Group Captain Atul Chandra Barua

Group Captain Atul Chandra Barua, VSM, 79, served in the Indian Air Force for thirty years till his voluntary retirement in 1999. He was an Aeronautical Engineer serving in different capacities in the front-line Air Bases of India. He earned many laurels while in service to the Nation.


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Dr T Sumathy aka Thamizhachi Thangapandian

Dr T Sumathy aka Thamizhachi Thangapandian is a Tamil writer, English Professor and a Member of Parliament. She has nineteen publications including collections of poetry, essays and interviews to her credit. Birthing Hut and Other Stories is her first collection of short stories.


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Sheikh Khalid Jehangir

Sheikh Khalid is Secretary General of International Centre for Peace Studies, ICPS, New Delhi. A Strategy Analyst and columnist, he is also the author of widely acclaimed books, Why Article 370 Had To Go and They Snatched My Playground. He contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections (BJP) from the Srinagar constituency.


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Charu Kala

Charu Kala is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, JDMC. Her areas of interest include Sociology of Religion, Kinship and Social Research.


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Ruby Bhardwaj

Ruby Bhardwaj, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, JDMC, has researched and published on medical pluralism, assisted reproductive technologies and other issues of relevance in Medical Sociology.


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Avtar Mota

Avtar Mota is a photographer, blogger, poet and a writer. His writeups on art, literature, films and social life have appeared in many magazines and newspapers within the country and abroad. Started in 2010, his blog, ‘Chinar Shade’, has more than 16 lakhs views. He is a widely travelled writer.


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Smita Mishra

A bilingual journalist of repute, Smita Mishra has worked for 25 years in Print and Electronic media reporting on Internal Security, Terrorism, Politics and Current Affairs. Having travelled across the length and breadth of India chasing stories, she is well versed in many regional languages. Currently, an advisor in Prasar Bharati, Smita Mishra has her roots in Bihar.


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Manjira Majumdar

Manjira Majumdar has over time learnt to look at history objectively, especially the events that shaped India's independence. Holding a master’s in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, she practised literature in a hurry—that is journalism—for three decades or so.


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Balesh Jindal

A graduate from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Dr Balesh Jindal has practised medicine for the last thirty-eight years. She has been a pioneer in providing a one-stop health facility at low cost and single-handedly changing the mortality rates for the children in Kapashera. Her work in treating Tuberculosis and HIV is well documented.


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Narendra Taneja

Narendra Taneja is New Delhi-based thinker, writer, speaker and entrepreneur.


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Nyasa Khare

Nyasa is a 12-year old reflective and conscientious girl who loves to read, write, play and swim. Although tender and sensitive, she can be funny and naughty at times. An avid Star Wars fan, she is an environmentalist by heart...


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Rev. Fr Thomas John

Rev. Fr Thomas John is a Parish Priest in the Diocese of Paisley, Scotland. Born in Kerala, he studied Philosophy from Good Shepherd Seminary, Dimapur, Nagaland and later Theology from Oriens Theological College, Shillong, Meghalaya. He joined the Diocese of Kohima ...


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Gautam R. Desiraju

Gautam Radhakrishna Desiraju was born on 21 August 1952, in Chennai and is presently an honorary professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is a recipient of several prestigious international awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, the TWAS Award in Chemistry and the ISI Medal for Science of the University of Bologna.


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Dr Amar Patnaik

A former career bureaucrat, Dr Amar Patnaik is currently a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from Odisha representing the Biju Janata Dal. He is the recipient of the Sansad Ratna Award 2022. A PhD in institutional economics, he is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, Consultative Committee on Forest, Environment and Climate Change...


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Lakshmi Bayi

A tempestous child, poet Lakshmi Bayi found peace in the written word and ended up a student of English writings, only to discover that the present system of education kills all interest in literature. Shown the muse by poet and author Kamala Das, her mother-in-law, Lakshmi too, adopted poetry as her passion, and writing became as natural to her as breathing.


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Sumit Sharma Sameer

Sumit Sharma Sameer is a graduate of the London School of Economics, UK and Queen’s University, Canada. He completed his under-graduation in Sociology from Loyola College, Chennai, India. This is his first work of fiction.


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Anurita Rathore Jadeja

Award-winning journalist, author, speaker, art curator, Anurita Rathore Jadeja is all these, and a biographer, too. Beginning with The Indian Express as a cub writer more than 20 years ago, she went over as Features Editor to Ahmedabad Mirror, the morning compact of the Times Group.


