultant

Saira Shah Halim is a social and peace activist

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About Saira

Saira Shah Halim is a social and peace activist, TedX Speaker,an educator, a writer, a theatre personality, Image and brand consultant and a free spirit. Saira has metamorphosed as one of the prominent social and gender activists of the country and spends her time taking up the cudgels of society,the causes of the disenfranchised, andpolitically marginalized and is a well known face on Indian national television She was awarded with the SAARC Women’s award by the SAARC Women’s Association Dhaka for her contribution in the cultural, literary and bi lateral contribution with SAARC countries at Dhaka.

Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta

Writer

Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta is Bong Mom, the nom de plume behind the very popular blog 'Bong Mom's Cookbook.

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About Sandeepa

Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta is Bong Mom, the nom de plume behind the very popular blog 'Bong Mom's Cookbook'. She has been entertaining her readers with food and stories for over ten years and is the go-to source for Bengali cooking on the web. An engineer by profession, she lives with her family in New Jersey, USA.

Sarah Ward

Author

Sarah Ward is the author of four DC Childs novels

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About Sarah

Sarah Ward is the author of four DC Childs novels set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives and a gothic thriller, The Quickening, written as Rhiannon Ward. Sarah was a 2015 Amazon Rising Star, A Patient Fury was The Observer's Thriller of the Month in 2017 and The Shrouded Path an Amazon kindle top ten bestseller.

Saurav Dey

Screen-Writer

As screenwriter Saurav co-wrote Amazon Prime’s first show in India

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About Saurav

As screenwriter Saurav co-wrote Amazon Prime’s first show in India – the Emmy-nominated ‘Inside Edge’ (2017) and ‘Inside Edge2’ (2019) and was involved in the entire process of both the shows – from the inception to the shoot to the final product. Saurav co-wrote the screenplay (and additional dialogues) of ‘Scam 1992’ – India’s highest rated show on imdb.Saurav had won the prestigious IDPA (Indian Documentary Producers’ Association) award for his student documentary ‘Chasing Angelina Jolie' (2008). He directed a TV series - 'India Investigates' for Fox History. Saurav also worked as the Creative Producer of the independent Assamese film 'Bokul'.

Scott Eyman

Author

Scott Eyman is an American author, and former book editor and art critic of The Palm Beach Post

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About Scott

Scott Eyman is an American author, and former book editor and art critic of The Palm Beach Post. He is a frequent book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal and Film Comment, and was a contributor for The New York Observer. He has written 15 books. His books specialize in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Shashi Tharoor (Dr)

Author

Dr Shashi Tharoor, a third-term Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, is the bestselling author of twenty-two books

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About Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor, a third-term Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and for External Affairs in the Government of India. He has won numerous awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. In 2019, Dr. Tharoor was also awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in the category of ‘English Non-Fiction’ for his book An Era of Darkness. He chairs Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology.

Shohini Ghose (Dr)

Physicist and Proffessor

Dr Shohini Ghose is an award-winning theoretical physicist, and a Professor of physics and computer science

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About Shohini

Dr Shohini Ghose is an award-winning theoretical physicist, and a Professor of physics and computer science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. She and her colleagues were the first to experimentally find a connection between chaos theory and quantum entanglement. Dr. Ghose is an expert in quantum physics and serves as Co-Editor of Canadian Journal of Physics. She is a TED Senior Fellow and TED speaker, featured on TED Talks India.

Shunali Khullar Shroff

Novelist

Shunali Khullar Shroff is the author of the bestselling novels

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About Shunali

Shunali Khullar Shroff is the author of the bestselling novel Love in the time of Affluenza and Battle Hymn of a Bewildered Mother. Shunali writes for a host of publications on modern Indian life, travel and feminism.

Suhas Palshikar (Prof.)

Chief Editor and Co-director

Suhas Palshikar, taught political science from 1978 to 2016

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About Suhas

Suhas Palshikar, taught political science from 1978 to 2016. He is co-director of Lokniti, a research programme on comparative democracy, and chief editor of the biannual journal brought out by Sage, Studies in Indian Politics. He was also editor of Samaaj Prabodhan Patrika during 1990-2004. He is associated with the National Election Study since the 1996 elections. Professor Palshikar writes in English and Marathi on contemporary politics and has also written extensively in academic publications on the theme of democratic politics in India. Besides participating in many international seminars, Professor Palshikar has been a visiting fellow at University of Chicago and Brown University.

