2014 Speakers List

Festival Directors: Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple

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  • A. N. Wilson A.N. Wilson 2

    A.N.Wilson is the author of over 20 novels and many works of non-fiction. His latest book, The Potter’s Hand, is an historical fiction piece about Josiah Wedgwood. His recent book Dante in Love was published to critical acclaim, as was …

  • Adil Hasan Adil Hasan

    Having worked alongside commercial photographers while studying Economics in Mumbai, Adil Hasan finished his photographic studies in Auckland, New Zealand. A recipient of the media fellowship from the National Foundation of India, he now works as a photographer based in Delhi.…

  • Aditi Maheshwari Aditi Maheshwari 2

    Aditi Maheshwari is the Director at Vani Prakashan. Being third generation into the world of publishing, Aditi belongs to India’s one of the oldest publishing families, and aspires to publish and showcase the best of Indian literature globally.…

  • Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott Clark 2

    Former Foreign Correspondents based in South Asia with The Sunday Times of London and then the Guardian, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark won the One World award for foreign reporting in 2004, and in 2009 were made Press Journalists of …

  • Adrienne Clarkson Adrienne Clarkson 2

    The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson was Governor General of Canada for 6 years from 1999-2005. She had an illustrious career in broadcast journalism with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the public service as the Chair of the Canadian Museum of …

  • Ahmad Rafay Alam Ahmad Rafay Alam 2

    Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environment lawyer and activist.  He has taught at the University of Punjab and the Lahore University of Management Sciences and been a radio-show host, an op-ed writer and is an avid cyclist.  He is the …

  • Alex Watson alex watson

    Alex Watson is Preceptor in Sanskrit at Harvard University, Dept. of South Asian Studies.  He is author of The Self’s Awareness of Itself (2006) and, with Dominic Goodall and Anjaneya Sarma, An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation (2013).  When …

  • Alison Macleod Alison Macleod 2

    Alison MacLeod’s most recent novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin), was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize.  She is also the author of the novels The Changeling (Macmillan) and The Wave Theory of Angels (Hamish Hamilton), as well as the short story …

  • Amartya Sen Amartya Sen 2

    Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Philosophy, at Harvard University. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1998-2004. His many books include Choice,

  • Amish Tripathi Amish Tripathi 2

    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 has made him an overnight publishing phenomenon. His Shiva Trilogy — The Immortals of Meluha (2010), The

  • Amrita Tripathi amrita tripathi

    Amrita Tripathi is a senior news anchor with CNN-IBN, India. She has been a journalist for 10 years and is also a published author. Her debut novel Broken News was published in 2010. She is is a magazine columnist, is working on …

  • Anand Kumar Anand Kumar 2

    Professor Anand Kumar is well known for his expertise in political science and democracy media and communication and social thought and globalization. His experience includes teaching in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (19 Years), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (11 Years), …

  • Anand Neelakantan Anand Neelkantan 2

    Anand Neelakantan’s debut work Asura Tale of the Vanquished was a surprise bestseller of 2012. Anand’s second book Ajaya – Epic of Kaurava clan, Book I – Roll of the Dice is dominating best seller charts after its release on …

  • Anand Sachidanandan Anand 2

    Professionally an engineer, Anand (P. Sachidanandan) writes fiction and philosophical studies in Malayalam; some have been translated into English. India, where he has lived and travelled during his years in the government, is his canvas. His first novel, Alkoottam (Crowd)

  • Ananda Devi ananda devi

    Born in Mauritius, Ananda Devi began to make her mark in Mauritian literature when she won, aged 15, a prize at a short-story competition open to all Francophone countries. This marked the beginning of a long literary career that now …

  • Andrew Graham-Dixon Andrew Graham - Dixon 2

    Andrew Graham-Dixon is a leading art critic and presenter of arts television. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present.…

  • Anita Mani Anita Mani

    Anita Mani is the founder and editor of Child Friendly News, a fortnightly newspaper for 7 to 13 year olds. Her newspaper presents hard news for young minds in a child-friendly style and format that grips their attention.…

  • Anita Nair Anita Nair 2

    Anita Nair is the bestselling author of The Better Man, Ladies Coupe, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting and Cut Like Wound.  She was awarded the Central Sahitya Akademi award in 2013. Her books have been translated into 30 languages, …

