Rahul Pandita is a Yale World Fellow. He is the author of the bestselling Our Moon Has Blood Clots: A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir, Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement and a co-author of The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance. He has worked extensively as a war correspondent in various countries, including Iraq and Sri Lanka. In India, Pandita is known for his reportage on the Maoist insurgency and the turmoil in Kashmir. He is the recipient of the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting. A former Opinion and Special Stories Editor for The Hindu, Pandita has also written a screenplay set to be directed by renowned Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. An author of 9 bestselling books on entrepreneurship which have sold more than 1.2 million copies and been translated in 12 languages, including Korean and Vietnamese. Rashmi is the # 1 business books author in India. Rashmi’s first book was Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, the runaway bestseller on 25 MBAs from IIM Ahmedabad who went on to create successful businesses. The book, an initiative by the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIMA, has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 11 languages.Her other popular titles include Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream, Take Me Home, God’s Own Kitchen and Touch the Sky. Rashmi’s 10th book Shine Bright – Inspiring Stories of CEOS who are Intrapreneurs launched 20 th May 2019 this year.
Rashmi co-founded JAM (Just Another Magazine) which went on to become India’s most popular youth magazine. Her popular blog Youthcurry features her writings on youth, careers and entrepreneurship. Rashmi has been a columnist on Rediff.com as well as a regular contributor to Businessworld and Business Today magazines.She has also been Consulting Editor with business news channel Bloomberg UTV where she hosted India’s first call-in show on careers.
Ratna Vira is the bestselling author of ‘Daughter By Court Order‘. Her second novel, It’s Not About You, released in April 2016. It is an urgent, contemporary tale that celebrates the persistence of the human spirit to fight against all odds. Ratna holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a masters in English Literature from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She also holds an MBA. Ratna juggles her corporate career with her writing and love of art. Ratna has spoken at leading universities, international business schools, corporate occasions and been part of several panels.
Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author. A banker by profession, Subramanian has written popular thrillers about banking and bankers, including award winning trilogy The Incredible Banker, The Bankster and Bankerupt. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore, batch of 1993, Subramanian spent close to two decades in the financial services industry. After having worked with companies such as Citibank, HSBC and ANZ Grindlays, Subramanian is now the CEO of a listed Non-banking financial company. Subramanian writes popular columns for well-known magazines and has his own personal weekly column in the career and business life page of The Economic Times.
Dr. Reba Som born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, is an academic, historian, writer and classical singer from India. She is the director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ Rabindranath Tagore Centre in Kolkata.
Reshma Qureshi is an Indian model, vlogger, and anti-acid activist. In India, she is the face of Make Love Not Scars. Her foray into modeling in the United States came when she walked the catwalk for Archana Kochhar at the 2016 New York Fashion Week. Reshma works tirelessly towards empowering other acid-attack survivors like herself and has become a beacon of hope for millions.
Rijula Das received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing in 2017 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where she taught writing for two years. She is a recipient of the 2019 Michael King Writers Centre Residency in Auckland and the 2016 Dastaan Award for her short story, Notes from a Passing. Her other short story, The Grave of The Heart Eater, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019. A Death in Shonagachhi, her debut novel, was also longlisted for The JCB Prize for Literature, 2021. Rijula hails from West Bengal and lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
RITA CHOWDHURY is an award-winning Assamese poet and writer. A former associate professor of Political Science at Cotton University, Guwahati, Rita is currently the director of the National Book Trust. An important voice in contemporary Assamese literature, Rita has written fifteen novels that portray a vivid picture of her strife-torn state. The critically acclaimed Chinatown Days (Makam) is one of her best-known works.
Rituparna Chatterjee is a bestselling author, journalist and columnist. She is a former foreign correspondent and columnist for The Economic Times. For the same newspaper, her column California Dreaming was about her life as an immigrant mother in America, its gun violence and shooter drills for kindergarteners. Her first book An Ordinary Life (Penguin/Viking, 2017) was on the life of the acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Her second book The Water Phoenix (Bloomsbury, 2020), a magical realism memoir of how she healed from childhood abuse, was in the top five bestselling nonfiction of 2020 and number one on Google India. She is now writing a novel.
Ruchira Gupta is a feminist campaigner, writer, NYU visiting professor and founder of Indian anti-sex trafficking organisation, Apne Aap Women Worldwide. She has won an Emmy, the Clinton Global Citizen award and the French Légion d’honneur. She has edited two anthologies titled River of Flesh & Other Stories and The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader. She dreams of a world in which no human being is bought or sold.
Sandeep Bhushan has worked as a television journalist with India’s pioneering satellite broadcast news channels including TVI, NDTV and Headlines Today TV for twenty years. He has written on media for the Economic and Political Weekly, Caravan, Hindu, Wire, Scroll.in, Outlook and Open. Sandeep has taught media studies at the Centre for Culture Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia and is currently teaching journalism at a private university. He loves mountains and this is his ﬁrst book.
Sangeeta Bahadur is an Indian Foreign Service officer currently posted in London, UK as a senior diplomat and Director of the Nehru Centre. In the course of her twenty-five year career, she has been posted to Spain, Bulgaria, Mexico and Belgium, besides having served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, India. She was born in Calcutta in a family of civil servants and was educated in various schools all over India. She completed her off post-graduation from Bombay University, Mumbai, India. Jaal is the first book of her Kaal Trilogy; she is currently working on the second book. Married to an architect, she has two young daughters – she credits all three with inspiring, in their own individual ways, this book and bringing it to fruition.