Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam was commissioned in Dec 1981 into the fighter stream of the IAF. He has more than 3000 hours of flying, mainly on Mig-21s and Mirage –2000 aircraft and has commanded a MiG-21 squadron. He has commanded Air Force Station Hindan and is a PhD in Defence and Strategic Studies from The University of Madras. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence and is currently a senior faculty member at the National Defence College, New Delhi.
He writes in the public domain for magazines like India Today and Indian Defence Review and newspapers like the Times of India, The Hindu and Indian Express. He has authored a book in 2008 titled `Reflections of an Air Warrior’ and his latest book on contemporary Indian Military history is titled “India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971”.
Ahalya Naidu Momaya is a former journalist and book editor, she has worked with Bombay Natural History Society, The Asian Age and The Times of India's hyper local newspaper. Alongwith her husband, Meethil Momaya, a professional wildlife photographer, she started The Eternal Library, a consultancy for setting up libraries and improving existing ones. In 2014, they started Trilogy, a curated library, bookstore and literary event space in Lower Parel, Mumbai.
Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into more than 30 languages), as well as the well-loved In the Eye of the Sun and the collection of short stories, I Think of You. Her account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, Cairo: a City Transformed, came out in January 2014 (Knopf and Bloomsbury).
Ms Soueif holds a PhD in Linguistics and is a recipient of three honorary doctorates from UK universities. She is a graduate of Cairo University.
Akshaya Mukul is a senior editor with The Times of India. He is the author of critically acclaimed Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India. The book has won Tata Prize, Ramnath Goenka award, Atta Galatta Prize and has been nominated for Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and Crossword Book Prize.
Alexander Frater was born in Vanuatu, its hurricane prone climate seeding an interest in weather phenomena. He has been a staff member of the London Observer, made programmes for the BBC (one a TV documentary based on Chasing the Monsoon) and won numerous awards. A onetime contracted New Yorker writer and author of several well-regarded books, he was also patron of the Darjeeling Children's Trust. Today, approaching 80, he is working on his first novel.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. The inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship, she attended the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 2014. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. Inside My Mother, her latest collection of poetry was also published in 2015 by Giramondo.
In the world of Indian Theatre Mr Alyque Padamsee’s penchant for excellence and perfection in his work have received acclaim from the English theatre audiences and from the Indian Government. For his outstanding contribution to theatre, he was given the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the Padmashree and the Tagore Ratna Awards.
He helped to set up the Theatre Group of Bombay’s Sultan Padamsee Award for playwriting.
His best-seller book on Advertising and Theatre entitled “A Double Life” is prescribed in business schools.
Internationally Mr Alyque Padamsee is famous for his portrayal of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Sir Richard Attenborough’s film GANDHI. He is also the only Indian to be voted into the International Clio Hall of Fame, the Oscars of World Advertising. In 1999 he was acclaimed “Advertising Man of the Century”.
Ameera Shah is the Promoter & Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a highly respected and multinational chain of diagnostic centers.
Ms. Shah has evolved Metropolis from its single pathology laboratory status to a fully integrated multinational chain of 140 diagnostic centers and 1000 collection centers across the globe. Metropolis delivers over 30 million tests a year, catering to more than 20,000 Laboratories, Hospitals, Nursing homes and 2,00,000 Consultants. With 34 years of experience in delivering accurate reports, Metropolis has earned the reputation of being India's leading and only multinational chain of diagnostic centres with presence in UAE, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius and Ghana.
Amruta Patil, writer and painter, is the author of graphic novels Kari (2008), Adi Parva: Churning the Ocean (2012) and Sauptik: Blood and Flowers (2016). http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com
Anand Kumar, is a noted mathematics teacher, described by Discovery Channel as the man behind a “revolutionary experiment to bring about social change” through his education initiative “Super 30”.Anand, a gifted Mathematics student secured admission into Cambridge University which he could not attend owing to his financial situation. This led to his decision to do something for poor students, who invariably fade away without getting the right opportunities. In the 14 years of Super 30, a phenomenal 366 out of 420 students have successfully passed the joint entrance tests of the Indian Institutes of Technology. What is remarkable is that most of the successful candidates have been from the most underprivileged sections of the society, many of them first generation learners from rural poor backgrounds with indifferent school education.
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Deputy Consul Andrea Alba Gonzalez is a Diplomat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently serving in the Consulate General of Argentina, in Mumbai. She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires and in her free time she enjoys photography and painting murals.
Andrew Dickson is a freelance author, journalist and critic, based mainly in London. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, the New Statesman, the Wall Street Journal, the London Evening Standard, BBC Culture, and the Guardian. He worked on the Guardian arts desk from 2005 to 2014. His new book is Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe. Travelling across four continents, six countries and 400 years, Worlds Elsewhere is a journey rich in insight and surprise- both cultural history and literary travelogue, and an attempt to understand how Shakespeare has become the international phenomenon he is – and why. Please look at Andrew’s website for more information: https://worldselsewhere.com/books/
Anita Anand has been a radio and television journalist for almost twenty years. She is the presenter of ‘Any Answers’, the flagship political phone-in program on BBC Radio. During her career, she has also presented a number of political programmes on television and radio and been a columnist for a national daily newspaper. She is the author of ‘Sophia, Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ published by Bloomsbury in 2015 and of Koh-i-Noor, published by Juggernaut in 2016.
Born in Kolkata, Antara Ganguli grew up in Bombay. Antara has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Times of India, Indian Express and others. She is an Asia Society Young Leaders 2014 Fellow and a Sangam House 2015 Fellow. She works in international development in Africa, Asia and Latin America and currently lives in New Delhi.
Anu Aga is Director on the Board of Thermax Limited, the engineering company providing systems and solutions in the areas of energy and environment. She retired as Chairperson of Thermax in October 2004.
Since her retirement, Mrs. Aga has been focusing on social causes and is closely associated with the Thermax Foundation. Her area of interest is Education and she is keenly involved with an NGO called Akanksha, which promotes education for underprivileged children in Mumbai and Pune. Mrs. Aga is the chair on the Board of ‘Teach for India’ which attempts to bridge the inequity gap in education and is actively involved with its initiatives.
Ms. Aga has written extensively and given talks on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, role of women and education.
Arshia Sattar is a critically acclaimed translator, writer, scholar, teacher and the founder of the Sangam House International Residency Programme in Bangalore. Her much loved English translations of Valmiki’s Ramayana and the Kathasaritsagara are Penguin Classics. Juggernaut has just published her 'Ramayana for Children' and her next book, 'Uttara: The Book of Answers' is due from PenguinRandomhouse in November. She is also the author of ‘Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish’, 'The Mouse Merchant: Money in Ancient India' and three books for children: ‘Kishkindha Tails,’ ‘Pampa Sutra’ and 'Adventures with Hanuman.’
Dr Arvind Panagariya is Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog and has been Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.
Dr Panagariya has authored more than fifteen books. His book India: The Emerging Giant (2008, OUP, New York) was listed as a top pick of 2008 by the Economist magazine and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of the CNN.
In March 2012, The Government of India honored Panagariya with Padma Bhusan, the third highest civilian honors the country bestows in any field.
Aseem Chhabra is a freelance writer based in New York City.
Aseem has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Outlook, Mumbai Mirror, Rediff.com. He has been a commentator on Indian popular culture on NPR, CNN, BBC, Good Morning America, Associated Press and Reuters.
He is the festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival and the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival. He is also the voice of Shadow Puppet #1 in director Nina Paley’s animated film, Sita Sings the Blues.
He is the author of Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star.
Ashish Vidyarthi is an Indian film actor known who works in multiple language films, predominantly in Bollywood, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu cinema.