Sidharth Jain

Founder of India's First Story Company

Sidharth Jain founded India's First Story Company - The Story Ink (TSI) in April 2018

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About Sidharth Jain

Sidharth Jain founded India's First Story Company - The Story Ink (TSI) in April 2018 after a 2-year stint at India’s No.1 OTT platform - Hotstar.com - where he was the Creative Head for Original & Licensed Content. In a span of 24 months, TSI has become India’s No.1 Book to Screen Company, with over 100+ book to screen adaptation deals. TSI has now expanded to Development & Production via a series of Co-Productions with established production companies in Bombay, Dubai, London and Los Angeles. He has worked as a producer in Hollywood & Bollywood between 2002-2008.

Sanjeev Mathur

Co-founder and Editorial Head

Sanjeev Mathur is the Co-founder and Editorial Head of The Book Bakers Literary Agency

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About Sanjeev Mathur

Sanjeev Mathur is the Co-founder and Editorial Head of The Book Bakers Literary Agency. An editor and seasoned writer, Mr Mathur has worked on more than 300 books across various genres and also offers publishing consultancy to many publishers. With over 34 years experience as a marketing and brand strategist, Mr. Mathur has been a popular blogger and also writes concepts for the visual medium. He has ghost written books, op-eds, columns and articles on wide ranging subjects. He has assisted and advised film actor, Sanjay Khan, and classical vocalist, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan for their autobiographies.

Sutapa Basu

Author

Sutapa Basu is a best-selling author

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About Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu is a best-selling author. Her latest book, The Curse of Nader Shah won the Best Fiction Award by AutHer Awards, 2020 instituted by JK Papers and The Times of India. She is the 2016 First Prize winner of The Times of India’s Write India Campaign for Amish Tripathi while her debut, a psychological thriller, Dangle was nominated for the PILF Anupam Kher Award for Debut Novels in 2017. A poet, author, publishing professional, her short stories have appeared in anthologies, Crossed & Knotted, Defiant Dreams, When They Spoke and Write India Stories.

Salil Desai

Author, Columnist and Film-maker

Salil Desai is an author, columnist and film-maker based in Pune

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About Salil Desai

Salil Desai is an author, columnist and film-maker based in Pune. Murder Milestone (2020) is the 4th book of his much-acclaimed Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series, on the heels of 3 and a Half Murders (2017), The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen (2015) and Killing Ashish Karve (2014). The screen rights of his book The Sane Psychopath (2018), have been acquired by Endemol India. An alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Salil was also one of the 4 international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark in June 2016.

Shantanu Datta

Journalist and Writer

Shantanu Datta has been a journalist for over three decades

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About Shantanu Datta

Shantanu Datta has been a journalist for over three decades, writing, as he loves to say, on everything from election rallies to rock concerts. Shantanu began his tryst with journalism at The Telegraph. Later he joined The Indian Express in Delhi. After spending three years there, he moved again to head editions of The Indian Express and The New Indian Express in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. His interactions with several stellar musicians of diverse genres from across the world in these cities prompted his first book, ‘Calling Elvis: Conversations with Some of Music’s Greatest, a Personal History’. Shantanu is now with The Telegraph Online.

Shatrujeet Nath

Author

Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha

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About Shatrujeet Nath

Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which comprises The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru, The Vengeance of Indra and The Wrath of the Hellfires. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. He is also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller. Shatrujeet's next project is an all-new mytho-fantasy series that is also inspired by Hindu mythology.

Shubhrata Prakash

Author and Director

Shubhrata Prakash is an officer with the Indian Revenue Service

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About Shubhrata Prakash

Shubhrata Prakash is an officer with the Indian Revenue Service, and at present, she is posted as Director, NITI Aayog, New Delhi. She has, briefly, worked in the field of advertising with Lintas and Leo Burnett, before joining the Civil Services. She is the author of ‘The D Word: A Survivor’s Guide to Depression’. Her speaking engagements include a talk on ‘Mental Health and Stress in the Workplace’ at UNICEF, Bangkok; at the 8th National Conference of Women in Police in Nov, 2018; and she was a guest speaker at the World Health Day, 2017, event of WHO and Govt of Maharashtra.

Sharmishtha Shenoy

Author

Sharmishtha Shenoy is the author of the Vikram Rana Mystery series.

