Orange City Literature Festival

Speakers

Rajan Welukar
Rajan Welukar

Rajan Welukar, is an eminent academician, is the former vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and GH Raisoni University. He Compiled and edited, Gandhi@150 which explores the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas in today’s world and the impact of his philosophy across a wide spectrum of areas such as religion, economics, science, education, the arts and health and development.

Radhakrishnan Pillai
Radhakrishnan Pillai

Radhakrishnan Pillai, fondly known as CHANAKYA Pillai, He is a teacher to his students, an author to his readers, a management trainer, consultant and guide to his clients.

Radhakrishnan Pillai has been confirmed with the Sardar Patel National award 09 for this research on Chanakya and his principles. Also his first book 'The corporate Chanakya' has created record for the highest number of pre-release sales for any first book of an author

Prabhu Chawla
Prabhu Chawla

Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 years in journalism during which time he has headed The India Today group and The Indian Express as Editor, Chawla has witnessed and recorded dramatic changes in Indian democracy — from the trauma of the Emergency, the pathos of Rajiv Gandhi's rise and fall and the angst of Mandal to the churning of liberalisation and the rise of coalition politics.

Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi

Shazia Ilmi is a former well-established prime-time television anchor and political correspondent who is the first working woman in her family. Her 15 years of experience in media is diverse in the field of documentary production and television news. "Desh Videsh" the popular news show of Star News featured in prime time, was produced, anchored and hosted by Shazia Ilmi. Several shows on current affairs and documentaries highlighting issues on gender bias and rights of minority groups in India were produced by her. One of her shows, "Dr. Kans", featured sting operations on doctors involved in illegal female foeticide. The aftermath of the operation witnessed suspension of medical licenses of such doctors. She has also been associated with other renowned news mediums such as Zee News and The Times of India.

Shri. Pawan Sinha
Shri. Pawan Sinha

Shri. Pawan Sinha is well known personality in India mostly popular as Astro uncle. He Advice people for their future and family problem. At the age of 8, he left his home for searching of God. But due to family responsibilities he returned. At the age of 12, Pawan Sinha started doing ‘Sadhna’.

He founded Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram, a spiritual organization for the mental and moral development of youth and children, spreading Dharma, there are around 12000 members. He has delivered near about 3500 episodes on Delhi Aaj Tak, Tez, Aaj Tak, Star News and India News, spoken for parenting and behavioural problems in youth and children.


Akash Khurana
Akash Khurana

Akash Khurana is an Indian actor, screenwriter, theatre artist and entrepreneur. He made his first screen appearance in Shyam Benegal's Kalyug and went on to act in nearly 60 films such as Ardh Satya, Saaransh, Naam, Beta, Saudagar, Sarfarosh, Company and Barfii. He won the Nandi Award of Andhra Pradesh for playing the lead in the Telugu film Dr. Ambedkar. He has also written over 20 screen plays, including Aashiqui and Baazigar, the latter fetching him the Film fare Award.

Sanjay Nahar
Sanjay Nahar

Sanjay Nahar was born to the younger brother of Dhanrajji, Kantilal Nahar. As a child, he would see these leaders of that time and listen to their discussions. He was too young to understand what they discussed but that sowed a seed in Sanjay’s impressionable mind.

Having worked closely with people and authorities in two Border States of India, Punjab and J&K, Sanjay Nahar founded Sarhad, a social organization dedicated to work in the border areas, in 1995.

Today, that small sapling has become a large tree in the form of a reputed organization which has created a great name and place for itself in history with a number of initiatives like Sarhad School – Sarhad College of Arts, Commerce & Science at Katraj, Pune which provides education to more than 150 Kashmiri children. All the expenses for lodging and boarding of these students are borne by Sarhad without any help from government or foreign agencies.

Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi

Ashok Vajpeyi is an award-winning Hindi poet, critic, translator, and editor. One of India’s most respected cultural figures, he has authored more than twenty books of poetry and literary criticism. He has been a recipient of national as well as international honours, including the SahityaAkademiSamman and the DayavatiModiKavishekharSamman in 1994, the KabirSamman in 2006, the Officer’s Cross of Merit from The Republic of Poland in 2004, and the French Officier de L’Ordre des Art et des Lettre in 2005. Vajpeyi also founded Bharat Bhavan, a renowned multi-arts centre in Bhopal He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University in Wardha and the chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi from 2008 to 2011.

Dr.Swati Lodha’s
Dr.Swati Lodha’s

Dr.Swati Lodha’s journey is an interesting and enriching mix, starting from tent classrooms in the schools to Harvard classrooms. She has trained more than 10,000 young minds through my organization SWASH PD Pvt Ltd in 17 years. She has also empowered youth to learn ABC – Attitude, Behaviour and Communication – to live a life full of happiness and gratitude.

Corporate Trainings and speaking assignments based on her books “Come on! Get, Set Go” and “Why Women are what they are”, have created communities of learners who really believe in enriching and updating themselves.

