Meet the Authors

Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh
Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature

Author Bio – Jairam Ramesh is an economist and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He is a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka state in the Rajya Sabha....

Currently, he has been appointed as a member of a board which provides strategic policy advice to a key UN agency on environmentally-sound technologies for developing nations. He has accepted the offer to serve as a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) which gives strategic policy advice to the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the programmatic direction of International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC).

Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor
Inside the Making of India's Foreign Policy

Author Bio – Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician, writer and a former career international diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. He also serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology and All India Professionals Congress....

Tharoor is an acclaimed writer, having authored 18 bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction since 1981, which are centred on India and its history, culture, film, politics, society, foreign policy, and more related themes.He is also the author of hundreds of columns and articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India.

Shivshankar Menon
Shivshankar Menon
Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy

Author Bio – Shivshankar Menon is an Indian diplomat, who served as National Security Adviser of India under Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh. He had previously served as the Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Prior to that he was Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and ambassador to China and Israel....

He has served the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) as Advisor to the Atomic Energy Commission. He has also served as Ambassador to Israel and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He was appointed Foreign Secretary in 2006, and was the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. He had relinquished office as India's "4th" National Security Advisor on 15 May 2014.

A major milestone of his career was the Indo-US nuclear deal, for which he had worked hard to convince NSG Member nations along With Shyam Saran to get a clean waiver for nuclear supplies to India.

Navin B Chawla
Navin B Chawla
Every Vote Counts

Author Bio – Navin Chawla is a retired Indian civil servant and writer, who served as 16th Chief Election Commissioner of India. Four phases (out of five) of the Indian general election to Loksabha were executed under his supervision in April and May 2009....

He is best known for his biography of Mother Teresa and for conducting the 2009 general elections in an even-handed manner to national and international acclaim.

He has undertaken reforms of the electoral process and the election commission. He advocated a constitutional process for the removal of election commissioners, bringing it in line with that for removal of the chief election commissioner, so that election commissioners were afforded the same constitutional protection given to the CEC. Chawla ensured that third gender individuals were given the right to vote for the first time.

Kiran Manral
Kiran Manral
Missing, Presumed Dead

Author Bio - A TEDx speaker, columnist, mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017 and festival curator, Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective, in 2011.... Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush, All Aboard, Saving Maya; horror with The Face at the Window, psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead and nonfiction with Karmic Kids, A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up, True Love Stories and 13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting. Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul (Westland), Have a Safe Journey (Amaryllis, 2017), Boo (Penguin, 2017),The Best Asian Speculative Fiction (Kitaab, 2018) and Magical Women (Hachette, 2019).

She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. The Indian Council of UN Relations (ICUNR) supported by the Ministry for Women and Child Development, Government of India, awarded her the International Women’s Day Award 2018 for excellence in the field of writing. Her novella, Saving Maya, was long listed for the Saboteur Awards 2018, UK, supported by the Arts Council England. Her novels, The Face at the Window and Missing, Presumed Dead were both longlisted for JioMAMI Word to Screen and The Face at the Window was also shortlisted for the Singapore South Asian Film Festival.

Rajendra Singh
Rajendra Singh
 

Author Bio – Rajendra Singh is an Indian water conservationist and environmentalist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as "waterman of India", he won the Magsaysay Award in 2001 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2015. He runs an NGO called 'Tarun Bharat Sangh', which was founded in 1975....

He is one of the members of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) which was set up in 2009, by the Government of India as an empowered planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating authority for the Ganges (Ganga), in exercise of the powers conferred under the Environment (Protection) Act,1986. In the UK he is a founder member of an NGO called the Flow Partnership which aims to counter the negative effects of soil erosion and flooding.

Raghunandan Singh Chundawat
Raghunandan Singh Chundawat
The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers

Author Bio – Dr. Raghu Chundawat started his career as a conservation biologist more than thirty years ago with research on snow leopard in Ladakh. Later, he worked as Regional Science and Conservation Director for the International Snow Leopard Trust. He was a member of the teaching faculty of the Wildlife Institute of India.... He is very closely involved with tiger conservation and research in a dry tropical forest of central India and recently published a book based on his ten-year study there "The Rise and Fall of The Emerald Tigers". For the last eight years, he has been active in wildlife tourism research. Currently, he and his wife Joanna Van Gruisen run a small lodge The Sarai At Toria close to a World Heritage site Khajuraho and Panna Tiger Reserve. The Sarai at Toria and its sister conservation organisation Bagh Aap Aur Van (BAAVAN) are closely involved in creating tiger-friendly communities in the neighbourhood of the Panna Tiger Reserve. Dr. Raghu Chundawat is the recipient of several conservation awards. In 2003 BBC/Animal Planet produced an award-winning wildlife documentary film on his work with the Tigers in Panna − "Tigers of the Emerald Forest".

Vineet Bajpai
Vineet Bajpai
Harappa, the great deluge and The 30-Something CEO

Author Bio – Vineet Bajpai is an Indian entrepreneur and author. He is the Founder and CEO of Talentrack, an online platform for hiring and talent crowd sourcing for the media and entertainment sector.He is also the Founder & Chairman of Magnon\TBWA and Magnon eg+. Both Magnon companies are part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group. ...Bajpai is the author of five books: Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway, The 30 Something CEO, Harappa: Curse of the Blood River, Pralay: The Great Deluge and Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple.

