Speakers 2021

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Abhijit Thite

journalist

Mr. Abhijit Thite is a journalist by profession. He has been recognised for his work in literature.

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About Abhijit Thite

Mr. Abhijit Thite is a journalist by profession. He has been recognised for his work in literature - be it his collection of poetry called "Muktak" or his novel "Mukti". He has translated Rich Dad Poor Dad, Giving (Bill Clinton) and few other books to Marathi. With an immense passion for Indian History, he pursued a Masters degree in Indology and has done extensive research on the Iconography. He has presented papers in National Conferences.

Abhimanyu Jamwal

journalist

Born in winters of Jammu City in a multigenerational Police family Abhimanyu never had the luxury to say I always wanted to be a writer.

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About Abhimanyu Jamwal

Born in winters of Jammu City in a multigenerational Police family Abhimanyu never had the luxury to say I always wanted to be a writer. You’ll often hear him say I didn’t choose writing. Writing chose me. Reluctant to stick to one genre, Abhimanyu has developed a writing style that he likes to call Provocative Literary Fiction or PLF. Conflict, chaos and hope within ourselves and around us are the main drivers of Abhimanyu’s stories. SAAT is a collection of 7 short stories that includes genres like Magical Realism, Transgressive fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy and Thriller. Abhimanyu’s first book Beyond three words is a psychological thriller. TalkSick: A writer’s talking blog is where Abhimanyu shares his thoughts on life passing through his eyes, on writing and sometimes poetry. TalkSick can be listened to on Spotify app. The Blog’s written format can be found on his website www.abhimanyujamwal.com.

Aditi Babel

journalist

Aditi Babel, a undergrad in applied arts and post grad in Visual Communication from IDC School of Design.

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About Aditi Babel

Aditi Babel, a undergrad in applied arts and post grad in Visual Communication from IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay accidently discovered the craft of book binding which lead her to explore the subject in Florence, Italy only to come back to her roots and start a communication design and book arts practice in her home town, Udaipur located in the Mewar region of Rajasthan. With a team of designers and artisans whom Aditi trained herself, the studio takes on unconventional projects where they explore the visual as well as tactile subjects and give room for experiments of the story and structure while keeping imagination at the heart of it all. Aditi also teaches regularly and has taught at Nationally recognized institutions like NID Ahmedabad, iDC school of design IIT Bombay and art galleries like TARQ Mumbai and JkK, Jaipur.

Ajay Gupta

PHD, Banker and Author

Dr. Ajay Gupta has 28 years of diverse experience, including Indian Air Force, banking, management education.

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About Ajay Gupta

Dr. Ajay Gupta has 28 years of diverse experience, including Indian Air Force, banking, management education. Dr. Gupta is an Erasmus Mundus Fellow from the University of Milan, Italy. He holds a Ph.D. in organisational psychology from TISS, Mumbai, and a Master in Management from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Gupta has taught in TAPMI, Manipal. He is an invited faculty for many prestigious institutes like IIMs, TISS, NITIE, MNNIT, NIRT, Chennai, Bank of Baroda Apex Academy Gandhinagar, and National Law University, Delhi. Upcoming book is corporate demons. Qualitative Methods & Data Analysis Using ATLAS.ti is in publication process by Springer.

Akhilesh Mishra

Career Diplomat

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra arrived in Dublin on 06 October 2021. He is a career Diplomat.

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About Akhilesh Mishra

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra arrived in Dublin on 06 October 2021. He is a career Diplomat. He belongs to the Indian Foreign Service and has over three decades of rich experience in the entire gamut of Indian diplomacy, covering political, security and geo-strategic affairs; economic & commercial, investment & technology issues; education, research & innovation; cultural & soft power engagements; Indian Diaspora and India’s development partnership with other countries. Ambassador Mishra speaks Spanish, Italian and Nepalese and knows, among Indian languages, Hindi and Sanskrit besides English. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology, both from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and was the topper and Gold Medalist in both, securing a record 10.0 Cumulative Grade Points Average in M. Tech. Besides international affairs, Ambassador Mishra has keen interest in Indian culture, especially Sanskrit Vedic & classical literature, Hindi & Urdu poetry, spirituality, yoga and meditation.

Alexandra Pringle

Editor-in-chief

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra arrived in Dublin on 06 October 2021. He is a career Diplomat.

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About Alexandra Pringle

Alexandra Pringle began her career in publishing at the British magazine Art Monthly, before joining the women's publisher Virago in 1978. She worked on Virago's Modern Classics series and in 1984 she became their Editorial Director until 1991, when she moved to Hamish Hamilton with the same job title. Between 1994 and 1999 she was a literary agent for writers who included Amanda Foreman, Maggie O'Farrell and Ali Smith. Pringle joined Bloomsbury in 1999, as head of the adult publishing division. Pringle is enthusiastic about authors and books but does not believe that paper has to be involved. At one point Stephen King told his publishers that his books must only be on paper, and Pringle went to print to say that authors should not tell their readers how they should read. Currently she is editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury UK.

Alisha ‘Priti’ Kirpalani

Author

"Alisha ‘Priti’ Kirpalani is based in Mumbai, India. She has previously authored two fiction books."

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About Alisha ‘Priti’

Alisha ‘Priti’ Kirpalani is based in Mumbai, India. She has previously authored two fiction books, Out with Lanterns and A Smattering of Darkness, and Ghosts In Our Backyard is her first foray into non-fiction.

Alka Pande (Dr)

Author, Historian and curator

Dr Alka Pande is an art historian, author and curator with two post-graduation degrees one in history and the second in history of art.

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About Dr Alka Pande

Dr Alka Pande is an art historian, author and curator with two post-graduation degrees one in history and the second in history of art. Followed by a PhD in Art History and a Post-Doc in Critical Art Theory, University of London. She has authored numerous books and curated many national and international exhibitions. She is Recipient of the Charles Wallace Award, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by French government, Australian-India Council Special Award, L’Oreal Paris Femina Women award and Amrita Sher-Gil Samman. She built the collection of Indian Artists for the Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria (2010). The Divine Gesture Gallery at the City Palace Museum, Udaipur, and the Outdoor Sculpture Park for the Fateh Prakash, a Taj Property at Udaipur (2020). A Prolific writer Pande has also authored a number of books on Indian Art and Culture. Ardhnarisva: The Androgyne Probing the Gender Within, Body Sutra, Shringara: The Many Faces of Indian Beauty, Pha(bu)llus: A Cultural History. As Artistic Director of Photosphere an initiative of the India Habitat Centre,Pande brought in the Environment and Photographic Practice together as a Public Arts Project. Pande was the Project Director of the First Ever Bihar Museum Biennale, 2021. Currently, Dr Pande is a consultant art advisor and curator of the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi..

Anahita Dhondy

Chef

Anahita Dhondy is former chef—partner SodaBottleOpenerWala, the Bombay Irani Café

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About Anahita Dhondy

Anahita Dhondy is former chef—partner SodaBottleOpenerWala, the Bombay Irani Café and Bar chain that promotes Parsi cuisine. A passionate cook since the age of ten and Le Cordon Bleu Grand Diplome holder, she has won several awards and accolades, including featuring on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list 2019.

Ananth Mahadevan

Actor and Director

National Film Award winning Media personality in films, television, theatre, advertising since 198

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About Ananth Mahadevan

National Film Award winning Media personality in films, television, theatre, advertising since 1980; acted in over 36 theatre productions with over 3000 performances in india and abroad lead roles in about 100 serials on prime time on various channels including Doordarshan, Zee Tv, Sony Etertainment television,Star Plus, and others; Featured roles in 100 films in English, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu. His web series are Scam, Avrodh. he has scripted and directed films and serials for television; directed *more than 2000 episodes of prime time tv programming. Conceived, scripted, directed and modelled in several commercials for top brands; directed films dil vil pyar vyar, dil maange more, staying alive, red alert-the war within, mee sindhutai sapkal, gour hari dastaan…the freedom file, rough book, doctor rakhmabai, : mai ghat, bitter sweet. documentaries/shorts - state of the , village of a lesser god[2019] winner best documentary Filmfare award,winner best documentary for social causes, Rajasthan Int.Film Festival.

Anirban Bhattacharyya

Producer and Writer

Anirban Bhattacharyya has been in the world of Media, Television Production and Content Creation for the past 22 years.

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About Anirban Bhattacharyya

Anirban Bhattacharyya has been in the world of Media, Television Production and Content Creation for the past 22 years. He is the co-Creator, Producer, and Writer of Savdhaan India, one of the most defining crime shows on television. He is also the Producer of Crime Patrol and Fear Files. He is the No.1 bestselling author of the true crime book ‘The Deadly Dozen: India’s Most Notorious Serial Killers’ published by Penguin (India). He has 4 books slated for release in 2022 including a YA fiction. Anirban Bhattacharyya was born in Calcutta and studied in Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong. He did his B.A. (Eng) from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and then M.A. (Mass Comm) in Film & Television from MCRC, New Delhi. He has been the Head of Content at Channel [v] India. He has also been the Head of Non Fiction content and Brand Solutions at The Walt Disney Company (India). He is an award winning Standup Comedian, and a movie actor, when he is not deep diving into the world of true-crime and horror..