Ashni Biyani is associated with Future Group, a young and dynamic business house present in multiple businesses across the Indian consumption space. The retail business of the group operates some of India’s most popular chains like Big Bazaar, Central, Home Town, Food Hall etc.
She serves as the Director of Future Ideas-an idea consultancy bringing insights and driving strategic thoughts for business and society.
She also serves on the board of Future Consumer Enterprises, a new age food and FMCG organization. She spearheads all the new ideas and champions the “zero to one” initiatives for the organization, creating new brands, product ideas and is also keenly involved in the organization building at Future Consumer.
Ayaz Memon has been a journalist for more than 37 years. A graduate in
economics and law from Mumbai University, he started off as a sports writer
and went on to edit newspapers Mid-Day, Bombay Times and DNA apart
from being editor of Sportsweek, sports editor of the Independent and Times of India at various stages.
He is now consulting editor with Network 18 and columnist with leading newspapers writing on sports, politics, cinema and social issues.
Ayaz has covered over 300 Test matches, 400 One-Day Internationals, Cricket World Cups, 2006 Football World Cup, 1988 and 2012 Olympics, Wimbledon in 1991 and 1993, 1998 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 1990 Asian Games.
Former New York Times columnist, Editorial Director of Delphinium Books, Barbara Lazear Ascher is the author of four books of non-fiction, Playing After Dark, The Habit of Loving, Landscape Without Gravity, and most recently, Dancing in the Dark, Romance, Yearning, and the Search for the Sublime.
In addition to her Times columns covering art, literature, architecture, travel, music, and human folly, she has been an N.P.R. essayist, book reviewer for The Washington Post Book World, and contributor to The Yale Review, The New York Times Book Review, and National Geographic Traveler. She has been ELLE Magazine’s Ethics Columnist and Contributing Editor.
Basudeb Dasgupta is a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and the Head of a Max Planck Partner-Group. He conducts research at the interface of particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics - aimed at understanding how the laws of subatomic physics shape the Universe at large. Prof. Dasgupta has published extensively, specialising in neutrino physics and dark matter, and is a regular speaker at major international conferences. Explaining complex scientific issues in a bare-bones non-technical manner is one of his driving passions.
Bee Wilson is a food writer and historian. She is the author of five books, most recently First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (Fourth Estate), about the psychology of eating and how we can change our diets for the better, which won the Fortnum and Mason food book of the year 2016. Her other books include Consider the Fork and Swindled. She writes about food and other subjects for a wide range of publications including The Guardian and The New Yorker online. She has four times been named the Guild of Food Writers food writer of the year.
Brigid Keenan is an author and journalist. She has worked as an editor at the Observer and The Sunday Times. She has published two fashion histories as well as Travels in Kashmir, Damascus: Hidden Treasures of the Old City, the bestselling Diplomatic Baggage, the companion memoir Packing Up and most recently Fulls Marks for Trying: An Unlikely Journey from the Raj to the Raj Trade. Keenan is a founding board member of the Palestine Festival of Literature.
Charles Dantzig is the author of famous essays like the Dictionnaire égoïste de la littérature française (2005, five literary prizes) or the Encyclopédie capricieuse du tout et du rien (2009), translated in many languages, and such novels as Histoire de l’amour et de la haine (2015). He is the youngest French author to be published in the prestigious « collection Bouquins » (Robert Laffont), with his newest book, Les Ecrivains et leurs mondes (2016).
Cyrus Broacha is a TV anchor, theatre personality, comedian, political satirist, columnist and author. He is also a prankster; best known for his show Bakra on MTV and his show The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN.
Darryl D’Monte was Resident Editor of The Times of India and the Indian Express in Mumbai. He writes for several newspapers and websites and has devoted himself to networking environmental journalists in India and throughout the world for nearly four decades.
His book, Ripping the Fabric: The Decline of Mumbai and its Mills was published in 2002. He edited a book titled Mills for Sale: The Way Ahead, Marg Publications, 2007. He published Temples Or Tombs? Industry Versus Environment, Centre for Science & Environment, in 1985, which deals with three case studies in the environment-development debate.
He is the Chairperson of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India (FEJI) and was the founder President of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists in Dresden in 1993.
DAVID ARNOLD (born 1946) is a historian and has held the position of Professor of Asian and Global History at Warwick University since 2006. Previously he held the position of South Asian History at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. Since his early research, on nationalist politics in South India in the 1920s and 1930s, his work has ranged widely over the history of modern South Asia, and beyond, and has included social and environmental history and the history of science, technology and medicine. Along with David Hardiman he was a founder member of the Studies group of historians of South Asia. Arnold contributed seven articles in total to the publication and co-edited the eighth volume with David Hardiman in 1994.
Dayanita Singh is an artist who uses photography to reflect and expand on the ways in which we relate to photographic images. Publishing is a significant part of Singh's practice: in her books, often made in collaboration with Gerhard Steidl, she experiments with alternate forms of producing and viewing photographs. Singh's latest is the “book-object,” a work that is concurrently a book, an art object, an exhibition and a catalogue.
Most recently, Singh’s Museum Bhavan, a series of mobile museums have been shown at the Hayward Gallery, London (2013), the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2014), the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2014) and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2016). Singh has also authored eleven books. Her twelfth book, Museum Bhavan, was published in Fall 2016.
Deborah Cohen is the Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She's written award-winning books about the First World War, the British love-affair with their houses and shame. Her most recent book isFamily Secrets: The Things We Tried to Hide, published by Viking Penguin. She writes regularly for the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.
Devdutt Pattanaik writes and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He is author of 30 bestseller books on the subject and 500 articles.
Dossie Easton, Marriage & Family Therapist, is co-author with Janet Hardy of The Ethical Slut, and four other books about marginalized sexualities. She is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco working with individuals, couples and more, and it is her privilege to work as supervisor for interns preparing to serve the often misserved communities of sexual outsiders. She has been teaching about open relationship lifestyles since 1973. Her article, “Making Friends with Your Jealousy”, was published in the British anthology ‘Understanding Nonmonogamies’. You can check out her website at www.dossieeaston.com.
Duncan is a recognized expert on the Internet and entrepreneurship in China, where he has lived and worked for more than 20 years. Duncan is chairman of BDA China, which he founded in 1994 after working as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. BDA China is an advisory firm serving investors in China's technology and consumer sectors, employing over 100 mainland Chinese professionals in Beijing. Duncan is author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, the definitive work on China’s e-commerce and technology giant, its founder Jack Ma, and the forces and people that propelled its rise. Alibaba is one of six books shortlisted for the 2016 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year.
Emma Woolf is a writer and journalist. Born and brought up in London, she studied English at Oxford University. She worked in publishing for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. She is also an arts critic on Radio 4, a commentator on the BBC, and TV presenter on Channel 4's Supersize vs Superskinny. Her non-fiction includes the bestselling An Apple a Day (2012), The Ministry of Thin (2013), Letting Go (2015),Positively Primal (2016) and a novel, Ways of Escape. She is currently working on several new books. Emma is the great-niece of Virginia Woolf.
Faiza S Khan
Faiza S Khan is the editorial director of Bloomsbury India. Her writing on books and films has appeared in The Guardian, The New Republic, Caravan, The Daily Beast, Mint, and The Friday Times.
Farhad Sorabjee is a Mumbai-based writer. His first novel God on Every Wind was published by Parthian in the U.K. and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. The book is now being published in India by Bee Books and Parthian.
