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A. S. DULAT

ALKA PANDE

AMEENA SAIYID

ANDREW SEAN GREER

ANDY CONNER

ANITA RATNAM

ANUJA CHAUHAN

ANURADHA ROY

ARUNAVA SINHA

ARUNDHATI GHOSH

ASHWIN SANGHI

ASHWINI DEVARE

BENJAMIN GILANI

BHAGWATI PRASAD

CHITRITA BANERJI

COONOOR KRIPALANI THADANI

DAVID DAVIDAR

DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

DURJOY DATTA

FAROOQ ABDULLAH

GUNJAN SAINI

HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR 

HUIDROM BOICHA SINGH

IRA MUKHOTY

ISHEETA GANGULY

JERRY PINTO

JOHN ZUBRYZCKI

JONATHAN GIL HARRIS

JULIA ROBERTS

KOTA NEELIMA

LEONORA MIANO

LORENZO ANGELONI

MADHAVI MENON

MAHESH DATTANI

MAKEPEACE SITLHOU

MALASHRI LAL

MALLIKA BASU

MEENAKSHI ALIMCHANDANI

MICHELLE GARNAUT

MILEE ASHWARYA

NASEERUDDIN SHAH

PARO ANAND

PREMA TALWAR

PRITI PAUL

RAIMA SEN

RAJMOHAN GANDHI

RAMCHANDRA GUHA

RANJIT LAL

RATNA PATHAK SHAH

RAVI AGRAWAL

RAVINDER SINGH

RAVISH KUMAR

ROHAN MURTY

RONNIE NIDO

RUJUTA DIWEKAR

SAIKAT MAJUMDAR

SAKET SUMAN

SALIL TRIPATHI

SARBAJIT SINGH

SHARMISTHA MOHANTY

SHASHI THAROOR

SHOBHAA DE

SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

SIDDHARTHA SARMA

SIRISH RAO

SMITA CHAKRABORTY

SUDEEP NAGARKAR

SYEDA HAMEED

TRIDIB SUHRUD

TUSHAR KAWALE

ULRIKE ALMUT SANDIG

UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE

URVASHI BUTALIA

VIDYUN SABHANEY

ZAMEER UDDIN SHAH

 

 

 

A.S DULAT

Amarjit Singh Dulat (A.S Dulat) is a former special director of the Intelligence Bureau and former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Upon retiring from his post, he was appointed as advisor on Kashmir in the Prime Minister’s Office where he served from 2000-2004. His book Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years released in 2015, brought him under the media radar. Dulat is a member of the National Security Advisory Board and is regarded as one of India's leading experts on Jammu and Kashmir. His latest book, The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, which he co-authored with Asad Durrani, former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence was published in 2018.

 
 

AMEENA SAIYID

Ameena Saiyid is the Managing Director of the Oxford University Press Pakistan, making her the first woman to hold such a prestigious position in a Multinational Company. She also runs her own publishing house Saiyid Books, which specializes in publishing academic books. In 2010, she founded the Karachi Literature Festival. Eventually she went on to start the Islamabad Literature Festival. Saiyid is the first Pakistani woman to be awarded the Order of the British Empire for her work related to women rights, intellectual property rights and education. Her contribution to the field of literature has conferred upon her the prestigious French Award – The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2013.

 

ANDREW SEAN GREER

Andrew Sean Greer is an American novelist. He is the recipient of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his latest novel titled Less which was released in 2017. Greer is the author of six novels including The Story of a Marriage (2008), which The New York Times has called an “inspired, lyrical novel,” and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named as one of the best books of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Greer is a recipient of several awards apart from the Pulitzer, including the California Book Award, O. Henry Award for the short story, "Darkness", and Fernanda Pivano Award 2014 for American Literature in Italy.

 
 

ANITA RATNAM

Anita Ratnam is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and cultural activist. She is trained in Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam and Kalarippayattu. Ratnam has created her own unique dance form known as Neo-Bharat Natyam. In 1992, she set up Arangham Trust in Chennai. She also founded Arangham Dance Theatre, a performance company in 1993. Ratnam also started Narthaki.com, an Indian dance portal in 2000. She is the recipient of various National and International awards like Natya Ratna by Sri Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha, New Delhi (2003), Lalithakalaratna (2003) by Sri Lalithakala Academy Foundation Trust (Inc.), Mysore, (2003), and Nritya Choodamani by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai (1996).