Bajpai won the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award in 2011. In 2012, he won the CNBC TV Mercedes Benz Young Turks Award. In 2015 the Impact (Business World) magazine listed him among the 100 most influential people in India's digital ecosystem. He also won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016, bestowed to him by the Entrepreneur magazine. Bajpai is also a brand ambassador for Amazon Kindle Direct.

On 15th February 2019, Reliance Entertainment announced that it had acquired the film, webseries, gaming and merchandise rights of Vineet Bajpai's Harappa Trilogy.

Pradip Baijal
Pradip Baijal
Containing The China Onslaught

Author Bio – Pradip Baijal is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) who retired as the chief of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)....

Baijal held several senior administrative positions in the Ministry of Finance and Industries at state level but first came into prominence as the disinvestment secretary in 1999 and was part of the team that was involved in the disinvestment of various Govt companies like BP, VSNL, IPCL and Maruti.

Ashok Bhatttacharya
Ashok Bhatttacharya
The Rise of Goliath, twelve disruptions that changed India

Author Bio – A.K. BHATTACHARYA- AKB to all journalists and friends - is currently the Editorial Director of Business Standard, one of India's best-known financial dailies. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Ananta Aspen Centre, India, a think tank, and a member of the Track Two Strategic Dialogues between India and China and between India and Singapore. During his four decades in journalism, a journey that started when he switched careers after a year of teaching,... AKB set the bar for business reporting as the chief of bureau at the Economic Times in the early 1990s, and then went on to become the editor of the Pioneer and Business Standard. He was the winner of the Shriram Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism in 2017. He is the author of The Rise of Goliath: Twelve Disruptions That Changed India, published in July 2019 by Penguin.

Ashwin Sanghi
Ashwin Sanghi
The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and The Krishna Key

Author Bio – Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India's highest-selling authors of English fiction. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant, The Krishna Key, ...The Sialkot Saga) and a New York Times bestselling crime thriller called Private India (followed by Private Delhi) together with James Patterson. Sanghi has also co-authored several non-friction titles in the 13 Steps series. Ashwin was included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and is a winner of the Crossword Popular Choice award

Minnie Vaid
Minnie Vaid
Those Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines

Author Bio – A journalist (both print and television), documentary film maker, author, and writer/researcher, television professional and creative producer for feature films. Her first book, A Doctor to Defend: the Binayak Sen Story (translated in four regional languages) was launched in Delhi by Prof Amartya Sen in January 2011, while the second IronIrom : Two Journeys was launched in Mumbai and Delhi in 2012 by Abhay Deol and Sharmila Tagore respectively.... Her third book The Ant in the Ear of the elephant on the Koodankulam nuclear power plant protests was launched in Mumbai by Nandita Das, it was well received and reviewed. Her fourth book on Isro women scientists, called "Those magnificent women and their flying machines, Isro's mission to Mars' was launched in Delhi by Minister for women and child development Mrs Maneka Gandhi. The book received a lot of favorable press coverage and positive responses from readers.

Over the last 25 years, she have produced, directed and scripted over 30 films and television programs, some of which have won national and international awards. As a television journalist with Newstrack in the early Nineties, she was known to have a knack for uncovering the most unusual of stories and executing them with flair and boldness. Later as a producer of ROOTS, a fortnightly television program on Business India Television on social issues in India, she encouraged her team to search for forgotten tales, to do follow-up updates of major stories filed by reporter's years ago; to go beyond the obvious strife and suffering visible on the surface. She led by example, filing exclusives from insurgency areas such as the North-eastern state of Manipur, for the film Nowhere to hide.

ROOTS won the 1st Asian television award at Singapore for the Best documentary. (A land tilled with blood: the Maoist Communist Centre in Bihar).

Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik
Business Sutra : A Very Indian Approach to Management

Author Bio – Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times. Trained in medicine, he worked for 15 years in the healthcare and pharma industries before he plunged full time into his passion. Author of 50 books and 1000 columns, several with bestsellers,... he is known for his TED talks, his TV shows especially Devlok, and his innovative views on culture, leadership and Indian approach to management.

Swapna Liddle
Swapna Liddle
Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi

Author Bio – Swapna Liddle is an author and historian with a specialization in the history of Delhi. She is also closely involved in the movement to preserve heritage monuments and sites, and is the Convenor of the Delhi Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).... She is the author of Connaught Place and the making of New Delhi (Speaking Tiger, 2018); Chandni Chowk: The Mughal city of Old Delhi (Speaking Tiger, 2017); and Delhi: 14 Historic Walks (Westland, 2011, new edition forthcoming). She has also written several articles for academic journals and books, and edited and annotated Sair-ul-Manazil (Tulika 2017).

Preeti Gill
Preeti Gill
Insider Outsider : Belonging and Unbelonging in North-East India

Author Bio – Preeti Gill is an independent editor and literary agent who has been part of the publishing industry for more than twenty years. She was Commissioning Editor (Fiction) at Kali for Women and Zubaan, and Rights Director at Zubaan. While at Zubaan she was responsible for building up an eclectic list of women writers from the North East region of India and curating an annual festival of literature and culture called Cultures of Peace....

