Anand Neelakantan the author who invented a new genre in Indian writing- The counter telling of mythology. Anand´s books are subaltern and thought provoking and deal with logically viewing the well known stories through a new prism. Anand´s debut work Asura Tale of the Vanquished was a surprise bestseller of 2012, breaking into the top seller charts within a week of its launch. Anand has currently signed up for script writing of a horror film based on mythology with a prominent director in Bollywood. He has also written Asura: Story of Ravana and His People, Vanara: The Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara, The Rise of Sivagami, and The Arts of Seduction.
Mohammad Kaif is a former Indian cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs. He made it to the national team on the strength of his performances at the Under-19 level, where he captained the India national under-19 cricket team to victory in the Under-19 World Cup in 2000. He retired from all formats of cricket on 13 July 2018. As of July 2005, Kaif was one of only five cricketers from Uttar Pradesh to have made it to the national side.
Neel Mullick mentors women entrepreneurs through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, is involved in raising a generation of digital and socially-aware leaders with the Steering for Greatness Foundation (Nigeria), supports improvement in the quality of life of domestic workers at Emprendedoras del Hogar (Peru), and is helping IIMPACT (India) break the cycle of illiteracy plaguing young girls from socially and economically impoverished communities.
'Dr Saif Mahmood' is a New Delhi-based author, poetry and literature critic, commentator, translator, rights activist, and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. Founder of the South Asian Alliance for Literature, Art & Culture (SAALARC), Saif has won particular acclaim for his passionate recitations of Urdu poetry, especially of such progressive and contemporary poets as Faiz, Majaz, Sahir and Jaun Elia.
Aman Nath is a historian by education. From an early age he has written poetry, as also practiced graphic design and copywriting for several path-breaking advertising campaigns. He has co-written and authored thirteen large-format illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won national awards. His Jaipur book was the first Indian book chosen by Christie’s for worldwide distribution. Two of these books are also used as the official gifts of the President and the Prime Minister of India.
Abha Singh is a former civil servant and an advocate practicing currently in the High Court of Judicature at Bombay. She is also a renowned social activist and has contributed considerably in the realm of women's rights, gender equality and Justice.
She also runs an NGO by the name, Rann-Samar, through which she provides free legal assistance to helpless women and slum dwellers who have been unfairly persecuted by local authorities and builders for land that is rightfully theirs.
Nandita C. Puri is a writer and journalist, who has authored a collection of short stories, Nine on Nine, Om Puri´s biography, Unlikely Hero and launched her first novel, Two Worlds this year. Her articles have been published in The Telegraph, Dainik Bhaskar, The Statesman and Mid Day. Besides being a broadcast journalist and an art critic, Nandita has written screenplays for commercial as well as non-commercial cinema.
Rasheed Kidwai is an Indian writer and journalist. He is the author of the book, Sonia, A Biography. He also wrote a book based on Congress Party headquarters; 24, Akbar Road.
Kulpreet Yadav is an Indian writer in the fiction-Thriller genre. He is the author of two novels: The Girl Who Loved a Pirate and The Girl Who Loved a Spy. The Girl Who Loved a Pirate is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Kulpreet was born in Chennai and completed graduation in Science from Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune.
Milee Ashwarya is the Editor in Chief for Commercial and Business books, and the Backlist Publisher at Penguin Random House India. A TEDx speaker, she is passionate about issues related to working women and children. She was recently awarded the Women Achievers’ Samman 2017 for publishing by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and NRI Achievers.
Sujata Parashar holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and has been working as a social worker, facilitator and psychosocial trainer for more than a decade with focus on children, adolescent and women issues. Sujata is also a founding member of Empowering Minds; a Delhi based NGO focusing on education and mental health issues of women and children. In 2017 Sujata founded a psychosocial counseling platform, ‘Talk it Out – TiO: a platform to express your feelings and emotions.’ She (and her team of psychologists and subject experts) use ‘talking - therapy’ to help individuals and groups with emotional challenges. TiO employs storytelling and other art forms as a means to help people express themselves.
Dolly Singh is a published poet and founder-director of Delhi Poetry Festival. She also runs projects SheScapes- platform for creative women, and NewLeafMinds for school children. Dolly is the recipient of Rex Karmaveer chakra in Bronze and Silver categories in two consecutive years and nominated for Gold this year. Her coffee table book of poems ' Frozen In a Pause' came out in year 2017. She has also been a part of many poetry anthologies. Dolly is also a fashion designer by profession
Dr. Samir Parikh is an eminent Psychiatrist and the Director of Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare. He is one of the leading academic experts in the field of mental health and conducts training programmes and courses for doctors, Psychologists and allied specialities, and has initiated several awareness campaigns for the community. He is a very well known speaker, due to his expressive communicative style and in-depth knowledge of mental health and Indian culture with comprehensive experience in the field of clinical and community mental health, he has been a speaker at various national and international forums on mental health issues.