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Prasun Roy

Prasun Roy lives with his family in Kolkata and writes in varied genre, including narrative non-fiction, biography, adventure, mystery, thrillers and young adult fiction. With an aptitude to explore human emotions and relationships, Prasun prefers the use of simple language and vivid descriptions coupled with lucid dialogues to bring life into his characters.


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Geetika Kalha

An Indian Administrative Service officer for over 30 years, Geetika Kalha has done extensive fieldwork in Northwest India to promote the revival, documentation and dissemination of art and culture. With a background in history, Kalha is now a writer and a consultant who specializes in rural tourism, museums and cultural interpretation.


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Dr. Shovana Narayan

Dr Shovana Narayan is India’s most eminent and venerated Kathak Guru-performer-choreographer but she has also served in the civil services, Indian Audit and Accounts till her retirement. An MSc in Physics, two MPhil degrees and a DLitt (HC), she is an educationist and a research scholar who has served in prestigious academic institutions.


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Poonam A Bamba

Poonam A Bamba joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service in the year 2002. Presently, she is posted as the Principal District & Sessions Judge (South), Saket, New Delhi. She has authored two more insightful books – Perfect Marriage – Not a Mirage and its second edition titled How to Save Your Marriage; and Temple of Justice – A School of Life.


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Rohan Bavadekar

Rohan Bavadekar, came to the United States in 2001, graduated with a Masters in Engineering from Lamar University. He currently works as a Data Engineer in the Healthcare sector. Rohan is an avid sportsman with cricket being his first love. He likes to read and enjoys music of the 80s.


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Sharmistha Chaudhuri

Sharmistha Chaudhuri, is an independent writer currently based in Austin, Texas. She has over a decade of experience working in India's leading media houses as an editor and journalist. Her by-lines have appeared in numerous publications including Outlook Traveller, Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, and National Geographic Traveller. When she's not planning trips, she's researching the origin story of ingredients and the socio-political commentary surrounding what we eat. This is her first book.


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Manasi Gokhale

Manasi Gokhale juggles between being a mother of three young children and working a full time job with ease. She works as Accounts Manager with a growing network of medical imaging services. Prior to that, Manasi served as Managing Editor of a pioneering South Asian publication in Houston. She holds a Masters degree in Public health as well as a Masters in Healthcare administration. Dancing is her passion and she enjoys participating in cultural events.


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Indira Menon

An academic, translator Indira Menon was awarded the Katha prize for the best translation from Malayalam to English in the year 2004.


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C T Indra

C T Indra taught at the University of Madras (1976-2008) and served as Professor and Head of the English Department from 1995 to 2007. She was also Chair of the School of English and Foreign Languages for some time. She was a Fulbright post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1980-81) and American Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1990).


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Prema Jagannathan

Prema Jagannathan is an Associate Professor of English (retired) and former Dean of Academic Affairs, Stella Maris College, Chennai. Her areas of interest include Indian Fiction, Bhakti Literature, Translation Studies and Communicative English. She is the author of The Mahabharata and Contemporary Indian Fiction, published by Prestige Books, New Delhi (2010). She has translated a few short stories, plays and non-fictional works from Tamil into English and vice versa.


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Prema Seetharam

Born and educated in Chennai, Prema Seetharam holds degrees in Chemistry, History, Library Science, and French. In collaboration with Uma Narayanan, she has translated literary fiction from Tamil and French into English. The Tamil-English translations include Lamps in the Whirlpool and When the Kurunji Blooms, both by Rajam Krishnan, as well as Ambai, Novellas and Essays.


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Uma Narayanan

Uma Narayanan is the co-translator of Lamps in the Whirlpool, her twelfth oeuvre in a varied collection of published works ranging from fictional to historical. She is passionate about bringing stories that engage her with new readers, and as a bilingual native of Chennai, Tamil to English translation came naturally to her. She has since expanded her repertoire to include French to English translation, after more than a decade as a librarian at the Alliance Française de Madras.


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Monica Sudhir Gupta

Monica Sudhir Gupta is a freelance writer, creative writing coach and a published author of Illuminating Darkness and Co-Editor of an anthology on spirituality, Pause and Pen-Whispers of the soul.


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Lakshmi Kannan

Lakshmi Kannan is a bilingual writer. She uses the pen-name 'Kaaveri' for her writings in Tamil. Her twenty-seven books in English and Tamil till date include poems, novels, short stories and translations. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing; Encounter (UK & USA);


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Kakoli G

Kakoli G, the co-founder of a speciality tea venture, Teamonk, is an ardent tea enthusiast. Having travelled to far flung tea plantations across the country , she certainly has an edge when it comes to knowing her brew. She likes to pen her thoughts on anything that catches her fancy. Be it tea, travel or tales from far-flung shores.