She has worked extensively on issues of conflict and women in the North East of India and has edited a volume of essays on the region called The Peripheral Centre: Voices from India's northeast. She is co editor (along with Sanjoy Hazarika) of Bearing Witness: A Report on the Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam, and co editor (along with Uma Chakravarty) of Shadow Lives: Widowhood in India. Her new books include She Stoops to Kill: Stories of Crime and Passion (2019) which is an edited anthology of murder stories by women writers and Insider/ Outsider: Belonging and Unbelonging in Northeast India (2019) edited along with Samrat Choudhury. Her writing has appeared in a number of prestigious journals and anthologies like the recent 1984 in Memory and Imagination edited by Vikram Kapur (2016). She has worked on a number of documentaries as scriptwriter and researcher, the latest being Rambuai: Mizoram's 'Trouble' Years which she has co produced along with Sanjoy Hazarika. She is Founder of Majha House a literary and cultural space set up in the family home in Amritsar in March 2018 which hosts literary festivals and book related events.

S Venkatesh
S Venkatesh
Kaaloot : The Lost Himalayan Secret

Author Bio – S.Venkatesh is an author, motivational speaker, business leader and investor. His thriller 'KaalKoot - The Lost Himalayan Secret' has been an Amazon #1 bestseller, and has received acclaim for its combination of conspiracy, history, mythology and science. The book has been featured in The Times of India, The New Indian Express, The Hindu and The Statesman, among other publications. His next book 'AgniBaan – Guardians of the Fire Chamber' will be published soon. ...

Venkatesh started his career in the stock markets with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. Over the years, he has been on the Boards of many companies, and has helped businesses thrive and grow.

He is a regular speaker in corporate forums, where he draws on his diverse experience as a mindfulness practitioner and business leader to motivate audiences to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal transformation.

Parvati Sharma
Parvati Sharma
An Intimate Portrait of Jahangir

Author Bio – Parvati Sharma is a Delhi-based writer who has written across genres. Her debut was a collection of short stories called The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love (2010). She has also written a novel, Close to Home (2014); a historical biography, Jahangir: An Intimate Portrait of a Great Mughal (2018); and two books for children, The Story of Babur (2015) and Rattu & Poorie's Adventures in History: 1857 (2019)....

Sharma lives in New Delhi, where she has studied English literature and Indian history, and worked as a travel writer, editor and journalist. She writes a column on books and history for The Hindu BusinessLine, and is working on her second work of narrative non-fiction, a biography of Akbar the Great.

Vikram Sampath
Vikram Sampath
Savarkar : Echoes from a Forgotten Past

Author Bio – A Bangalore based historian, Dr. Vikram Sampath is the author of three acclaimed books: Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars; "MyName Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician"-- and "Voice of the Veena: S Balachander -- A Biography". Vikram was awarded the Sahitya Akademi's first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan. The book has also been adapted to theatre as a play "Gauhar" by Lillette Dubey and is being adapted to a Bollywood film by Ashutosh Gowariker.... Vikram was among the 4 writers and artists to be selected as a Writer--in--Residence at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2015. Vikram has a doctorate in history & music from the University of Queensland, Australia and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

He is also an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow. An engineer/mathematician from BITS--Pilani and an MBA in Finance from S. P. Jain, Mumbai, Vikram is also a trained Carnatic vocalist. He has established the Archive of Indian Music, India's first digital sound archive for vintage recordings, is the Founder--Director of the Bangalore Literature Festival, Indic Thoughts Festival and the ZEE Group's 'ARTH-- A Culture Fest'.

Harini Srinivasan
Harini Srinivasan
The Curse of Anuganga

Author Bio – An aficionado of literature, history and dance, Harini Srinivasan has found innovative ways of bringing her passions to her work. Among her achievements is her contribution as an editor of several prestigious publications published by the Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, such as Selected Speeches of the President: Pranab Mukherjee; The Republican Ethic: Selected Speeches of Shri Ram Nath Kovind; Indian Dance – Through a Critic's Eye; Abode Under the Dome; Legends of Indian Silver Screen; and Selected Speeches of the Vice President: M. Venkaiah Naidu....

She has authored a children's book, The Wizard Tales- Adventures of Bun-Bun, a romantic comedy, Ek Confusing Love Story and a historical detective fiction novel, The Curse of Anuganga. Along the way she has undertaken different roles (Civil Servant, Project Manager, Communications Professional and Editor) across countries (India, Germany and The Netherlands).

Amita Baviskar
Amita Baviskar
In the Belly of the River

Author Bio – Amita Baviskar is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She has taught at the University of Delhi and has been a visiting scholar at several universities including Stanford, Cornell, Yale, SciencesPo, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Cape Town. Baviskar's research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development in rural and urban India. Her first book In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley and other writings explore the themes of resource rights, popular resistance and discourses of environmentalism.... Her recent publications include the edited books Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes (with Raka Ray) and First Garden of the Republic: Nature on the President's Estate. A recipient of the 2010 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences, Baviskar was also awarded the 2005 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, and the 2008 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research.

Arghya Sengupta
Arghya Sengupta
Independence and Accountability of the Indian Judiciary

Author Bio – Dr. Arghya Sengupta is the founder and research director at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a law and policy think-tank in New Delhi. He is an alumnus of National Law School of India University Bangalore and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, he completed his D.Phil. ...and was a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College. At Vidhi, his areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has most recently served on the Committee of Experts established by the Government of India to draft a data protection law for India. He has worked in the past in making the Unique Identification Authority of India, which oversees the Aadhaar project, a statutory body, drafted regulations for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on net neutrality and represented the Union of India in the Supreme Court in the landmark NJAC Case on judicial appointments and the Aadhaar case.

Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament and Fundamental Rights in several leading academic journals including Public Law and Law Quarterly Review. He has recently co-edited a collection of essays titled Appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court of India published by the Oxford University Press. He is a regular columnist at The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph and The Times of India. His latest book 'Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary' published by the Cambridge University Press is the product of his doctoral work in Oxford and the first full-length monograph on the subject.

Santosh Bakaya
Santosh Bakaya
Martin Luther King Jr

Author Bio – Dr. Santosh Bakaya, recipient of the international Reuel Award for a poem , Oh Hark ! [2014] is an academician - reviewer- editor - essayist- novelist and Ted Speaker She has been critically acclaimed for her books , especially for Ballad of Bapu- a poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi.
Her other books included WHERE ARE THE LILACS ? UNDER THE APPLE BOUGHS, FLIGHTS FROM MY, A SKYFUL OF BALLOONS STARS.... Some of the awards that have been conferred upon her Universal Inspirational Poet Award [Pentasi B and Ghana Government, 2016]
The Literary Excellence Award [Bharat Nirman , July 2017]
Setu Award for excellence in literature [2018] [USA] The first Keshav Malik Literary award [July, 2019] for 'Outstanding Contribution to Literature.

Usha Narayanan
Usha Narayanan
The Secret of God's Son

Author Bio – After a successful career in advertising, media and the corporate world, Usha Narayanan became a full-time author, with her bestsellers cutting across genres. Her mythological novels, published by Penguin, have been praised as Indian mythology at its fierc and finest. ...These include: Pradyumna: Son of Krishna, The Secret of God's Son, Prem Purana, and the latest, Kartikeya and His Battle with the Soul Stealer. Her eighth book, Awaken the Durga Within: From Glum to Glam, Caged to Carefree, (Rupa), is a unique combination of self-help and mythology to empower women at home and work. It inspires women to invoke their inner shakti through little-known and exciting stories of our goddesses. The Hindu lauds it as a 'go guide for women of all ages' while Daily Thanthi Next labels it as 'a book to inspire modern Indian women.'

Janice Pariat
Janice Pariat
The Nine Chambered Heart

Author Bio – Janice Pariat is the author of Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories and Seahorse: A Novel. She was awarded the Young Writer Award from the Sahitya Akademi and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction in 2013.... Her novella The Nine Chambered- Heart is out with HarperCollins India (November 2017) and HarperCollins UK (May 2018), and is being translated for publication into nine languages including Italian, Spanish, French, and German.

Nitin Sathe
Nitin Sathe
Born to Fly

Author Bio – Air Commodore Nitin Sathe is a helicopter pilot of the Indian Air Force with 35 years of commissioned service to his credit. During his career, he has been a part of many a live threatening and life saving mission, both in India and abroad. He has flown almost all the helicopters on the IAF inventory and has a total of 5500 hours of flying experience.... When the tsunami of 2004 ravaged the islands of Car Nicobar islands, he volunteered to go there for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts and stayed there for a year battling against all odds to bring back the islands to normalcy. Long thereafter, he decided to pen down his experiences and came out with his first book titled 'A Few Good Men and the Angry Sea' released in 2014.

Egged on with the success of his first effort, he went on to write a biography of his batch mate, Flying Officer MP Anil Kumar- A MiG-21 pilot who became a quadriplegic due to an accident at the age of 24. Defying all odds, Anil Kumar went on to live a meaningful life for 26 years after the tragedy and this biography takes you through his life and reads like a Stephen Hawking story. This motivational book titled 'Born to Fly' and released in Dec 2016, has been recommended by NCERT for additional reading by children. It also has very recently been awarded an award for the best novel in the 'non-fiction' category for 2016. The book is now being translated into 8 vernacular languages including Braille to improve its reach.

His third book is a bouquet of 19 short stories which was launched in Sept 2018 at Delhi. These short stories that have been written from real life incidents and happenings that will bring to life the episodes, trials and tribulations of men in uniform, mainly focussing on the life and flying adventures of a helicopter pilot carrying out a multitude of missions.

Air Cmde Sathe is presently posted as the Senior Instructor at the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington (Nilgiris).

M Saleem Beg
M Saleem Beg
Shehar-i-Kashmir

Author Bio – Served in J&K State Government (1975-2006) in various capacities including Director Handlooms, Managing Director Handicrafts and Handlooms, and Director General Tourism. ...Made significant contribution with his sustained engagement with revival of Kashmir shawls and other crafts including a stint at the National level in the Ministry of Textiles (1986-1989) as CEO of the organization for promotion of Handlooms.

Former member and I/C Chairperson on National Monuments Authority, Government of India, a statutory body set up by an act of Parliament from 2013-2016 on a full time basis. He also worked with the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

A heritage activist and practitioner, he has been engaged in advocacy and has initiated programs that have led to evolving strategies for preservation of cultural heritage. He has supervised mapping of heritage properties throughout Jammu and Kashmir.

Adjunct faculty at Central University of Kashmir and Central University of Jammu, teaching tourism and cultural studies.(2015 onwards) Founder trustee, Indian Heritage cities Network foundation (IHCN), Delhi/ Bangalore, the UNESCO sponsored trust.