Amrita Tripathi is a freelance journalist and a novelist. On a break from Television News, Tripathi is presently an independent consultant, relatively free agent, novelist and collector of identities. She is passionate about gender rights and about raising awareness on mental health issues. She writes for various digital media platforms, and hosts a series of interviews with writers for Harper Broadcast, an initiative from HarperCollins India. Tripathi has been creative consultant on a few short films, on social issues like girl's education and raising awareness on child sex abuse. Her passion project is The Health Collective, and encouraging conversations on mental health. If moderating panels was a thing, she would also list that as a thing (but increasingly charges a fee for such work).
Diya Sethi, works as a freelance consultant chef. She also writes on gastronomy for online food forums and has recently published her first non-fiction work, a memoir titled, The Addict, A Life Recovered - on her personal battle with anorexia-bulimia, while she travelled the globe as the daughter of a diplomat, and her unconventional recovery that challenges the tenets of conventional rehabilitation.
Kanchana Banerjee , after writing feature articles for various publications, PR firms and companies for nearly two decades, Kanchana Banerjee decided to pursue her long cherished dream – to write a novel. She holds a master’s degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband, son and two dogs, Archie and Casper. A Forgotten Affair is her first novel.
Master of Leadership Psychology, Pushkar Raj Thakur is one of the most Influential Motivational Speaker & Business Coach in India. Transforming millions of people, he is regarded as the Youth Icon and the Change Expert. He trains on Business Development, Success Mindset, Influencing People, Network Marketing, Personality Upgradation, Leadership, Sales, Performance Acceleration, Wealth Creation and Life Mastery. He is a Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of PRT Global Solutions, which is committed to inculcate Leadership and Entrepreneurship among people and inspire them to #GoSelfMade.
Mona Verma is an alumni of prestigious Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and an award winning author of 6 works of fiction, A Bridge to Nowhere, God is a River, the White Shadow, the Clown of Whitefields and other stories, the Other and Lost and Found in Banaras. She had edited various science journals, self -help books, biographies and is a regular feature writer for online newspapers. She is on board of various Universities as an advisory expert and is much sought as visiting faculty for Creative writing, Haiku and Limericks.
Radhika Kawlra Singh, is a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, (NGH), New Hampshire USA. In 1998 she established her firm 'Healing Energies' offering transpersonal retraining to individuals and groups. In the year 2000 she received her license as a Master hypnotist and a hypnotherapist. Over the years she earned her certificate to counsel for AIDS, as A Foot reflexologist, A Sports Hypnotist, A Diabetes Motivation Coach and A Past life therapist. She engages with the spirit at the deepest level and integrates within her therapy a concise movement of higher consciousness. She is a hard driving therapist, and sets high standard for herself and for her clients. From time to time she writes articles for esteemed publications and newspapers related to her area of specialization.
Sutapa Basu is the best-selling author of Padmavati, The Queen Tells Her Own Story (2017, pub Readomania), a historical fiction. She has authored a psychological thriller, Dangle (2016, pub Readomania) that was nominated for the Anupam Kher Award for Debut Novels in 2017. Her second historical fiction initiating the Invader Series was The Legend of Genghis Khan (2018, pub Readomania). The second part of the Invader Series, a third historical fiction, The Curse of Nader Shah was released on 20 August, 2019.
Subhadip Mazumdar is an Indian Author born in Bihar, India. His work had given him the opportunity to travel across multitude of countries covering both hemispheres. His travels motivated him to collect emotions, and thus present them through his first book Orange Sky and Blue Sun.
Saba Mahmood Bashir is a poet, author and a translator. Her first book was a collection of poems, Memory Past (2006) brought out by Writers’ Workshop. She has also authored I Swallowed the Moon: The Poetry of Gulzar (HarperCollins India, 2013) and translated Gulzar’s screenplays of Premchand’s Godaan and Nirmala and Other Stories. Her forthcoming book is a translation of selected short stories by Manto.
Roohi Soni is an author and an advocate by profession. She has written a motivational book “Towards Success” published by Invincible Publishers. The place where she got married had very few English medium schools in those days, so she opened one for the children in that area. Since she was an advocate, she was appointed as the court auctioneer by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Thereafter, she became the President [JUDGE] District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum. Presently, she is practicing as an advocate at Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Shubha Menon is a former copywriter who dropped the 'copy' part of the word somewhere and became a writer. The Second Coming (HarperCollins, 2014) her debut book, has been quite successful in the romantic fiction genre. Her second book, Resilience: Stories of Muslim Women (narrative non-fiction), was launched this year, 2019. She is currently writing a book on bipolar disorder.
