Abhay K. is author of nine poetry collections, most recently of The Alphabets of Latin America, and the editor of The Bloomsbury Book of Great Indian Love Poems, CAPITALS, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems and New Brazilian Poems. His poems have been published in several literary journals including Poetry Salzburg Review and Asian Literary Review. His ‘Earth Anthem’ has been translated into over 50 languages. He received SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 2018.
Amarjit Singh Dulat is a former head of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency. After retirement, he was appointed adviser on Kashmir in the Prime Minister’s Office and served there from January 2001 to May 2004. During this time, he accumulated a vast reservoir of goodwill with Kashmiris of all shades. As Jane’s Intelligence Digest put it in 2001, ‘Well known for his social skills, Dulat preferred dialogue to clandestine maneouvers’. In his heyday, Dulat was referred to as ‘Mr Kashmir’.
Dulat was born in Sialkot, Punjab, in December 1940. With India’s partition, his father Justice Shamsher Singh Dulat relocated his family to Delhi. After schooling in Delhi, Simla and Chandigarh, Dulat joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1965, and then the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in 1969, where he served for almost thirty years. At IB he headed the Kashmir Group during the turbulent 1990s till he joined and headed the R&AW.
Dulat’s first book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years, was published in 2015, followed by The Spy Chronicles: R&AW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace in 2018, which he co-authored with General Asad Durrani, former director-general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.
Ambi Parameswaran has spent a large part of his working career in advertising at Draft FCB Ulka, where he rose to be Executive Director and CEO. An engineer from IIT Madras University in 2012, Ambi has authored/ co – authored six books on topics ranging from brand building and advertising to consumer behaviour.
Described as ‘India’s first literary popstar’ by world-renowned film director Shekhar Kapur, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon, with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra hailing his books as ‘archetypal and stirring’. His Shiva Trilogy series is the fastest selling book series in Indian history. Forbes Magazine has listed Amish amongst the 100 most influential celebrities in India, four years in a row. He was Man of the Year by Radio City, GQ 50 Most Influential Young Indian and selected as an Eisenhower Fellow.
Amita Nigam Sahaya is a social entrepreneur and gender activist .She has authored and edited seven books on women and gender issues. The present book, The Shaadi Story, Behind the Scenes of the Big Fat Indian Wedding, examines the Indian wedding through a socio-economic and gendered prism. She has also done the translation of the Hindi classic:Jhansi ki Rani, Lakshmibai. She is the co-founder of the Sweden India Gender Network (SIGN) a platform for collaboration between researchers and universities from India and Sweden. She has established two Community Education & Development Centres in the unauthorized colonies of Delhi.Amita Nigam Sahaya is a social entrepreneur and gender activist .She has authored and edited seven books on women and gender issues. The present book, The Shaadi Story, Behind the Scenes of the Big Fat Indian Wedding, examines the Indian wedding through a socio-economic and gendered prism. She has also done the translation of the Hindi classic:Jhansi ki Rani, Lakshmibai. She is the co-founder of the Sweden India Gender Network (SIGN) a platform for collaboration between researchers and universities from India and Sweden. She has established two Community Education & Development Centres in the unauthorized colonies of Delhi.
Anand Neelakantan invented a new genre in literature: the counter-telling of mythology. He debuted in early 2012 with the block-buster hit Asura – Tale of the Vanquished, which told the story of Ramayana from the point of view of Ravana and a common Asura called Bhadra. The novel was shortlisted for 2013 Crossword Popular Award and still remains on the best-seller charts. The novel has been translated into all major Indian languages and Indonesian Bahasa and has gone for multiple reprints in almost all the languages it got published. This was followed by Ajaya series, Ajaya Book I – Roll of the Dice and Ajaya Book II – Rise of Kali, which told the Mahabharata from Duryodhana’s perspective. The Manava Gita or counter-argument for Bhagawat Gita is a highlight of this work.
Anita Nair is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris: Keeper of the Light and Alphabet Soup for Lovers. She has also authored a crime series featuring Inspector Gowda.Anita Nair’s other books include a collection of poems titled Malabar Mind, a collection of essays titled Goodnight & God Bless and six books for children. Anita Nair has also written two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting which was part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2012 and won the National Film Award in 2013. Among other awards, she was also given the Central Sahitya Akademi award and the Crossword Prize. Her books have been translated into over thirty one languages around the world. She is also the founder of the creative writing and mentorship program Anita’s Attic. Nair also worked as a creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore where she wrote her first book, a collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway, which she sold to Har-Anand Press.The book won her a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
A journalist by profession, Chaturvedi is currently an Associate Editor at the Times of India in Delhi/Noida. He has been fascinated with the Second World War for most of his life – some of his earliest memories are of watching Battle of the Bulge in primary school and scattering toy soldiers of the British and German Armies across his room afterwards. Another subject of interest, right from his teenage years, is Subhas Chandra Bose. Chaturvedi has written about Bose for some years now – his political legacy, his affinity for Vivekananda etc. It was perhaps inevitable that these two fascinations were to converge in the shape of this novel after decades of running parallel.
Anuja Chauhan has worked in advertising for over seventeen years and is credited with major campaigns like Pepsi’s Yeh Dil Maange More and Oye Bubbly, Kurkure’s Tedha Hai Par Mera Hai and Mountain Dew’s Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai. She has written four best-selling romantic comedy novels – The Zoya Factor, Battle for Bittora, Those Pricey Thakur Girls and The House That BJ Built. Two of these have sold movie rights and a third has been made into a daily, prime-time soap on television. Her new novel, Baaz, about three IAF fighter pilots during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, came out in April 2017.
Anupam Kher is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 500 films and many plays. Mainly working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in acclaimed international films. Anupam Kher is an author as well and has bestseller books to his credit.
Aparna Jain is an internationally certified executive leadership coach and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She is the author of three books: Like A Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids which was shortlisted for the Crossword Popular Prize. Own It: Leadership Lessons from Women Who Do, which was awarded a Laadli Prize and was shortlisted for the Tata Literature Live Business Book Award 2016, and The Sood Family Cookbook (2013).
Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction, non-fiction and poetry from India and Bangladesh into English. He is the series editor of the Library of Bangladesh and also curates Seagull Books’ India list. Over 35 of his translations have been published so far.