 

ANUJA CHAUHAN

Anuja Chauhan is a notable Author, Advertisor and Screenwriter. Her Pepsi campaigns, ' Oye Bubbly', 'Yeh Dil Maange More' and ' Nothing Official About us' were major heart stealers among the youth. Her debut novel The Zoya Factor is critically acclaimed and the movie rights have been bought for a movie featuring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salman. Her novels Those Pricey Thakur Girls and The House that BJ Built has been made into a successful televsion show called Dilli Wali Thakur Girls. Her latest novel Baaz was released in 2017.

 

ANURADHA ROY

Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing and The Folded Earth, as well as Sleeping on Jupiter, which won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Her latest novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, was published worldwide in 2018 and is currently shortlisted for the JCB Prize and longlisted for the DSC Prize. Roy won the Economist Crossword Prize for The Folded Earth and her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing was picked as one of the Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, Huffington Post and Seattle Times. All her books have been widely translated. She works as a designer at Permanent Black, an independent press she runs with Rukun Advani.

 
 

ARUNAVA SINHA

Born and brought up in Kolkata, Arunava Sinha is a translator of Bengali Literature. He is a recipient of the Crossword Translation Award for his English translation of Shankar's Chowringhee in 2007 ; and Anita Agnihotri's Seventeen in 2011. Chowringhee was also short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009. Sinha holds the the Muse India Translation Award for When the Time is Right by Buddhadev Bose in 2013. His recent translation is the Bengali adaptation of Vivek Shanbagh's acclaimed Kannad novel Ghachar Ghochar which was released in 2018. Sinha currently resides in New Delhi.

 
 

ASHWIN SANGHI

Ashwin Sanghi, a businessman and one of India’s foremost conspiracy fiction writers. His first novel ‘The Rozabal Line’ was self-published by him back in 2007 under the anagram-Shawb Haigins. Later it was published by Westland and went forward to becoming a best seller. His second novel ‘Chanakyas Chant’ is based on the historic-fiction category and was on AC Nielsen’s Bookscan list 2011 as well as being awarded the Crossword Vodafone Popular Choice aard in 2010. He is known through to be a writer of retelling Indian Mythology. Forbes had also included him in their Celebrity 100 list. His latest book, Keepers of Kalachakra was released in January 2018.

 
 

BENJAMIN GILANI

Benjamin Gilani is an Indian actor. He is one of the founders of Motley’s Productions, a Mumbai based theatre Group in 1977, along with his Film and Television Institute of India classmates, Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter. He has acted in movies like Junoon (1978) and Bajirao Mastani (2015). Presently he hosts Disney Q Family Mastermind, a Quiz Show on Disney Channel.

 
 

COONOOR KRIPALANI THADANI

Coonoor Kripalani is a children's author. She has to her credit almost 12 bilingual books in Hindi and English for the early learners. Her books are cheerful and fun to read while presenting basic concepts and themes in a manner that encourages children to enjoy the stories . Coonoor also writes scholarly articles on popular Hindi films. She is an Honorary Institute Fellow at the HK Institute for the Humanities & Social Sciences ( The Centre of Asian Studies), University of Hong Kong.

 
 

DAVID DAVIDAR

David Davidar is a well-known publisher and author of three novels. His first novel, The House of Blue Mangoes (2002), was internationally acclaimed and was translated into many languages and published in 16 different countries - it has sold over 100,000 copies to date. Of his other novels, The Solitude of Emperors, was a finalist for a Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was the founder Publisher and later CEO of Penguin India and various other Penguin companies and divisions. He has published dozens of acclaimed authors in the course of his career, among them Shashi Tharoor, Vikram Seth, Kiran Desai, Jeet Thayil and Arundhati Roy. He is Managing Director and Publisher of Aleph Book Company, a literary publishing firm he co-founded in partnership with Rupa Publications India in 2011.

 

DEVDUTT PATTANAIK

Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian mythology expert writing on the influence of mythology on management, governance and leadership. He is the author of 40 bestseller books and over 600 columns. He had been invited as speaker at TEDIndia in 2009. His television shows, Business Sutra on CNBC TV 18 and Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik have garnered immense praise from the audience. His recent work is titled Shyam: An Illustrated Retelling of the Bhagavata released in 2018.