He has written several plays, and his play Hard Places premiered in Mumbai as part of the 'Writers Bloc' festival for new Indian writing, was staged at the Eurotopiques Theatre Festival in Lille, France, and went on to be commercially produced in the U.K. He has developed work with the International Department of the Royal Court Theatre, London and Rage Theatre Company, Mumbai. His work was produced as part of '36 Ghante', a multi-lingual festival of plays by prominent writers, directors and actors in India.
Born and raised in what is now Bangladesh, he was educated in his village and in Dhaka, New York and Houston. He is an oncologist, writer, teacher and a college trustee from San Angelo, Texas. His cultural and medical memoir, "The Temple Road: A Healer's Journey," about his struggle in his growing-up years and his life in the United States is forthcoming from Speaking Tiger Publishing, Delhi.
His columns, essays and stories on medical, ethical, social and personal issues have appeared many national and international publications, including the New York Times, Guardian Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Haaretz, Harvard Review.
Frances Morris is the director of the Tate Modern art gallery in London
After working at the Arnolfini, she joined the Tate Gallery as a curator in 1987, became the head of displays at Tate Modern when it opened in 2000, and became the director of the international art collection in 2006. Her appointment as director was announced in January 2016; she is the gallery's first British and first woman director. She has particularly emphasised women artists and art from outside Europe.
Gayatri Rangachari Shah
Gayatri Rangachari Shah is a Mumbai based journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, among them The New York Times, The Indian Express, CNN.com, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Elle, Hello!, and Mint. She is Vice President of Tina Brown Live Media, a live journalism platform that produces the Women in the World Summits. She is also a contributing editor at Vogue. Gayatri was features editor at Hello! and part of the founding editorial team. Before foraying into journalism, Gayatri had a varied career as a management consultant in New York, Boston and London, an equity analyst in New York and as a British civil servant at Her Majesty's Treasury in London. Gayatri is an alumnus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism
George Marshall is the co-founder of Climate Outreach, an Oxford based charity that is the leading European specialist in communicating climate change. He has over 25 years experience in environmental policy and campaigning, from grassroots protest movements to senior campaign positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation. He is much in demand as a public speaker and has led academic, government and campaign trainings around the world, with a focus on reaching new audiences beyond the normal “environmentalist” constituencies. He is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change described by The Guardian as “the most important book published on climate change in the past few years”.
Gieve Patel is a poet, playwright, and painter. He has published three collections of poetry, the latest being "Mirrored, Mirroring". His poems are represented in various anthologies. A volume of his Collected Poems is due to appear in 2017. He has written three plays, which have been performed in Mumbai and in
other cities. "Mister Behram and Other Plays" was published in 2007 by Seagull Books, Calcutta.
He has been conducting an annual poetry workshop for school students at Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh, for over two decades. "Poetry with Young People" is an anthology of poetry produced by students in the course of the workshop. He has worked as a medical practitioner in rural and urban India.
Gil Hovav (1962), Israel's leading culinary journalist and television personality, comes from one of the most respected lineages in the Jewish world: he is the great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language. Gil himself, with his illustrious career in journalism, publishing, television and as an author, has played a major role in the revival of Israeli cuisine and the change Israel has undergone in recent years, from a country of basic traditional foods into a "gourmet nation".
As an author, Gil has published three best-selling novels. The fourth, titled 'Twenty Four Doors', was published in April 2015 and hit the top of the national bestseller list.
His latest 20 episode tv series, 'Food for Thought' included 20 interviews with Nobel Prize laureates, including John Nash, Elie Wiesel, Daniel Kahneman, Eric Kandel and many others.
For the past 28 years, Gil lives with his partner Dan, whom he met during their army service, and together they raise their twelve year old daughter, Naomi.
Gulzar is an Indian poet, lyricist and film director. He started his career as a lyricist in the 1963 film Bandini and worked with many music directors including R. D. Burman, Salil Choudhury, Vishal Bhardwaj and A. R. Rahman. He directed films such as Aandhi and Mausam and TV series during the 1970s and 1980s. He also directed Kirdaar in 1993.
Gyan Prakash is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University. He is the author of several books including Bonded Histories (1990) and Another Reason (1999). His most recent book is Mumbai Fables (2010), which was adapted for the film Bombay Velvet (2015), for which he wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay. He is working on a book on the Emergency.
Hannah Salwen graduated from New York University in 2015. In college, she co-founded a start-up for on-demand renting of high-tech goods. The company was named one of Inc. Magazine's Coolest College Startups.
These days, she works on the business side of A+E Networks in New York City, specifically on the History Channel and A&E channels.
In 2006, at the urging of then 14-year-old Hannah, the Salwen family made the radical decision to sell their beautiful home, move into one half the size, and use half the funds to make the world better. They have invested in a philanthropic project to help Ghanaian villagers build a better future for themselves. The book they wrote about their project – titled The Power of Half – has been featured in The New York Times, ABC and CBS News and in dozens of publications around the world.
Ms. Heeru Bhojwani is an Information Curator & Coach/Head Librarian with extensive experience of 16 years, at the American School of Bombay. Her role as a Librarian has evolved over the years, transforming her role as a collaborator, curator, and coach. She develops, supports, reinforces information fluency skills, (Research skills) helping students become Metaliterate (Information & Media Literate).
She has presented at the NESA (Near South Asia Council of Overseas Schools) ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), led and participated in several IBO (International Baccalaureate) Job-Alike Library Workshops. Recently, she has been a part of a publication titled: Memories from the Road: An Anthology of Global Nomads, written by the ASB community in 7 different languages. I believe Libraries are no more a storehouse of books but a Learning Commons where people come together to share, learn, create and is a nidus for idea generators.
Hoshang Merchant (b. 1947) has authored twenty-nine books of poetry, literary commentary, translations, memoirs, and anthologies including Yaraana: Gay Writing from India (1999) and most recently Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant (2016). Born and raised in Pali Hill, Bombay, Merchant did his PhD at Purdue on the work of Anais Nin. On his return, he made Hyderabad home and taught generations of students at the English Department of University of Hyderabad till he retired in 2012. His latest book, My Sunset Marriage, represents the life of Hoshang Merchant told through the best poetry he has written over forty years.
Hussain Zaidi is an Indian author and former investigative journalist. His works include Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, Black Friday, and My Name is Abu Salem.
Zaidi is also associate producer of the HBO documentary Terror in Mumbai, which is based on the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
The 2015 Kabir Khan film Phantom, starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, is an adaptation of Zaidi's book Mumbai Avengers, and the screenplay of the film has been written in co-ordination with the author.
ImraanCoovadia's latest book, Tales of the Metric System, is the first substantial attempt to tell the modern history of South Africa from fixities of the old regime to the strangeness and ironies of the new system. He is the director of the writing programme at the University of Cape Town and have received most of South Africa's major literary prizes for imaginative writing.
Indira Chowdhury is Founder-Director of the Centre for Public History at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. She is also the Founder of an archival consultancy called Archival Resources for Contemporary History (ARCH), Bengaluru, now known as ARCH@Srishti. Formerly professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, She has a PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and her book, The Frail Hero and Virile History was awarded the Tagore Prize in 2001. In 2004 she started archiving the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. Subsequently, she set up several institutional and corporate archives and the Archives of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (2002-2006) and curated several archival exhibitions in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Her latest book, Growing the Tree of Science: Homi Bhabha and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research has been published this year.
Ira Dubey is an Indian actress who has appeared on TV, and in theatre and Bollywood films.
Jay has been with the Mahindra Group for almost 2 decades. An Engineer-MBA by qualification, but a rasik by choice, Jay has always been interested in the creative fields. He has been able to merge these two aspects in his current role. The Mahindra Cultural Outreach program includes the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, Mahindra Blues Festival, Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival and the latest addition - Mahindra Kabira Festival.