Shubhrata Prakash is an officer with the Indian Revenue Service. She has a B.Sc. in Mathematics from St Stephen's College, Delhi and an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. Before joining the Civil Services, she worked briefly in advertising with Lintas and Leo Burnett. She lives in Bangkok with her husband and two children. Shubhrata is the author of a collection of poems titled Ink on Water.
Tarun Tahiliani is a noted Indian fashion designer. With his wife Sailaja 'Sal' Tahiliani, he co-founded Ensemble, India’s first multi-designer boutique in 1987, followed by Tahiliani Design studio in 1990.
Dr. Chugh is a pioneer in mental health in India, and founded Dr. Sanjay Chugh’s clinic. He practices what he calls “A common-sense approach to Psychiatry”. He believes that in psychiatry it is imperative that we spend time with each patient and understand the problem. He is an active columnist with leading newspapers and magazines in India. He features regularly on various television and radio shows addressing mental health concerns.
Vish Dhamija is a British Indian crime fiction writer of nine books. According to Indian Press he is India's "Best Page-Turner", and one of the ten most popular thriller authors in India. He is the only writer of Indian origin listed among the major legal thriller authors of the world. His Rita Ferreira series have recently been acquired for adaptation into a multi-season web series.
Suhail Mathur is an award winning and bestselling author of THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS and THE HUNT FOR RAMA'S BOW, a TedX speaker, and is one of the country's premier literary agents via his agency, THE BOOK BAKERS, through which he has worked on more than 500 books.
Dr Tripti Sharan, With her dual role of a doctor-author and her distinctive style of writing in both prose and poetry, Dr Tripti Sharan occupies a significant place in the hearts of avid readers and literary enthusiasts. Her books 'Chronicles of a Gynaecologist' and 'House of doctors, the inside story of a medical school' are based on real life stories. And in between she writes poetry to rejuvenate her soul. In her latest book 'Being Radha, beyond her love and his leela' she explores the enigmatic goddess Radha.
Antar Atreya is a 24 year old author, storyteller and Hindu mythology enthusiast from Assam. His first book was published when he was merely 14 and he has also co-authored the book 'Pocketful O' Stories' with Durjoy Datta and others. His debut Novel Chronicles of the Mortal Vishnu has received rave reviews and is creating a huge buzz and hype. He has been featured by Deccan Chronicle, The Asian Age, Outlook India, Business Today, The Week among others. Also his articles to help budding authors can be found on the website of world's leading business magazine, Entrepreneur.
Sidharth Jain a creative entrepreneur since 15 years, has worked intensively across Bollywood & Hollywood. In April 2018, he founded - The Story Ink - India's First Story Company and now India's No.1 Book to Screen Adaptation Company. The Story Ink has sold the adaptation rights of almost 70 books to Producers/Studios in India in the last 12 months. Sidharth Jain has previously worked for India's largest OTT - Hotstar.com (now acquired by Disney from Fox), iRock Films, Adlabs Films (Reliance Entertainment), Hyperion Studio - Los Angeles and Baazee.com (Ebay India).
Anurag Anand is an Indian author with several bestselling titles in the self-help, general fiction and historical fiction genres. He also double-hats as a corporate professional with experience across industries like pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods and financial services. His latest book The Assassination of Rajat Gandy (2018) is a gripping political thriller that can alter your views on politics and the political establishment.
Arjun Raj Gaind is one of India's best known comic book writers. He is the creator and author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novels Empire of Blood, Reincarnation Man, The Mighty Yeti, Project: Kalki, Blade of the Warrior: Kshatriya, A Brief History of Death. A Very Pukka Murder is his debut novel, the first in a trilogy featuring the adventures of Maharaja Sikander Singh, set against the backdrop of princely India during the heyday of the British Raj.
Harshali Singh Write India winner Harshali Singh, a New Delhi-based author, is a former member of the Consumer Forum. Besides being an academician, she is also a teacher trainer and a trained Occupational Therapist.
Ishkaran Singh Bhandari is a Supreme Court advocate
Purnima Sahai An MSc in Applied Psychology and P.G. Dip in Counselling Psychology, Purnima is a psychologist and uses an Existential approach to understanding her clients although she uses varied Cognitive Behavior Tools to help her clients work through their situations. She has huge experience in working with people suffering from psychiatric conditions, relationship problems, and personality related problems.
Kamna Chhibber Head – Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences Kamna Chhibber, M.Phil in Clinical Psychology is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, with particular interest in relationships, trauma, abuse and the impact of personality related variables on mental health. She works extensively with schools, corporate organizations and NGO’s and has a strong focus on generating awareness relating to mental health. Through her writing, blogs and media interactions she is working towards the larger goals of inclusiveness, removal of stigma and bustling of misconceptions relating to mental health.