She Says,” Preparation of her new book on Parenting has helped her in reaching out to Parents across the world with her concept of “MOON PARENTING” which is for 21 st century parents. Her Parenting workshops help all the parents like her to learn and unlearn, to empathize and empower each other.

The Lecture series on Leadership and Motivation conducted with her Actor – Poet husband Shailesh Lodha (AKA Tarak Mehta of famous SAB TV show) leave people with loads of laughter and lots of learning’s.

Susmita Mukherjee
Susmita Mukherjee

Susmita Mukherjee is an actor. A graduate of the National School of Drama, she has done pioneering work in her thirty-five-year-long career in theatre, films and television. She founded the Natak theatre company in 1988 and her script, Nati, has played to full houses at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai and elsewhere. She has acted in over 100 films. Her most recent, sold, deals with child trafficking. It was directed by Oscar-winning director Jeffery Brown, and released in the US in 2016. Susmita has also written several short stories, and is working on her second novel.

Purushottam Agrawal
Purushottam Agrawal

Purushottam Agrawal is an acclaimed author, columnist and academic. His published works, in Hindi, include the novel Nacohus; a collection of essays on culture, Vichar ka Ananta and a classic work on Kabir, Akath Kahani Prem Ki.

Avijit Ghosh
Avijit Ghosh

Avijit Ghosh works as a senior editor for The Times of India in New Delhi. Born in Agartala, he grew up in the small towns of Arrah and Ranchi. He graduated in history from St Xavier’s College, Ranchi and earned his Master’s and MPhil degrees from JNU, New Delhi.

A journalist for more than twenty-five years, he has written extensively on Hindi cinema and sports. He has also briefly been a film critic for The Telegraph and The Times of India. His previous works include Bandicoots in the Moonlight, a bildungsroman set in 1970s small-town Bihar, and Cinema Bhojpuri, which won the Special Mention for Best Writing on Cinema in the 2010 National Film Awards. His third book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed, revisits a bunch of movies that have fallen through the cracks of our memory.

Gauri Sawant
Gauri Sawant

Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai, India. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She was featured in an ad by Vicks. She was made the goodwill ambassador of Election Commission in Maharashtra.

Nandita C. Puri
Nandita C. Puri

Nandita C. Puri is a writer and journalist, who has authored a collection of short stories, Nine on Nine, Om Puri’s biography, Unlikely Hero and launched her first novel, Two Worlds this year. Her articles have been published in The Telegraph, DainikBhaskar, The Statesman and Mid-Day. Besides being a broadcast journalist and an art critic, Nandita has written screenplays for commercial as well as non-commercial cinema.

Minnie Vaid
Minnie Vaid

Minnie Vaid has juggled multiple roles over a three-decade stint in mainstream media. She is a print and television journalist, a documentary filmmaker, creative producer for feature films and more recently, author of three non-fiction books, A Doctor to Defend: The BinayakSen Story (2011) Iron Irom: Two Journeys (2013) and The Ant in the Ear of the Elephant (2016). Her areas of interest include social and political issues in rural India, human rights, the environment and gender.

Naveen Choudhary
Naveen Choudhary

Naveen Choudhary is Head of Marketing at Oxford University Press. He is responsible for the marketing of academic titles and the Indian Language Publishing Program. Also an author and satirist, his first novel Janta Store is based on the student politics of Rajasthan.

Saurabh Dwivedi
Saurabh Dwivedi

Saurabh Dwivedi is the Founding Editor of The Lallantop, India’s most talked about vernacular digital first news venture known for its election coverage and new age writing style. Dwivedi is also known for his news web series Political Kisse, which has millions of views. Previously, he worked with Aajtak, Star News, DainikBhaskar and Nav Bharat Times. He is currently working on some film scripts and a romance novel.

Kishore Makwana
Kishore Makwana

Kishore Makwana - A devoted and vigilant Journalist, An activist in its true sense, Has indepth study of Social Life, A Columnist of Social Network in Sunday Edition of renowned Gujarati Daily Divya Bhaskar; Editor of Namaskar a Popular Family Magazine; Publisher of Social Magazine SamajSamvedna; Author of the books,SwamiVivekananda,Rashtriya Ghatnachakra,RSS nu Lakshya, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar,Safalta no Mantra and other…

Compilation of articles and speeches 'SamajikSamrasta' 'AapnaNarendrabhai' and many more… Accompanied the then Prime Minister Shri AtalBihari Vajpayee in Historic Lahore Tour in 1999; Honoured with Awards like Panchjanya Nachiketa Samman and Pratap Narayan Mishra Yuva Sahitya Puraskar.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

Social Activist | Chairperson and Co-Founder, Lakshya Trust

Manvendra Singh Gohilis an Indian prince who is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat. He is the first openly gay prince in the world. He runs a charity ,Manvendra is the Chairperson and Co-founder of Lakshya Trust,He is also the Founder and Chairperson of EktaTransglobal Foundation registered in USA, aiming at providing a platform for global advocacy on social issues. And an Ambassador Consultant (India) to AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the oldest organization in USA working on HIV/AIDS.