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Shyaonti Talwar

Shyaonti Talwar is an academician, writer and columnist. An Assistant Professor of English her areas of research interest include gender studies, women's writing, myths, archetypes and cultural studies.


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Ramakrishnan

Ramakrishnan is an Engineer-turned-literature-graduate pursuing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Madras. Equally fluent in English and Tamil, he indulges in creative writing and translation in both languages. This is his first published work of translation.


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Malini Seshadri

Malini Seshadri is a freelance writer, editor and translator with several years of experience in all these areas. She has translated several Tamil works into English for publication, including one dalit novel and several short stories. She has authored/co-authored several books including school text books on science and values education.


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Ashwini Shrivastava

Ashwini has been practising journalism for over 15 years. He is considered a credible resource person on India's governance, bureaucracy, anti-corruption and the Right to Information (RTI) Act-related subjects. Many of his stories, done on the basis of information obtained from RTI queries, have been raised in the Indian Parliament too.


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Kumar Gautam

Kumar Gautam is a teacher of Economics at The Lawrence School Sanawar in Shimla hills. He has written and campaigned for justice-related aspects of farm trade and issues relating to small farmers and farm workers.


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M L Sharma

M. L. Sharma was Central Information Commissioner from 2008 to 2013. During his tenure, he decided over 11,000 Second Appeals. As a Member of the Full Bench of the CIC, he authored many important decisions,


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Ferdinand Banshanlang Lyngdoh

Growing up in the 80s in Shillong, Ferdinand Lyngdoh Mawphlang was fed as many aphorisms as rice. A waterfall became a symbol of evil stepfathers, and a gurgling river signified the madness of a lover. The fascination with stories came of use when the author took over the task of completing the biography of his father Evansius Kek Mawlong, also the former Chief Minister of Meghalaya.


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Ranjita Biswas

Three times Katha Awardee, Ranjita Biswas is an independent journalist, author and translator of fiction from Assamese. Among her translated works, 'Written in Tears' won the Best Translation Prize in English from Sahitya Akademi in 2017 and 'The Loneliness of Hira Barua' bagged the PFC Valley of Words Award in 2021. Biswas is also an award-winning writer of children's fiction.


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Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Higher Education of Himachal Pradesh. He has taught in various government colleges in Himachal Pradesh and is presently posted in Govt Skt College Tungesh, District Shimla.


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E. Shailaja Nair

Shailaja Nair is an award-winning author who is happiest when she is lost in a world she has created, among her characters as they dance on her computer screen. A lover of literature and adventure tales, she is a major history buff.


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Devaki Nilayamgode

Born in Mookkuthala village of Malappuram district in Kerala in 1928, Devaki Nilayamgode began writing at the age of 70. In a terse, analytical manner she provides a graphic description of the village life of 1930s-40s in this book.


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Raj Gopal Singh Verma

Raj Gopal Singh Verma is a post-graduate in journalism and history with experience in the domain of Publicity, Publication and Public Relations in the Central and Uttar Pradesh Government. His first book Begum Samru ka Sach fetched him the prestigious Pandit Mahbeer Prasad Dwivedi Samman.


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Dr Shoma A Chatterji

Dr Shoma A Chatterji, Lifetime Achievement SAMMAN awardee from Rotary Metro City in 2012, is a freelance journalist, film scholar and an author who has been writing for forty years now. She has been on the jury at major film festivals and has presented papers at different conferences around the world.


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Jayshree M Sundar

During her 17 years at Lintas, Jayshree Sundar was known for her work with clients like Cadbury, Maruti Suzuki, ICI, Gillette, Parker, Xerox and Ponds. She went on to join Leo Burnett where she was President (North) for five years.


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Sahana Singh

An alumnus of Delhi Technological University, Sahana Singh made a career shift to writing and editing after moving to Singapore from India. Her articles have been published in The Reader's Digest, Washington Post, Discovery Channel Asia, The Straits Times, Swarajya, IndiaFacts and MyIndMakers.


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Anushka Dhar

Anushka Dhar, a sixteen year-old, is a blossoming Mumbai-based writer who strives to engage in mindful, progressive conversations. From being an A-grade student at school to a fierce and competitive sportsman on the court, this youngun likes to don many avatars.


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Anuj Dhar

A former journalist, New Delhi-based Anuj Dhar is well-known for his research and activism relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, especially the issue of his death. Through his efforts, Dhar has revived memories of Subhas Bose among millions around the world. Apart from regular TV appearances, Dhar has given talks in the IITs in Kanpur, Chennai, Mumbai, Kharagpur; Jadavpur University (Kolkata);


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Arunendra Nath Verma

Arunendra Nath Verma enjoys adding the spice of variety to make life delightfully savoury. A science student initially, he switched over to humanities for graduation. Then he changed course in 1961 to join the National Defence Academy and got commissioned in the Flying Navigator Branch of Indian Air Force in 1965. His interest in diverse fields later led to an MBA degree from Madras University besides a law degree from Delhi University.