  • Anita Roy Anita Roy 2

    Anita Roy is a writer and senior commissioning editor for Young Zubaan, the children’s and young adults imprint of Zubaan. Along with Samina Mishra, she has edited 101 Indian Children’s Books We Love.…

  • Ankit Chadha Ankit Chadha 2

    Ankit Chadha is a writer-storyteller who brings together literature, history and performance. His writing varies from Dastangoi presentations on Amir Khusrau and Kabir to modern adaptations of folk tales passed through oral tradition. Ankit works closely with educational institutions and …

  • Antara Dev Sen antara dev sen

    Antara Dev Sen is founder editor of The Little Magazine, the independent journal of ideas and letters, the first Indian magazine to focus on contemporary South Asian literature and offer it in English translation. Sen is also a literary …

  • Antony Beevor Antony Beevor 2

    Antony Beevor is the author of  Stalingrad, (Samuel Johnson and Wolfson Prizes); Berlin;  The Battle for Spain; D-Day; and The Second World War.  His books have appeared in thirty languages selling just over six million copies. …

  • Anupa Lal Anupa Lal

    Anupa Lal is a well know writer and storyteller. She has written over 20 books including picture books, collections of poems, mythology, folk tales and translations. She has also authored several children books which include a retelling of the Ramayana …

  • Anuradha Sharma Pujari Anuradha Pujari 2

    Anuradha Sharma Pujari is an influential Assamese journalist and author. Her first novel was Hriday Ek Bigyapan, which became popular among the youth of Assam.  She gained fame with her novel The Heart’s a Showbiz, which went on to be …

  • Anvita Abbi Anvita Abbi

    Anvita Abbi is a Professor of Linguistics, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Professor Abbi’s work on tribal and other minority languages of South Asia has been exemplary and has bagged several national and international awards. Her pioneering work on …

  • Arghya Lahiri Arghya Lahiri 2

    Arghya Lahiri has worked in the theatre for over fifteen years, primarily as a director and lighting designer. He is also a filmmaker and is one of the founding members of QTP Entertainment, Mumbai.…

  • Arjundeo Charan Arjun Deo Charan 2

    Dr. Arjundeo Charan is a well-known playwright, theater director and famous poet of Rajasthan. He has written many books on Rajasthani folk theatre and literary criticism on modern writings. He is working as Professor and Head of the Rajasthani Department …

  • Arshia Sattar Arshia Sattar 2

    Arshia Sattar’s translations of the Valmiki Ramayana (1996) and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara/ (1993) are published by Penguin Books as is her collection of essays on the Ramayana, Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish (2011) which was short-listed for the Crossword …

  • Artemis Cooper Artemis Cooper 2

    Artemis Cooper’s first book was A Durable Fire, an edition of the letters of her grandparents, Duff and Diana Cooper. Paris after the Liberation 1945-1949 (1994) was written with her husband, the historian Antony Beevor. Her biography of the …

  • Ashok Vajpeyi Ashok Vajpeyi 2

    Ashok Vajpeyi is a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist, is a major cultural figure of India. With more than 14 books of poetry, 10 of criticism in Hindi and 4 books on art in English to his credit, he …

  • Astad Deboo Astad Deboo 2

    Astad Deboo is synonymous with contemporary Indian Dance, a style that he pioneered at a time when innovations in Indian dance was not welcomed either by the indians or by the westerners. Astad’s dynamic career spans 44 years with performances …

  • Aunohita Mojumdar Aunohita portrait

    Aunohita Mojumdar is the Associate Editor of Himal Southasian, the only regional magazine of Southasia. Indian by birth she describes herself as Southasian by temperament. She has spent 24 years reporting on Southasia and before arriving in Kathmandu was based …

  • Bachi Karkaria Bachi Karkaria 2

    Bachi Karkaria is among India’s highly regarded journalists, and the first Indian on the World Editors Forum board. She is a popular columnist, author and media trainer, and a specialist in urban and social issues. She is festival director of …

  • Barnaby Rogerson Barnaby Rogerson

    Barnaby Rogerson’s most recent work is Rogerson’s Book of Numbers (stuffed full of mythology, superstitions, saints, deities, devils, heroes and ancient beliefs which we still engage with everyday). His day job is running Eland, home to over a hundred classic …