Apart from his social involvement, Manvendra is also passionate about Indian Classical Music (Vocal) and has performed across various platforms in Indian and abroad. Besides music, Manvendra is also a trained yoga teacher.

Ushy Mohan Das
Ushy Mohan Das

The creator of the widely acclaimed brand “The Mind Workshop”, she is the founder CEO and Principal Coach at DrUshy’s Wisdom Works. She is the regional head, IHRO for the States of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.Formerly the Dean of KIMS Hospital, Bangalore, the Vice Chairperson of the National Women’s Dental Council, she has been a mentor to many students and faculty across the globe. She is a specialist on board the advisory of women planet.com.

Her passions include cooking, sports and music besides reading and writing. She also loves animals and does volunteering work to protect nature.

Moupia Basu
Moupia Basu

Moupia Basu has a master's degree in English literature from St Stephen's College, Delhi University. She grew up in the Delhi of the seventies and eighties. She has worked as a journalist with Times of India, Economic Times, Indian Express and Business Today and has written on a variety of topics including business, education and travel. Her debut book, Khoka, was published in 2015.

VaibhavPurandare is a senior editor at The Times of India, and author of the critically acclaimed Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography and Bal Thackeray & the Rise of the Shiv Sena

Raghu Raman
Raghu Raman

N Raghu Raman, a post graduate from Mumbai university and IIT (SoM) Mumbai alumnus, seasoned journalist with an experience of more than 30 years in leading national dailies like the Indian express, Hindustan Times, Business and Political Observer, Blitz, DainikBhaskar and DNA.

He started as a railway correspondent and grew up to cover railway budget in Parliament. He was the first journalist in India in 1991 to start writing a column called “Deccan Queen” in the then newspaper called “The Daily” and few of his strong followers includes the then DRM A Ramji of Central Railway and the then GM E Sridharan, known as India’s Metro Man.

Raghu Raman is also an amazing motivational and inspirational speaker, just as he is an accomplished master of ceremonies and moderator of public debates. His invigorating techniques to maximize mental power and bring the focus on optimum utility of one’s potential has been greatly admired.

Ashok Alexander
Ashok Alexander

Ashok Alexander Is The Founder-Director Of The Antara Foundation, A Non-Profit Focused On Public Health Delivery At Scale. Prior To Establishing Antara Foundation In 2013, Ashok Headed The India Operations Of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He Led the Creation and Expansion of the Foundation’s India Office from Its Inception In 2003 until 2012. There, He Created Avahan, India’s National Aids Program, Which Rapidly Became the World’s Largest Ever Private HIV Prevention Program.

Prabhat kumar
Prabhat kumar

Prabhat kumar is an owner of Prabhat Prakashan is an Indian leading hindi publishing house. It was co-founded in 1958 by Shyam Sunder. They publish books in English and Hindi languages. They are the first Indian publisher to bring out Hindi translations of Russian classics including the works of authors like Chekhov, Tolstoy and Gorky.

Ajay Chaturvedi
Ajay Chaturvedi

An Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Diploma in Global Leadership & Public Policy from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He truly believes in the power of cost effective innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation across the world, A voracious reader, an avid golfer and an ardent traveller, Ajay spent almost a decade living in the US and across the world and now lives in Gurgaon. In 2011, he was awarded the CNN IBN Youth Icon / Young Indian Leader. Ajay has also authored the bestselling book, ‘Lost Wisdom of The Swastika’. Founder – HarVa(www.harva.co.in) Founder – KFN (www.kfn.org.in)

Prashant Purushottam Khandekar
Air Marshal Prashant Purushottam Khandekar

Air Marshal Prashant Purushottam Khandekar Assumed The Responsibilities Of Air Officer-In-Charge Maintenance At Air Hq, New Delhi On 02 May 16. The Air Marshal Is A Graduate of VNIT, Nagpur and Was Commissioned In Indian Air Force Is Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Stream On 25 Jul 1977. He has worked on SU-7, MiG-23 BN and MiG-27 aircraft. He is PG in Industrial Engineering from NITIE and alumnus of DSSC Wellington with MSc in Defence & Strategic Studies of Madras University. He is Fellow of AESI, IETE and IIIE and member of CSI, CENJOWS and USI. He is recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards of NITIE Mumbai, VNIT and Hadas High School Nagpur. On 26th July he was conferred Nagpur Quality Leadership Award by World Quality Congress and Awards.

Dr. D. R. Karthikeyan
Dr. D. R. Karthikeyan

Dr. Karthikeyan is a Former: Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, Director General, National Human Rights Commission, (India), Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force Dr. Karthikeyan served as the Chief Bureau of the Investigation Team of the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. At the invitation of INTERPOL, France, he made an audiovisual presentation of the investigation before an assembly of top police officers, who commended Mr Karthikeyan for the model investigation.