Anjali Bhushan

Co-produced and Directed 3 documentaries

ANJALI BHUSHAN has co-produced and directed 3 documentaries with British, Polish and Japanese co-producers. She started her directing career with shows like

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About Anjali Bhushan

ANJALI BHUSHAN has co-produced and directed 3 documentaries with British, Polish and Japanese co-producers. She started her directing career with shows like Namaste India, People’s Club and Take5 for Sony TV, Zee TV and EL TV. Films Anjali has worked on are: Karan Johar’s ‘’Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’’ (Chief Assistant Director), “Albela” (Screenplay Writer & Associate Director), Aziz Mirza’s “Kismat Konection” (Story Writer), “Dharm” (Associate Director), “Shivaay” (Creative Producer); “Satyameva Jayate”, “Hate Story”, “Blackmail”, “Fanney Khan”, “Batla House”, “Marjaanvaan”, “Kabir Singh”, “Arjun Patiala”, “Street Dancer 3D”, “Saina”, “Ludo” (VP Creative, T-Series); “Ray” Season 1, “Jamtara” Season2, “She” Season 2, “Shabaash Mithu” (Executive Producer) amongst others. She is currently working with Viacom18Studios as the Head of Creative Content and Production and developing and producing a slate of for films and digital series for 21-23. Versatile in fiction, films, series and documentary formats, she is also writing and directing a scripted/unscripted format show for Viacom18Studios based on the bestseller book “Status Single”.

Anjali Kirpalani

Author

Anjali Kirpalani is the bestselling author of 19 till I die (HarperCollins India), Written in the stars (Amazing Reads, India Book Distributors) and Never say Never (Grapevine India)

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About Anjali Kirpalani

Anjali Kirpalani is the bestselling author of 19 till I die (HarperCollins India), Written in the stars (Amazing Reads, India Book Distributors) and Never say Never (Grapevine India) Her short story is also included in the anthology '25 Strokes of Kindness’by Grapevine India. She has forayed into writing for children with her upcoming children’s book on recycling, a part of the Duniya series to create environmental awareness. Anjali's novels are light-hearted, humorous ones that have a positive message of never giving up at its core. Her novels have been appreciated for their candour, humour and quirky protagonists.

Antoine Lewis

Writer

Antoine Lewis wears many hats. He writes on food and drink for a number of local and national newspapers and magazines.

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About Antoine Lewis

Antoine Lewis wears many hats. He writes on food and drink for a number of local and national newspapers and magazines. His repertoire of articles has extended to neighbourhood food stories, comment and trend features on food and wine, columns, restaurant reviews, explorations into regional Indian cuisines. He appears weekly on 94.3 Radio One’s Good Morning Mumbai to talk about food, restaurants, travel, and books. He is the Associate Director of Literature Live! The Mumbai International Litfest where, among other things, he’s in charge of programming. He has been the editor of burrp.com, India's largest food review site; Savvy Cookbook, India's largest-selling food magazine and was the Food and Drink editor at Paprika Media, the publishing house behind TimeOut Mumbai. When not writing he’s trying to figure out which herbs and vegetables to grow in his kitchen garden.

Aruna Venkatesan

Solo Actor, Traveller and Actor

I loved to be called just by my name Aruna. I turned 60 this year and life has been wonderful with a variety of experiences with work

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About Aruna Venkatesan

I loved to be called just by my name Aruna. I turned 60 this year and life has been wonderful with a variety of experiences with work, family, friends etc. But being a mother of two lovely daughters was the most enjoyable. It's been 7 years since I took my VRS and since then I have made a conscious decision to do things which I missed out on. I started solo travelling, following a good lifestyle, acting, music, dance etc. Age is just a number and there are lots of opportunities to look forward to and keep oneself busy, because an empty mind is a devil's workshop. Keeping myself busy and following my heart is my mantra.

Anupama

Author

Anupama Jain is the author of hugely popular book, When Padma Bani Paula.

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About Anupama

Anupama Jain is the author of hugely popular book, When Padma Bani Paula. She is an educator, and star blogger who has won many accolades on multiple online forums like Women’s Web, Momspresso and is the Admin of a popular facebook group ‘Senior School Moms’. She is also the content head for Incredible Women of India.

Arpan Roy

Author, Columnist

Arpan Roy is a former atomic physicist based in Singapore who discovered his passion for writing humor during his PhD

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About Arpan Roy

Arpan Roy is a former atomic physicist based in Singapore who discovered his passion for writing humor during his PhD. Although away from India for the last two decades, he nurtures an almost academic curiosity about Indian society and culture. Creator of Bongsense and Columnist for CNN Arpan has also created Bongsense, a page to chronicle Bengali culture in bite-sized illustrations and doodles.

Ashok Banker

Author

Earlier known for pioneering fantasy novels based on Indian mythology, Ashok is now an author-illustrator of graphic novels and books for children, crime and literary novels

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About Ashok Banker

Earlier known for pioneering fantasy novels based on Indian mythology, Ashok is now an author-illustrator of graphic novels and books for children, crime and literary novels. Ashok's picture book debut I AM BROWN (Lantana/Lerner, 2020) was selected as a Book Trust Great Book 2020, Guardian Best Books of the Month, featured on CBeebies Storytime, won multiple accolades, was translated into Norwegian and Dutch, and sold out multiple printings. Ashok's forthcoming titles include the picture books BROWN GIRLS RULE and BROWN BOYS RULE from Beaming Books in 2023 and 2024 in the US, and the ongoing SECRET SCHOOL MYSTERIES (Scholastic India) and the ARUN GOND ADVENTURES (Speaking Tiger) in India. Ashok's debut international thriller A KISS AFTER DYING will be published by Penguin's Michael Joseph imprint in May 2022.

Ashutosh Kale

Author

A patriot by heart, a writer by aspiration, a naturalist by passion, The proud Commanding Officer of The 3rdGrenadiers, a distinguished Unit, Ashutosh is a third generation Officer

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About Ashutosh Kale

A patriot by heart, a writer by aspiration, a naturalist by passion, The proud Commanding Officer of The 3rdGrenadiers, a distinguished Unit, Ashutosh is a third generation Officer. He naturally grew into a keen horseman. Despite being trained in warfare and an invigorating Army Career, Ashutosh plunged headlong into writing stories. His first book (coauthored), Tryst with Destiny- Abhikrama; a military-political thriller endeared readers with its characters and thought-provoking plots. Adventuring from his years in the United Nations in Ethiopia- Eritrea, The Curse ofMagdala invokes his fascination for the macabre. In his corporate avtaar, which spans The Leela, Go Air and as CEO of Imagicaa, The Theme Park,Ashutosh juggles men, machines and musings with élanand equanimity.

Ashwin Sanghi

Author

Ashwin Sanghi is counted among India’s highest selling English fiction authors.

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About Ashwin Sanghi

Ashwin Sanghi is counted among India’s highest selling English fiction authors. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, The Sialkot Saga, Keepers of the Kalachakra and The Vault of Vishnu in the Bharat Series) and two New York Times bestselling novels. in collaboration with James Patterson, PrivateIndia (sold in the US as City on Fire) and PrivateDelhi (sold in the US as Count to Ten). Several of these books are currently being adapted for movies and web series. Ashwin also mentors, co-writes. Ashwin regularly contributes to the opinion page of the Times of India. Ashwin has been included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and by the New Indian Express in their Culture Power List. He is a winner of the Crossword Popular Choice Award 2012, Atta Galatta Popular Choice Award 2018, WBR Iconic Achievers Award 2018, the Lit-O-Fest Literature Legend Award 2018 and the Kalinga Popular Choice Award 2021. He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He holds a Masters’ degree from Yale University.

Ashwini Sane

Writer

Ashwini R Sane is a writer of science fiction fantasy books with a dash of mythology.

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About Ashwini Sane

Ashwini R Sane is a writer of science fiction fantasy books with a dash of mythology. She is a professional ‘Mom’ who can tell a good story. She has a MA Sociology and is a double graduate in International Hospitality and Tourism from Austria and BA (Economics, Pol. Sci, Psy, Hist. and Eng. Lit). Having travelled with her father in Diplomatic Corps of India she has studied in different schools around the world. She was a visiting faculty in management for post graduate students in India. She is married to a doctor working in Government of India and has one son. In her free time she loves to read, play video games with her son and have impromptu sword fights. She loves music, dabbles in painting landscapes, and loves nature and animals.

Bevinda Collaco

Author, journalist, and Editor

Bevinda Collaco has been a journalist for more than 40 years.

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About Bevinda Collaco

Bevinda Collaco has been a journalist for more than 40 years. As magazine editor she inherited an agony aunt page which was not the write-your-own letters type. Tear-stained inland letters, postcards and letters piled on her desk, bore mute testimony to the pain of the vulnerable from pre-teens to 90-year olds. Those agony aunt situations formed the base of her first book, "I'm Old I'm Wise & I Know My Sh*t". Bevinda left print media and started a pretty successful news and views website called Target Goa. She shut it down after seven years when she became a hands-on grandmother to three grandchildren within a month. She began writing this book then. Rewrote it 21 times until she was comfortable putting her name to it. The book was published by Amaryllis in 2021 just before her 67th birthday. Bevinda lives in Goa and is writing a couple of memoirs of her wacky life in Goa and Bombay.

Babi Nobis Collaco

Ceramic sculptor and Designer

Over the last 30 years, Babi Nobis has explored the incredible wilderness

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About Babi Nobis

Over the last 30 years, Babi Nobis has explored the incredible wilderness of both the Indian and African wildlife reserves. His long-standing passion for wildlife, and the big cats in particular, resulted in an inspiring portfolio of photographs that eventually culminated in the publishing of his first pictorial, On Safair: The Tiger and the Baobab Tree. His photograph, ‘Lepopard With a Kill’ taken in the Masai Mara, was part of the entry which won India the gold medal in the FIAP (Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique) World Cup 2010, and Babi the individual World Cup silver medal. Babi has held solo exhibitions of his wildlife photographs in Stockholm, Gothenburg, as well as at Kolmarden Wildlife Park in Sweden. Babi is a founder member of WPSI (Wildlife Protection Society of India) whose main aim has been to draw focus to the ongoing daunting task of tackling India’s wildlife crisis, in particular,poaching, and the illegal trade of India’s wild tigers.