  • Barnett R. Rubin Barnett R. Rubin 2

    Barnett R. Rubin is Director of Center on International Cooperation of New York University. He is the author of Blood on the Doorstep: The Politics of Preventing Violent Conflict (2002), The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the

  • Bejan Matur Bejan Matur 2

    Bejan Matur’s first book, Rüzgar Dolu Konaklar, was published in 1996 and won several literary prizes. Her translated book How Abraham Abandoned Me was chosen by the Poetry Society as the ‘best translation of the year.’ She believes there …

  • Ben Anderson Ben Anderson 2

    Ben Anderson, the journalist who produced, filmed and wrote The Battle for Marjah, began his career as an undercover reporter. A veteran documentarian, Anderson has presented numerous films and series for the BBC and the Discovery Channel. In addition …

  • Benyamin Daniel Benyamin Daniel 2

    Benyamin Daniel has published ten books in Malayalam including five novels and three short story collections. His most famous work, Aadujeevitham (Goat Days), is a bestseller in Malayalam and the novel received the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 2009, …

  • Bhaichand Patel Bhaichand Patel 2

    Bhaichand Patel is the author of four books, Chasing the Good Life, Happy Hours, Penguin Book of Cocktails, and Bollywood’s Top Twenty: Superstars of Indian Cinema and his first novel published last May, Mothers, Lovers and Other Strangers. He …

  • Bharat Ola Bharat Ola 2

    Dr. Bharat Ola was born in 1963 in district Hanumangarh, Rajasthan. He writes poetry, short fiction and novels in Rajasthani. One of his short stories, Jiv Ri Jaat, is part of the senior school curriculum. He received the prestigious …

  • Bina Ramani bina ramani

    Bina Ramani’s numerous labels include, fashion designer, entrepreneur, restauranteur,
    social worker, agony aunt and socialite, but the real Bina Ramani comes candidly
    alive in her memoir, Bird in a Banyan Tree, her first book. Currently working with rehabilitation
    of …

  • Buket Uzuner Buket Uzuner 2

    Buket Uzuner won The Yunus Nadi Prize for her novel The Sound of Fishsteps (Bal?k ?zlerinin Sesi) in 1993 and her novel Mediterranean Waltz (Kumral Ada- Mavi Tuna) was awarded as the Best Novel of 1998 by the University of …

  • Carlos Rojas Carlos Rojas 2

    Carlos Rojas is Associate Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies at Duke University, in the US. He is the author, editor, and translator of seven books, including The Naked Gaze: Reflections on Chinese Modernity. His new book, The Sick Man

  • Carsten Jensen Carsten Jensen 2

    Carsten JensenIn received the prestigious Olof Palme Prize in 2010, awarded for his contribution to the defence of human rights. We, the Drowned has sold more than 300,000 copies in Scandinavia alone and was voted best Danish novel of the …

  • Chandra Prakash Deval Chandra Prakash Deval 2

    Chandra Prakash Deval is an eminent Rajasthani writer. He has written a number of poetry collections and short stories and translated world classics like Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. For his noted contribution in …

  • Chandrahas Choudhury Chandrahas Choudhury 2

    Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf, published in India in 2009, and in America in 2013 . His reviews appear in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he is also Fiction …

  • Cheryl Strayed Cheryl Strayed 2

    Cheryl Strayed is the author of the international bestsellers Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things as well as the critically-acclaimed novel Torch. Her writing has appeared in the Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, The

  • Chetana Sachidanandan Chetana Satchidanandan 2

    Chetana Sachidanandan, a scientist by profession, is passionate about understanding how the human embryo, that starts its life as a single cell in the mother’s womb, attains its incredible complexity. Her other love is the English language, not as a …

  • Chhavi Rajawat Chhavi Rajawat 2

    Sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat is the first woman Sarpanch (elected head) with an MBA in India, serving the village Soda in Rajasthan since 2010. Her focus is on addressing environmental, social and economic challenges in Soda, and she has invited global …

  • Chiki Sarkar Chiki Sarkar 2

    Chiki Sarkar is the publisher of Penguin Books India.…

  • CP Surendran CP Sir

    Mr. C.P. Surendran, Chief Editor, dna heads the editorial function across all locations of dna. Besides being a journalist, CP is also a poet and a novelist. His collections of verse include Gemini II (Penguin), Canaries of the Moon (Yeti) …