Ajay Mankotia
Ajay Mankotia
There's Seven For You, Three For Me

Author Bio – Ajay Mankotia pursued BA in Economic (Honours) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University followed by MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He also has DESS in International Economic Relations from the University of Paris-XI, Paris, and Master’s degree in Law (LL.M) from Law Centre, Delhi University.

  Ajay Mankotia joined the Income Tax Service in 1982 and worked at a wide variety of posts. ... He was also deputed as Chief Vigilance Officer of some public sector fertilizer companies. In 2008, as Commissioner of Income Tax, he took Voluntary Retirement after having spent 26 years as a taxman. He thereafter joined a media company where he served as President (Corporate Planning and Operations) for over 9 years. He presently runs a tax and legal advisory firm.

Ajay Mankotia writes regularly on tax, vigilance, music, films, sports, defence and other topics. He delves in short-stories and poetry. He also, with his wife Atima, runs a musical theatre group. They have already done public shows on SD Burman, OP Nayyar , Guru Dutt and Shammi Kapoor. A music aficionado, he sings old Hindi songs, and passionately loves old Hindi songs. He is equally passionate about classic English rock bands whose concerts he has been attending for years, both in India and abroad.

In his leisure time, he swims, plays golf and snooker; and tries to solve the daily cryptic crossword.

Anuj Dhar
Anuj Dhar
Conundrum

Author Bio – Anuj Dhar is well-known for his research and activism relating to Subhas Chandra Bose, especially the issue of his death. Through his efforts and talks, Dhar has revived memories of Netaji among millions around the world. Dhar's 2012 bestselling book "India's biggest Coverup" triggered the movement for declassification of the Subhas Bose files and inspired Alt Balaji's hit web series "Bose: Dead/Alive". ...In 2018, Dhar wrote "Your Prime Minister is Dead", which is first-ever comprehensive study of the enduring Lal Bahadur Shastri death mystery. Dhar provided inputs for Vivek Agnihotri's film "The Tashkent Files" before writing this book. Dhar's latest offering is "Conundrum: Subhas Bose's life after death" (2019), which he has co-authored with Chandrachur Ghose. Both have played a pivotal role in the making of Bengali /Hindi movie "Gumnaami" by national award winning filmmaker Srijit Mukherjee.

Mahesh Rangarajan
Mahesh Rangarajan
At Nature's Edge

Author Bio – Mahesh Rangarajan is a researcher, author and historian with a special interest in environmental history and colonial history of British and contemporary India. He is a professor of Environmental Studies and History at Ashoka University. ...He appears frequently on Indian television as a political analyst He is also a columnist in the print media writing on wildlife conservation, political and environmental issues. In 2010, he chaired the Elephant Task Force (Gajah) of the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests. The Task Force was formed to formulate measures for the protection of elephants in India.

Dr Erach Bharucha
Dr Erach Bharucha
Living Bridges: The Cultural Ecology of India

Author Bio – Dr Erach Bharucha is currently the Director of Bharati VIdyapeeth, Institute of Environment and Research, Pune. ...He is an expert on Bio-diveristy management, land use planning, environment education, forestry, wildlife management, zoo planning and management.

Mridula Ramesh
Mridula Ramesh
The Climate Solution: India's Climate-Change Crisis and What We Can Do about It

Author Bio – Mridula Ramesh is the author of critically acclaimed, 'The Climate Solution – India's Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It'. She is founder of the Sundaram Climate Institute, which focuses on waste and water solutions and education.... She is an active angel investor in cleantech start-ups, with a portfolio of over a dozen start-ups. Mridula sits on several angel management groups, including the Indian Angels and the Chennai Angels, and is involved in several initiatives to spur entrepreneurship to build climate resilience.

A graduate with distinction of Cornell University (with majors in Chemistry and Microbiology), with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Mridula worked at McKinsey in Silicon Valley before returning to India. Leveraging on her two decades of management experience, she teaches a postgraduate class on climate change at the Great Lakes Institute of Management and is a regular columnist for Firstpost on Climate Change and has written for the Hindu, Live Mint, Bloomberg Quint and Conde Nast. She is the Executive Director of Sundaram Textiles and lives and experiments in Madurai in a net zero-waste house with her husband and two children.

Noor Zaheer
Noor Zaheer
My God is a Woman

Author Bio – Noor Zaheer is a writer and researcher, writing in English, Hindi and Urdu.Her important published works include My God is a Woman, The Dancing Lama on Buddhist Performance Traditions of North Western Himalayas, Silent Dunes, Raging Forests, Denied by Allah, At home in Enemy Land, Mere Hisse ki Roshnai, Surkh Karavan ke Hamsafar, Ret Par Khoon, Patthar ke Sainik, AajkeNaam, Syahi ki ek Boond....

Her recent works include Tribal and Buddhist Oral traditions of North Western Himalayas, Compilation and translation of early women writing in Urdu, Denied by Allah and At Home in Enemy Land, a travelogue of Pakistan.

A committed theatre worker Noor Zaheer writes, directs plays, conducts theatre workshops, adapts and translates plays from English and Bengali. Her plays have been directed by wellknown directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, Nadira Babbar and Amitabh Dasgupta.

Noor's latest play Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa is on the rights and challenges before the LGBTQ+ community. With its focus on Lesbian relationships versus the patriarchal set up of the middle class Indian society, the plays explores the give and take and the subsequent growth in a homosexual relationship.