 
 

DURJOY DATTA

Durjoy Datta is a bestselling author , a screenwriter, an entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. He has dealt with subjects like love, relationships, sexuality and death in his books. He has worked as a screen writer for television shows like Sadda Haq, Veera, Twist Wala Love, Million Dollar Girl, Secret Diaries, and Boyz. Datta is the co-founder of Grapevine India Publisher Pvt. Ltd., a mainstream English language publisher which promotes young talent in the publishing industry. His latest book published in 2018 is titled ' The Perfect Us'.

 
 

HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is an Indian writer. His debut novel Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey won him the Yuva Puraskar and Muse India Young Writer Award in 2015. The book was also shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award and the Hindu Literary Prize in 2014. His second book The Adivasi Will Not Dance earned him much appreciation and was shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize in 2016. Shekhar primarily pens down his work in English but also takes to translating Santhali and Hindi to English. His first children’s book Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh was published in 2018.

 

IRA MUKHOTY

Ira Mukhoty grew up in Delhi and later graduated from Cambridge University with Natural Sciences. She is interested in the shaping of myth and history in popular consciousness, particularly with regards to the memory of famous women. Her first book, Powerful Indian Women of Myth and History (2017) published by Aleph Book Company, was based on mythological and historical heroines such as Draupadi, Hazrat Mahal, and Rani Laxmibai. Her present book Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire (2018) seeks to highlight the story of great women who disappeared during the Mughal Era. She is currently working on a biography of Akbar.

   
 

JERRY PINTO

Jerry Pinto is a fiction and children’s writer, poet, lecturer and journalist. His book, Helen: The Life and Times of an H Bomb was the recipient of the National Awards in 2007. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademy for his first novel Em and the Big Hoom in 2016. Pinto is a freelance contributor to Hindustan Times, Live Mint, The Man and other newspapers and magazines. He serves on the Board of Directors of Meljol, an NGO working on Child Rights. He is a committee member of The Indian PEN and a member of the Poetry Circle, Mumbai. His latest book Murder in Mahim was released in 2017.

   
 

JONATHAN GILL HARRIS

Jonathan Gil Harris is an academic, writer and dedicated follower of Hindi cinema. He was born in New Zealand, received his post-graduate education in England, and moved to India after living in the US for twenty-three years. He is a prominent scholar of Shakespeare and has authored six books on the drama and culture of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He has also written for the Hindustan Times, Indian Express, the Hindu, and Outlook on Bollywood and Shakespeare. He currently lives in Delhi and is a professor of English at Ashoka University, where he was also Founding Dean of Academic Affairs. His two most recent books, The First Firangis: Remarkable Tales of Heroes, Healers, Courtesans, Charlatans, and Other Foreigners Who Became Indian (2014) and Masala Shakespeare: How the Bard Became Indian (2018), have both been published by Aleph Books Company. 

 
 

KOTA NEELIMA

Kota Neelima is an author, columnist, artist and political commentator. She specializes in gender, farmer issues, politics, and electoral reforms. Through her works, she has focused on the crucial subjects of farmer suicides, women farmers and the scope of democratic societies. Neelima is a contributor to several leading publications including The Huffington Post India, DailyO, DNA, News18 India, Economic and Political Weekly, and NDTV. Her initiative 'StudioAdda' organizes frequent discussions in Delhi on the state of political affairs in India. Her latest publication is a Non-Fiction by Oxford University Press called Widows of Vidharba, Making of Shadows (2018).

 
 

LEONORA MIANO

Leonora Miano was born in 1973 in Douala. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Cameroon. In 1991 she came to France where she now lives. She studied Anglo-American literature, first at Valenciennes and later at Nanterre. To date (2010), she has published two volumes of short stories and four novels : L'intérieur de la nuit (2005), Contours du jour qui vient (2006), Tels des astres éteints (2008) and Les aubes écarlates (2009). Her work has been well received by critics and she has won several literary awards : the Louis Guilloux Prize 2006; the Montalembert Prize 2006; the René Fallet Prize 2006; the Bernard Palissy Prize 2006. L'intérieur de la nuit was judged by the magazine Lire as the best "first novel", written in French, for the year 2005; Contours du jour qui vient was awarded the Prix Goncourt des lycéens 2006 and La Saison de l'ombre the Prix Fémina 2013.