  • Cyrus Mistry Cyrus Mistry 2

    Cyrus Mistry began his writing career as a playwright, journalist and short-story writer. His play, Doongaji House, written when he was twenty-one, has acquired seminal status in contemporary Indian theatre in English. One of Mistry’s short stories, Percy, …

  • David Cannadine David Cannadine 2

    Sir David Cannadine FBA is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. He is the author of fourteen books, his most recent being The Undivided Past: History Beyond Our Differences. Sir David makes frequent appearances on radio and television …

  • Dayanita Singh dayanita singh

    Dayanita Singh has published eleven books: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent a Letter (2008), Blue Book (2009) Dream Villa (2010), Dayanita Singh (2010), House of Love (2011), and File …

  • Dipankar Gupta Dipankar Gupta 2

    Dipankar Gupta is currently a Distinguished Professor at Shiv Nadar University as well as Director of the Reserve Bank of India and Director of the National Bank for Rural Development. He has authored and edited 18 books, most recently Revolution

  • DK Taknet D.K. Taknet 2

    Dr DK Taknet is a well-known business historian and writer. Having written several coffee table books, he has been awarded scholarships and fellowships by premier institutions. He has avidly travelled and participated in international seminars and conferences and is associated …

  • Durga Prasad Agarwal Durga Prasad Agarwal

    A well-known educationist, Dr. Durgaprasad Agrawal is also a versatile and prolific author, columnist, editor, reviewer and translator of long standing. Dr. Agrawal is the winner of Rajasthan Sahitya Academi’s prestigious Kanahaiyalal Sahal Award for his valuable contribution to literature …

  • Ekta Kapoor Ekta Kapoor 2

    Ekta Kapoor is an Indian TV and film producer. She is the Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms Ltd.…

  • Emma Rothschild Emma Rothschild 2

    Emma Rothschild is Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University and a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. She is Director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard and at Cambridge. She is the author …

  • Esther Syiem Esther Syeim

    Esther Syiem teaches English Literature at the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong and has been working on Khasi Folk and Oral Literature. Some of her publications include Oral Scriptings (a poetry collection), Ka Nam (a Khasi play), of follies and frailties of wit

  • Farah Ghuznavi Farah Ghuznavi 2

    Farah Ghuznavi is a writer, columnist and development worker, published in Europe, North America and Asia. Her stories Judgement Day and Getting There received awards, and she is Commonwealth Writers’ writer in residence. Farah edited Lifelines for Zubaan Books, and …

  • Fariba Hachtroudi Fariba Hachtroudi 2

    Fariba Hachtroudi traveled clandestinely to Iran the end of 1985 to understand the daily life of her compatriots. Her first book L’Exilée,translated as “The Exiled” (re-edited in 2009 under the title of Khomeyni Express) is a document which relates partly …

  • Gaiutra Bahadur Gaiutra Bahadur 2

    Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning journalist and book critic. A former daily newspaper reporter, Gaiutra has spent much of her career telling the stories of immigrants and asylum seekers; she has reported from Baghdad, Iraqi refugee outposts in Syria and …

  • Gajra Kothari 284

    Gajra Kottary is an author and award winning scriptwriter. She has published two short story collections,  and a novel, Broken Melodies. In 2013 she has co-authored a Hindi novel Kora Kagaz. She has written the story/ screenplay for …

  • Ganesh Devy Ganesh Devy 2

    Ganesh N. Devy, formerly professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, is a renowned literary critic and activist.  He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for After Amnesia, and the SAARC Writers’ Foundation Award for his work with denotified tribals.…

  • Gautam Chakrabarti Gautam Chakrabarti 2

    Gautam Chakrabarti is an Assistant Lecturer and Research Fellow in English and Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he is also finishing a book on “Early Modern European Drama in India and the ‘Nātyaśāstra’ in Europe”. He is …

  • Geetanjali Shree Geetanjali Shree 2

    Geetanjali Shree, author of the award-winning and much translated novel Mai, is known for her inventive language, adventurous style and imaginative leaps. She engages with varied themes, such as Hindu-Muslim relations, terrorist violence, women’s friendships and loves and lives, …