Noor Zaheer is President of Indian People's Theatre Association, IPTA (Delhi) and National Secretary, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW).

Mihir Srivastava
Mihir Srivastava
Barenaked Love

Author Bio – Mihir Srivastava is a journalist by profession and has been writing about politics, environment, people, and society for the last 15 years in various national weeklies as a staffer like India Today, Outlook, Open to mention a few.... Some 15 years ago, he started sketching people in the nude. Nudity is the starting point, a ticket to enter into what he calls 'private space for public nudity'. According to him - People wear their complex identities, and there's always a trench between what they are and what they aspire for. Clothes are the most potent instrument of projection. And nudity, when he deals with people without the qualification of clothing, often translates into a strong way of self-assertion. It's like saying 'this is who I'm, deal with it or go away.' I don't. What ensues him is heartwarming, open conversations. His first book on his tryst with nudity, published in 2014 by HarperCollins, is aptly titled as 'Conversations in the Nude'. There are two more books in the pipeline, accepted to be out later this year. He likes to travel for a month or two every year--mostly to Europe. His idea of traveling is not a holiday, but a serious affair. He likes to travel to people rather than places and tries to imbibe the local way of life. He did a Ted Talk five years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aqMxALh2hg And a link to one of many articles on his art interface, which over the years has shaped his world view: http://thepatriot.in/2018/12/27/soul-wears-no-clothes/

Sadhna Shanker
Sadhna Shanker
Ascendance

Author Bio – Sadhna Shanker is an author, blogger and civil servant. A PhD in Economics, she is a passionate wordsmith and has an avid interest in books, movies and theatre. Literary work:

• In 2018, participated in the Valley of Words Literary Festival, Dehradun....
• Participated in the ZEEJLF 2019 at Jaipur.
• "Ascendance" (2018) – Literary science fiction published by Rupa Publications
• "Catching Fireflies" (2016) – The co-authored e-book captures travel experiences across the globe.
• "Never a Disconnect" (2010) – debut fiction, Niyogi Books, brings out the challenges faced by urban Indian women.
• "When the Parallels Meet" (2007) – a book of essays on journeys big and small, to places and cultures, and of the change journey of India.
• "Ahlanwa-sahlan – A Syrian Journey" (2006) – published in English, Arabic and Hind, also an eBook.
• Articles/work have appeared in major English newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Khaleej Times, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Indian Express, and Huffington Post.
• Was a panelist at the Kala Ghoda Literary Festival, Mumbai, Brahmaputra Literary Festival, Guwahati, and Civil Services Officers Institute Literary Festival, New Delhi in 2019.
• Was a speaker at the Jaipur Literary Festival in 2019.
• Speaker at the Valley of Words Literary Festival, Dehradun in 2018.
• On 'Doordarshan', scripted and anchored programs on current affairs, social issues, youth affairs and women's issues, apart from playing the lead role in TV dramas and serials, including "Ashad ka ek din", "Baisakhi", "Sabun", and "Khamoshi".

Alwyn Didar Singh
Alwyn Didar Singh
E-Commerce In India : Assessments And Strategies For the Developing World

Author Bio – Dr A. Didar Singh, member of the ILOs 'Global Commission on the Future of Work', is an author and civil servant who served as Secretary to Government of India from 2009 to 2011 and as Secretary General FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) from 2012 to 2017. Dr. Singh is presently Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group and Adviser Bridge India, London. He also functions as Chair of the Diaspora group of KNOMAD,... World Bank. He holds a PhD on the Policy and Administration of E-commerce from Punjab University, Chandigarh and is also an alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and the University Of Birmingham, UK. Dr Singh lives in New Delhi with his international diplomat wife, Dr Poonam K Singh; where he golfs enthusiastically.

Stefano Pelle
Stefano Pelle
When Not in Rome, Don't do as the Romans do

Author Bio – Stefano Pelle obtained a Master's Degree with Honors in Economics from LUISS University of Rome and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the School of Management of the same university. He completed his second Master's Degree in Political Science from La Sapienza, University of Rome. During his career he attended executive education programs in renowned institutes such as HEC, ESSEC, INSEAD and London Business School....

Since September 2005, Stefano Pelle is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Perfetti Van Melle Group, with direct responsibility for the South Asia Business Unit. He operates out of Dubai. For three years he also handled Russia and the CIS countries in addition to South Asia. Since April 2012 he is Executive Vice President and COO for the PVM Group and handles South Africa, Middle East and Africa.

Stefano Pelle also holds the position of Chairman for the Indian operating company, Perfetti Van Melle India, as well as for PVM Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. For his work in South Asia, he received the highest award of Knight Commander (Commendatore) from the President of Italy in 2006.

Raghav Chandra
Raghav Chandra
Kali's Daughter

Author Bio - President of the Society for Culture and Environment and Director of the Bhopal Literature and Art Festival, an IAS (Retd.) who has held important positions as Secretary Government of India and Chairman National Highways Authority of India.... He has written extensively on management and infrastructure issues and has also authored novels: Scent of a Game, Kali's Daughter and (ed.) Eternal Wisdom of the Tribes. He is on the Managing Committee of the Delhi Golf Club and writes a column for Businessworld magazine.

Tino de Sa
Tino de Sa
Disrobing of Draupadi

Author Bio -He is the 1st Chairman of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) of Madhya Pradesh. He has been Chief Secretary of the State of Madhya Pradesh from 2013 up to his retirement in 2017.