Recently, Jay has spent three consecutive summers at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of a Fellowship for International Arts Managers. He has been chosen as a Chevening Scholar by the British Foreign Office and has been invited to the Momentum Program by the British Council. Jay has spoken about the role of the Corporate in promoting the Arts at both national and international platforms.
Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based Indian writer of poetry, prose and children's fiction, as well as a journalist. Pinto writes in English, and his works include, Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb which won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards, Surviving Women and Asylum and Other Poems. His first novel Em and The Big Hoom was published in 2012. Pinto won the Windham-Campbell prize in 2016 for his fiction.
Jitesh Pillai is the editor of Filmfare magazine. He has been responsible for revamping both its look and content, making it one of the most successful film magazines in the country.
Dr Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including lives of Confucius, Chairman Mao, Khubilai Khan, and Coxinga the “pirate king”, as well as a new translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. His books on the controversial Empress Wu and the First Emperor have both been translated into Chinese. His recent publications include The Silk Road: A Biography, Anime: A History, Christ’s Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion, and A Brief History of the Martial Arts. Since 2016, he has been the presenter of Route Awakening for National Geographic, a TV series on icons of Chinese culture and history.
Jyoti Malhotra has been a journalist in India for over 30 years and has extensive experience working for India’s leading English-language newspapers, including the ‘Indian
Kaare Sørensen is a Danish journalist and author, born 1979, who has been covering international affairs and Islamic terrorism for many years. His book about David Headley - in Danish called Halshug ("Decapitate") - won the prestigious award for best book by the Danish Association For Investigative Journalism. The book was published in USA and India in the summer of 2016. Kaare Sørensen is a former correspondent for the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that Headley wanted to attack shortly the Mumbai-attack. Kaare Sørensen is now with the national tv-station TV 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kangana Ranaut is an Indian film actress. She is the recipient of several awards, including three National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Ranaut made her feature film debut in the 2006 thriller Gangster, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
In 2015, Ranaut portrayed a dual role in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, the most successful Bollywood film featuring a female protagonist, for which she won a Filmfare Critics Award and a second consecutive National Film Award for Best Actress.
Kanhaiya Kumar, an AISF activist, was the president of the JNU Students’ Union 2015–16. He is pursuing his PhD from the Centre for African Studies at the School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. Bihar to Tihar(Juggernaut) is his story from childhood in rural Bihar to sudden stardom in Delhi.
Karan Johar is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who is primarily known for his work in Hindi films.
Johar made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna(2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have established him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema.
Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi. He is the author of the novels The Association of Small Bombs (2016) and Family Planning (2008), which was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, n+1, and other venues. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he is at work on his third novel.
Katharina Kakar, born in 1967 in Germany, took her Master and Ph.D in Comparative Religion and Anthropology in Berlin. She lives and works as a writer and visual artist in Goa. Her latest book, “Frauen in Indien. Leben zwischen Unterdrueckung und Widerstand” (Women in India. A life between Oppression and Resistance, Beck-Verlag, Germany, 2015) is the anthropological counterpart of her show “Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha – Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality” (2015/2016).
Katherine Boo's deep nonfiction reporting from within poor communities has been honoured with a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a MacArthur "genius" grant. Her first book, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity," documented the experiences of families in a Mumbai slum and the effects of systemic corruption on their lives. It won the National Book Award and has since been translated into 33 languages. The wife of writer and historian Sunil Khilnani, Boo is also a contributor to the New Yorker magazine, and divides her time between India and the United States.
Kevin Salwen is a journalist, author, entrepreneur, and partner in the Distinguished Careers Institute fellowship at Stanford University.
As a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal from 1981 to 2000, Kevin covered the financial markets and two presidential administrations; he later became the National Small Business Editor. Since leaving the U.S.’s largest newspaper, Kevin co-founded two media companies and consulted with such organizations as the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Kevin is a graduate of Northwestern University, and currently serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and Year Up, a workforce development program for disadvantaged youth.
Kia Corthron is the author of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter which has been short-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. As a playwright, her work has premiered in New York and London, and across the United States. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the USArtists Jane Addams Fellowship, and others. Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre will dedicate its 2017 season to her plays. She has also written for television (The Jury, The Wire). She lives in Harlem, New York City.
Kumar Ketkar is an Indian journalist and Chief Editor of Dainik Divya Marathi. He has also been the editor in chief of Marathi newspaper Loksatta. He has worked for The Economic Times and the Maharashtra Times.
Kunal Vijaykar is an Indian film actor, director, and television personality who hosts the food show The Foodie on Times Now and comedy-spoof show The Week That Wasn't on CNN IBN with Cyrus Broacha
Lara Balsara is currently the Executive Director of Madison World.
Lara completed her Masters in Marketing from England and joined Madison 12 years ago as a trainee in The Creative Unit and then took charge of diversification. Today, Madison World is a Diversified Communications group, with a Billing of Rs. 33 billion; having 26 Units across 11 specialized functional areas in Advertising, Media, Business Analytics, Out-of-Home, Events, Activations, PR, Retail, Entertainment, Mobile, and Sports; employing about 1,000 Communication professionals across cities in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
She is a regular speaker at several conferences and has been voted in Impact’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media in India since its inception.
Born on September 21, 1980 in the city of La Plata, Lautaro Favaloro is a guitarist, composer and arranger of the typical Orchestra. He is also the founder and Art Director art of the Cultural Space Don Juan (located in the city of the silver-Argentina -Buenos Aires) Since 2012, Lautaro Favaloro has been laying an original concert titled ‘Música Argentina en Guitarra’.
In 2015, he presented his concert for the 40th Anniversary of “Fundacion Favaloro” at the Hotel Alvear (Bs.As.). In 2016, he presented his concert for the MC Medicor Symposium in Slovenia. Since 2008, Lautaro Favaloro has been proposing, alone on stage, his didactical and stirring concert, from the tango to the zamba through the milonga, the vals argentina, the carnavalito or even the Gato: the concert Music Argentina in Guitar.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi
A hijra social activist, dancer, actress, celebrity. Laxmi’s aim is to bring about the recognition of human rights of sexual minorities, especially transgender persons, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Through media appearances, national, regional and international consultancy, cooperating with various NGOs across the country and presiding over the CBO Astitva Trust, Laxmi is at the forefront of social work and advocacy in India. She was impleader in the recent path breaking Supreme Court case of India and subsequent judgement on upholding rights of hijras and transgenders in India.
Lionel Fogarty is the premiere voice of Aboriginal Australia. His poems resound on issues of injustice, land rights, deaths in custody and racial inequality. First published in 1974 he has 13 collections to his name, including an award-winning childrens book Booyooburra. Born on Wakka Wakka land at Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve he has recently returned to his Mununjali land where he continues his prolific writings. It is noted that his poetry sits louder on the Australian horizon, as many of the issues from his early writings remain unresolved. Currently he is working on his memoir, to showcase a fantastic life spent at the forefront of Aboriginal Australian literature.
Luke coutinho practices in the field of integrative and holistic medicine ..he specialises in cancer and chronic diseases and uses holistic nutrition and lifestyle to treat obesity and weight issues...he is the co author of best seller "the great Indian diet " with Shilpa Shetty and published author of other health books ...Luke consults with hospitals and clients across the globe and invests time in Mexico in research around cancer ..he is the cofounder of GOQii and the founder of pure nutrition that designs plant based formulations to prevent and treat chronic disease and ailments
Mahesh Murthy is a marketer, investor, board director, corporate speaker, and writer. He is the founder of digital advertising firm Pinstorm.