  • Geoff Dyer Geoff Dyer 2

    Geoff Dyer lives in London and is the author of  four  novels, most recently, Jeff in Venice;  six  genre-defying titles, most recently, Zona (about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker); and two  collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes  and Working the

  • George Michell George Michell 2

    George Michell studied architecture and archaeology and divides his year between London, New York and Goa. For more than 20 years co-directed a documentation project at Hampi Vijayanagara in South India, on which he will be giving his illustrated talk. …

  • Gita Krishnankutty Gita Krishnankutty 2

    “Gita Krishnankutty has translated the works of numerous Malayalam
    writers, including M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Lalithambika Antherjanam, Paul
    Zacharia, Anand and Mukundan. She won the Crossword Award for
    translation for Anand’s Govardhan’s Travels and for Mukundan’s On the
    Banks of the

  • Gloria Steinem Gloria-Steinem-a

    Gloria Steinem is a writer, speaker and feminist organizer whose words and activism have been an organic part of the feminist revolution in her own and other countries. She is especially concerned with the linkage between gender restrictions and those …

  • Hari Ram Meena Hariram Meena

    Hari Ram Meena has written eight books in Hindi including collections of poems, travelogues, novesl, tribal discourses, and one edited book of tribal poems. He did lot of research work on Tribal issues after travelling to various areas including interior …

  • Harold Varmus Harold Varmus 2

    Harold Varmus is the author of over 350 scientific papers and five books, including a recent memoir titled The Art and Politics of Science. He was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, was …

  • Homi Bhabha Homi Bhabha 2

    Homi K. Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is a leading cultural and literary theorist and the author …

  • Hubert Védrine Hubert Vedrine 2

     

    Hubert Védrine served successively as a diplomatic advisor, spokesman and chief of staff of President François Mitterrand. He later became Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is the author of several books including: “Les Mondes de François Mitterrand“, (1996); “Atlas

  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 2

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known as a writer, broadcaster and campaigner for his uncompromising commitment to real food. As an award-winning journalist, food and cookbook writer, Hugh and his team of food experts run courses and events expounding the River …

  • Husain Haqqani Amb Husain Haqqani 2

    Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011. He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute in Washington DC and Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. He is …

  • Indrajit Hazra Indrajit Hazra 2

    Indrajit Hazra is a novelist and journalist living in New Delhi. Grand Delusions: A Short Biography of Kolkata, published in November 2013, is his first book of non-fiction. He writes the popular column, Red Herring, for Hindustan Times …

  • Indrajit Singh Rathore Indrajit-Singh-Rathore 2

    Indrajit Singh Rathore is a retired Indian diplomat living in Jaipur, having served as the Ambassador of India in Morocco, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Madagascar. He published Introspections on the Gita, which was launched at JLF in 2012, …

  • Irrfan Khan Irrfan Khan 2

    Irrfan Khan is from Jaipur, India.  His early film The Warrior was a huge hit in international film festivals, making Irfan Khan a noticed actor. His first Bollywood lead role came in the movie Rog.  He is married to …

  • Isabella Tree Isabella Tree 2

    Isabella Tree is a writer and journalist based in the UK. Her book The Living Goddess – a Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu is published by Penguin India (Feb 2014). Isabella is the author of three other non-fiction books. …

  • Ivan Vladislavic Ivan Vladislavic 2

    Ivan Vladislavic is the author of the novels Double Negative and The Restless Supermarket. Among his other books are Portrait with Keys, an account of life in Johannesburg, and The Loss Library, a reflection on writing (Seagull, …

  • Jack Turner Jack Turner

    Jack Turner is an Australian writer and broadcaster. He was educated at Melbourne and Oxford Universities, where he was MacArthur Foundation Research fellow in International Relations. He is currently working on a study of the cultural history of cooks, and …

  • Jason Burke Observer byline pics 20/12/2005Jason Burke

    Jason Burke is the South Asia correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books, the best seller al’Qaeda, On the Road to Kandahar and most recently, The 9/11 Wars, all …

  • Jerry Pinto Jerry Pinto

    Jerry Pinto has won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema for 2006 for Helen: the life and times of an H-Bomb (Penguin), The Hindu Lit for Life Award and The Crossword Award for Em and the Big

  • Jhumpa Lahiri Jhumpa Lahiri 2

    Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of three previous works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake and, most recently, Unaccustomed Earth. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and a …