In the Central Government, he has served as Director in the Ministry of Environment and Forests (India), ...Controller of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (India), where he dealt with Foreign Trade Policy and India's negotiations in the WTO.

He has also served in the United Nations for five years, as Director of the UNIDO Centre for South-South Industrial Co-operation.

Several of his articles have been published in the Time of India. Some of his poems have been anthologised by the Poetry Society of India and Poetree.

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta
The Steel Frame – A History of the IAS

Author Bio - Deepak Gupta belongs to the 1974 batch of the IAS. BA from Allahabad University, MA History from St. Stephen's College, M Phil from School of International Studies, JNU and MPA from Kennedy School, Harvard University as Mason Fellow. He retired as Secretary, MNRE September 2011 where he initiated the National Solar Mission. From November 2014 to September 2016 he was also Chairman of the UPSC....

After retirement he has consulted with World Bank, UNIDO etc; speaks and writes about energy and sustainable development issues and is involved with policy issues of solar energy and electric mobility. He has written books on Achieving Universal Energy Access in India, Tuberculosis, Biography of father Indian police officer and recently on the history of the IAS. He is currently honorary DG of the National Solar Energy Federation of India. He is an avid bridge and golf player.

Bharati Chaturvedi
Bharati Chaturvedi
Finding Delhi : Loss and Renewal in the Megacity

Author Bio - Bharati Chaturvedi is a writer and environmentalist. She is the founder of an India based non-profit, Chintan. Chintan is an internationally awarded non profit that advocates for consumption that does not take a toll on the environment or the poor. It's focus is on enabling the informal recycling sector-wastepickers, kabaris and recyclers-to proactively participate in solving India's mounting trash problem. ...To do this, Chintan trains such persons to deliver professional level waste and e-waste management services, runs education programs to phase out child labour from recycling, undertakes cutting-edge research and actively participates in policy making around such issues. In September 2014, Bharati was recognized by ASSOCAM and Rai University for her work and received the Women Grassroots Entrepreneur of the Decade. Most recently, Chintan was awarded the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award for its work. Chintan has also been awarded the US Secretary of State’s Award for Innovation for the Empowerment of Women and Girls in 2012 the 3rd place at the UN-BMW Inter-cultural Innovation Award in 2013, was awarded by Google in 2013 and has received a special mention by the President of the Republic of France for its work on defending human rights, in 2014. Bharati is on various government committees for policy making. She writes a column for the Hindustan Times, GreenPiece, on environmental issues. She has a Masters degree in History from Delhi University and a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She is the editor of ‘Finding Delhi: Loss and Renewal in the Megacity,’ published by Penguin India (October 2010). Bharati is the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Johns Hopkins Alumni “Knowledge for the World Award”. She has previously received the LEAD fellowship and is a fellow at the Synergos Institute, New York.

Pramod Kapoor
Pramod Kapoor
Gandhi

Author Bio - Pramod Kapoor, the founder and publisher of Roli Books (established in 1978), is a connoisseur of images. A sepia aficionado, he has over the course of his illustrious career conceived and produced award-winning books that have proven to be game changers in the world of publishing.... Be it the hit 'Then and Now' series and the seminal Made for Maharajas, or even the internationally acclaimed Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography and New Delhi: The Making of a Capital.

  In 2016, he was conferred with the prestigious Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest civil and military award in France, for his contribution towards producing books that have changed the landscape of Indian publishing.

He is currently working on his forthcoming book on The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny in 1946

Hindol Sengupta
Hindol Sengupta
The Modern Monk : Swami Vivekanand

Author Bio - Hindol Sengupta is an award-winning author of nine books. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and has been a senior journalist with the Indian edition of 'Fortune' magazine, Bloomberg TV, CNBC and CNN.... He is the only Indian to have won the Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council of America, and be shortlisted for the Hayek Prize given by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek. His book The Man Who Saved India was awarded the Valley of Words Best Non-Fiction Book Award 2018-19. He recently featured in the Netflix film ‘The Pursuit’ alongside His Holiness The Dalai Lama, propagating a mindful future for capitalism.

Vinita Dawra Nangia
Vinita Dawra Nangia
Reimagine Your Life

Author Bio - Vinita Dawra Nangia is an Executive Editor with The Times of India. The blog O-zone reflects her incisive insights into life, relationships and contemporary living, offering a fresh, sharper and more evolved look at yourself and the world you dwell in. ...The blog puts forth practical, feel-good ways of dealing with contemporary chaos and the myriad internal struggles we deal with each day. O-zone runs as a weekly column in The Times of India’s Sunday supplement, Times Life. Vinita is also Festival Director of the Times Literature Festival and Director/Founder of Write India, the world's largest crowd-sourced story contest.

Satyarth Nayak
Satyarth Nayak
Sridevi : The Eternal Screen Goddess

Author Bio - Satyarth Nayak is an Indian author and screenwriter, known for his bestselling novel The Emperor's Riddles and for scripting Sony's historical television epic Porus. The Emperor's Riddles turned out to be a bestselling thriller with the media calling it "a hit with young readers". ...Porus created by Swastik Productions was one of the most expensive and acclaimed shows on Indian television. Satyarth's latest book is on the screen legend Sridevi charting her iconic journey from child star to megastar and published by Penguin Random House.