Niraj Srivastava, is an eminent International Award Winning author of Historical Fiction. A management scholar, with a Doctorate in Management from the University of Canterbury, he has deviated into Historical Fiction writing because of his professed love for all things ceremonial, martial, regal and the simply ludicrous! He is also a Member of the Royal Society of Literature, England. He is Honoured by:
Arjun Pandey is a young and talented documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed several documentary films on wildlife, environment and social issues. His films have played out in over 170 countries globally and on most major broadcasters including The Discovery Channel, BBC World, Doordarshan and NDTV. He is also the founder of Delhipedia, aiming to discover the best of Delhi, one video at a time.
Vidushi Mehra, who went from being the star of school productions to doing bit roles in films, is now a committed thespian with the sole aim of transforming Delhi into a pulsating city of theatre. Vidushi Mehra is known for No One Killed Jessica (2011), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and Aisha (2010) and Moh Maya Money (2016).
Dilip Cherian is a communications consultant, a political campaign advisor and a practicing political & policy professional. He is also involved with political lobbying and bureaucracy decision making.
Sharif Rangnekar is a communications consultant, a former journalist and human rights activist. He is the ex-CEO and ex-chairman of Integral PR. Sharif has been the chairperson and President of the Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI). Sharif is also the founder of Friends of Linger - a concept band. The band released two songs Head Held High which is dedicated to the LGBTQ community in India, and Miss you, portraying a love story between two gay men. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) gave Miss you an A certificate, and found 10 seconds of video objectionable. The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) later rescinded the directive from CBFC.
Dipankar Mukherjee A management graduate from IIT Madras, Dipankar had worked for the consulting industry for almost eight years, before taking the road less travelled, to pursue his passion for reading and writing. His major assignments were with IBM and Ernst & Young.
Anuranjita Kumar is currently the Managing Director and Head of HR - Global Hubs for the Royal Bank of Scotland. She was earlier the APAC Head for Citibank and in her career span of over a decade at Citi, was instrumental in holding the mantle in some of the worst financial crisis that hit global banking. Anu’s first book was ‘Can I have It All’ was a success in India and in the U.S and she is at the cusp of releasing her second book – ‘Colour Matters’ (slated for release in August by Bloomsbury India).
Tania Singh and Reshma Qureshi Rising from tragedy and suffering, Reshma made global headlines by becoming the first acid-attack survivor to walk the runway at the New York Fashion Week. Now an international anti-acid-sale activist, vlogger, model, and the face of Make Love Not Scars, Reshma works tirelessly towards empowering other acid-attack survivors like herself and has become a beacon of hope for millions. Inspiring and life-affirming, Being Reshma is the extraordinary story of this young girl from the slums of Mumbai, who overcame insurmountable odds in an unjust world and dared to change it.
Shuchi Singh Kalra is the Amazon bestselling author of two novels-Done with Men and I'm Big. So What!? Her short stories have appeared in Love across Borders, Stories for Your Valentine and NAW Anthology 2013. In her freelancing career of over a decade, Shuchi has written for major print and online publications such as Femina, Good Housekeeping, Hotelier International, Huffington Post and Home Review, among others. She has also been listed among the top women authors to follow on Twitter.
Vikas Sharma Presently Vikas is the President of the Indo Canadian Council for Commerce - India Chapter and H2 Life Foundation. Vikas is a seasoned Corporate and Government Relations Specialist with over 15 years of progressive experience. Vikas’ willingness to build a public policy and advocacy forum to voice concerns and make recommendations to the highest level of policy making, led to the conceptualisation of Centre for Strategy and Leadership.
Zainab Patel Born in Mumbai, Zainab is a transgender person and is one of the petitioners in the National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India case on transgender rights. As a Policy Analyst, Zainab provides technical support on human rights and collaborates with regional and national civil society partners and institutions on policy inputs to the ‘Being LGBTI in Asia’ initiative. Her areas of interest are LGBTI rights and health and social development issues. Her work profile includes management of social mobilization initiatives benefiting marginalized populations, including indigenous people, persons living with HIV, landless women, LGBTI people and people impacted by gender-based violence.
Sinjini Sengupta is an Author and a TEDx speaker, and has won several national and international awards for her literary works in the space of film screenplays, poetry, short-stories and social columns. Sinjini’s first novel ELIXIR – a woman’s journey through conflicts into redemption through her co-existence in parallel existences in real and dream lives – has been recently published.
Pulkit Sharma is a clinical psychologist, spiritual counsellor and writer. He integrates the richness of ancient spiritual perspectives and contemporary psychology in his psychotherapy practice. He has worked as a mental health consultant and research head with several organizations. His research-based, inspirational and philosophical writings have been published in acclaimed peer reviewed journals, newspapers and popular magazines and he is the author of the book When The Soul Heals — Explorations In Spiritual Psychology. He lives in Puducherry, India, with his wife and daughter.