 
 

LORENZO ANGELONI

Lorenzo Angeloni is a diplomat and writer. He has to his credit several essays, reports and novels which reiterate the themes of war, dialogue between societies and personal growth. His publications include In Darfur (2008), Behind My Scenes (2010), 300 Years (2012) and The Quarantine (2016); all of which were published in Italy. He has served as a diplomat in countries like Uruguay, Germany, Algeria, Sudan and Vietnam and is currently serving as the Ambassador of Italy in India.

 
 

MAHESH DATTANI

Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, director, and actor. His plays are well known for their socio-political point of view. One of his most acclaimed work, ‘Final Solutions’ made him the first Playwright to win the Sahitya Akademi Award back in 1998. He is also known for directing films such as ‘The Morning Raga’ and ‘Mango Soufflé”. He wrote the screenplay for “Dance Like a Man” based on his stage play, which was also awarded ‘Best Picture’ in English by National Panorama under the Indian International Film Festival. Other than practising in his own theatre group ‘PlayPen’ he also teaches at The Drama School Mumbai. He has directed a radio play for BBC, ‘Seven Steps Around the Fire’. Some of Dattani’s recent works include ‘The Big Fat City’, ‘Where Did I Leave My Purdah’, and “Gauhar”.

 
 

MEENAKSHI ALIMCHANDANI

Literary consultant Meenakshi Alimchandani specialises in South Asian Literature and authors. She has been the primary coordinator for the South Asian Segment of the Toronto International Book Fair. She has also served as a board member of the Festival of South Asian Literature and Arts which is a bi-annual event organised by M.G. Vassanji. Alimchandani is instrumental in consulting for Canadian publishers and promoting well-known authors like William Dalrymple, Gurucharan Das and Amitava Ghosh, to name a few.

 

NASEERUDDIN SHAH

Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian movie and theatre actor. He has acted in several Hindi movies including Sparsh (1980), Masoom (1983), Aakrosh (1980), Hey Ram (2000), Iqbal (2005) and A Wednesday (2008) to name a few. His portrayal of Mirza Ghalib in the critically acclaimed TV series of the same name has been appreciated by both critics and audience. He has also directed actors like Konkona Sen Sharma, Ayesha Takia and Irrfan Khan in his directorial venture Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota (2006). He is one of the founding members of the Motley Theatre Group started in 1979. Shah forayed into Pakistani movies by playing significant parts in Khuda Ke Liye and Zinda Bhaag. He is a recipient of three National Film Awards, among others; and has been bestowed with the honours of Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian cinema.

 
 

PARO ANAND

Paro Anand writes for children, young adults and adults. She runs her project Literature in Action. She is a record holder along with three thousand school children for having brought out the World’s largest newspaper. She has been awarded by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture for her contribution towards literature. Her book No Guns at My Son’s Funeral has been widely translated into different languages and adapted into a movie by Puneet Rakheja. The Little Bird who held the Sky Up by Anand has been featured in The 1001 Books to Read Before You Grow Up. Wingless has been adapted into stage performances and widely performed Nationally and Internationally. Her upcoming book is Two which she has co-authored with Orjan Persson.

 

RAJMOHAN GANDHI

Rajmohan Gandhi, a biographer and historian, currently serves as research professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US. He led the Indian Delegation at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva back in 1990 and was resident editor, Indian Express, in Chennai in the 1980s. His latest work is a history of South India from the 17th century to our times. Earlier books by him include Prince of Gujarat (2014) and Understanding the Founding Fathers (2016), both published by Aleph. His Mohandas, a biography of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi, was awarded the Barpujari Biennial Award by the Indian History Congress in 2007.

 

RAMCHANDRA GUHA

Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bengaluru. His books include A Corner of a Foreign Field (2002), India after Gandhi (2007), Gandhi before India (2013) and Gandhi: The Years that changed the World ( 2018). His awards include the Padma Bhushan (2009), the Sahitya Akademi Award (2011), a honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from Yale University (2014) and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2015).