  • Jim Al-Khalili Jim Al Khalili 2

    Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a professor of theoretical physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey. He has written a number of books, between them translated into over twenty languages, is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries …

  • Jim Crace Jim Crace 2

    Jim Crace became a Writer in Residence at the Midlands Arts Centre and in 1983 he directed the first Birmingham Festival of Readers and Writers. His first book, Continent (1986) won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize …

  • John Elliott John Elliott 2

    John Elliott has been a journalist in Asia since 1983, initially for The Financial Times and then for The Economist and Fortune magazine. Based in New Delhi, he writes a current affairs blogand his new book, IMPLOSION – India’s Tryst

  • John Makinson John Makinson

    John Makinson is Chairman of Penguin Random House, having previously been the Chairman and CEO of the Penguin Group.  John is Chairman of the National Theatre, as well as a director of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organisation.  He began …

  • John Ralston Saul John Ralston Saul 2

    The essayist and novelist, John Ralston Saul, is International President of PEN International. His philosophical trilogy – Voltaire’s Bastards, The Doubter’s Companion, The Unconscious Civilization, and its conclusion, On Equilibrium is read and taught around

  • Johny ML

    Johny ML is a writer, art historian, art curator and a prolific blogger. Having curated several high profile art shows and conducted art camps, he has also been part of researching contemporary art teaching practices in several small towns, colleges …

  • Jonathan Franzen Jonathan Franzen

    Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (How to Be Alone and Farther Away), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone) …

  • Jonathan Shainin Jonathan Shainin 2

    Jonathan Shainin is news editor of Newyorker.com. Shainin has previously worked with the The Caravan, where he served as senior editor since 2010.  Shainin was the founding editor of The Review, a supplement to The National in Abu Dhabi. …

  • Joseph O’Neill Joseph O'Neill jpg version

    Joseph O’Neill was born in Ireland and grew up in Africa, Asia, and Europe. He studied at Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London.  He is the author of Blood-Dark Track: A Family History, and three novels, most recently Netherland.

  • Justin Cartwright justin+cartwright+credit+Jaime+Turner

    Booker shortlisted Justin Cartwright is one of the finest novelists writing today.  His novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the …

  • Jyoti Kiran Shukla Jyotikiran 2

    Dr Jyoti Kiran Shukla is an academic, author and political activist based in Jaipur. Currently, she is the Spokesperson for BJP Rajasthan. As a professional economist she has taught and researched economics at various institutes, including NIT Nagpur & IDS …

  • Jørn Lier Horst Jorn Lier Horst

    Bestselling author Jørn Lier Horst is a Former Senior Investigating Officer from Norway and recently winner of the 2013 Glass Key award for the best Nordic Crime Novel. He made his debut in 2004 with the crime novel Key Witness

  • K S Radhakrishnan K.S Radhakrishnan 2

    Born in Kerala, K.S.Radhakrishnan studied sculpture at Kalabhavana, Santiniketan under the tutelage of eminent sculptors like Late Ram Kinkar Baij and Late Sarbari Roy Chowdhury. He imbibed the spirit of freedom of a work of art and a creative artist

  • K. C. Maloo KC Maloo

    K.C. Maloo was included in India Today’s 50 Prominent Personalities of India, and 10 of Rajasthan. He established the registered organization “Veena Kala Academy Sansthan” to promote and develop Rajasthani art, culture and music, and gave the concept for the …

  • K. R. Meera K R Meera 2

    K.R.Meera is an independent journalist and author in Malayalam. She has published five collections of short stories, two novella, five novels and two children’s novels. Penguin India brought out her stories titled Yellow Is The Colour Of Longing in 2011 …

  • Kaajal Oza Vaidya Kaajal Oza Vaidya 2

    Kaajal Oza Vaidya is a renowned thinker, writer, and columnist. In a short span of 7 years she has published 56 books which include a gamut of novels, short stories, translations, essays, plays, and collections of poetry, along with 4 …

  • Kalyani Shankar Kalyani Shankar 2

    Kalyani Shankar is a political commentator and a columnist. She is the author of four books: Pandora’s Daughter, Gods of Power, India and the United States—Politics of the Sixties, and Nixon Indira and India. She lives in Delhi …