Nelofar Currimbhoy Daughter of beauty giant Shahnaz Hussain, she is at present President, Shahnaz Herbals, and has been a close witness and contributor to the amazing success story of her mother, Shahnaz Husain. She has written the book Flame, published by Bloomsbury India which is a fascinating page turner that walks you through the compelling journey of a woman who created an iconic company starting off from the veranda of her home, Flame: The inspiring life of my mother, Shahnaz Husain skilfully entwines the personal and professional life of one of the most enigmatic women of our times and will give those who read it the motivation to follow their dreams.
Pervaiz Alam Based in London, Pervaiz Alam is the Director of Cine Ink Limited UK (www.cineink.com), a digital hub of long-form interviews with writers, artists, activists and politicians. In his long career as a broadcaster, Pervaiz Alam worked for the BBC in London, holding various positions. At BBC World Television in London, Pervaiz was the Executive Producer of the programmes such as India Business Report, Question Time India, HARDtalk India, Mastermind India, Question Time Pakistan, Bollywood Bosses and Face to Face. Prior to his job at BBC World, Pervaiz worked at both BBC Hindi Service and BBC Urdu Service in London as a senior producer. He has reported for the BBC from Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Dubai, Amman and Jerusalem. He started his career in broadcasting with All India Radio in Delhi as a programme executive.
Neharika Gupta is the bestselling author of Adulting. The book hit the 50 bestseller list on Amazon since its release in August 2019 and has topped the Nielsen bestseller charts for three weeks. Within a span of a month of her book launch, Neharika has spoken at the prestigious Pune International Literature Festival and conducted a creative writing workshop at Amity University for its English students. She was also invited by the Treehouse Hotels and Resorts Group to give a presentation on millennial travel behaviour. Her views on young people and their challenges have been published on platforms like SheThePeople, Rediff, The Pioneer newspaper and she has been interviewed by News Today, The New Indian Express, Mail Today and the Deccan Chronicle.
Mukul Kumar, a senior bureaucrat, presently working in the Ministry of Railways in New Delhi; a 1997 batch officer of the IRTS (Indian Railway Traffic Service) , and is the author of the fictions titled “As Boys Become Men” published by RUPA Publications in March 2016, which marked his debut as a novelist, and ‘Seduction By Truth’, published by Bloomsbury, India in October, 2018 ; a published poet he already is. “Irrepresible Echoes”, an anthology of his English poems was published in 2012. Prior to this, his poem ‘The Beggar’ was included in International library of poetry in United States. He has also been awarded the Life Membership of the Poetry Society (India).
Himanshu Rai is a thirty-eight-year-old telecom professional with a passion for storytelling. His previous novels, My Mute Girlfriend & I am always here with you were highly appreciated. My Mute Girlfriend was among 25 best romance titles of 2018, and I am always here with you released in Jan-19, is among Amazon Best read. His Last Novel, My Mute Girlfriend, Published by Srishti Publishers, was based on his real-life story and already declared as one of the best romance titles of the year 2018. His latest novel, I am always here with you, got released in Jan-19, and was among Amazon Best Read for consecutive 3 months.
Stuti Changle is the popular author of the much-loved book On The Open Road - Three Lives. Five Cities. One Startup who is on a mission to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams with courage. She has been associated with 50+ events across the country as a speaker to convey her vision and motivate the youth to 'Make a move.' She made her TV debut in 2019 as a host of the TV Series 'Kar Ke Dikhaenge' where she presents the stories, knowledge and learnings of entrepreneurs and leaders through a candid tete-a-tete with them.
Mohammad Faizan is from Delhi. Born in an Islamic scholar’s family who is hugely inspired by her mother - Rehnuma Khatoon who has always been a driving force to pen down all ethos and pathos. Providentially, Faizan has many feathers to the cap as he is professionally a Lawyer (Criminal), Motivational speaker and English Language Trainer. To his credit, he’s been a corporate trainer for 9 years - Contributing to RBS Business Services Pvt. Ltd. & Genpact International. He has a deep interest in Literature and passion for poetry that quenches his thirst words weaved into multifarious yet soulful shades.Resultantly, his two poems – Those were the days, those blissful eyes have been published in International Anthologies: The Essence Of eternal Happiness and Resonance respectively
Sudeep Sen Sudeep Sen is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and “one of the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene” (BBC Radio). He is “fascinated not just by language but the possibilities of language” (Scotland on Sunday). At the 2004 Struga Poetry Festival (Macedonia), he received the ‘Pleiades’ honour for having made “a significant contribution to contemporary world poetry”. His prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House), and Kaifi Azmi: Poems | Nazms (Bloomsbury).