Manoj Singh
Manoj Singh

A civil servant by profession, Manoj Singh is also the author of several books, including Chandrikotsav (Khandkavya); Bandhan, Kashamkash and Hostel kePannon Se (novels); VyaktitavkaPrabhav and ChintanahiChintan (collection of articles) and MeriPehchan (collection of short stories). Manoj Singh writes primarily in Hindi.

Vaibhav Purandare
Vaibhav Purandare

Vaibhav Purandare grew up in Mumbai in the 1980s and 90s, the tumultuous decades in which Bal Thackeray and his Shiv Sena went from being regional political players to champions of a militant Hindutva that carried their rhetoric and rage across India. He began his journalistic career with the political newsmagazine Blitz in 1993, in the early part of which, Thackeray and his organization played a key role in the Mumbai riots, and has since worked with India’s leading newspapers such as The Indian Express, The Asian Age, Daily News and Analysis (DNA), Mid-Day and Mumbai Mirror, apart from writing for a host of other publications. His first book, The Sena Story was published in 1999, when he was only 23. His second book, Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography (Roli Books) and is now into its fifth edition. He is currently Senior Associate Editor with the Hindustan Times, Mumbai.

Ashutosh Nadkar
Ashutosh Nadkar

Ashutosh Nadkar is originally from Madhya Pradesh. He has been active in print, television and web journalism for the past two decades. He is currently working with the Network18 group as an associate editor.

Shubhangi Bhadbhade
Shubhangi Bhadbhade

Marathi Literature knows Shubhangi Bhadbhade with Eleven character and eighteen social novels, five story collections, twelve Ekankikas. In addition to translation work in various Indian languages, three plays and column writing; As well as juvenile literature. Broadcast of plays and talks on Doordarshan and All India Radio. She is a proud owner of Poetry Award of Maharashtra Sahitya Sabha, Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh's 'Ekanki Writing Award', Sahitya Academy, Katha Award of Baroda, ‘C. Suman Deshpande Children's Literature Award ', 'Children's Novel Award', Akhil Bharatiya Natya Parishad Mumbai's 'Ekanki Writing Award' and On Saransh Katha Sangrah, Government of Maharashtra awarded her Utkrushta Vanmay Puraskaar.

Dr. P K Agrawal
Dr. P K Agrawal

Dr. P. K. Agrawal Is A Gold Medalist In Law And D. Phil. From Allahabad University, L.L.M. From Calcutta University and M.B.A. From IGNOU, New Delhi.Dr. Agrawal Belongs To I.A.S., 1976 Batch Of West Bengal Cadre And Retired As Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. Of West Bengal after Serving for 10 Years in The Central Government And For Twenty-Four Years In West Bengal Government. Earlier, Dr. Agrawal Served In The Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), U.P. Civil Service (Sales Tax Officer) And As Lecturer In Law.Dr. Agrawal Has About Sixty-Five Books To His Credit, Including Twenty Books In English. He Is A Prominent Writer Of Fiction In Hindi And Has Many Awards To His Credit.After Retirement, Dr. Agrawal Has Been Working As Partner For More Than Nine Years In Law Firms At New Delhi.

Arun Anand
Arun Anand

Arun Anand Is A Journalist Based In New Delhi. He Has Worked At Editorial Positions In Leading Dailies And Broadcast Including, The Statesman, DainikJagran, Midday, Ians And Tv Today. Arun Has Been Tracking The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (Rss) And Is The Author Of The Book Know About Rss. He Has Also Translated Four Books From English To Hindi, Including Barack Obama's Audacity Of Hope.

Aabid Surti
Aabid Surti

Born In Gujarat In 1935, Aabid Surti Is The Author Of Over Eighty Books Spanning Across Categories Like Fiction, Poetry, Theatre, Reportage And Comics. He Was Given A National Award By The Government Of India In 1993 For One Of His Books.He Is The Co-Creator Of Bahadur, India's First Comic Book Superhero. His Environmental Activism Has Led Him To Be Called A 'One-Man Ngo', Especially When It Comes To Water Conservation.

Kishwar Desai
Kishwar Desai

Kishwar Desai is an award-winning author, columnist, and playwright. Her latest bio-play on an iconic star from early Indian cinema, Devika Rani, Goddess Of The Silver Screen, is running to packed houses in India. Her fifth book, Jallianwala Bagh, 1919, The Real Story, got excellent reviews — and led to exhibitions being set up about the massacre in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Delhi, and Punjab. The exhibition is also going to New Zealand. She is the Chair of The Arts And Cultural Heritage Trust, which set up the world’s first and only Partition Museum. This is a people’s Museum, dedicated to the Partition of India, which saw the largest migration in recent history. Desai worked in television for almost 25 years as an anchor and producer focussing on social and gender issues. She worked with major TV networks, and she rose to become head of a TV channel. For the last fifteen years, she has been a full-time writer and occasional playwright. In 2015, she helped install the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside of Westminster in the UK. Her first novel, Witness the Night, won the Costa First Novel Award in the UK, in 2010. Her trilogy of novels on gender issues are now being made into a web series. Her play, Manto, about the famous short story writer won the TAG Omega award in 1999. She has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award ( 2019), the SKOCH award for excellence for the preservation of history ( 2018), the India Inc ( UK) award for Media, Art, and Culture.