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About Sharmishtha Shenoy

Sharmishtha Shenoy is the author of the Vikram Rana Mystery series. The books under the series are “Vikram Rana Investigates,” “A Season for Dying,” “Behind the Scenes” and “Fatal Fallout”. She has also published a book of short stories, “Quirky Tales.” Before starting to write, she had been an IT professional and had worked in TCS, Infosys, and Microsoft.

Shirish Thorat

Businessman, Cop, Teacher

Shirish Thorat has been Unemployed, a Businessman, Cop, Teacher, Student, Private military contractor

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About Shirish Thorat

Shirish Thorat has been Unemployed, a Businessman, Cop, Teacher, Student, Private military contractor and an aviation security expert amongst other things and now is the successful author of 4 books. His initial educational graph was self admittedly lack luster but he turned out to be a late bloomer and now holds degrees and diplomas in Commerce,Global security, Aviation security, Police science and is an ICAO certified AVSEC-PM. He is considered an authority on terrorism, global security and law enforcement.

Sujata Parashar

Novelist, Poet, and Writer

Sujata Parashar is an award - winning Indian novelist, poet

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About Sujata Parashar

Sujata Parashar is an award - winning Indian novelist, poet, short - story writer and a psycho-social trainer. She’s also the founder of a talk–therapy based platform with focus on enhancing emotional well being, the Talk – it – Out - Express (TiOE).

Sunil Ramanand

Additional Director General of Police

Sunil Ramanand is an IPS officer of the 1994 batch borne on the Maharashtra Cadre

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About Sunil Ramanand

Sunil Ramanand is an IPS officer of the 1994 batch borne on the Maharashtra Cadre. He is adistinguished alumnus of the then UDCT Bombay (now ICT Mumbai) wherefrom he graduated in Chemical Engineering. He currently the Additional Director General of Police and the Inspector General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Pune. He belongs to Kolhapur.

Saiswaroopa Iyer

Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Writer

An Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and an investment professional turned satisfied writer

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About Saiswaroopa Iyer

An Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and an investment professional turned satisfied writer, Saiswaroopa is the best selling author of four novels, all based on legendary female protagonists from Ancient Hindu Literature. Her second novel Avishi, based on a Rig Vedic hymn, has been acquired for screen adaptation by a major studio. Saiswaroopa is passionate about Ancient Indian history, philosophy and literature. She is a curator at Indic Academy and holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford School of Hindu Studies. As a trained Classical Singer, she has also been awarded a Gold medal by TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

Samrat Phadnis

Social media analyst & a Researcher

Samrat Phadnis is a multimedia professional for more than a two decades

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About Samrat Phadnis

Samrat Phadnis is a multimedia professional for more than a two decades. He joined as a student reporter and reached to the editorship of one of the largest media houses in India, Sakal Media Group. His work in the digital media has won awards from World Association of Newspapers (WAN). He is a social media analyst & a researcher. Impact of social media on communication, journalism & decision making is the topic of his study. He fights against the misinformation & fake news. He has traveled across India & places in the world such as Israel, Malasia, UK & USA, with a journalistic approach and has covered elections, calamities & events of international importance.

Suhail Mathur

Debater, Filmmaker and Quiz Enthusiast

Mr. Suhail Mathur is an avid debater, filmmaker and quiz enthusiast

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About Suhail Mathur

Mr. Suhail Mathur is an avid debater, filmmaker and quiz enthusiast. Suhail is one of the youngest debuting Indian authors to write Historical Fiction. Besides having won several literary competitions and penning down many legal articles, Suhail has finished writing his second and third book as well. He also acts as a literary agent as an integral part of THE BOOK BAKERS, a literary agency that helps find publishing houses for authors.

Tuhin A. Sinha

Author and Politician

Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and politician

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About Tuhin

Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and politician. Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack to experiment with new genres. He has authored 10 books now. His last book, When The Chief Fell in Love with an interesting tagline- Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat…Hindustaniyat, was in news recently as the solution outlined in the book for the Kashmir problem was uncannily similar to the one initiated by the government with the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and reorganization of the state. Tuhin has been a national media panelist. As an articulate speaker, he brings a lot of objectivity to the high decibel TV debates with his structured, nuanced arguments

Tanushree

Writer and Novelist

After eight years in the corporate sector, Tanushree wield her pen and found her calling

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About Tanushree

After eight years in the corporate sector, Tanushree wield her pen and found her calling. She is a well known travel writer and novelist. As a travel writer, she has travelled to over 30 countries and collected dozens of interesting certificates that range from a wine-master's assistant at Australia, an international reindeer driving licence from Lapland, to one for pewter crafting from Royal Selangor. She has written ten successful novels, a dozen best-selling nonfiction titles and over five hundred travel tales. Two of her books, Boots Belts Berets and The Girls in Green are being adapted into web series.