Mahesh Rao is a novelist and short story writer. His short fiction has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Baffler, Elle and Harper's Bazaar. His debut novel, The Smoke Is Rising, won the Tata First Book Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Crossword Prize. One Point Two Billion, his collection of short stories, was published in October 2015.
Malavika Sangghvi is one of India’s most respected media personalities, with over three decades of experience, who has pioneered many trends and genres in the field of lifestyle, luxury and celebrity journalism. The New York Times once described her as ‘a chronicler of social mores’.
She was editor of the Bombay Times in its beginning years and was responsible for making it one of The Times of India Group's biggest successes and was also part of the founding teams of India Today’s Bombay Magazine, Mid-day Newspaper and DNA newspaper.
A graduate of Bombay University, Malavika is also the Co-founder of SANGUINE, a 360-degree boutique luxury brand, with a focus on creating original digital and media content, providing communication and advisory solutions. Currently she writes an influential daily weekday page called ‘Malavika's Mumbai' in Mid-day and contributes regularly to many other publications
Manjeet Kripalani is the Co-Founder and Director of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. During her career in journalism (India Bureau chief Businessweek, Forbes magazine, New York), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club, Daniel Pearl Awards and was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She was Deputy Press Secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run for U.S. President in 1995-96 and Press Secretary/Advisor to Meera Sanyal, Lok Sabha candidate in 2008/2014. Kripalani holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Manu Joseph is a novelist, journalist and a columnist. His two novels, 'Serious Men' and 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' are widely acclaimed and they have been translated into many languages. He is the winner of The Hindu Literature Prize and The American Pen Book Award among other honours. He is a former columnist for The International New York Times. As the former editor of the Open Magazine he broke the 'Radia Tapes' story. He also co-wrote the Hindi film, 'Love Kichdi'.
Maroof Raza is a commentator on Indian military and security issues and as Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs) he appears frequently on Times Now, on which he also hosts a weekend show "Latitude".
He has written for major news publications in India and is the author of a few books, the last titled 'Confronting Terrorism' (Penguin). He also publishes a monthly magazine titled ‘Salute’.
Educated in India (at the Mayo College, Ajmer and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi), and subsequently in England (at King’s College, London and at Cambridge University), Maroof served as an officer in the Indian Army from 1980 to 1994 and has been a Visiting Fellow at CPR, Delhi, the Stimson Centre, Washington and the War Studies Department of King’s College, London.
Masaba Gupta is the founder and creative director of House of Masaba.
Masaba is a diffusion line catering to women from the age group of 18-40 years. The silhouettes are no fuss, simple and commercially viable, yet of high cut and fashion
Milind Soman is an actor, producer, and model. He is also a fitness promoter.
Mridula Koshy is an author and community organizer. Her short story collection, If It Is Sweet, won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award. Her first novel Not Only the Things That Have Happened was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award. Mridula’s latest book, Bicycle Dreaming is an exploration of family life in a waste worker community in New Delhi. She works to create libraries in communities that would not otherwise have access to books and reading.
Mukul Sharma is former editor of Science Today, India’s foremost science magazine published by the Times of India group. He has also been the Science and Arts editor for The Independent newspaper. In addition he has been a regular columnist writing on science, recreational mathematics, futuristics and spirituality for the last 35 years in various leading magazines and newspapers in India and abroad. Currently he writes a fortnightly column -- ‘Science and Spirituality’ -- for The Speaking Tree. He has also published several science fiction short stories, two of which have been made into films recently. His books include a textbook on computers, a collection of corny softcore poems (called Soft Pore Corn, what else?) and a collection of speculative fiction.
N.D. Rajkumar is a Tamil poet in the bardic tradition who performs his poetry by setting them to raga-based improvisations. He has published seven volumes of poetry in Tamil and has written lyrics for one feature film, Madhupana Kadai (The Liquor Shop). He hails from the Dalit Kaniyan community that is known for black magic. Rajkumar worked as a daily wage labourer in the Railway Mail Service in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, for thirteen years. He now makes a living as a music teacher. Rajkumar's poems were published in English by Navayana as Give Us This Day a Feast of Flesh in 2010.
Nadeem Aslam is the author of four highly acclaimed novels: Season of the Rainbirds, Maps for Lost Lovers, The Wasted Vigil, and The Blind Man's Garden. He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a Windham Campbell Prize, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Pakistan, he lives in England. A new novel, The Golden Legendis published in January by Penguin Random House in India and Faber & Faber in the UK, and in April in the USA by Knopf.
Namrata Zakaria is a seasoned fashion writer and noted observer of lifestyle, society and cultural trends. Her first column, Flair and Square, was published weekly in The Indian Express newspaper for fourteen years. The column moved to Mumbai Mirror, The Times of India, in 2015, and is now called Let Them Eat Cake. Zakaria is especially known for her insider’s take on fashion and luxury in India. Her writing is appreciated for shaping opinions, busting myths and making or breaking reputations.
Neema Majmudar is a writer and teacher of Indian Philosophy. She has studied Indian Philosophy with Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a teacher of Advaita Vedanta (Non Duality).
In addition to traditional Vedic studies, Neema Majmudar has experience with the United Nations in economics and social development.
Since 1999, Neema and her husband Surya Tahora have been conducting seminars incorporating the concepts of Indian philosophy with Western psychology, ethics, physics, neurobiology and management. These activities are aimed at guiding individuals and leaders of various organizations to be more objective, dynamic and compassionate in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.
Nestor Savalio is an outstanding dancer, born in the province of Buenos Aires, a dedicated teacher, an untiring scholar and researcher of tango.
The dance comes from an environment of milongas, it develops in an autodidactic way and it is made perfect with the guidance of renowned masters. His interest in the history of tango leads him to seek academic training, and the next edition of a book. He is also a musician, organizer of milongas, talks, exhibitions, promoter and diffuser of the tango in general.
Nicolas Idier is a special in history and a Doctor of the Université Paris-Sorbonne. He is also a fiction and non-fiction writer.
Nilanjana S Roy wrote The Wildings, winner of the 2013 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, and The Hundred Names of Darkness, both published by Aleph Book Company. A collection of essays on reading, The Girl Who Ate Books, was published by HarperCollins in January, 2016. She lives in Delhi and commutes to Goa as often as possible.
Nina Martyris is a freelance literary journalist who writes for several publications in India, the US and the UK. Her essays and interviews have appeared in The Times of India, Missouri Review, Wall Street Journal and the online sites of the New Yorker, Harper's, Economist, Guardian and several other publications.
Nitya Arora, 29 is one of the first designers to start a luxury fashion jewellery label VALLIYAN in India in 2008/2009. She studied at Parsons School of Design New York and has won the Grazia best jewellery designer award in 2012 and Elle magazines best jewellery designer of the year in 2013. Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, and Sonam Kapoor wear her designs. She was one of the first jewellery designers to showcase at the Lakme India fashion week as well as the Amazon India Fashion week. She is also known for her surreal larger than life custom made accessories for the likes of JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Sri Devi, and Deepika Padukone. She recently designed a home accessories collection for an online store endorsed by Susanne Roshan.
P.Sivakami is a prolific and a well known Tamil writer. She has authored five novels , more than hundred short stories ,essays and poems. Several of her works have been translated into English and published by leading publishers. Formerly in the IAS, she took voluntary retirement in 2008 to work for the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society. She is an activist and her areas of activism are towards the upliftment and empowerment of. Dalits, Women, Tribes and Transgender. She edits a literary magazine titled Pudhiya Kodangi from 1995 for the benefit of the subaltern and runs a political party by name Samuga Samatua Padai from 2009.