Raghu Chundawat
Raghu Chundawat

Raghu Chundawat is a renowned conservation biologist whose main studies have been on snow leopards and tigers. His pioneering ten-year research on the Panna tigers was immortalized in the BBC documentary, Tigers of the Emerald Forest.

Dr. Ullas Karanth
Dr. Ullas Karanth

Ullas Karanth Is A Conservation Zoologist And A Leading Tiger Expert Based In Karnataka, India. He Was The Director Of The Wildlife Conservation Society - India. In January, 2012, Karanth Was Conferred With The Prestigious Padma Shri Award For His Outstanding Contributions To Wildlife Conservation And Environment ProtectionHe Is A Senior Conservation Scientist With The New York Based Wildlife Conservation Society (Wcs) And Technical Director Of The Wcs Tiger Conservation Program. Karanth Directed The Wcs-I Effort To Help Save Bengal Tigers, And Has Conducted Country-Wide Surveys To Better Estimate Their Population And Habitat Needs. Working Mainly In The Nagarhole National Park, Karanth's Work Has Demonstrated The Importance Of Conserving Prey Populations In Order To Ensure The Survival Of Keystone Predator Species Such As The Tiger.

Bahar Dutt
Bahar Dutt

Bahar Dutt Is A Conservation Biologist and Environment Journalist and the Winner of Over Ten National and International Awards. Her News Reports Helped Halt The Construction Of An Illegal Shopping Mall On The Yamuna Riverbed And An Illegal Mine In Goa. She Took On The Then Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh Who Wanted To Drain Wetlands Inhabited By Sarus Cranes For An Airstrip (And Won A Wild Screen - Green Oscar - Award In The Process). Bahar Has Run An Animal Ambulance For Injured Primates, Helped Build Rope Bridges For The Colobus Monkey In Africa, Studied A Troop Of Amazonian Monkeys At The World-Famous Jersey Zoo In The Uk And Worked For Over A Decade With A Traditional Community Of Snake Charmers Helping Them Find Livelihood Options In Tune With Wildlife Laws. Her Reportage Has Pushed The Boundaries Of Environment Journalism From An Obscure Segment On The Daily News To Prime Time Television. Broadcaster, Writer and Closet Baker, She Now Lives A More Ordinary Life in New Delhi with Her Husband and Dog Musibat.

Anish Andheria
Anish Andheria

Dr. Anish Andheria Is The President Of The Wildlife Conservation Trust (Wct), A Not-For-Profit, And Set Up To Preserve, Protect And Conserve Wildlife And Fight Climate Change. Currently, Wct Works In And Around 130 National Parks And Wildlife Sanctuaries Spread Across 23 States Of India And Catalysis Path-Breaking Conservation Action.He Is A Member Of Both The 'Maharashtra State Board Of Wildlife' And The 'First State Expert Appraisal Committee' For Projects Related To Industries, Mining And Irrigation In Maharashtra. He Is Also A Member Of The Steering Committee Of The Madhya Pradesh Tiger Conservation Foundation.He Has Been Awarded The Prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award 2008. He Is A Fellow Of Lead, An International Leadership Programmer On Environment And Development Spread Across 80 Countries. He Has Helped Set Up Kids For Tigers, A Nation-Wide Conservation Education Programmer In 2000. The Programmer Is In Its 17th Year and Reaches Out To Nearly A Quarter Million School Children.

Bittu Sehgal
Bittu Sehgal

Bittu Sahgal Is An Environmental Activist, Writer,And The Founder Of Sanctuary Nature Foundation, An Indian Nonprofit Conservation Organization That Works On Environmental Policy, Advocacy, Science, On-Ground Support And Habitat Management. He Is Also The Founding Editor Of Sanctuary Asia, A Wildlife And Ecology Magazine.

Prerna Bindra
Prerna Bindra

Prerna Singh Bindra Has Been at the Forefront of the Battle to Conserve India’s Wildlife for over a Decade. She Was a Member of India’s National Board for Wildlife and Its Core Standing Committee (2010-13). She Has Also Served On Uttarakhand State Board For Wildlife. Prerna’s Primary Focus Is Protecting Wildlife Habitats and Critically Endangered Species. She Is A Widely Published Author With Over 1,500 Pieces On Nature And Wildlife. She Also Does Travelogues And Occasional Humor Pieces. Prerna’s Book the Vanishing India’s Wildlife Crisis Published by Penguin India Was Released In June 2017.

Karan Agarwal
Karan Agarwal

Karan Agrawal embarked on his journey of being an author with '7 Untold Secrets of Living Abroad'. The book went on to become #1 Best Seller on Amazon India on the day of listing itself. He has been writing on his personal and social blogs for more than a decade. Writing helps him in connecting with himself; he can meditate while writing.