Urjit Patel (Dr)

Chairman and Author

Milan Vohra is the author of four books

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About Urjit Patel (Dr)

Dr.Patel is Chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. He was Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, 2016-18. Earlier he was Deputy Governor in charge of Monetary Policy. Prior to public service he worked, in various capacities, in the private sector: at Reliance Industries Limited and at Infrastructure Development Finance Company. He has also worked at the International Monetary Fund, and was a Consultant to the Indian Ministry of Finance. He was a Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. He is author of Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver published by HarperCollins in July.

Vikram Sood

Writer

Shunali Khullar Shroff is the author of the bestselling novels

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About Vikram

Vikram Sood, a career intelligence officer for thirty-one years who retired in March 2003 after heading the R&AW, is currently adviser at the Observer Research Foundation, an independent public- policy think tank based in New Delhi. He writes regularly on security, foreign relations and strategic issues in journals and newspapers and has contributed chapters related to security, China, intelligence and India's neighbourhood to books published in the last few years. His book, The Unending Game: A Former R&AW Chief’s Insights into Espionage, was published in 2018.

Vivek Singhania

Producer

Vivek is a reputed Indian Producer with both Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters behind him

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About Vivek

Vivek is a reputed Indian Producer with both Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters behind him. He has also produced some of the most acclaimed TV Commercial films. Lately Vivek is also producing web content and working closely with Networks to develop unique and innovative material. Vivek has supported many young and talented writers and is always looking for great published and unpublished stories to bring to the screen. Vivek enjoys international acclaim and has led delegations of Bollywood Producers to various parts of the world. He was made the Cultural Ambassador of Basilicata in Italy.

Vivek Vijayan

Author

After bagging English, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Sanskrit to his kitty, he is currently pursuing Korean

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About Vivek Vijayan

After bagging English, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Sanskrit to his kitty, he is currently pursuing Korean. Research in Veda and authoring a crime thriller would serve as an ideal example of the term, 'contrast'. But it is not, for this is a plot written by an ardent admirer of Sherlock Holmes. What began as a script for a Malayalam movie under the auspices of film director Vivek Vijayan transformed itself into an English novel. His literary works; poems and prose alike, on spirituality, politics and ancient literature has been published in most of the Malayalam dailies and magazines.

Vineet Alurkar

Artist

Vineet Alurkar has been playing music professionally in India & abroad since the last 17 years

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About Vineet Alurkar

Vineet Alurkar has been playing music professionally in India & abroad since the last 17 years. He is the founder of the Austrian Indian jazz rock group 'Yoga Logik'. They released their 3rd studio album which was recorded in Frog mountain studio in Austria in 2016. Vineet performs all over India as a solo artist. He started the student's Group "The BackBenchers" in 2004 which has given several performances till date. Vineet is a visiting faculty in "Rungsted Gymnasium' a HIgh school in Copenhagen where he teaches 'Songwriting' and 'Band Interplay' based on Indian Folk Music.

Vishwas Deshpande

Author

Vishwas Deshpande has worked and retired as a principal of A. B. Highschool, Chalisgaon

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About Vishwas Deshpande

Vishwas Deshpande has worked and retired as a principal of A. B. Highschool, Chalisgaon. He has been awarded AdarshShikshakPurskar by Z P Jalgaon. He has also received Balshastri Jambhekar Rashtriya Shikshak Purskar. His two books have been published by Vishwakarma Publications, Pune - namely *कवडसेसोनेरी... अंतरीचे and आकाशझुला. He continuous writing on social media and the series उगवतीचेरंग is popular among readers on various topics. Every Tuesday there is a program on radio Vishwas 90.8 F M channel named as यासुखांनोया.

Yair Agmon

Yair Agmon is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, and has published three works of fiction and two of nonfiction

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About Yair

Writer, director, film professor, and columnist, Yair Agmon is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, and has published three works of fiction and two of nonfiction. His short films were screened in numerous festivals and were nominated for the Ophir Awards. His documentary web series, The Hitchhikers, co-created with Elad Schwarz, had two successful seasons. His first feature-length documentary, Rachel Agmon, was screened in Official Competition at the last Jerusalem Film Festival.