Rishi Suri is a senior editor covering international affairs at The Daily Milap, India’s oldest and largest circulated Urdu daily newspaper. He is an internationally recognized journalist known for his strong views and opinions on global politics and diplomacy. Rishi has served as a Media Advisor to the J&K Chief Minister and is one of the select few certified diplomatic correspondents by the Ministry of External Affairs in India and has been part of various international delegations and programs like the International Visitor Leadership program run by the State Department of the United States of America.
Dr Partho Dhang earned a PhD. from University of Madras in India. He is a zoologist, consultant, author and entrepreneur. He is a prolific writer in the scientific world and also a regular speaker at international conferences around the world. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers in international journals of repute, in addition to four scientific books covering topics on environment and climate change with a prestigious UK based publishing house. He also serves as a panelist and adjudicator for award of the degree of doctorate for a number of universities and has evaluated over 25 doctoral theses. He now provides motivation and business coaching, providing expertise to people in the service industry, and setting initiate start-ups. His new found expertise arose out of his best selling book " Fervor to be Free : a Tale of Tussle between Mind, Body and Us" - a truly self searching book.
Vineet Malhotra is an Indian Television anchor working with Tiranga TV. He is an award-winning musician too. Vineet started his TV career with Zee Sports in 2005. He began by presenting cricket shows with the likes of Kapil Dev, Pataudi, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Ricky Ponting. He later moved to Ten Sports and then to Neo Cricket. His show Baat & Bowl which was an interactive show that delves into the lives of Indian cricket stars. Some of the more notable cricketer superstars like Virat Kohli cast their first impressions on Malhotra's show. His reputation as a specialist sports anchor caused him to be invited by national TV channel Doordarshan to host the biggest sports event in the history of India, the 19th Commonwealth Games. Malhotra worked as a freelance sports anchor and worked extensively with Times Now. Malhotra was recently honored with the 'Excellence in Sports Journalism Award, by Sports Rehab.
Nikhil Naz is an award winning TV anchor and Consulting Editor, Sports, NDTV. During his 16 year long career as a sports journalist he has reported on multiple global sporting events like- The FIFA World Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games amongst others. He is the brains behind India’s first literary festival on sports- SporTale, and is ranked in the Top 2% of social media influencer in the cricket community by social media analytics and intelligence platform ‘Klear’. He is also a certified soccer coach.
Dr Shinoo Dania is a Movement Disorders Specialist and General Physician in Sector 92, Noida and has an experience of 23 years in these fields. Dr. Shinoo Dania practices at Ek Dost - Heals Thy Heart in Sector 92, Noida. She completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1995,Expressive movement therapy from CID - UNESCO in 2014 and DFM (UK) from Royal College Of Surgeons in 2000. Some of the services provided by the doctor are: Work Life balance programs,Stress Management programs ,Acupuncture,Health Care program for children and Health Care program for adults etc.
Raj Rao (born 1955) is a writer, poet and teacher of literature and "one of India's leading gay-rights activists". His 2003 novel The Boyfriend is one of the first gay novels to come from India. Rao was one of the first recipients of the newly established Quebec-India awards.
S. 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, My Name is Abu Salem and Mumbai Avengers. Zaidi has covered the Mumbai mafia for several decades. His 2002 book Black Friday detailed the 1993 Mumbai bombings, an attack comprising 13 explosions that killed 250 people. The book was adapted two years later, in 2004, into a film by Anurag Kashyap also titled Black Friday.
Mohammad Kaif is a former Indian cricketer who played Tests and ODIs. He made it to the national team on the strength of his performances at the Under-19 level, where he captained the India national under-19 cricket team to victory in the Under-19 World Cup in 2000. He retired from all formats of cricket on 13 July 2018.
DGP Manoj Yadav a 1988-batch IPS officer, is the current Director General of Police (DGP) of Haryana. Manoj Yadav was working as a joint director of the Intelligence Bureau at the Union Home Ministry (MHA). Yadav will retire on July 31, 2025. After working as the SP traffic and SP Security in Chandigarh, he has worked as SP in many districts of Haryana.
P Raghuraman is a leading sales trainer and motivator with more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience. He has trained and motivated more than ten thousand sales professionals across different segments and verticals in different disciplines, to help make their life and careers better. Having been a creator of world class content, he is co-authoring a book which can make a huge impact to the lives of millions of sales persons across the world.
Rooprashi Management Executive, blogger and author of two books, "The Girl Who Saw It All" And "The Ascent Of Love" Rooprashi, is an individual brimming with stories. She is an HR Professional who works in GAIL (India) Ltd., a Maharatna Public-Sector Unit (PSU). She possesses both compassion and composure and a capacity for empathy that is clearly reflected in her writings. She writes with an aim to motivate her readers and infuse positivity in society. Her books have been appreciated and launched by eminent personalities like Shri Radhakrishnan Pillai, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mr. Sandeep Marwah and Mr. Satya Pal Jain (Additional Solicitor General Of India). Her second book “The Ascent Of Love” trends in Amazon’s Bestsellers’ list.