He graduated from Nagpur, his hometown and was a University Topper for all three years. He then completed his MBA majoring in core Finance from IBS, Hyderabad. He has been working as a technology consultant for around 12 years. He has travelled across geographies for work and leisure. He has lived in Singapore for six years. The multi-cultural experiences at Singapore compelled him to write his first book telling stories to empower immigrating Indians. He currently lives in Hyderabad with his wife and six years old son.

Priyadarshi Dutta
Priyadarshi Dutta

Priyadarshi Dutta is the author of "The Microphone Men: How Orators Created a Modern India" (2019), the first book to trace the genesis and growth of public speaking in India and its relationship with growth of civilian politics.Born in Chandernagore (West Bengal), formerly a French colony, he has lived most of his life in New Delhi. He has been writing regularly in a national newspaper viz. the Pioneer on national and international issues since 2001. Dutta is currently a consultant with the Election Commission of India, having earlier worked with Ministry of I&B, Rajya Sabha Secretariat and Embassy of Egypt etc. He also writes poems in Hindi, and short stories in Bengali.

Srijan Pal Singh
Srijan Pal Singh

Srijan Pal Singh is an author, public speaker, education innovator and social entrepreneur. Currently, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Centre, a non-profit organization working on integrated missions across multiple dimensions in an effort to continue on the vision and works of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was appointed as Officer on Special Duty and Advisor (Policy and Technology) at the Office of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam where he worked as a close aide to the former president on various consulting works.

Dharmendar Kanwar
Dharmendar Kanwar

Dharmendar Kanwar is a much awarded travel writer who began writing professionally soon after her graduation. She has done scripts for television documentaries and contributed stories and photographs to almost all the major magazines and newspapers in the country. Dharmendar was closely associated with Rajmata Gayatri Devi and is Managing Trustee of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Benevolent Trust, a charitable Trust started by the late Rajmata. She is also Convenor of the Jaipur Chapter of INTACH.

Nitish Bharadwaj
Nitish Bharadwaj

Nitish Bharadwaj is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and former member of Parliament in Lok Sabha. He is best known for his role as Lord Krishna in B. R. Chopra's television series Mahabharat, as well as for his portrayal of several Avatars of Vishnu in some of Chopra's other works, such as Vishnu Puran. His debut directorial film in Marathi titled Pitruroon has won him accolades from both the audiences and critics and he now focuses on his film career entirely through screenwriting, directing and acting.

Darshan Jariwala
Darshan Jariwala

Darshan Jariwala is a National Award winning Indian film, stage and television actor. Primarily known for his supporting roles in Bollywood, Darshan`s most memorable roles have come in films like Aaja Nachle (2007), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Kahaani (2012) and the Hollywood sports drama film Million Dollar Arm (2014). Notable film credits also include Halla Bol (2008), Raajneeti (2010), Rowdy Rathore (2012), Commando (2013), Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana (2017) and Oxygen (2018).

For his portrayal of Mohandas Gandhi in the biographical drama film Gandhi, My Father, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007. Significant television credits include Adaalat, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and Saas Bina Sasural. Darshan is also a seasoned Gujarati theatre artist, and owns a theatre production company called Leela Productions. His 2019 release includes Cheel Zadap, directed by Dharmesh Mehta.

Elahe Hiptoola
Elahe Hiptoola

Elahe Hiptoola is an Indian actress, producer and executive producer born in Mumbai, India. She contributed as an executive producer for several Hindi films like 3 Deewarein, Hyderabad Blues 2, and Iqbal. She has also done supporting roles in movies like Iqbal, Aashayein, and Morning Raga. She is also the founder of cultural center Lamakaan in Hyderabad.

Gunjan Jain
Gunjan Jain

Gunjan Jain is an avid reader who is also a compulsive writer a thought leader, often sharing her discernment at public forums. The writer in her has been hard at work. Her debut book, She Walks, She Leads, an authorized anthology of India’s most dynamic women leaders, profiles 24 prolific life stories. Capturing a panoramic range of professions, passions and sensibilities, through the book, each personality shares her personal journey like never before. The biographies are supplemented by reference conversations with more than a hundred leading personalities.

Leading from her book, Gunjan authors a special series on Leadership for Forbes India. Gunjan belongs to the family conglomerate – The Arissan Group, which is primarily into Media (Aastha Channel), Finance, and Infrastructure. Gunjan currently lives and works out of Mumbai, India.