Carl A. Harte

Writer, Actor and Editor

Carl A. Harte is an Australian writer, actor and book editor.

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About Carl A. Harte

Carl A. Harte is an Australian writer, actor and book editor. The recipient of an eLit Gold Award, he has worked for such authors as the late former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Om Swami, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Arun Tiwari, FarahnazIspahani, Swami Agnivesh, Kishalay Bhattacharjee and Maxwell Pereira.

Cecelia Ahern

Author

After completing a degree in Journalism and Media Communications, Cecelia wrote her first novel at 21 years old

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About Cecelia Ahern

After completing a degree in Journalism and Media Communications, Cecelia wrote her first novel at 21 years old. Her debut novel, PS I Love You was published in January 2004, and was followed by Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie) in November 2004. Both novels were adapted to films. Cecelia has published a novel very year since then and to date has published 18 novels To date, Cecelia’s books have sold 25 million copies internationally, are published in over 40 countries, in 30 languages. Along with writing novels, Cecelia has created, produced and written original TV series including co-creating the US ABC Comedy Samantha Who?

Chidanand Rajghatta

Author

Chidanand Rajghatta is the author of The Horse That Flew: How India's Silicon Gurus Spread their Wings, and Illiberal India:

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About Chidanand Rajghatta

Chidanand Rajghatta is the author of The Horse That Flew: How India's Silicon Gurus Spread their Wings, and Illiberal India: Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason. He is foreign editor and U.S. bureau chief at the Times of India and one of the longest serving foreign correspondents in Washington, DC. In earlier roles, Rajghatta has worked with India's leading brands, including The Indian Express, where he began his journalism career, The Telegraph of Kolkata, India Today, and The Sunday Times of India. Rajghatta lives with his wife Dr Mary Breeding and their three children in Maryland, USA.

Devaki Jain

Recipient of the Padma Bhushan (2006)

Devaki Jain graduated in economics and philosophy from St Anne’s College, Oxford and is an Honorary Fellow of the college

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About Devaki Jain

Devaki Jain graduated in economics and philosophy from St Anne’s College, Oxford and is an Honorary Fellow of the college. She is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (2006) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Westville, Durban, South Africa.

Devapriya Roy

Author

Devapriya Roy is the author of three best-selling novels - The Vague Woman's Handbook (2011), The Weight Loss Club (2013)

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About Devapriya Roy

Devapriya Roy is the author of three best-selling novels - The Vague Woman's Handbook (2011), The Weight Loss Club (2013) and Friends from College (2019). In 2015 she published The Heat and Dust Project, co-written with Saurav Jha, the story of an epic journey across India on a very very tight budget. The book debuted at no. 1 on the Hindustan Times-AC Nielsen list. In 2018 she published Indira, a unique graphic biography of Prime Minister Mrs Gandhi, in collaboration with artist Priya Kuriyan. Devapriya Roy is an alumnus of Presidency College, Calcutta, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she spent many years apparently in pursuit of her PhD on Bharata's Natyashastra. She is currently obsessed with translating Tagore’s Gora into English. She lives in Delhi, and is a Senior Writing Fellow at Ashoka University.

Geetanjali Avinash joshi

Author

Geetanjali established writer in Marathi and have seven books published so far.

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About Geetanjali Avinash joshi

Geetanjali established writer in Marathi and have seven books published so far. My new book which is being released soon is about women's experiences in 1971 Indo Pak war which includes my own experience in 1971 war. I have conducted various Seminars as well as moderated discussions in literary gatherings.

Gita Viswanath

Author

Gita Viswanath is a Baroda-based writer. Her novel, Twice it Happened, was published in 2019 by Vishwakarma Publications, Pune

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About Gita Viswanath

Gita Viswanath is a Baroda-based writer. Her novel, Twice it Happened, was published in 2019 by Vishwakarma Publications, Pune. She is also the author of a non-fiction book, The ‘Nation’ in War: A Study of Military Literature and Hindi War Cinema, published by Cambridge Scholars, UK in 2014 as well as a children's book, Chidiya. She has published poems, short stories and essays in anthologies and journals

Guru Thakur

Author

Guru Thakur is a contemporary, Marathi poet, lyricist, script writer, actor and playwright..

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About Guru Thakur

Guru Thakur is a contemporary, Marathi poet, lyricist, script writer, actor and playwright.. While he began his career as a newspaper columnist, cartoonist, caricaturist and voiceover artist he has evolved and made a name as a poet, lyricist and script writer. His early career includes a short stint at Marmik, Marathi weekly and newspapers Tarun Bharat, Pudhari, Maharashtra Times and Navakaal. His achievements include script writing for the television show 'Shriyut Gangadhar Tipare', movie Aga Bai Arrecha, play 'Bhaiyya Haat Paay Pasari' and most recent movie Natarang. He received 'Zee Gaurav Award' and 'V. Shantaram Award' as Best Lyricist for the Song 'Khel Mandla' from the movie Natarang.

Harini Nagendra

Author

Harini Nagendra is Professor and Lead, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability at Azim Premji University.

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About Harini Nagendra

Harini Nagendra is Professor and Lead, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability at Azim Premji University. Over the past 25 years, she has been at the leading edge of research examining conservation in forests and cities of South Asia from the perspective of both landscape ecology and social justice. Her research awards include a 2009 Cozzarelli Prize from the US National Academy of Sciences, a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award, and a 2017 Clarivate Web of Science award. She is the author of “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future” (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-author of the award winning book “Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities” (Penguin, 2019, with Seema Mundoli). Harini writes a monthly column ‘The Green Goblin’ in the Deccan Herald newspaper, and is a well known public speaker and writer on issues of urban sustainability in India. She is also the author of a historical mystery fiction series set in 1920s colonial Bangalore. ‘The Bangalore Detectives Club’, which will be published by Pegasus Books in the US, Little Brown Books in the UK, and Hachette in India in May 2022.

Harshali Singh

Author

Harshali Singh is a New Delhi-based author of the much-loved Haveli series which has two books as of now, A Window to her Dreams and The Anatomy of Choice.

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About Harshali Singh

Harshali Singh is a New Delhi-based author of the much-loved Haveli series which has two books as of now, A Window to her Dreams and The Anatomy of Choice. She is a member Judge at the Consumer Forum. An academician with a decade of experience of working with pre-primary age group in different capacities ranging from Operations Head to the Curriculum and academic head, she, as a teacher trainer conducts workshops to enhance proficiency in advanced teaching methodologies. She is a trained Occupational Therapist from the Institute of The Physically Handicapped and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as an LLB degree.

Helen Smith

British Novelist (2006)

Helen Smith is a British novelist who lives in London. Her first two books, Alison Wonderland and Being Light

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About Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a British novelist who lives in London. Her first two books, Alison Wonderland and Being Light, feature Alison Temple, a private detective who works at an all-female detective agency in London. The Miracle Inspector is a dystopian thriller set in England in the near future. The Emily Castles Mysteries are entertaining mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Emily Castles. She received an International Thriller Writers Award for Best Short Story in 2019

Hema Sood

Author

Hemma Myers Sood released her first book The Eternal Ocean of Brahma at the age of 29.

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About Hema Sood

Hemma Myers Sood released her first book The Eternal Ocean of Brahma at the age of 29. The pristine beaches and frolicking waves of the ocean revealed enlightening insights into the divine colloquy: The Bhagavad Geetha. The revised editionis titled – The Oceanic Geeta.The Karmic City trilogy series is a portrayal of a group of people whose lives are transformed by their encounters with the Soul. The trilogy is interspersed with poetry and mystical wisdom and propagates different levels of consciousness. Hemma’s upcoming book is Tijara’s Mystery Codes. The thrilling narrative is uniquely interwoven with clairvoyance and telepathy. Set in the majestic Tijara Fort-palace in Rajasthan the plot follows three timelines, and are inextricably linked by the dark secret of the Amritha. This page-turner unfolds a suspense-laden plot involving a cursed mystical Amritha, murder, deception, missing decoded files, illicit affairs, and palace intrigue.

Jaideep Hardikar

Author

Jaideep Hardikar is a Nagpur-based senior journalist, writer, researcher and a core member of the People's Archive of Rural India.

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About Jaideep Hardikar

Jaideep Hardikar is a Nagpur-based senior journalist, writer, researcher and a core member of the People's Archive of Rural India. He has worked with DNA and The Telegraph among other publications. He has reported extensively from Vidarbha on farmer suicides and the cotton crisis. The recipient of a number of journalism fellowships, he is also the author of ‘A Village Awaits Doomsday’

James W. Ziskin

Author

James W. Ziskin is the author of the Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries.

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About James W. Ziskin

James W. Ziskin is the author of the Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries. His books have also been finalists multiple times for the Edgar and Lefty, awards. His short story, “The Twenty-Five-Year Engagement,” was a finalist for the 2021 Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards for Best Short Story. James’s next novel, Bombay Monsoon (Oceanview Publishing), is coming in December 2022. His international experience includes two years working and studying in France, extensive time in Italy, and nearly four years in India. He speaks Italian and French. James lives near Boston. He is represented by Kimberley Cameron of Kimberley Cameron and Associates.