Kena Shree is a writer, blogger, spoken word poet and storyteller. She also works as Senior HR Manager in a leading Corporate. She writes for the Huffington Post, Hindustan Times, Cox and Kings India, Women's Web and Sheroes among other writing forums, and also a column for Lifestyle section of the Times of India web edition. She is the co-winner of Times of India 'Write India Season-1' story campaign. Her short stories have been published by TOI books and Readomania, while her debut fiction novel is work-in-progress. In the last few years, she gets a mention as --- Outstanding Corporate Director by FICCI-FLO, "100 influencers to follow on Twitter", Jombay's Top 100 HR under 40, "100 inspiring women at workplace", HT Woman 2017 Nominee in Writer's category, 'Women Achievers from Lucknow' and her biography features in the book "Folktales -- Inspiring Souls of Awadh".
Anil Sharma has been in Sydney Australia since 1985. Electrical Engineer by profession passed from Delhi College of Engineering in Delhi in 1980. In 2000 Master Beinsa introduced me to Sage Ramana Maharshi who too appeared in my aura under the guidance of Sage Ramana on 21 Sept 2016 I finally attained Self abidance. Also 2 more books - The Practise of Self Enquiry and Practising Who Am I were written during this period under the guidance of Sage Ramana. I had taken retirement from work in July 2017 for 2 years and since have been guiding others in many countries on a 1 to 1 basis on the teachings of Sage Ramana Maharshi and Master Beinsa Douno on how to attain Self abidance.
Nandhiji is a Siddha yogi, humanitarian & visionary awakening humanity through mystic wisdom, community and service. He is an artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher- representing the path of the Liberated. He shares the life enhancing wisdom and teachings of the Siddha Sages, the liberated mystics of South India. Prior to his waking up, he was Adhipen Bose, an industrialist from Sivakasi. One of the fruits of his journey are offered in this book, “Mastery of Consciousness.”. The Book, Mastery of Consciousness- Awaken the Inner Prophet has a brief autobiography of Nandhiji, Articles of Siddha wisdom and consciousness, Interview and 108 Consciousness Sutras.
Anirban Bhattacharyya is the bestselling author of The Deadly Dozen: India's Most Notorious Serial Killers published by Penguin India. He is the Co-Creator and Producer of one of India's most loved crime shows on Television - Savdhaan India. Anirban studied in Dr. Graham's Homes in Kalimpong, and is an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata where he graduated in English Literature. He was the Content Head at Channel [v] India and Head of Brand Solutions and Non-Fiction at The Walt Disney Company (India). He is a standup comedian. He loves acting and has appeared in Sui Dhaaga and Mission Mangal.
Tanmay Dubey is the best selling author of 'JUST SIX EVENINGS' (2015); 'THE AMIGOS' (2017) and 'THE RED LINE' ( 2019) He is a Book Writing coach and Work-Life balance Coach. He finds solace in long-distance running and has participated in over 30+ Marathon events. He is also an IRONMAN Triathlete. Tanmay has a professional experience of over 20 years working in leadership roles for companies like DELL Technologies, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard.
Shephali Frost is an author, filmmaker, poet, writer, singer and rights activities. Her creative projects crisscross UK and India. A published poet & award-winning screenwriter, Shephali writes prose and poetry in English and Hindi, but has yet to be coaxed into singing her own work. She is also known for her research, novel compositions and rendition of some of the best works of the 19th century mystic Shah Turab Qalandar of Takiya Kakori Shareef, near Lucknow, in India.
Jonaki Ray is an editor, English language poet and author. She is the 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award winner whose works have received critical acclaim and have been shortlisted for multiple other awards.
Sonu Wassan is a Yoga Vaidya in T. Krishnamacharya tradition. She is certified as Yoga Therapist in IAYT(International Association of Yoga Therapy). A teacher in Hatha Yoga based on Integral Yoga by Shri Aurobindo, she has also taught in prestigious Shri Aurobindo Ashram. Transformational Yoga helped her deepen her attention in the subject. She teaches personalized one to one therapy and group sessions from her studio ’YogaCitta’ at Gurugram. She also has been instrumental in initiating Yoga Therapy in “Children First” – A Center for special needs children where she facilitates therapy for caregivers and therapists. Diet and lifestyle management awareness is an important part of her sessions.
Geetika Saigal is a Bestselling Author, TEDxSpeaker & Business Coach, on a mission to help you in 'Finding Your G-Spot' in life. Widely acclaimed for her work, she has been called "a breath of fresh air in the literary world" by Deccan Chronicle, "next reckoning in the motivational speaking world" by The Asian Age, "making waves with her unconventional writing style and larger-than-life persona" by Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global, "Deep yet humorous, soulful yet brutally honest, Geetika Saigal is jazzing up the self-help genre" by Yahoo News and many others. A TEDxSpeaker, she has spoken on the renowned global platform of TEDx Talks and is often seen delivering inspirational Keynote Speeches on Self-Discovery, Mindset, Entrepreneurship, Diversity & Growth.