Maria Goretti
Maria Goretti
From My Kitchen To Yours

Author Bio - Maria Goretti is an Indian-Italian MTV VJ. She has hosted several TV shows including Do It Sweet on the NDTV Good Times channel and I Love Cooking on Living Foodz. Goretti made a special appearance in movie Salaam Namaste along with her son Zeke Warsi. ...She did a small role in a movie Raghu Romeo directed by Rajat kapoor.

Arun Kamal
Arun Kamal
 

Author Bio - Born 15 February, 1954 at Nasariganj in Bihar, Arun Kamal is a leading Hindi poet and essayist based in Patna.
He has six collections of poems and three representative selections to his credit....

Has also published two volumes of essays in literary criticism and a book of interviews.
As a translator, he has brought out a selection of contemporary Indian poetry in English under the title Voices. Has also translated a lot from other languages into Hindi, including Mayakovsky's. Autobiography, and Poems and Essays by To Hu of Vietnam.
With the support of Papori Goswami, he translated Hiren Bhattacharya's poems from Assamese sitting with the poet himself. He has written columns for Nav Bharat Times,Prabhat Khabar, Sakal(Marathi)and web Literate World(USA). Has been the editor of Aalochana, a prestigious journal of literary criticism.
Received several awards for his contribution to poetry including Sahitya Akademi Award (1998) for Naye Ilake Meiṅ and Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad Samagra Krititwa Samman (2014).
Served as member, General Council, Sahitya Akademi,Delhi; Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Central Hindi Institute, Agra.
Attended literary events in several countries including Congo, Russia, England, China, Pakistan, Myanmar, South Africa, Peru and Cuba.
His poems and books have been translated into a number of Indian and foreign languages.
Has been a teacher of English at Patna University.

Umashankar Choudhary
Umashankar Choudhary
 

Author Bio - A contemporary hindi writer of short stories, poems and criticism.
He has 3 poetry collections namely Kehte hain tab shahanshah so rahe the, Ve tumse poochenge dar ka rang and Chunki sawal kabhi khatm nahi hote and 2 collections of short stories – ...Ayodhya babu sanak gaye hain and Cut to dilli tatha anya kahaniyan and one novel Andhera kona to his credit. Besides, he has 3 books on criticism as well.
Dedicated to his progressive thought and writing, Uma Shankar Choudhary has been awarded with 4 very prestigious awards of hindi literary world namely Sahitya Akademi yuva samman, Bhartiya Jnanpith navlekhan samman, Ramakant Smriti Kahani Puraskar and Ankur Mishra smriti samman.

Writings have been widely translated and published in various Indian languages. Marathi translation of first poetry collection Kehte hain tab Shahanshah so rahe the published by Sahitya Akademi. Short story Ayodhya Babu sanak gaye hain performed on stage under direction of Devendra Raj Ankur, a well known theatre person. Som of poems are part of graduate and post graduate programmes of various universities.
Research works have been done on number of poems and stories.
Currently associated as assistant professor with a college of Delhi University.

Leeladhar Mandloi
Leeladhar Mandloi
 

Author Bio - Ex-Director General ALL INDIA RADIO and DOORDARSHAN Ex-Director Bharatiya Gyanpeeth (Times of India Group Writer, Editor and Abstract Photographer 37 books to his credit....
Bharat Kala Bhawan, Banaras (BHU) arranged Solo Exhibition of Abstract Photography between September-October 2019.
International Pushkin Award for Literary contribution and National Awards -Kabeer, Shamsher, Nagarjun, Ramvilas Dharma, Vageeshwari, Kriti , Raza, Sahitykar Award etc.
Editor of 'Naya Gyanodaya' the magazine of Bhartiya Gyanpeeth between 2014 to 2018.
Awarded a travelling bursary by CRT London for Film, Television and Radio.
Participated in International and National seminars.
Produced and directed documentary films on Parsai,Gyanranjan, Muktibodh, Kumar Gandharv, Shrikant Varma, J.Swaminathan, Sheenkaf Nizam and many more. Directed audio documentaries on eminent writers and artists.
Delivered lectures on Art and Culture across the country.
Experience in arranging Asian and International events of sports and culture.
Associated as Co- director (culture) with Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal.
Represented Government of India in World Book Fair, Germany 2003 -2004.

Vinita Sinha
Vinita Sinha
 

Author Bio - Dr. Vinita Sinha is an Associate Professor of English at the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She is the coordinator of the Translation and Translation Studies Centre at IP College. With a teaching experience of over three decades, she has diversified into fields of 'Orality' and 'Translation'.... She has presented her recently concluded research on ‘Voices of Subversion in Oral Traditions’ at international conferences in Italy, Cyprus and the UK. Her work in progress includes inter-cultural interpretation of folk tales in collaboration with French writer, Martine Le Coz; English translation of works by Phanishwarnath Nath 'Renu' and poems of contemporary hindi poet , Anamika.

Atima Mankotia
Atima Mankotia
Better Than Sex

Author Bio - Atima Mankotia, an alumnus of St Stephen's College and XLRI Jamshedpur, worked in print, publishing and electronic media for over twenty-five years. Currently she is teaching Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour and Communication in a Business School in Delhi and is also pursuing her PhD. ... Her first novel Staring at the Square Moon was published by Readomania in 2017. Her second novel is titled Better Than Sex which is a satire on India society.