Parvinder Singh Bali
Parvinder Singh Bali

Parvinder Singh Bali is Programmer Manager, Culinary Services at Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development (OCLD), Delhi. A graduate from IHM, Kolkata and OCLD, he joined Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and then moved on to ITC Hotels. He has worked under many well-known chefs and is an expert in different international cuisines. Chef Bali is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) from American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), a certified Professional Chef from the Culinary Institute of America and also a certified Chef De Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation

Geetanjali Shetty Kaul
Geetanjali Shetty Kaul

Educator for 23yrs, Circle facilitator, Creative Coach, Professional Storyteller, founder@ Secret Passages, lessons of life

Geetanjali Shetty Kaul has explored various forms of learning including Integral, Waldorf, and certified Psychotherapy based Leadership Course from TISS She is an expert in Organizational Storytelling, uses NLP, theatre, and mindfulness in her style of practicing the art She is passionate about process-based interventions that facilitate group learnings, an ideal way to surface insights, innovation and aha's that exist at the root of each story. Her Certificate Course on Storytelling / 25 hours interventions has completed 41 seasons, training over 400 Storytellers holding a largest network of storytellers in Mumbai and her theatre production runs five Plays for children (book-based and original) The tribe is now beaming in space of Storytelling spreading the story carpet at Schools, Colleges, Literature festivals, Social events, NGOs and several other community-based platforms.

Saurin Desai
Saurin Desai

Saurin Desai is a published poet, comic-writer, scriptwriter, storyteller, content writer, and writing coach. He facilitates workshops on creative writing, brand storytelling, digital content, etc. and is an ideation as well as a content strategy consultant to many professionals as well as small and mid-sized businesses.

Dr. Vinay Nalwa
Dr. Vinay Nalwa

Dr. Vinay Nalwa is an author, researcher and writes frequently for major digital and news platforms on wide-ranging socio-political issues. She is a Ph.D. in Sociology and has expertise in Mental Health and Sexual Harassment related issues. She has a keen interest in History too. She is a co-author of a forthcoming book on Ram Temple and was a lead researcher for the bestseller 'The Saffron Surge: Untold Story of RSS Leadership". Currently, she is working on a Trilogy on ancient, medieval and modern Indian history. She is based in Delhi and works as a senior fellow with a Delhi based think tank.

Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma
Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma

Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma believe that anything worth doing must be fun and unconventional. Having applied this principle to everything they do their journey continues to bring them joy. They are widely acknowledged as India’s leading experts on street food and regional cuisine. In the ‘reel world’ their cult show Highway On My Plate (HOMP), aired on NDTV Goodtimes for over 7 years, has steadily eaten it’s way towards completing a record 230 episodes shot during travels of over 200,000kms on the Highways and roads of India.

Proud ambassadors of the incredibly unique and diverse flavours of Indian cuisine and culture Rocky & Mayur contribute articles and reviews on food, travel and lifestyles to publications such as FHM, Food & Nightlife, BBC Good Food, Zomato.com and the New York Times online (India Ink). Their books Highway On My Plate – the Guide to Indian Roadside Eating – Vol 1 & 2 (Random House) are bestsellers in India and won ‘Best in the World’ awards at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris (2012) & China (2015) respectively. Rocky is an ardent ornithologist, photographer and scuba diver while Mayur investigates why high altitude treks have such ‘breathtaking’ views.

Tuhin A Sinha
Tuhin A Sinha

Tuhin A. Sinha is a best-selling author and politician. Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack to experiment with new genres. He has authored 10 books now. His last book, When The Chief Fell in Love with an interesting tagline- Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat…Hindustaniyat, was in news recently as the solution outlined in the book for the Kashmir problem was uncannily similar to the one initiated by the government with the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and reorganization of the state.

  At present, Tuhin is a spokesperson of BJP. As an articulate speaker, he brings a lot of objectivity to the high decibel TV debates with his structured, nuanced arguments. 

Nidhi Chaphekar
Nidhi Chaphekar

On the fateful day of 22 March 2016, Nidhi Chaphekar was assigned to operate a flight from Brussels to Newark. But one of the most shocking terrorist attacks took place at the Brussels Airport the same day and killed more than 32 and injured more than 300 people. Nidhi was one of the survivors and her photograph had become the face of the terror attack. Gritty, grounding and greatly inspiring, this is her story. She is also, currently, the face of the Jet Airways staff’s struggle to revive the airline.

Kiran Khalap
Kiran Khalap

Kiran Khalap juggles three passions and one career (brand consulting).His passions include writing, rock climbing and spiritual evolution. The first four years (1979 to 1983) Of his working life were spent as a schoolteacher in a co-educational residential school, in Benaras,India, run by the J Krishnamurti Foundation India. He is the winner of the Asian Age Indo-UK Short Story writing Competition, 1995. Previous novels include Halfway up the Mountain (2003) and Two Pronouns and a Verb (2012).

He was the very first speaker at TED University at TED’s first Indian meet in 2009 and at TEDx Bandra In 2017. He regularly conducts workshops on creativity and branding.

Balasubramanian Swaminathan
Balasubramanian Swaminathan

Balasubramanian Swaminathan is a publisher of Chef Bharat, a news portal, launched recently for the Indian chef community. He has also worked as an editorial consultant for various media outlets in Retail, FMCG, Textile, Media and Entertainment and Technology. He holds 10 years of working experience as a media professional in Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. He is also an alumnus of the Media Sciences Department from the CEG Campus of Anna University other than holding a Bachelor's in Visual Communication from the University of Madras

Piorre Hart
Piorre Hart

A surgeon by profession, a writer by heart and a bird in spirit, Piorre Hart is forever in flight on the wings of imagination, soaring into the virtual realms of words and verses.