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Bharat Dogra

Bharat Dogra is a journalist and author who has written extensively on environment, development and welfare issues for over four decades. His articles and reports on these issues have been published in leading newspapers and journals in India and abroad. He has received several prestigious awards for his writings in English and Hindi. His reports from several remote parts of the country on rural distress and struggles have been well received.


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Chandrachur Ghose

Chandrachur Ghose is a writer on economics, environment, history and politics. He has had a multi-disciplinary career spanning over two decades, having worked with one of the most well-known environmental organisations in India, an academic institute of global excellence and an economic research firm that is a trusted brand among Indian businesses. Ghose has worked on issues as varied as air pollution, food safety, agriculture, renewable energy, mining


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Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil Sharma is the author of India’s Football Dream. Nikhil also is the Founder CEO of zlait Sports Management, a New Delhi based sports management company. Nikhil has previously been Director of I-League club Shillong Lajong FC and was also an inception team member of Guwahati franchise of Indian Super League. Nikhil is passionate about sports, persistent about the sustainability & development of sports in an Indian context with a global approach.


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Nithin Sridhar

Nithin Sridhar is an Author, Speaker, and Journalist based in Mysuru, India. Though trained as a civil engineer and has worked in the construction field, his passion for culture and philosophy made him take a career change into journalism. He is currently the Editor of IndiaFacts, an online portal focused on Indian history, culture and philosophy. He is also the Editor of Advaita Academy which is focussed on the dissemination of the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.


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Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta is an Indian author, and right wing political analyst. He is also the communication advisor to Baba Ramdev and alumni ambassador of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, (United Kingdom) in India. In addition to India’s Football Dream Shantanu's recent work as an author has been about Uttar Pradesh and its government.


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Veena S Rao

Veena S Rao is a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the 1972 batch, Karnataka Cadre, with a distinguished career in Karnataka and Government of India. She retired as Secretary to Government of India, Ministry for the Development of the North Eastern Region. She is a post-graduate in Political Science from the University of Jammu and Kashmir, and in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. Before joining the IAS


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Dr. Anita Bakshi

Dr. Anita Bakshi is a doctor who works in Intensive Care for children. She grew up in Kashmir where she developed a great love for nature and loves to spend holidays in the mountains. She did her schooling and her medical education in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and worked there in the then Children’s Hospital getting a post graduate degree, MD in Pediatrics from the Government Medical College. She works in a Corporate Hospital in New Delhi.


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Prof. R. Ramachandran

It is often said that birth does not matter; however, in my case, I was fortunate to have born in an orthodox Brahmana family. It enabled me to understand Vedic Hinduism in its true ambience. At the same time, the mere context of birth could have left me like a frog in a well; that was avoided by exposure to Western style education and a career in the academic world in the area of social sciences.


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Trupti Jhaveri Panchal

Trupti Jhaveri Panchal is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her work encompasses teaching, fieldwork supervision, project co- ordination, research and training for the Post-Graduate Program in Social Work. She also leads the Resource Centre for Interventions on Violence Against Women & Special Cell for Women & Children to curate intervention models.


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Bill K Koul

Bill K Koul is a global citizen. As an engineering consultant, he has more than three decades of international work experience across the globe—in Australia, New-Zealand, South Asia, South America, Africa, Mongolia and China. His interests include philosophy, spirituality, nature and music. His hobbies include cricket, badminton, photography and long distance running.


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Shobha Warrier

Writer Shobha Warrier is an award-winning journalist(Villgro Journalist of the Year 2011) who is currently the Editorial Director of rediff.com. This is her second book in English, the first being The Little Flower Girl - Diary of a Journalist, an anthology of her diaries as a journalist.


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Basu Rai

Basu Rai is a child who grew up on the streets of Kathmandu in the '90s, with the high Himalayas as a backdrop and the sound of temple bells ringing in his ears. He was a little beggar then. Today, he is a successful motivator who helps other little children to get away from the streets, to go to school.
Basu has travelled the corridors of the world, to arrive finally at the country he identifies as his own—India.