Kanupriya

Lawyer and a Business professional (2006)

Kanupriya is an experienced lawyer and a business professional with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry for the past 12 years

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About Kanupriya

Kanupriya is an experienced lawyer and a business professional with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry for the past 12 years. Her current role as Co-producer at Colour Yellow Productions (including films like Manmarziyaan, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and the forthcoming Atrangi Re), primarily involves content and business development for newer avenues of content creation and distribution through various deal structures and exhibition platforms. Skilled in all aspects of production and development to build a brand from Ground Zero, Kanupriya is leading processes for green-lighting projects and finalising budgets for all homegrown content. Her legal background also helps matters on licensing, intellectual property and its allied issues, regulatory issues surrounding new age forms of technologies.

Kavita Kané

Bestselling author (2006)

Kavita Kané is the bestselling author of seven novels and today, she is considered a revolutionary force in...

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About Kavita Kané

Kavita Kané is the bestselling author of seven novels and today, she is considered a revolutionary force in Indian writing mainly because she has brought in feminism in where it is most needed - mythology. For one who confesses that the only skill she knows is writing, her word journey, not unexpectedly, began as a journalist, with twin post-grad degrees in English Literature and Mass Communication & Journalism from the University of Pune. With a career of over two decades in Magna Publishing and DNA, she eventually quit her job as Assistant Editor of TOI to devote herself as a full time author. Passionate about theatre, cinema and the arts , she is also a columnist, a screenplay writer and a motivational speaker having given several talks all across the country’s educational and research institutes, corporate and management fora and literary festivals.

Kavitha Iyer

Bestselling author (2006)

or twenty years, Kavitha Iyer's work as a journalist has revolved around recounting the stories of those on the margins.

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About Kavitha Iyer

For twenty years, Kavitha Iyer's work as a journalist has revolved around recounting the stories of those on the margins, from slum dwellers in Mumbai to indigenous farmers in remote villages. She has written extensively on India's farm crisis, land rights, land reform, farmer suicides, distress migration and urbanization. After two stints spanning over seventeen years with The Indian Express, she is now an independent journalist.

Kena Shree

Bestselling author (2006)

Kena Shree is an author, poet and storyteller. She also works as Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) in NTPC Limited, the Govt. of India.

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About Kena Shree

Kena Shree is an author, poet and storyteller. She also works as Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) in NTPC Limited, the Govt. of India. She has been writing for the Huffington Post, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Cox and Kings India, and other writing forums. She is winner of TOI's 'Write India Season-1' and 'Season 3' short story campaigns, and has contributed to five published anthologies. As a storyteller, her videos on YouTube have cumulatively crossed 7 million views.

Kiran Manral

Author

Author, TEDx speaker, columnist and mentor, Kiran Manral in previous avatars, has been a journalist, researcher, festival curator and entrepreneur

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About Kiran Manral

Author, TEDx speaker, columnist and mentor, Kiran Manral in previous avatars, has been a journalist, researcher, festival curator and entrepreneur. She has received multiple awards, such as the Women Achievers Award by Young Environmentalists Association and the International Women’s Day Award 2018 from Indian Council for UN Relations supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Government of India, for excellence in the field of writing.

Koral Dasgupta

Indian author

Koral Dasgupta is an Indian author and literary entrepreneur. India Today critiqued her novel as "works beyond the obvious.

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About Koral Dasgupta

Koral Dasgupta is an Indian author and literary entrepreneur. India Today critiqued her novel as "works beyond the obvious...with characters not just individuals but a philosophy." She is a compulsive storyteller and has published from academic nonfiction to relationship dramas. Her stories explore the inherent nature of complex minds leading to a relatable conflict and unpredictable climax. Having published widely with Westland Books, Niyogi Publishers and Rupa Publishers, her books are discussed from the context of gender studies, art, myth and ecocritical literature. Her fourth book has been optioned for screen adaptation. Koral is the founder of www.tellmeyourstory.biz - a digital publishing company that popularises academic research and social narratives through storytelling. She conducts writing programmes and critical thinking workshops for educational and corporate floors. She is recognised in the list of Innovator25 Asia Pacific 2019 prepared by The Holmes Report, a New York based PR news agency and has been listed under the Women of Wonder (WOW) series in Outlook Business (September 2019). Her website is www.koraldasgupta.com

Kulpreet Yadav

Indian author

A product of the Naval Officers' Academy, Kulpreet Yadav has spent two decades as an officer in uniform .

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About Kulpreet Yadav

A product of the Naval Officers' Academy, Kulpreet Yadav has spent two decades as an officer in uniform and has successfully commanded three ships in his career. Since his retirement as Commandant from the Indian Coast Guard in 2014, he has authored several books in diverse genres, including espionage, true crime and romance. Winner of the Best Fiction Author Award for Murder in Paharganj, an espionage novel, at the Gurgaon Literary Festival in 2018, Kulpreet is also an actor and a film-maker. He lives with his family in Delhi & his latest book is called "The Battle of Rezang La".

L. Aruna Dhir

Indian author

L. Aruna Dhir is a recognized International Hospitality Writer.

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About L. Aruna Dhir

L. Aruna Dhir is a recognized International Hospitality Writer. She is on the Board of the Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogue (AELD) – a Commonwealth Body and a Member of the World Tourism Network (WTN). A national-poll winning Communications Specialist, she has launched hospitality brands. As a Hotel PR Strategist, Aruna has worked with some of the world’s finest hotels such as the Hyatt, the Oberoi Group and The Imperial. A poet par excellence, Aruna has the distinction of being India’s first-ever Creative Writer with Archies Greetings, with several series of cards sold under her by-line – an unprecedented feat that has not been repeated since. An All-India topper in her PR degree, Aruna has been a columnist with leading national dailies and has done shows on Indian Radio & Television. Born at Allahabad (now Prayagraj), one of the world’s oldest known cities, L. Aruna Dhir - a JNU alumna, grew up and did her schooling in Dehradun, regarded as a prominent seat of academia and literature.

Liz Nugent

Author

Liz Nugent is a writer of award-winning psychological suspense novels Unravelling Oliver (2014), Lying in Wait (2016), Skin Deep (2018) and Our Little Cruelties (2020)

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About Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent is a writer of award-winning psychological suspense novels Unravelling Oliver (2014), Lying in Wait (2016), Skin Deep (2018) and Our Little Cruelties (2020). All four books topped the Irish bestsellers list and Liz has won multiple literary awards. Her books have also been optioned for screen adaptations. Liz’s books have been translated into 16 languages and she has also written extensively for radio and television in drama and animation. In Oct 2017, Liz won the Irish Woman of the Year Award for Literature and in February 2021, she was awarded the James Joyce medal by the Literary & Historical Society of UCD.

Madhulika Liddle

Author

Madhulika Liddle is a novelist and award-winning short story writer.

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About Madhulika Liddle

Madhulika Liddle is a novelist and award-winning short story writer. She is best-known as the author of the Muzaffar Jang series, about a 17th century Mughal detective, though she also writes other novels and short stories in different genres and across themes ranging from black humour to social awareness, crime to romance. She was the first Indian to win the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Competition, in 2003, and the first Indian to be longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Competition, the world’s richest short story prize, in 2016. Her latest book, The Garden of Heaven is the first novel of the four-book The Delhi Quartet, which covers the story of a group of interconnected families against a backdrop of 800 years of Delhi’s history, beginning with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate and ending with Partition.

Maharsh Shah

Author

Maharsh Shah is a film and series producer based out of Mumbai. He has worked extensively with various movie studios.

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About Maharsh Shah

Maharsh Shah is a film and series producer based out of Mumbai. He has worked extensively with various movie studios as part of their creative development teams. The first part of his trilogy of novels, Zoravar, released last year for HarperCollins has been received with great fanfare and its sequel is expected to release mid next year. He is also a columnist and podcaster.

Manisha M Puri (Capt.)

Pilot

Captain Manisha Mohan Puri’s journey into aviation started way back in 1986 when she got a scholarship for 60 hours of free flying at the Bhopal flying Club.

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About Manisha M Puri (Capt.)

Captain Manisha Mohan Puri’s journey into aviation started way back in 1986 when she got a scholarship for 60 hours of free flying at the Bhopal flying Club. She has never looked back ever since. She went to the USA to complete her flying and got her Commercial Pilot Licence with instrument rating from ‘Skywings Flight Training’ school in Dallas, Texas. On returning to India, she joined Indian Airlines Ltd in 1988, thereby becoming a one of the few elite commercial women pilots of the country. Currently she is Secretary of the International Organisation of Women Pilots, also known as the Ninety-Nines. Today she mentors underprivileged children through the NGO ‘Nai Disha’. She has been honoured in Atchison, USA, by the ‘International Forest of Friendship’ for her role in aviation. A plaque in her name has been placed in the forest of friendship alongside the plaques of aviators from across the world. Having flown aircraft such as the Pushpak and Cessnas to jets like the Boeings and Airbuses, it gives her immense pleasure to talk about flying and related topics.

Manju Jaidka

Pilot

Manju Jaidka, a Senior Professor of English at Shoolini University, Solan, HP, is the recipient of several national and international fellowships.

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About Manju Jaidka

Manju Jaidka, a Senior Professor of English at Shoolini University, Solan, HP, is the recipient of several national and international fellowships, including a Fulbright, and two Rockefeller awards. As a speaker and academician, she is much sought after and has made presentations in fora across India and abroad. Jaidka has published approximately 25 books in her entire career, including two collections of poems, a play, and four novels. Her latest novel is Gumshoe Mania. Her non-fiction publication, titled The Next Milestone, on the management of disability was commissioned by the WHO. A collection of short fiction will be out shortly

Manu S. Pillai

Pilot

Manu S. Pillai is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ivory Throne (2015), Rebel Sultans (2018) and The Courtesan...