Pablo Ramirez Arnol
Pablo Ramirez Arnol’s artistic training began in the classrooms of the National School of Fine Arts PRILIDIANO PUEYRREDON, Buenos Aires. From 1999 to 2004, he served as a teacher of art (drawing and painting-sculpture) for blind and visually impaired in the Eduardo Sívori Museum, City of Buenos Aires.
Arnol is among the new breed of Argentine artists, whose work is a representation of the Latin American/Mexican school of Muralism. He has created a unique collection of watercolor paintings 'Walking India', showcasing visuals of Mumbai’s hi-rise buildings, the ocean and much more, as he explores the city. His work was showcased at The Indian Art Festival.
Arnol has also been part of the Hamara Station Hamari Shaan project, where he has painted the walls of the Mumbai Central Station.
Palash Krishna Mehrotra was born in Bombay in 1975. He was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and won the Radhakrishnan-Chevening scholarship to read for a PPE at Balliol College, Oxford.
His debut collection of stories, Eunuch Park: 15 Stories of Love and Destruction, was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Hindu Prize for Fiction. His first book of non-fiction, The Butterfly Generation: A Personal Journey into the Passions and Follies of India's Technicolor Youth, was a finalist for the Crossword Book Award.
Mehrotra is also the editor of two anthologies, Recess: The Penguin Book of Schooldays and, most recently, House Spirit: Drinking in India.
An award winning journalist, PallaviAiyar has spent 15 years reporting from across China, Europe and Indonesia. She is the author, most recently, of Babies and Bylines- a global parenting memoir, and Choked: Living Inside the World's MostPolluted Cities-an exploration of air pollution in Delhi and Beijing. Her other books include the Crossword Award-winning China memoir, Smoke and Mirrors, the novel Chinese Whispers and an Asian take on Europe's crisis, Punjabi Parmesan. Pallavi has recently moved to Tokyo, Japan. She is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.
Parmesh Shahani is the head of the Godrej India Culture Lab, the Editor at Large for Verve magazine, and the author of the book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications, 2008). He is a Yale World Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a TED Fellow, a Utrecht University-Impakt Fellow and an academy member for the Global Teacher Prize. Parmesh has an MS in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Pavan Kumar Varma is a former Indian Foreign Service officer and was an adviser to the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, with cabinet rank. Currently, he is the sitting member of parliament in Rajya Sabha representing Janata Dal.
Pragya Tiwari is a journalist, editor and student of Public Administration at the LSE. She divides her time between Delhi and London.
Priyamvada Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist, whose research expertise is in mapping dark matter and understanding the formation of black holes in the universe. She is a public intellectual who writes more broadly about how science works, her first book, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos was published this summer.
Prue Leith, probably best known as a cook, food writer, businesswoman and telly present, has also written seven successful novels, nearly all of them about women in a man’s world (often the food world). She is unashamed that they are all love stories. Aren’t all the best stories about love? She has also written a frank, very personal memoir, Relish, My Life on a Plate. Her current book, The Prodigal Daughter, just out, is the second book in the Food of Love Trilogy, which has been optioned for a major Television series.
Vaz is one of India’s most well recognized stand-up comedians. Her one-woman comedy specials ‘Unladylike’ and ‘Older. Angrier. Hairier.’ have sold-out in New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and all major Indian cities. (Here are some excerpts from ‘Older’: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHATGhtOPPfsiDokz03KRvKlyMERGqULh )
Her edgy web-series ‘Shugs & Fats’ won the prestigious Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York and was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and IFP Filmweek and she is one of Filmmaker Magazines ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’. (http://shugsandfats.tv/ )
Radhika’s book ‘Unladylike, A Memoir’ is now available in stores and online. She also writes a bi-weekly column in the Times of India's op-ed page (http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/author/radhikavaz/) and is a regular contributor to Hindustan Times, GQ, Grazia, Vogue and Architectural Digest amongst other publications. She has also written and performed in online marketing campaigns for companies including Sofy Sanitary Pads and the fashion website Fab Alley that went viral.
Rama Lakshmi is a correspondent for The Washington Post in New Delhi. She has been with the newspaper since 1990.
In 2005, she received an award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for the best 'deadline reporting' of the tsunami disaster.
She has an undergraduate degree in English literature and a graduate degree in Museum Studies.
She is an oral historian and has worked at three American museums including the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. She is the curator of the recently opened Remember Bhopal Museum, a survivors’ museum that commemorates the Union Carbide gas tragedy and the three decades of struggle for justice.
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bangalore. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford.
Guha’s books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods, and an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field. India after Gandhi was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. His most recent book is Gandhi Before India (Knopf, 2014), which was chosen as a notable book of the year by the New York Times.
Ramachandra Guha’s awards include the Ramnath Goenka Prize for excellence in journalism, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the R. K. Narayan Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honour. In 2014, he was awarded a honorary doctorate in the humanities by Yale University.
Described as a leading voice of his generation of Anglophone Indian poets, Ranjit Hoskote has also been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism. Reviewing Hoskote’s first book of poems, Zones of Assault, in 1991, the celebrated Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali wrote: “I don't like to prophesy, but I will. In a few years he will be writing some of the best poetry in English from the subcontinent.” Hoskote is the author of 30 books, including Central Time (Viking, 2014), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems (Penguin 2006), and I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2008) and was curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011).
Rashi Jain works with ceramics, exhibits widely and passionately teaches sculptural and functional art since the past 13 years . She has trained at The Valley School, Bangalore, The Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry and The Ruskin School of Fine Art, U.K. She has co-founded and organises ‘The Studio Potter’s Market' at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai. She also works and documents traditional potter communities across India. Recently, Rashi has been performing with Motley Theater's play, 'The Conference of the Birds: Parindon ki Mehfil', since 2015.
Ravish Kumar is an Indian TV anchor, writer and journalist who covers topics pertaining to Indian politics and society.
Winner of the ‘Nutrition award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta Diwekar is the most qualified and sought after Nutrition and sports science expert in the country and the only nutritionist to have associate membership from Sports Dietitians, Australia. In the plethora of diet fads and fears, her voice rings loud and clear, urging us to use our common sense and un-complicate the act of eating. She emphasizes on a blend of traditional food wisdom and modern nutritional science for a healthy body and mind, best reflected through the mantra – Eat local, think global. Her four books and one DVD have together sold more than 10 lakh copies and have been translated in more than 5 languages. Her latest book “Indian Superfoods ” is now available on Juggernaut books app on Android and iOS and physical copy is also out in the market.
Ruth Padel is Reader in Poetry at King’s College London, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Chair of Judges for the 2016 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Her collections include The Mara Crossing on migration, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East, and Darwin – A Life in Poems on her great great grandfather Charles Darwin. Her new book Tidings is a narrative poem exploring meanings of Christmas today.
Ryan Lobo is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker, His photographs have been exhibited all over India and are part of numerous collections. his films have aired on the National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, The Oprah Winfrey Show and PBS among other networks. He co-produced the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary The Redemption of General Butt Naked. His writing has been published in magazines including The Wall Street Journal and Caravan. Mr Iyer Goes To War is his first novel.
S. Anand is the publisher of Navayana and lives in Delhi. He is the co-author of Bhimayana, a graphic biography of B.R. Ambedkar, and has annotated the critical editions Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Casteand Riddles in Hinduism. Working with the artist Venkat Raman Singh Shyam on the book Finding My Way over the course of four years, helped awaken the poet, writer and musician in him that had lain dead for nearly twenty years. He has since found himself often amidst words and music.