 
 

RANJIT LAL

Ranjit Lal is an author and environmentalist. His versatile writings capture the minds of the you8ng and the old. He has written over thousand articles, columns, short-stories, features and photo features which have been published in various National and International newspapers and magazines. With over two decades of experience in the field of literature and writing, Lal’s other scope of interest include natural history, bird watching, photography of Nature and birds, humour, satire and auto mobiles. Some of his notable works include The Crow Chronicles, The Life and Times of Altu Faltu, That Summer at Kalagarh, The Bossman Adventures, Birds of Delhi, and The Caterpillar Who Went on a Diet and Other Stories.

 

RATNA PATHAK SHAH

Ratna Pathak Shah is an Indian television, movie and theatre actress. She is widely known for her roles in Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai (2005-06), Khoobsurat (2014), Kapoor and Sons (2016) and the critically acclaimed Lipstick Under my Burkha (2017). Shah is the co-founder and an active member of the Motley Theatre Group. She has also served as a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selecting Committee for the 2012 Awards. She is the recipient of several National and International awards including Indian Telly Awards, London Asian Film Festival and News 18 Movie Awards. Her latest on-screen work is Lover per Square Foot (2018).

 
 

RAVI AGRAWAL

Ravi Agrawal is a Journalist and author. Agarwal has worked as in various capacities at the CNN, in London, New York and New Delhi. He has also served as the South Asia Bureau Chief. Presently, he is the Managing Director of Foreign Policy. His latest book, India Connected - How the Smartphone is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy, was published in December 2018. He lives in New York.

 

RAVINDER SINGH

Ravinder Singh is the bestselling author of I Too Had a Love Story, Can Love Happen Twice? Like It Happened Yesterday, Your Dreams Are Mine Now, This Love That Feels Right, and Will You Still Love Me? He has edited and compiled two crowd sourced anthologies named Love stories That Touched My Heart and Tell Me A Story. After having spent most of his life in Burla, a very small town in western Odisha, Ravinder is currently based in New Delhi. He has an MBA from the renowned Indian School of Business. His eight-year-long IT career started with Infosys and came to a happy ending at Microsoft where he worked as a senior programme manager. One fine day, he had an epiphany that writing books is more interesting than writing project plans. He called it a day at work and took to full-time writing. He has also started a publishing venture called Black Ink (www.BlackInkBooks.in), to publish debut authors. Beyond his love for words, Ravinder is a fitness freak.

 

RAVISH KUMAR

Ravish Kumar is a broadcast journalist and writer, serving as the senior executive editor at NDTV news channel. He is the recipient of The Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010, awarded by the President of India. He has received the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the year 2013 as Journalist of the Year and 2017 for broadcast category for Hindi language. Ravish Kumar featured in The Indian Express list of 100 most influential Indians in 2016. In 2017, Ravish Kumar was the first recipient of the prestigious Kuldip Nayar journalism award for his contribution to the field of journalism. His works include Ishq Mein Shahar Hona, Dekhate Rahiye, Ravishpanti and The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation.

 
 

ROHAN MURTHY

Rohan Murty, a computer scientist and entrepreneur, completed his graduation from Cornell University and later attained his Ph.D from Harvard University. He was a former Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows in Harvard University. Dr. Murty’s spectrum of interest lies in the spheres of network systems and embedded computing. Much of his research and published work is focused upon architectures for dynamic spectrum access in wireless networks. He is also the founder of the Murty Classical Library of India back in 2010.

 

RUJUTA DIWEKAR

Rujuta Diwekar is India’s leading sports science and nutrition expert and amongst the most followed nutritionist in the world. Having had a flourishing career for over two decades, her clientele includes Anil Ambani, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan to name a few. She has been voted as one of the ’50 Most Powerful People in India’ by People Magazine. She has also been named as one out of the only three Indians in CNN Asia Hotlist: People to Watch Out For. She emphasizes on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutritional science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global. Diwekar is an author of several books including Dont lose your mind, lose your weight, Indian Super Foods and The PCOD - Thyroid Book which have sold more than a million copies in over seven languages and continue to define the discourse on food and exercise across the country. Her latest book, Notes on healthy kids, will be releasing shortly.