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About Manu S. Pillai

Manu S. Pillai is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ivory Throne (2015), Rebel Sultans (2018) and The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin (2019). Formerly chief of staff to Shashi Tharoor MP, he is also a winner of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (2017). His essays and writings on history have appeared in Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Open, New Statesman and other publications.

Mariah Fredericks

Pilot

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City.

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About Manu S. Pillai

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in history. She is the author of the Jane Prescott mystery series, set in 1910s New York, which has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Mark Aldridge (Dr)

Author and Proffessor

Dr Mark Aldridge is Associate Professor of Screen Histories at Solent University, Southampton, UK.

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About Mark Aldridge (Dr)

Dr Mark Aldridge is Associate Professor of Screen Histories at Solent University, Southampton, UK. His most recent book is Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World (HarperCollins, 2020), which celebrates a century of the fictional detective. He previously told the full story.

Mayur Didolkar

Author and Proffessor

Mayur Didolkar has published three novels and several short stories and one short story collection titled – Nagin.

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About Mayur Didolkar

Mayur Didolkar has published three novels and several short stories and one short story collection titled – Nagin. At present he is working on his fifth novel as well as several screenwriting projects. Mayur has run marathons and he likes to try his hand at stand-up comedy whenever an opportunity presents itself.

Mickey Mehta

Author and Proffessor

Dr. Mickey Mehta, global leading holistic health guru has completed 51 years of yoga and a span of 40 years of professional run

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About Mickey Mehta

Dr. Mickey Mehta, global leading holistic health guru has completed 51 years of yoga and a span of 40 years of professional run. He has bagged prestigious awards like the 'Health and Wellness Icon' by the Economic Times. He’s an author of the two bestsellers, 'The Shoonyam Quotient' and 'Lose weight gain shape', and recently launched ‘Immunity +’ with global super Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The author, poet, philosopher, the brand, the institution, the legendary – DR. MICKEY MEHTA who gets you Energized, Naturalized, Optimized, Maximized, Wellness Revolutionized and gets you MICKEYMIZED !!

Mira Nair

Director

Mira Nair is an Academy-Award nominated director best known for her visually dense films that pulsate with life.

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About Mira Nair

Mira Nair is an Academy-Award nominated director best known for her visually dense films that pulsate with life. Her debut feature, Salaam Bombay! (1988) won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes, followed by the groundbreaking Mississippi Masala, the Golden Globe & Emmy-winning Hysterical Blindness (2001) and the international hit Monsoon Wedding (2001), for which she was the first woman to win Venice Film Festival’s coveted Golden Lion. A fiercely independent filmmaker, she then made Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2006), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), and Queen of Katwe (2016). Nair's recent Limited Series for BBC/Netflix is an adaptation of Vikram Seth’s epic tale, A Suitable Boy (2020), a sprawling tale of identity and love in a newly independent India. Currently, Mira directs the pilot of the series National Treasure for DisneyPlus and JBTV. An activist by nature, Nair founded Salaam Baalak Trust for street children in 1989. In 2012, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour.

Mona Verma

Author

Mona Verma is an award winning author of 12 works of fiction, A Bridge to Nowhere, God is a River and so on

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About Mona Verma

Mona Verma is an award winning author of 12 works of fiction, A Bridge to Nowhere, God is a River, The White Shadow, The Clown of Whitefields & other stories, The Other , Lost & Found in Banaras, Readomania Book of Indian Mythology, The Readomania Book of Folk Tales, You v/s Yours, Better Parenting, Book of Historical Fiction and Laughter Lines. She had edited various science journals, self -help books, biographies and is a regular feature writer for online newspapers. Her books have been subject of thesis, for many Research Scholars and excerpts from her book have been used in ICSE ELT series. She is on board of various Universities as an advisory expert and is much sought as visiting faculty for Creative writing, Haiku and Limericks. She has been featured in ‘Incredible Women of India’ talk shows.

Mrunal Pawar

Author

Mrunal Pawar is a Pune-based artist, Kathak dancer, Dance Movement Therapist, and avid yoga practitioner/ teacher.

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About Mrunal Pawar

Mrunal Pawar is a Pune-based artist, Kathak dancer, Dance Movement Therapist, and avid yoga practitioner/ teacher. She is on a journey of self-exploration, discovering innovative ways to give back and expand her tribe of people who create deep, valuable impact. Her distinctive personal style emanates joy and peace and expresses the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the ancient Indian culture. From a young age, she has believed, "You can create anything once you see it in your mind." Being the founder of Kathak Rang, she sees dance as unmanifest of all the five elements of the universe and beyond. She believes that "dance is the energy, ecstasy, beyond seasons and time, and yet all seasons and time. It is the spiritual journey that unfolds the mystery of who we are. As we live and breathe this journey, the dancer truly becomes the dance." She is also the Director at the Sakal Media Group, a Trustee of Pune Blind School and Nirdhar Trust. With her contributions to these strong foundations of service and ethical journalism, she is deeply committed to making this world a better place by pushing boundaries, giving opportunities to others, following her convictions, helping others make better choices, and to tell powerful stories that will help reshape the world we live in.

Nayantara Sahgal

Author (2006)

Nayantara Sahgal’s works include classic novels such as Rich Like Us, Plans for Departure and Lesser Breeds.e

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About Nayantara Sahgal

Nayantara Sahgal’s works include classic novels such as Rich Like Us, Plans for Departure and Lesser Breeds. She has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Sinclair Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her novel, When the Moon Shines by Day, was longlisted for the 2018 JCB Prize. She returned her Akademi Award in 2015 in protest against the murder by vigilantes of three writers, and the Akademi’s silence at the time. She has been a Vice President of the PUCL (People’s Union for Civil Liberties) and is engaged in an ongoing protest against the assaults on the freedom of expression and democratic rights.

Nidhi Chawla

Author

Nidhi Chawla is the Co-Founder and Business Head of Silver Talkies.

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About Nidhi Chawla

Nidhi Chawla is the Co-Founder and Business Head of Silver Talkies. She leads the business, strategy, social outreach verticals and social engagement initiatives of the organization. She is passionate about making active ageing a viable goal for older people and dreams of a society of empowered older adults. She has several years of experience in the financial services sector, having worked with SREI International Securities and McKinsey & Co. Nidhi has been the recipient of several leadership awards for her work in the eldercare space and is currently a member of the CII Senior care Committee. When she isn't busy dreaming about the next big idea for enriching the lives of seniors, you will find her flipping through three different books that are always on her table or working out.

Pradeep Kapoor (Dr)

Author

Dr Pradeep Kapoor is. M.B.B.S. - Gold medallist and topper of the batch. M.D. Paediatrics.

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About Pradeep Kapoor (Dr)

Dr Pradeep Kapoor is. M.B.B.S. - Gold medallist and topper of the batch. M.D. Paediatrics. He has articles published in most leading magazines and newspapers. He has published ten books with Rupa Publications, Amaryllis, Indra and Vishwakarma Publications. He is member of Screen Writers Association. He is adept at writing scripts, screenplays and dialogues. He has collaborated on three short films produced by Simple Idea Productions

Preeti Desai

Author

reeti Desai has 34 years of work experience of which 27 years have been in the education field and 7 years of experience in the corporate sector.

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About Preeti Desai

Preeti Desai has 34 years of work experience of which 27 years have been in the education field and 7 years of experience in the corporate sector. She has worked with a renowned media house and has also written and edited educational books for leading publishers. She has also written content for the web. She has been a Founder Principal for two leading schools an IGCSE and an ICSE school and has been an Associate Director with a group of CBSE schools in Pune. She is also a recipient of the Government Open Merit scholarship. Her interests are creative writing and public speaking.

Prakash Akolkar

Author

Senior editor and author Mr Prakash Akolkar is in the field of journalism for last four decades.

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About Prakash Akolkar

Senior editor and author Mr Prakash Akolkar is in the field of journalism for last four decades. He has covered major political and cultural events during this period. His expertise is Maharashtra politics and especially Shiv Sena. He is known for 'Jay Maharashtra' the first ever documented biography of Shiv Sena. His another book 'Mumbai on Sale' depicts how the unholy alliance of politicians, bureaucrats and builders has brought the city to doom..

Preeti Pathak

Author

Preeti Pathak is a renowned author, emotional transformation coach and a marketing professional..

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About Preeti Pathak

Preeti Pathak is a renowned author, emotional transformation coach and a marketing professional. She has written a trilogy on Mindfulness of Emotions. Her latest book, ‘Ignite Your Inner Power: The Art of Mindful Living’ based on Preeti’s 4A Mindfulness Model was selected by the National Book Trust for Sharjah International Book Fair this year and her previous books were selected for International Book Fair in Azerbaijan and Colombo in 2019. Honored with many awards & nominations Preeti’s books are recognized as essentially required coffee table bookby literati’s, coaches, counsellors and professionals across industry.In addition, her books have found a place in The Parliament Library of India, The National Museum Library of India, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Town Hall Library and The Sarasvati Mahal Library, Tanjavore, India.

Raj Nayak

Author

A well known name in the Indian Media & entertainment Industry, Raj Nayak is visionary leader, media maverick, growth spinner, trendsetter and a motivational powerhouse.