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Dr Kusum Ansal

Dr Kusum Ansal is a novelist, short story writer, poet and travelogue narrator with 32 books to her credit. The movie Panchvati directed by late Basu Bhatacharya was based on her famous novel Uski Panchvati. The screenplay and dialogues of the movie were written by her. She has also written three serials for TV of which Titliyan was very popular. She is a recipient of several literary awards — 'Hindi Academy Sahityakar Samman'


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Nitin Sathe

Commissioned into the Indian Air Force in December 1984, Air Commodore Nitin Sathe has 30 years of distinguished service as a helicopter pilot. Author of Tsunami 2004: A Few Goodmen and the Angry Sea, Nitin Sathe currently heads a premier Services Selection Board for the IAF.


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Jimmy Mathew

Jimmy Mathew is a reconstructive microsurgeon and Professor at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi. He was part of the five- member surgical team that did India's first hand transplant, which was a double hand transplant.
His published works include The Stethoscope and the Scalpel and Blood, Sweat and Cheers! He has also published a book of memoirs in Malayalam


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Purnima Singh

Purnima Singh is a multi-faceted teacher with a special passion for writing on culture, politics and civilisational relation with the innate nature of Nature since her college days. She did her M Phil in Political Science from University of Delhi and PhD from CSJM, Kanpur University. Citing worldwide references and researches on contemporary politics, she has written extensively on Swadeshi movement and cultural nationalism.


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Manoj Yadav

MANOJ YADAV is an author in Business and Management genre. He holds MLE℠ title and is a president’s select member of ‘Leaders Excellence’, a business leader’s community at Harvard Square, Massachusetts, USA. He has numerous global professional certifications to his credits namely ITIL Foundation certified from AXELOS (UK), PMP certified from PMI (USA), ISO 9001:2015 certification from DNV GL (Norway), and is a trained CMMI professional.


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Nayna Yadav

Nayna is a Mumbai based Graphic Designer and Illustrator. She completed her post graduation in communication design at IDC IIT Bombay. Her interests include Graphic design, Illustration, short and longform narratives including zines and comics, Art and Design History and Pedagogy and lifestyle products. These days she is teaching University in the capacity of an assistant professor.


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Malavika Kapur

Prof Malavika Kapur is a Visiting Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru and former Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and has twenty books and over 100 publications to her credit.


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Kusum Choppra

Renowned writer, journalist, environmentalist, and an inspired reader, Kusum Choppra prefers to instill Feminism in her works like “Mastani”, “Nirbhaya & Others Who Dared”, “Beyond Diamond Rings”, “Silver Dreams” and “Rishtey”
Life’s lessons inculcated feminism in her, that with age, has acquired a depth that was earlier shallow; Journalism’s myriad demands exposed her to numerous experiences...


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Subroto Bandopadhyay

Subroto Bandopadhyay joined the Indian Air Force as a flying branch officer, a Navigator to be precise. Being highly qualified and thorough professional, he meticulously planned and actively participated in many multinational exercises involving friendly foreign countries. During his 26 year-long career, he had numerous opportunities to visit many countries around the world too.


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Shubira Prasad

Shubira Prasad is an educationist, writer, and an astrologer. She has done her graduation in Psychology (Hons.) and post-graduation in English literature. She was the Principal of an Air Force school in Punjab and a DAV school in Uttar Pradesh. She has been practising astrology for more than twenty years now. Shubira is deeply interested in the human psyche which gave birth to her interest in Psychology and Astrology.


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Sangita P Menon Malhan

Sangita P Menon Malhan is a Delhi-based pilot-turned-journalist-turned author. Her books include the award-winning 'The TOI Story: How a Newspaper Changed the Rules of the Game'; two collections of short stories in English and one collection of poems in Urdu. She teaches French and Spanish and is currently pursuing a degree in German. She keenly follows politics, the media, music and Art. Her dream is to ensure a safe world for women.


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Brisha Jain

When not reveling in maths and coding, Brisha pursues photography and classical singing with a vengeance. She roots for the marginalised and the forgotten, even as she strives to become a better version of herself. As the founder of a charitable initiative, Cov-Aid, Brisha spends most of her time in helping those impacted by the pandemic.


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CA Shshank Saurav

Shshank Saurav is a Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate. He has a distinguished academic career including All India 34th Rank in CA Final in November 2009 and All India 48th Rank in CA PE-II. He holds specialisation in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Anti Money-Laundering (AML) and Foreign Exchange & Treasury Management (FXTM).


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Swati Sarawagi

Swati Sarawagi is a passionate educator with 20 years of experience spanning from teaching in an NGO to an International School in Singapore. Her inspiration are two boys, Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) and Shivi, her 6-year old nephew; kids who are fascinating because of their curiosity, out-of-the-box thinking and their way of making connections. She is an MEd and MA in Psychology which helps her understand how a child’s mind works…wait! No one can ever tell how a child’s mind works.


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