She thrives on books, on chai, on fictionalising philosophy and philosophising fiction.She has been writing since she was eight; dabbling in various forms of the craft. Her poems and short stories have found their place in various magazines and anthologies.Her first novel “ Where There’s A Will… ” won the first prize at the manuscript contest held at Pune International Literary Festival, 2016 and has received rave reviews.She is currently working on its sequel. Her second novel “Dial T for Terror ” is a techno-political thriller which has been getting consistently great reviews.

Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen is an internationally respected spiritual teacher and the founder of the Evolutionary Enlightenment. Raised in a secular Jewish family in New York City, he experienced a spontaneous revelation of cosmic consciousness at the age of sixteen and embarked on a lifelong spiritual journey.

From 1991 to 2010 he was the editor-in-chief of the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine, a publication that explored the deepest spiritual questions of our time with some of the world’s most noted thought leaders.

Gayatri Datar
Gayatri Datar

Gayatri Datar is a popular Marathi actress, known for Tula Pahate Re (2018). She did her schooling from Mumbai and is an Engineering Graduate. She started her career in acting by working in Marathi serials. She has done one short film titled 'Intolerence'.

Dr. Deepa Prasad
Dr. Deepa Prasad

Dr. Deepa Prasad Venkatraman is an Hotel Management alumnus from IHMCT- Mumbai. A seasoned Hospitality Professional and Educator for the last 25years Her core expertise is in Food & Beverage Services and Management. She is a Doctorate in Management, and her thesis was on Wine Consumption Patterns.

Her core strength as a professional has been teaching Food& Beverage service, Beverages with Wines.International Etiquette, communication skills, personality development to graduate, post graduates students of Pune University, hospitality sector, educational institutesand offered consultancy to corporate sector.

She has authored books in Food& Beverage Service and International etiquette .

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare
Balwant Moreshwar Purandare

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (born 29 July 1922) Pune popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare is a writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India. He was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award on 25 January 2019. His works are mostly based on the events related to the life of Shivaji, the 17th-century founder of the Maratha Empire as a result he is termed as Shiv-Shahir ("Shivaji's bard"). He is mostly known for his popular play on Shivaji, Jaanta Raja which was popular not only in Maharashtra but also in Andhra Pradesh and Goa. Purandare has also studied the history of the Peshwas of Pune. He is also known for his significant contribution along with Madhav Deshpande & Madhav Mehere as senior party leaders in the early-1970s of Shiv Sena along with Bal Thackeray [citation needed]. In 2015, he was awarded with Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra's highest civilian award

Parth Bajaj
Parth Bajaj

Parth Bajaj, an emerging name in the food blogging scene, is one of the youngest and most successful bloggers of the country. Parth is an industrial engineer, working now as a full time blogger, baker, food photographer and consultant.

Parth Bajaj has also collaborated with multi national brands like Mc Donald’s, Iball, Daniel wellington, Borosil, Uber Eats, Zomato, and a lot of national and local brands.

Shubhra Paul
Shubhra Paul

Food is the only thing which is close to everyone’s heart. Shubhra Paul is one such hardcore foodie whose love for food has no bounds. Half her life she had been overweight due to her uncontrollable behavior towards tempting food.

Gradually, she managed to balance a healthy lifestyle and lost 30 kgs by shifting her love towards good and healthy food. Taking pictures of food and travelling to new places to explore food had been something which she did for a long time.

Laksh Dadwani
Laksh Dadwani

There was no idea behind Nagpur buzz it came out just like a timepass never imagined it could become something like this. Played for 2 years in The Indian Team (Martial Arts-17&18) Asian Championship- Gold Medalist.

Nagpur buzz is not just about food it has given me the opportunity to live my dreams with open eyes, like I always loved standup comedian coz of Nagpur buzz now I work with them and handle their shows in Nagpur.

Chef Soundararajan
Chef Soundararajan

Chef Soundararajan-President World Chef Association,Founder General Secretory IFCA and Corporate Chef of Club Mahendra

Chef Soundararajan was born as the seventh child in the family of a coffee merchant. In search of a career with a broad scope, he joined IHM Chennai in 1982 and that was the start of his culinary career. And also the start of his journey towards success. He was a rank holder of IHM Chennai and he has been merited with a certificate in World Cuisine from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, New York. Today, he is one of the WACS certified chefs. Chef Soundararajan has been offered fellowship from the St. Nicholas University and he has been bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate from Vels University in Hospitality Management D.Litt.

Alvira Diwan
Alvira Diwan

Alvira Diwan is a Clinical Psychologist by profession. She has her own Clinic in Nagpur by the name Psych Works. She is also an avid reader and a passionate Writer.

Her Articles are published in both print media as well as digital media (International). She believes in "Write to Heal”. Currently working in the field of Women Empowerment and development for the society and is associated to various NGO's in Nagpur.

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