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About Raj Nayak

A well known name in the Indian Media & entertainment Industry, Raj Nayak is visionary leader, media maverick, growth spinner, trendsetter and a motivational powerhouse. In his illustrious career spanning over three decades, he has led some of the largest media conglomerates in the country. Raj was a founding member of the Star India team in 1993, where he spent almost 10 years to grow into the role of Executive Vice President & part of the Managing Committee. He then moved on to launch the NDTV Media as its Chief Executivewhere he played an important role redefining how news was consumed in the country. Before setting up House of Cheer, he was the Chief Operating Officer - Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd, where he steered the company to great heights.His unique prowess to pioneer new concepts and mentor people, make him one of the most respected professionals in the industry. An advocate of happiness, Raj derives his energy from people across all walks of life and believes in the strength of diversity.

Raju Parulekar

Author

Raju Parulekar is a writer, journalist, poet, researcher and political analyst of national and international issues from twenty five years.

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About Raju Parulekar

Raju Parulekar is a writer, journalist, poet, researcher and political analyst of national and international issues from twenty five years. Parulekar's analytical and research-based writings have been published in several national as also international journals and periodicals. Parulekar has been dynamic in the varying media for over 10 years as a stay and analyst. He was analyst for Priya Tendulkar talk show and another show Jimmedar Kaun.. He was editor-in-chief of art, culture and fashion magazine called Platinum. He is a writer also, his gathering of lyrics is distributed in Marathi titled Manjiri. He has, so far, anchored nine shows on social, literary, cultural and political issues and one of them, Samvad, ran effectively for a long time with more than 3,500 episodes. He has penned TV serials, screenplays and discoursed for films. He has written in Marathi, Hindi and English.His work likewise shows up in a few worldwide dialects.

Rashmi

Author

Rashmi has done her Master’s degree in Labour Law and Labour Welfare and her post-graduation in Human Resource Management.

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About Rashmi

Rashmi has done her Master’s degree in Labour Law and Labour Welfare and her post-graduation in Human Resource Management. She is a Level 3 Yoga instructor and evaluator, certified by the ministry of Ayush. She takes regular classes on Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Mindfulness and Meditation. Additionally, she has undergone Hindustani Classical Vocal training for 21 years under Pt. Jasraj’ Shishya, Dr, Shobha Abhyankar, and has two albums to her name. Gestating inside her was an evolutionary disposition and before she knew it, she had already written quotable quotes about life by the tender age of 13. These instincts only sharpened by the challenging years that she faced ahead, and her first book was born called ‘Here and Beyond’. Her second book titled ‘Men-Women Mars and Venus And All That B***s***’ is gathering a lot of appreciation.

Ravi Shankar Etteth

Author

Ravi Shankar Etteth is an Indian author and cartoonist. He worked for Indian Express on a contract basis, and as the staff cartoonist.

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About Ravi Shankar Etteth

Ravi Shankar Etteth is an Indian author and cartoonist. He worked for Indian Express on a contract basis, and as the staff cartoonist. In 1990, he became the Creative Directir of the Observer Group of Publications. He later became the deputy editor and art director of India Today. He edited the afternoon tabloid Today and is the founder editor of India Today Spice. He has worked as the Editor in Chief and CEO of Voice of India. He was also the Editorial Director of Media Transasia. In 1996, Etteth published his first book of short stories The Scream of the Dragonflies. By 2002, Etteth claimed he had retired from political cartooning for all practical purposes, and chose to describe himself as a writer and art director. He is the author of four novels The Tiger by the Rivet, The Village of the Widows, The Gold of Their Regrets and The Book of Shiva.

Remo Fernandes

Author

Remo Fernandes was born in Goa and grew up there in the 1950s and 1960s.

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About Remo Fernandes

Remo Fernandes was born in Goa and grew up there in the 1950s and 1960s. He studied architecture in Bombay, busked and hitch-hiked his way through Europe and North Africa as a young man, and returned to Goa in his mid-twenties, with a resolve to pursue only the things he loved: music, art and writing. His success with his first home-produced albums led to widespread fame and stardom. His chartbusting film songs and his albums were landmark hits for a generation of listeners. His innovative musical journey continues to this day: he recently composed and recorded a full-fledged opera on Mother Teresa. Now in his late sixties, Remo divides his time between his ancestral home in Siolim, Goa and Porto in Portugal.

Rishi Sethi (Dr)

Cardiologist and Professor

Dr Rishi Sethi is an acclaimed Interventional Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiology at King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.

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About Dr Rishi Sethi

Dr Rishi Sethi is an acclaimed Interventional Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiology at King George’s Medical University, Lucknow. He also has a passion for Bio-Medical Innovations and is a nominated member of the Senate at IIT Kanpur. He takes his profession very seriously, but when without his apron, he is generally a dreamer. Rishi was born and brought up in Lucknow, the city which bestowed upon him the rich culture it embodies. He is blessed with friends, music, poetry, and love. Inspiration to many, Rishi himself seeks motivation from great Urdu shaayars like Faiz and Faraz, and from the renowned Portuguese philosopher and writer, Pessoa. He is also drawn to a plethora of Indian literature ranging from Tagore to Dinkar. He has contributed immensely to medical literature and has edited three books on Cardiology. The one thing he believes he has learned the most, is to have ‘faith’. In his debut novel The Sage, he tries to debate the conflicts of human mind from varied perspectives. Playing subtly in the grey and complex world of human subconscious, he tries to discover, together with his readers, the miracles of faith and love..

Ritu Menon

Publisher and Author

Ritu Menon is a publisher and the author of, among others, the ground-breaking Borders & Boundaries

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About Ritu Menon

Ritu Menon is a publisher and the author of, among others, the ground-breaking Borders & Boundaries: Women in India’s Partition; the critically acclaimed Out of Line: a Literary and Political Biography of Nayantara Sahgal; and the quirky Loitering With Intent: Diary of a Happy Traveller.

Rochelle Potkar

Publisher and Author

Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017)

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About Rochelle Potkar

Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). Author of Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum – shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020, her poetry film Skirt showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland and and co-author of The Coordinates of Us/सर्वअंशांतूनआपण. Her poems To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018.

Rohan Bapat

Publisher and Author

Gods are men who have done miraculous things. With this belief, Rohan Bapat, a radio professional started writing his first book.

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About Rohan Bapat

Gods are men who have done miraculous things. With this belief, Rohan Bapat, a radio professional started writing his first book. He did his MBA from Indore and then ventured into his field of choice, radio advertising. He believes that mythology is nothing but history from too long ago. His book involves Krishna's journey into a forest to retrieve a gem called the Syamantaka which he was accused of stealing.

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

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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 series has been optioned for adaptation into a web series. Salil’s other popular books are Murder on a Side Street (2011), Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction (2012), as well as The Sane Psychopath (2018), the screen rights of which 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.

Sam Blake

Irish crime writer

Sam Blake is a best selling Irish crime writer. Her Cat Connolly police procedural trilogy, including runaway bestseller Little Bones

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About Sam Blake

Sam Blake is a best selling Irish crime writer. Her Cat Connolly police procedural trilogy, including runaway bestseller Little Bones - shortlisted for Irish Crime Book of the Year 2016 - was followed by bestselling standalone psychological thrillers. Her first Keep Your Eyes on Me was released with Corvus Atlantic in January 2020 and shot straight to No 1 in Ireland. The Dark Room was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year in 2021, and High Pressure was released as a digital exclusive in September 2021. Her new book Remember My Name, is out in January 2022. Sam is also the founder of Writing.ie, the award winning writing resources site, and Murder One, Ireland's International Crime Writing Festival. She is a board member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers Association.

Samir Soni

Samir Soni is an award-winning film, television and theatre actor. He was born and raised in Delhi. After finishing his schooling from St. Xavier’s High School

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Samir Soni

Samir Soni is an award-winning film, television and theatre actor. He was born and raised in Delhi. After finishing his schooling from St. Xavier’s High School in Delhi, Samir moved to Los Angeles for higher studies. He graduated (cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles, in business economics. Samir went on to work as a financial analyst in mergers and acquisitions for Merrill Lynch. After two years on Wall Street, he decided to chuck everything and moved back to India to pursue his true passion, acting. Over the last twenty-five years, he has won several awards and recognition for his work as actor in various mediums including web series. In 2018, he turned writer/director with his critically acclaimed debut film My Birthday Song, a psychological thriller, available on Netflix. Samir has been very vocal about the importance of mental health and challenging the meaning of the word ‘success’ in society. He lives in Mumbai

Sanjukta Datta

Scholar of Ancient History

Sanjukta Datta is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Ashoka University. Borders & Boundaries

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About Sanjukta Datt

Sanjukta Datta is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Ashoka University. She has earlier taught at St. Stephen’s College and Gargi College, University of Delhi. A scholar of ancient Indian history, she works on inscriptions from the ancient and early medieval periods. Her research interests focus on kingship, patronage, trans-regional Buddhist networks, and documentary cultures, especially from eastern India.

Santosh Bakaya (Dr)

Internationally acclaimed for her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi,Ballad of Bapu,

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Santosh Bakaya (Dr)

Internationally acclaimed for her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi,Ballad of Bapu, Dr. Santosh Bakaya is a poet, essayist, novelist, creative writing mentor and TEDx speaker whose TEDx talk on The myth of writers Block is very popular in creative writing circles. Recipient of many national and international awards,she runs a very popular column, Morning Meanderings in Learning and creative. Com. She has written more that twenty books across different genres, her latest book being Runcible Spoons and Peagreen Boats.( Poetry)

Satish Dua (Lt. Gen.)

Retired as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff

Lieutenant General Satish Dua, retired as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff.

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About Satish Dua (Lt. Gen.)

