Neil Hollander has gone through several professions, a university professor, a war correspondent, a sailor, and a writer of children’s books, those with nautical themes and a history of peace. He has crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific in a small sailboat with no engine. As a film maker he has written, produced and directed THE LAST SAILORS, narrated by Orson Welles, (6 international prizes), GOLDLUST-BRAZIL, also narrated by Orson Welles, RIDING THE RAILS (5 international prizes) and produced THE SAND ROSE (7 international prizes). He has also written and directed two feature films starring Stacy Keach, TRAMPS and BIRDS OF PASSAGE and a series of documentaries on contemporary Myanmar (Burma). His work has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C.), the Deutsches Museum (Munich) and the Jim Thompson Museum in Bangkok.
Armed with an MBA from UCLA, and a home-grown flair for the book trade, Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International (OBI) started the publishing arm of the 55-year-old book distribution outfit, Om Book Shop, in 1997. He implemented a strategically planned expansion on the retail front. He is also a consultant with a European publishing house. Today OBI counts amongst its authors Rohit Bal, Maria Goretti, Kris Gethin, Rauf Ahmed Nasreen Munni Kabir, Rohit Khilnani, Ziya Us Salam,, Khalid Mohamed, Vikas Khanna, Raghu Rai, Vir Sanghvi and William Dalrymple.
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