 
 

SAIKAT MAZUMDAR

Academic and writer, Saikat Mazumdar, has three books to his name which includes Silverfish (2007) and Prose of the World (2013). His debut novel The Firebird (2015) has been critically acclaimed to be a purely contemporary work of Indian fiction. Much of his work has been discussed in platforms such as the Times Literary Supplement or The Los Angeles Review of Books, and also in news platforms like The Hindu, Outlook and The Indian Express. He has worked as a faculty member of both Delhi University and Jawarharlal Nehru University, and is currently a visiting professor of Ashoka University in Delhi.

 
 

SALIL TRIPATHI

Salil Tripathi is a writer and author, based in London. Born in Bombay, he chairs PEN international’s writers in prison committee. He has been a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Singapore. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Guardian, to name a few. He is a contributing editor at Mint and The Caravan. In 2015, he received the Red Ink Award from the Mumbai Press Club for Human Rights journalism. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy and Detours: Songs of the Open Road. Aleph will publish his next book, on Gujaratis.

 

SHASHI THAROOR

Shashi Tharoor is a politician, diplomat, columnist and writer. He is currently serving as a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Kerala. Tharoor is an acclaimed writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. His writings include The Great Indian Novel (1989), The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India – The Emerging 21st-Century Power (2007) and An Era of Darkness (2016) to name a few. Tharoor’s writings focus on India and its history, culture, sports, films, society, policies and the likes. He has written columns for publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India. His latest book, published in 2018 is titled Why I Am A Hindu?

 

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, ‘Seventy.... and to hell with it!” 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.

 
 

SIDDARTHA VARADARAJAN

Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist, editor, and academic of Indian- American origin. He has served as the editorial writer at The Times of India, Deputy Editor and Chief of National Bureau of The Hindu before going on to become one of the Founding members of the online portal, The Wire. Varadarajan is the recipient of the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize Silver Medal for Print Journalism in 2005, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by the President of Chile in 2006 and the Ramnath Goenka award for Journalist of the Year (Print) in 2010. He is the author of several essays and books titled, Gujarat The Making of a Tragedy (2003) and Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (2014).

 
 

SUDEEP NARGARKAR

Sudeep Nagarkar, a fiction novelist, has authored a total of nine best sellers which includes She Swiped Right into My Heart, It Started with a Friend Request, and All Rights Reserved for You. He completed his MBA from the Welingkar Institute of Management Mumbai in 2014. His first book Few Things Left Unsaid was launched in July, 2012 soon after which he left his job to become a full-time writer. He has also written and contributed to television channels like Colours and Sony. He received the ‘Young Achievers Award’ in 2013 for being the highest selling author in the romance genre and was also one of the nominations for the list of Top 100 influential celebrities of India of Forbes (2014).

 
 

SYEDA HAMEED

Syeda Hameed is social and woman rights activist, educationist as well as writer. She is the former chair of the Planning Commission India as well as the founding trustee member of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) and the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. Along with serving as the chancellor at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, she has had several contributions at the literary sphere. In 1990, she had written a series on Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad cantering his life during the Indian Freedom Movement. Islamic Seal on India's Independence: Abul Kalm Azad-- a Fresh Look (1998), Maulana Azad, Islam and the Indian National Movement (2014) are some of her well known books, her most recent work being Born to Be Hanged: Political Biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto which was released in 2017.

 
 

TRIDIP SUHRUD

Tridip Suhrud is a writer, political scientist, cultural historian and a translator. He served as a coordinator at the Behavioural Science Centre, St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad; as a visiting fellow at the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, CSDS, Delhi); as a faculty member at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad ; and as a professor at DAIICT, Gandhinagar. In 2017, he was appointed as professor and director of CEPT Archives. He is a member of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission of the Government of India. In 2017, he was appointed as professor and director of CEPT Archives.He is a member of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission of the Government of India.

 

UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE

Upamanyu Chatterjee was born in 1959 in Patna. He spent over thirty calm and undistinguished years in the Indian Administrative Service; during that time, he wrote six novels- when no one was looking. He retired (early and honourably) in 2016 to devote himself full-time to running the household. He has one wife and two daughters. He enjoys several solitary occupations.

 
 

 

 
   

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