Lieutenant General Satish Dua, retired as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff. A counter-terrorism specialist, General Dua was the Corps Commander in Kashmir, who planned and executed the Surgical Strikes in response to the terror attack at Uri. He has commanded his Battalion as well as a Brigade in active militancy in Jammu & Kashmir on Line of Control, (LoC). As a Major General, he raised and commanded a new Counter Terrorism Division of Assam Rifles to coordinate operations in three states of the North East. He was awarded PVSM, UYSM, SM, and VSM for his distinguished service to the nation. He writes and speaks on current and strategic affairs. He is member of Executive council of Global Counter Terrorism Council. He has authored a book about soldiers’ lives on the LoC titled ‘India’s Bravehearts’. He is a TedX and a motivation speaker for youth forums and corporate leadership talks.

Shabri Prasad Singh

Besides being an author, mental health activist, Shabri has completed four successful literature festivals

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Shabri Prasad

Besides being an author, mental health activist, Shabri has completed four successful literature festivals. She has meticulously curated and directed all four literature festivals with specific themes in mind. Shabri’s book borderline is a path-breaking account of mental illness known as borderline personality disorder. She is the first Indian author to write about a personality disorder. Her mission in life is to create a balanced ethos around mental health dialogues in society via her books. She is currently writing a book on schizophrenia.

Shashi Tharoor (Dr)

Author,Third-term Member of Parliament

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

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About Dr Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor, a third-term Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, is the bestselling author of twenty-three 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 the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award. 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.

Shatrujeet Nath

Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the national bestselling series Vikramaditya Veergatha

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Shatrujeet Nath

Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the national bestselling series Vikramaditya Veergatha, and the upcoming three-book alternative mythology series Warlord of Ayodhya. 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.

Shiv Kumar

Shiv Kumar is a senior advocate who believes in law helping to empower senior citizens.

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Shiv Kumar

Shiv Kumar is a senior advocate who believes in law helping to empower senior citizens. He has been the author of a draft legislation exclusively for elders' rights, that the current law draws from. He is a trained and certified mediator. Shiv also wears many other hats, one of them being part of a theatre group in Bengaluru. He believes in consciously working towards creative pursuits and has used these as a way to keep himself engaged and occupied in his older years.

Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De has monitored and written extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades

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Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De has monitored and written extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades. Her twenty books include several bestsellers like ‘Starry Nights’ , ‘Spouse’, ‘Superstar India’ and now , her latest, ‘Lockdown Liaisons: Book 5: Miss La Di Da and Other Stories’. She is a prolific writer, columnist, blogger, social commentator and opinion shaper with a vast Twitter following of close to 3 million. It is often said that one tweet from her can – and does – shake up Parliament. Her feisty, irreverent style has made her a powerful icon, widely respected for her fearless and independent opinions.

Sidharth Jain

The Story Ink

Sidharth Jain is Founder and Chief Storyteller of India's First Story Company - The Story Ink, which is India’s No.1 Book to Screen Company

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About Sidharth Jain

Sidharth Jain is Founder and Chief Storyteller of India's First Story Company - The Story Ink, which is India’s No.1 Book to Screen Company, with over 150 book to screen adaptation deals. He recently launched a boutique development and production company - House of Talkies, which has a slate of multiple film & series projects in production. His last stint was Hostar.com, India's largest premium OTT platform owned by Disney. He has worked as a producer in Hollywood & Bollywood since over 15 years now. He is a collector of pop-culture memorabilia, collects shoes, hosts a monthly talk series at Soho House Mumbai, hosts a Podcast show called Bingeistaan and is a TEDx Speaker.

Somak Ghoshal Jain

The Story Ink

Somak Ghoshal has worked in media and publishing for 15 years

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About Somak Ghoshal Jain

Somak Ghoshal has worked in media and publishing for 15 years. He's the author of two books for young readers. Currently based in Delhi, he works in edtech.

Stefano Pelle

Author

Stefano has spent most of his career in large corporations, heading their subsidiaries in various emerging markets

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About Stefano Pelle

Stefano has spent most of his career in large corporations, heading their subsidiaries in various emerging markets. After his master’s degree in Economics, he worked in various multinational companies in Italy, while earning his second master’s degree in Political Sciences. His work took him to Asia towards the end of the last millennium. However, throughout his successful career in the corporate word, he has never abandoned his passion for reading and writing. He started writing during his primary school years, inspired by the tales of Jules Verne. He published his first articles in economic journals soon after his college years. His first book, Understanding Emerging Markets, was published in India (2007), followed by When Not In Rome Don’t Do As Romans Do (2013), a collection of chapters about his expatriate years. In 2017 he ventured into fiction with his novel Things Happen, portraying young and ambitious characters living and working in his native (Italy) and adoptive (India) countries. Today Stefano has his own consulting practice and devotes much of his time to teaching, writing and being with his family.

Sudha Menon

Sudha Menon is the author of six non-fiction books. A veteran journalist, Sudha is the founder of writing workshops

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Sudha Menon

Sudha Menon is the author of six non-fiction books. A veteran journalist, Sudha is the founder of writing workshops, Get Writing and Writing With Women. Sudha is also a diversity and inclusion ambassador, an actor and model.

Sudha yadav

Author

Sudha Yadav is a writer is not surprising. The wayward tendencies were apparent from her school days.

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About Sudha yadav

Sudha Yadav is a writer is not surprising. The wayward tendencies were apparent from her school days. Encouraged by well-meaning editors she continued to write and publish. That she chose short fiction and continues to choose the excruciating form is what is appalling. She could have debuted with the celebrated novel, instead her first book is “Siddhartha Street”, a collection examining the intertwined lives of a quotidian street and to be published by Vishwakarma Publications in January 2021. Her second collection is complete and now, she is working on her third one!

Sujata Massey

Author

Sujata Massey is an internationally bestselling author who writes crime fiction celebrating the historical accomplishments of women in India and Japan

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About Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey is an internationally bestselling author who writes crime fiction celebrating the historical accomplishments of women in India and Japan. She has won the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, Lefty and Macavity awards for historical and contemporary crime fiction. She’s also been a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony mystery prizes, and Harper Lee Legal Fiction award. Sujata’s current historical mystery series featuring Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first woman lawyer, includes the books A MURDER ON MALABAR HILL, THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE, and THE BOMBAY PRINCE, all published by Penguin India. Sujata received her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars and worked at the Baltimore Evening Sun newspaper before turning her hand to fiction. She visits India often to research life in the 1920s and catch up with relatives in Kolkata and Mumbai.

Sujata Parashar

Bestselling novelist, short-story writer and poet, Sujata Parasharbecame widely popular with her ‘Pursuit

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Sujata Parasharbecame

Bestselling novelist, short-story writer and poet, Sujata Parasharbecame widely popular with her ‘Pursuit’ series and has so far written twelve books across genres. This postgraduate in human rights, however, has a rich and diverse work experience. Apart from authoring bestsellers, Sujata is apsychosocial trainer and the founder of a talk-therapybased platform, The Talk-It-Out-Express;a platform to enhance emotional wellbeing. Sujata was recognised as one of the Women Achievers of 2021 by Apeksha Sandesh News. She has also been the recipient of the 100 Women Faces 2018 award and several other literary awards.

Suman Ghosh

National Award-winning film-maker

Suman Ghosh is a professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University. He did his BSc with a major in economics from Presidency College, Calcutta

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About Suman Ghosh

Suman Ghosh is a professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University. He did his BSc with a major in economics from Presidency College, Calcutta. After that he obtained his master’s in economics from the Delhi School of Economics before joining Cornell in 1996, where he did his PhD in economics. He is a National Award-winning film-maker. Films directed by him include Podokkhep, Dwando, Nobel Chor, Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights, Kadambari, Peace Haven, Basu Poribar, Searching for Happiness and Aadhaar (forthcoming). He also directed the documentary on Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian.

Sunil Joshi (Dr)

National Award-winning film-maker

Dr. Sunil Joshi is a senior Sanskrit News Anchor-cum-Correspondent with DD News, Public Service Broadcaster of India.

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About Sunil Joshi (Dr)

Dr. Sunil Joshi is a senior Sanskrit News Anchor-cum-Correspondent with DD News, Public Service Broadcaster of India. He also hosted various special Hindi programmes namely ‘Swatchh Bharat’ (based on cleanliness and sanitation), ‘Krishi Darshan’ (based on Horticulture and Agriculture) etc. on DD National (Doordarshan). A curious observer and an inquisitive analyser, Dr. Sunil Joshi is the Founding Director of www.sanskritnews.com. He is the Secretary General of Swastivachanam, The Universal Association for promotion of Sanskrit Journalism, Yoga, Ayurveda, Vastushastra & Indology..

Supriya Vani

Peace Activist, Speaker and Author

Supriya Vani is a peace activist, speaker and author. As a speaker on human rights....

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About Supriya Vani

Supriya Vani is a peace activist, speaker and author. As a speaker on human rights, she actively participates in international peace organizations and forums, including the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Nobel Women's initiative, and the United Nations. As a journalist, she has interviewed several world leaders, including Jacinda Ardern, Julia Gillard, Katrin Jakobsdottir, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is a recipient of an honorary James Patterson Fellowship from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first book, Battling Injustice: 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates, based on her interviews with all the women Nobel Peace Laureates, won praise from a number of prominent international figures, including Nobel Peace Laureates Malala Yousafzai, His Holiness Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, former Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, and Juan Manual Santos, former President of Colombia. She lives in New York.