Saeed Naqvi is senior Indian journalist, television commentator, interviewer. He has interviewed world leaders and personalities in India and abroad, which appear in newspapers, magazines and on national television, remained editor of the World Report, a syndication service on foreign affairs, and has written for several publication, both global and Indian, including the BBC News, The Sunday Observer, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Indian Express, The Citizen and Outlook magazine. At the Indian Express, he started in 1977 as a Special Correspondent and eventually became the editor of Indian Express, Madras, and Foreign Editor of The Indian Express, Delhi. He continues to writes columns and features for the paper.
Sakshi Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country. She is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program.
Sameera Iyengar is co-founder of Junoon, an organisation that aims to make theatre/arts an integral and powerful part of our everyday lives. In Junoon, she plays a key role in conceptualising and developing Junoon's programmes and capacity building efforts, as well as building the organisation. She is also currently Course Director of SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre), a unique course designed specifically for theatre groups in India, and offered under the aegis of the India Theatre Forum (ITF). Sameera was also a founding member of the ITF in 2006, and remained a core member till 2014. As part of her ITF contribution, she co-edited Our Stage:The Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India Today (Tulika 2009). Previous to Junoon, Sameera was Director Projects at Prithvi Theatre for close to a decade, and has also worked with the Seagull Theatre Quarterly. She has a PhD on theatre from the Department of South Asian Languages & Civilisations at the University of Chicago. She was bitten by the theatre bug however during her undergraduate years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BSc in Mathematics and a Minor in Theatre. Sameera believes that theatre and the arts open doors to imagination, understanding and living life with fullness, curiosity, empathy and sheer joy. She delights in sharing this experience and possibility with all people.
Sangita S Jindal is the Chairman of the JSW Foundation, which drives social development projects within the JSW Group. She also leads Jindal Arts Centre which promotes interdisciplinary arts activity, in India. JSW Foundation has also won the Golden Peacock Award for CSR in 2009.
Shaili Chopra is the Founder of SheThePeople.TV, India's largest digital media platform for women. One of India’s top television editor-presenters, she was earlier Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET NOW, the Economic Times Business News Channel and previously with India’s largest tv network NDTV where she was part of the core team that set up their business channel NDTV Profit.
In March 2016 Shaili was announced one of India’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by IMPACT Magazine. She is the winner of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Business Business Journalist.
She has authored four books, The Big Connect: Politics & Social Media; When I Was 25 - Leaders Look Back; Birdies and Business: Golf And Business Stories and a coffee table on India's best golf course DLF Golf and Country Club.
Shantanu Moitra is a music director who has composed music for the Hindi film industry.
Dr. Sharon Marcus is Dean of Humanities and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University as well as the co-founder and co-editor in chief of Public Books, an online review of books, arts, and ideas where the world encounters cutting-edge writing by leading scholars.
A literary critic, cultural historian, and feminist theorist, Sharon Marcus is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), and the prize-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton University Press: 2007). She is currently completing a book about modern celebrity culture, The Drama of Celebrity, forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2018.
Shashi Warrier turned to writing after false starts in journalism, software, management, and advertising. He started with fairy tales, moved through thrillers to literary fiction and plans to get back to fairy tales. He has a master’s degree in economics from BITS Pilani, where he learned much more than economics. He is still an avid biker, and did a 11,000km 40-day bike ride around the country about which he hopes to write a book in the near future. He likes yoga, cooking, Hindustani music, and beaches. He lives in Mangalore with his painter-writer wife, Prita, and their various pets.
Shilpa Gupta has had solo shows at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz and Arnolfini in Bristol, Galleria Continua in San gimignano, Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Gallerie Yvon Lambert in Paris and most recently at ‘My East is Your West’, organized by Gujral Foundation in Venice in 2015.
She has participated in biennales in Berlin, Lyon, Gwangju, Havana, Yokohama, Liverpool amongst others. Her work has been shown in Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Devi Art Foundation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Mori Museum.
The work Someone Else which is on display at the Times Litfest was shown in 2012 at Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai) and has traveled to National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), Sharjah Biennale, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa), M hka (Antwerp) amongst other venues.
Shreya Ghoshal is a playback singer.
Shuddhabrata Sengupta is a media practitioner, filmmaker, and writer with the Raqs Media Collective, and one of the initiators of Sarai. His recent work involves textual exploration of aesthetics, surveillance, and cyberculture.
Sidharth Bhatia is the Founder Editor of The Wire (thewire.in), one of the most highly regarded regarded digital news sites in India. Earlier, he was an Editor with the English daily DNA. He writes on politics and urban issues and has written four books on cinema and popular culture.
Smriti Zubin Irani is an Indian politician, and former television actress and producer. She is a Member of Parliament.
Srijana Mitra Das
Srijana Mitra Das read Economics at the LSE before her MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. Senior Editor at The Indian Express Editorial Page, Srijana writes on politics, gender, cinema, foreign affairs and culture. Her first non-fiction book, on India in transition, will be out in 2017. She is currently working on a novel.
Srinath Perur writes about travel, science, cities, books, and translates from Kannada. He is the author of If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai, a book about travelling with groups, and the English translator of Ghachar Ghochar. He lives in Bangalore.
Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is also a Visiting Professor at Ashoka University. His research spans historical and contemporary aspects of India’s engagement with the world. His books include War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (Harvard University Press, 2013); and most recently India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia, 1939-45 (Penguin Allen Lane and Basic Books, 2016). He is a recipient of the K. Subrahmanyam Award for Strategic Studies (2011) and the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences (2015).
Stefan Klein, born 1965 in Munich, is considered one of the most influential science writers in Europe. He studied physics and analytical philosophy in Munich, Grenoble and Freiburg and graduated in biophysics. But after some years in academic research he started a new career as a science writer because he "wanted to inspire people with a reality that is more exciting than any thriller".
From 1996 to 1999 he was a science editor at Der Spiegel, a news magazine; in 1998 he won the prestigious Georg-von-Holtzbrinck-Preis for science journalism.
His book „The Science of Happiness“, released in 2002 (English translation 2006), ranked on all national bestseller lists for over a year and brought him world-wide recognition. In 2006 he published his widely acclaimed best seller "The Secret Pulse of Time" (English 2007), "Survival of the Nicest" (English 2014). His latest work is "Dreams". Kleins works have been translated into 27 languages and have received many awards both in Europe and overseas.
Stefan Klein is much in demand as a keynote speaker, too. For Zeit Magazin, he regularly interviews the leading scientists of the world. He has lectured at the Universities of Heidelberg, Freiburg, UdK Berlin, Cottbus, Barcelona and Cambridge.
Stefan Klein lives as a freelance autor in Berlin. He is married to a science journalist and has three children.
SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and is the curator of the Enemies project.
Strobe Talbott has been the president of the Brookings Institution for 15 years. He was deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration. Before that he was a journalist, columnist, and editor for more than two decades at Time magazine. His first published work was two volumes of Nikita Khrushchev’s memoirs that he edited and translated. In his twenties and thirties he published poetry in an anthology of younger poets as well as in The New Yorker. Since then he has written or co-authored a dozen books, including Engaging India based on the US-India strategic dialogue that he conducted with Jaswant Singh.
Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst, novelist, and a scholar in the fields of cultural psychology and the psychology of religion. He has been Lecturer at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at the universities of Chicago(1989-92), McGill, Melbourne, Hawaii and Vienna.
Kakar has been a Fellow at the Institutes of Advanced Study, Princeton, Berlin, and the Centre for Advanced Study of Humanities, Cologne. His many honors include the Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships, Kardiner Award of Columbia University, Boyer Prize of American Anthropological Association, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Kakar's latest books are Young Tagore: The makings of a genius, and the novel The Devil Take Love.