Pratibha Prahlad is a Bharata Natyam dancer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, and author. She was the founder director of the Delhi International Arts Festival.Prahlad is the recipient of numerous awards and titles. The Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri in 2016. She is the youngest recipient of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for dance (2001). She has also received the Karnataka State Government Award (2001), Sangeet Nritya Academy Award of Karnataka (1997).
Iqbal Chand Malhotra holds a first-class degree in Economics from Queen’s College, University of Cambridge. From 1993 to 1995, he was an advisor on India to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and has produced over 500 hours of television programming for telecast worldwide. Currently, Malhotra is Chairman & Producer, AIM Television Pvt. Ltd. He is a black belt Sho Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do.
Maroof Raza a former Indian Army officer, was educated in India and the UK. A commentator on military and security issues, he is now Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs), Times Now. He makes frequent TV Appearances and hosts the weekend world affairs TV show, Latitude.
Dr. Mohd. Rehan Raza completed his MBBS from Shri Rama Chandra University, Chennai. He joined the Indian Civil Services in 2012 as a DANICS officer. Initially, he was posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Shahdara, Delhi. Later, he was posted as Assistant Commissioner and Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Campbell Bay, from 2016 to 2017, and subsequently served as Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, Assistant Commissioner (Tribal Welfare Department), Additional District Magistrate, South Andaman District, and various posts in the Andaman and Nicobar administration. Raza is the recipient of the first Hakeem Abdul Hameed Award for Excellence awarded by Hamdard Alumni Association in 2012 and Vishisht Chikitsa Ratna Award, 2019, awarded by the Delhi Medical Association. He is presently posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Saraswati Vihar, North-West District, Delhi.
Divya Dureja is an International Spoken Word Poet, Beat Poet and Jazz Poet. From performing at New York Poetry Festival to MTV Big Indies India; to touring with poets from across the ocean like Sarah Kay, Deborah Emmanuel, Zuela Herrera and more, Divya’s collaborations span from doing couplets with beatboxers to acclaimed Jazz Musicians. Divya is also the co-founder of Performers' Consortium, a platform for nourishing artists and democratising art narratives. A psychologist by education and training, Divya also designs and conducts skill development programmes with university students on topics of gender, sexuality, health, counselling and relationships; and she serves as a panellist on LGBT themed seminars.
Ziya Us Salam is a noted literary and social commentator. He has been associated with The Hindu for more than 18 years. He has been The Hindu's Features Editor for North India editions for 16 years.
Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal holds an MA from Kings College, London. She is a recipient of the 14th Beullah Rose Poetry Prize by Smartish Pace. She was shortlisted for the Third Coast Fiction Prize, 2018. She is featured on the Masthead of the Songs of Eretz Poetry Review as a Frequent Contributor. A popular Spoken Word poet, she performs at events across venues in India. Her page poetry is featured in reputed international literary journals such as Smartish Pace, Dunes Review,Typehouse Literary Review, SOFTBLOW, Broad River Review, Gyroscope Review and many more. Her poetry will be anthologized alongside the work of renowned poets such as Gulzar and Piyush Mishra in 2019. She lives with her 4-year-old son, husband and two dog babies in Pune, India.
Kathryn Hummel is a writer, mixed-media artist and multidisciplinary researcher from South Australia. She is the author of Poems from Here (Hobart: Walleah Press, 2014), The Bangalore Set (Bangalore: Kena, 2016), splashback (Sydney: Stale Objects dePress, 2017), The Body That Holds (Adelaide: Little Windows Press, 2017), A Few Franks for Dearest Dominic [Bristol: Prote(s)xt Books, 2019], a second edition of splashback [Bristol: Prote(s)xt Books, 2019] and Lamentville (Singapore: Math Paper Press). Uncollected, Kathryn's digital media/poetry, non-fiction, scholarly research and fiction has been published, performed, translated and anthologised around the world. Recipient of the NEC/Meanjin Essay Writing Competition prize, the Melbourne Lord Mayor's Dorothy Porter Award and the Copyright Agency Ltd Best Poetry Prize, Kathryn's writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, among others.
Hema Myer Sood is an author of new-age philosophy books and is a certified Reiki Grandmaster. She is a psychic medium and practices channelling. Hema Myer Sood released her first book at 29, The Eternal Ocean of Brahma depicts the wisdom of the Bhagvad Gita. Her foray into historical fiction interwoven with New Age Philosophy created a unique thriller - The Crown of Tijara which will be released in 2020.