Sutapa Basu

Author of Padmavati

Sutapa Basu is the author of Padmavati, The Queen Tells Her Own Story (2017, Readomania)

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About Sutapa Basu

Sutapa Basu is the author of Padmavati, The Queen Tells Her Own Story (2017, Readomania), The Legend of Genghis Khan, and The Curse of Nader Shah She won the AutHER award for Best Fiction 2019 by Times of India and JK Papers, for her book, The Curse of Nader Shah. She has authored a psychological thriller, Dangle (2016, Readomania) that was nominated for the Anupam Kher Award for Debut Novels in 2017. She is the 2016 First Prize winner of the Times of India’s Write India Campaign. She recently translated an iconic work of bangla literature, Thakurmar Jhuli, into English, as Princesses, Monsters, and Magical Creatures. She is the Director, Leraning Solutions at Eupheus Learning.

Swapnil Pandey

Author

Swapnil Pandey is a popular author with a wide audience base. She loves to compile stories about life in the Indian Army...

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About Swapnil Pandey

Swapnil Pandey is a popular author with a wide audience base. She loves to compile stories about life in the Indian Army and has previously authored Soldier’s Girl (2017) and Love Story of a Commando (2019). Swapnil married into the fauji tribe thirteen years ago; since then her nomadic life in Army cantonments all over the country amongst extraordinary men and women has inspired her to come up with the most extraordinary stories. Being a true believer in the nation’s responsibility towards the well-being of its soldiers and their families, she attempts to provide an authentic glimpse of the much-coveted Army life and its struggles in her work. Also a professional blogger, Swapnil started producing motivational and informational videos during the pandemic, which have made an impact in highlighting various social issues faced by military families. Swapnil is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. She has also taught at University and the Army Public School.

Tina Nobis

Author

An inherently creative person dabbling in different forms of art,Tina Nobis is a textile designer and ceramic sculptor.

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About Tina Nobis

An inherently creative person dabbling in different forms of art,Tina Nobis is a textile designer and ceramic sculptor. She spent her growing-up years close to nature, and had the privilege of playing with tiger cubs as well as of being in close proximity with a pet tigress in her childhood. Passionate about being in the jungle, she has travelled extensively with her husband Babi to different wildlife areas around the world. She shares his passion for the great cats and has gone from being a spectator and photographer’s handywoman to a keen wildlife video photographer herself, Great Wild Cats: ‘Born To Be Free’ is Babi & Tina’s second pictorial. While she definitely believes that the photographs in this book tell their own story, the notes in her diary make for the comprehensive writing in the book as do the breathtaking videos the book frequently leads us to.

Tuhin A. Sinha

Author

Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author, screenwriter and politician. Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers

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About Tuhin A. Sinha

Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author, screenwriter and politician. Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack to experiment with new genres. He has authored 11 books now. His last release, Mission Shengzhan, (June 2021) was a geopolitical thriller, set against the Covid pandemic. Tuhin's magnum opus, The Legend of Birsa Munda, is set for release in December 2021. One of Tuhin’s books- When The Chief Fell in Love, released in February 2018, had outlined a political solution to the Kashmir dispute, which was uncannily similar to the one initiated by the Indian government on August 5, 2019. Tuhin's books traverse a wide range of genres and include socio-political thrillers and romantic sagas. He has also written extensively on all political issues.

Upinder Singh

Professor,Author

Upinder Singh is Professor of History at Ashoka University. Her interests range over various aspects of ancient Indian history and archaeology

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About Upinder Singh

Upinder Singh is Professor of History at Ashoka University. Her interests range over various aspects of ancient Indian history and archaeology, the history of ideas, and India’s interactions with the wider world. She is the author of Kings, Brāhmaṇas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300–1147) (1994),Ancient Delhi (1999),The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004),A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the Twelfth Century (2008),The Idea of Ancient India: Essays on Religion, Politics, and Archaeology (2016), and Political Violence in Ancient India (2017). She has edited Delhi: Ancient History (2006), Rethinking Early Medieval India (2011); and has co-edited Ancient India: New Research (2009), Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected Histories (2014), and Buddhism in Asia: Revival and Reinvention (2019).Her most recent books, published in 2021, are Ancient India: Culture of Contradictions, and The World of India’s First Archaeologist: Letters from Alexander Cunningham to J.D.M. Beglar.

Usha Laxman

Professor,Author

Usha Laxman is the Managing Director of RK IPR MANAGEMENT PVT LTD, a company founded by R.K.Laxman.

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About Usha Laxman

Usha Laxman is the Managing Director of RK IPR MANAGEMENT PVT LTD, a company founded by R.K.Laxman. She manage the rights of all the works of R.K.Laxman. Currently a couple of verticals under the company are Launched the online and offline --R.K.Laxman Cartoon Programme on Laxman's 100th Birth Anniversary, R.K.Laxman Memorial/ Museum, in Pune is nearing completion, R.K.Laxman’s literary material as web series in OTT Platforms in the pipeline, Director of Common Man Works Pvt Ltd, a company managing animated works of Laxmans, Independent Director of Navneet Education Pvt Ltd and a documentary titled, 'TIMELESS LAXMAN' , to enter festivals globally. She is also the author of 2 books titled, ‘ Credibily Exaggerated’ and ‘ TIMELESS LAXMAN’.

Vani Kaushal

Author

Vani is an international author, columnist, journalist and an art curator.

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About Vani Kaushal

Vani is an international author, columnist, journalist and an art curator. She has been widely interviewed by media, both print and television. She took a plunge into the world of fiction writing after working as a business journalist for leading newspapers, The Times of India and The Financial Express. ‘Seconds Later’ is her second novel. In her latest, she infuses romance with elements of thrill. Her novel is getting rave reviews and she has already been profiled by The Tribune, The Indian Express, Lifestyle Magazine and DainikBhaskar. She splits her time between reading and writing columns for online platforms like Quint, Scroll and Open Magazine.

Vanita Kohli Khandekar

Author

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar has been tracking the Indian media and entertainment business for two decades.

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About Vani Kaushal

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar has been tracking the Indian media and entertainment business for two decades. Currently she is a columnist and writer for one of India’s leading financial dailies, Business Standard. She also writes for Singapore-based Content Asia. Her earlier stints include one at Businessworld and EY. A Cambridge University press fellow (2000), Vanita has taught at some of the top media schools in India. The fifth edition of her book, The Indian Media Business: Pandemic and After (Sage) was released in October 2021. Her second book, The Making of Star India (Penguin-Random House), was released in 2019.

Vardhaman Jain (Dr)

Author

A Graduate in Commerce and Law, a Chartered Accountant with a Doctorate in Commerce.

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About Vardhaman Jain (Dr)

A Graduate in Commerce and Law, a Chartered Accountant with a Doctorate in Commerce,he has been a paper-writer and speaker at thousands of lecture meetings, seminars and conferences on a variety of professional subjects, Individual Development and Swami Vivekananda. He is actively involved in social projects through three initiatives - Janaseva Foundation,SOUL(School of Universal Learning) and Intelligence Plus. He is an author of four books including the recently launched book “A Closer Look in the Mirror” and the acclaimed “Adding Salt to make it Sweeter” which has received rare reviews and has also been translated into Marathi

Vibha Batra

Author

Vibha Batra is a Chennai based author, graphic novelist, advertising consultant, poet, lyricist, translator, playwright, script writer, travel writer, columnist, speaker and creative writing facilitator

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About Vibha Batra

Vibha Batra is a Chennai based author, graphic novelist, advertising consultant, poet, lyricist, translator, playwright, script writer, travel writer, columnist, speaker and creative writing facilitator. She has published 19 books. She has worked on national brands like ICICI Bank, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Aditya Birla Group, Times Group, Murugappa Group, GRT Jewellery, Lotte, Lee, Cavin Kare, to name a few. Her travelogues have appeared in The Hindu, Conde Nast Traveller, Deccan Chronicle, and The Week. Several of her short plays have been staged during the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival South India, and her play Cold Feet won Best Script in 2017. She has contributed short stories and poems to the Chicken Soup series, international anthologies, print magazines and ezines. She conducts creative writing workshops for children and adults at the British Council Chennai.

Vicki Satlow

Author

Vicki Satlow is a literary agent and publisher. Born in Boston, she graduated from Columbia University in New York.

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About Vicki Satlow

Vicki Satlow is a literary agent and publisher. Born in Boston, she graduated from Columbia University in New York and worked in New York City before moving to Europe. Based in Milan, she acts as an international literary agent, representing authors from all over the world and specialized in international translation rights. In 2017, she opened VandA edizioni, a publishing house in Italy, specialized in feminism and feminist issues.

Yasser Usman

Author

National Film Award winning Media personality in films, television, theatre, advertising since 1980

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About Yasser Usman

National Film Award winning Media personality in films, television, theatre, advertising since 1980; acted in over 36 theatre productions with over 3000 performances in india and abroad lead roles in about 100 serials on prime time on various channels including Doordarshan, Zee Tv, Sony Etertainment television,,Star Plus, and others; Featured roles in 100 films in English, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu. His web series are Scam, Avrodh. he has scripted and directed films and serials for television; directed *more than 2000 episodes of prime time tv programming. Conceived, scripted, directed and modelled in several commercials for top brands directed films dil vil pyar vyar, dil maange more, staying alive, red alert-the war within, mee sindhutai sapkal, gour hari dastaan…the freedom file, rough book, doctor rakhmabai, : mai ghat, bitter sweet. documentaries/shorts - state of the , village of a lesser god[2019] winner best documentary Filmfare award, winner best documentary for social causes, Rajasthan Int.Film Festival.