Suhel Seth is the Founder and Managing Partner of Counselage India.
Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy advising Chairpersons and CEOs on branding and marketing. Counselage works for Mahindra & Mahindra, Hero MotoCorp, GMR, JSW, Vodafone, Coca Cola, and Max India amongst others.
He writes provocative columns in The Financial Times, London and in Mumbai Mirror as also The Telegraph and GQ on current affairs and the social landscape of India. Suhel has co-authored two books on Calcutta with Khushwant Singh and R K Laxman, and has written two books of his own: 'Get to the Top' and 'India's Greatest CEOs and their Mantras for Success'.
Suhel is on the Board of Advisors of Deepalaya, the Neemrana Foundation and the Max India Foundation.
Sunil Khilnani is author of The Idea of India (6th Edn, 2016) and, most recently, Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives (2016), accompanied by his 50-part BBC radio and podcast and radio series. Among his other publications are: Arguing Revolution: The Intellectual Left in Postwar France (1993), several collaborative volumes, as well as essays on Gandhi, Tagore, Nehru and contemporary Indian art and photography. He is currently Avantha Professor and Director of the India Institute at King’s College London. He has been a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge; the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC; the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin; and the American Academy in Berlin. He is a regular contributor of essays, articles and comment to the international media.
Surya has been involved with the Bangalore Literature Festival, India's largest community-funded literary conclave, since its inception in 2012. He is the curator of the Under 25 Lit Fest and has also organised several national and international level college festivals. A student of journalism and communication, he has been published in several newspapers, magazines, websites, coffee-table books and has also contributed to a book on differently-abled entrepreneurs, published by Penguin India. He was the youngest participant chosen by the Times Group to be mentored by Bachi Karkaria, Amish Tripathi, Javed Akhtar and others, on various aspects of writing. A proud Bangalorean, he is a familiar name and face in the city's literary, cultural and social circuits.
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is a prominent Indian journalist and columnist. He is consulting editor for the Economic Times and writes regularly for the Economic Times and The Times of India.
Swapan Dasgupta is a Delhi-based writer and Member of Parliament. A columnist for Times of India, Telegraph, Pioneer and Open magazine, he is also a commentator for CNN-TV18. He is a doctorate in history from SOAS (London) and writes on politics and history. In 2015 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
T. N. Ninan
T.N. Ninan gave fresh shape and brought a new liveliness to business journalism in India during a quarter-century of leadership at different publications: India Today, The Economic Times, Business World and finally at Business Standard where he also served as the publisher before becoming its chairman. His Saturday column ‘Weekend Ruminations’ has a dedicated following. He serves, and has served, on the boards of non-profit organizations, including one that supports public-spirited journalism.
Tarini Bedi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is the Director of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai.
Tavleen Singh is a columnist and author. She writes three weekly political columns. In Hindi for Jansatta and Amar Ujala and in English for the Indian Express. She is the author of four books. 'Kashmir: a tragedy of Errors', 'Why India will Survive her Politicians', 'Political and Incorrect' and Durbar. Her new book 'India's Broken Tryst' is due to be published early next year by Harper and Collins.
Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author and currently founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media. Prior to this, Brown launched and edited the award-winning digital news site The Daily Beast with Barry Diller’s IAC in October 2008. Between 1979 and 2001, she was editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Talk—and later Newsweek in 2011. She also authored the 2007 best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. In 2000, she was awarded the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for her services to journalism.
Twinkle Khanna, aka Mrs Funnybones, crafts satirical stories and funny fables when she is not running a design business, selling candles or running in circles around her small but rather odd family. She narrowly escaped a gruesome tragedy when Bollywood tried to bludgeon her brain to the size of a pea, but she ducked at the right moment and escaped miraculously unharmed. She is a popular columnist and is a regular contributor to The Times of India and DNA After Hrs. She firmly believes that nothing in life is sacred except laughter.
Uday Singh Mehta
Uday Singh Mehta is a political philosopher at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His work encompasses a wide spectrum of philosophical traditions and issues, including the relationship between freedom and imagination, liberalism’s complex link with colonialism and empire, and, more recently, war, peace, and nonviolence. He is the author of two books, The Anxiety of Freedom: Imagination and Individuality in the Political Thought of John Locke (1992) and Liberalism and Empire: Nineteenth Century British Liberal Thought (2000). In 2002, he was one of ten recipients of the “Carnegie Scholars” prize awarded to “scholars of exceptional creativity.” He has a forthcoming book on M. K. Gandhi’s critique of political rationality.
He received his undergraduate education at Swarthmore College and he has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Princeton University. He has held teaching positions at a number of universities, including Princeton, Cornell, MIT, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Hull.
Venkat Raman Singh Shyam is an artist who lives in Bhopal. Born into a Pardhan Gond family in Sijhora, near the Kanha forest in eastern Madhya Pradesh, his hunger for art led him to do every kind of job from working as a truck assistant to being a cycle rickshaw-wallah in Delhi. Mentored by his illustrious uncle Jangarh Singh Shyam, Venkat has since shown his work all over the world. Most recently he participated in the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery. Finding My Way is his first book, a result of his collaboration with the poet and publisher S. Anand.
Vidya Shah is an Indian singer, musician, social activist and writer.
Vikas Bahl is an Indian film producer, screenwriter, and director, known for his work predominantly in Hindi cinema. He produces films under Phantom Films.
Vikram Doctor is editor, special features at The Economic Times, where he writes on several issues including food and the role it plays in Indian culture.
Vishwas Kulkarni is the National Features Editor of Mumbai Mirror, prior to which he was the editor of the Week Middle East, the regional arm of UK's highest-selling weekly subscription magazine.
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies, one of them in English. Vivek’s stories have been translated into English and other Indian languages. His writing has appeared in Granta, Seminar, and Indian Literature. Many of his stories have been adapted for the stage, and one of them, ‘Nirvana’, has been made into a short film.
He founded and edited the pioneering Kannada literary journal Desha Kaala for seven years. His critically acclaimed novel, Ghachar Ghochar is published by HarperCollins India in an English translation.
The Wadali Brothers – Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali – are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru Ki Wadali in Punjab.
William Dalrymple is an acclaimed historian and bestselling author whose books include City of Djinns, White Mughals, The Last Mughal, Nine Lives and Return of a King. His many awards include the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Hemingway Prize, the Kapuscinski Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature and the Vodafone/Crossword Award for non-fiction. Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond(Juggernaut 2016), is co-authored with Anita Anand.
Yasser Usman is an award-winning TV journalist and the author of the bestselling Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India’s First Superstar. His latest book is Rekha: The Untold Story (Juggernaut).
Born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of an Argentine creole mother and Uruguayan father, Yuyú Herrera grew up with the rhythm from either side of the Río
de la Plata, tango and candombe. As child she started dancing,standing on the feet of her parents. As a student of sociology, music, theatre, folklore, and the afro roots of the dances of her natal region for decades, she is recognized as an expert tango teacher and dancer, and has traveled across Argentina and the world sharing her unique style that has evolved from years of studying under renowned masters as well as the legendary milongueros of the past.
Zareer Masani is the author of Macaulay: Pioneer of India’s Modernisation (Random House, 2013). He has an Oxford history doctorate and is the author of several historical books, including a biography of Indira Gandhi. He has also written a widely acclaimed family memoir, And All Is Said: Memoir of a Home Divided (Penguin, 2013).
Zareer spent two decades as a current affairs radio producer for the BBC and is now a freelance historian and broadcaster. His particular areas of interest include the British Raj in India, and he is currently researching a biography of the first Governor-General, Warren Hastings.