  • Kavita Singh Kavita Singh

    Kavita Singh is an art  historian who teaches at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Her early research was on picture storytelling traditions in India, focusing on Bengali balladeers and Rajasthani epic singers. …

  • Kazi Anis Ahmed K. Anis Ahmed 2

    Kazi Anis Ahmed is the author of Good Night, Mr Kissinger, a collection of short stories. His short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is the publisher of the Dhaka Tribune, a new national daily …

  • Kiku Adatto Kiku Adatto 2

    Kiku Adatto is an award-winning teacher at Harvard University, a scholar in residence at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, and a noted author and commentator on art, popular culture and civic life. Her first children’s book, Babayan and the

  • Kishwar Desai Kishwar Desai

    Kishwar Desai’s first novel, Witness the Night, won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010, was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Award, and longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, amongst many others. She is an author and columnist …

  • Kumar Galhotra Kumar Galhotra 2

    Kumar Galhotra became vice president, Engineering, Ford Motor Company on August 1, 2013. In this global role, Galhotra is responsible for the engineering of all cars, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles for Ford and Lincoln brands.  Between 2005 and 2008, …

  • Lara Feigel Lara Feigel 2

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    He is the author of …

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    Raj Kundra is British Asian, born and bred in London. He is co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals cricket team amongst many other ventures across the globe, and is an active philanthropist and sports lover. How Not to Make Money is …

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    Rana TS Chhina served in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot. A recipient of the prestigious Macgregor Medal for best military reconnaissance in 1986, he had the distinction of carrying out the highest landing in the world by …

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    Rana Dasgupta moved to Delhi to write in 2001. His first novel, Tokyo Cancelled, appeared in 2005 and was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. Solo (2009) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His latest book, Capital, is …

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    Rana Mitter is Director of the China Centre and Professor of the History and Politics of China at the University of Oxford. His most recent book is China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (Penguin), chosen as a …

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    Dr. Rani Dhavan Shankardass, historian and social scientist, is Secretary General of PRAJA (Penal Reform and Justice Association) India and Honorary President of PRI (Penal Reform International). She has authored several books and currently works on penal reform issues internationally. …

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    Ravi Venkatesan is the former Chairman of Microsoft India and currently Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a network of engaged philanthropists addressing social problems through venture philanthropy. Ravi is the author of a newly released and critically acclaimed book …

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    Ravish Kumar is an Indian TV anchor and journalist. He hosts many programs on NDTV including the well known ‘Prime Time’, ‘Hum Log’ and ‘Ravish Ki Report’. He was recently honored with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year (Broadcast).…

  • Ray Monk Ray Monk

    Ray Monk is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton. In 1990, he published Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Duff Cooper Award. This was followed by a two-volume …

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    Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  He is also the author of How to Win

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    Richard Holmes, OBE, FRSL, FBA is a British author and academic best known for his biographical studies of major figures of British and French Romanticism.  His group biography of scientists and poets, The Age of Wonder (2009) was chosen as Time Magazine’s No.1 Non-Fiction title …

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    Rivka Galchen lives in New York City and writes regularly for The New Yorker, which selected her as one of The New Yorker‘s “20 under 40″ American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel, the prize-winning Atmospheric Disturbances, …

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    Robert D. Blackwill is the former deputy assistant to the president, deputy national security adviser for strategic planning, and presidential envoy to Iraq under George W. Bush. U.S. Ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. He is the author of …

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    Robyn Davidson has traveled extensively, living in London, New York, and India. In the early 1990s, she migrated with and wrote about nomads in northwestern India. She is now based in Melbourne, but spends several months a year in the …

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    Romesh Gunesekera’s Booker shortlisted novel, Reef, will have its 20th anniversary in 2014. Penguin India will celebrate the occasion with a relaunch of his first three books, together with his latest, Noontide Toll. Recently he was a judge …

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    Ru Freeman’s creative and political writing has appeared internationally in English and translation including into Sinhala and Farsi. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, both of which have been translated …

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    Ruchira Gupta, founder-President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, is an Emmy-winning journalist, feminist activist, and policymaker who has worked for over 30 years to end human trafficking and empower marginalized girls and women. She is also a professor at New …

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    Rupleena Bose has achieved moderate success at her lifelong ambition to do everything all at once. So when she is not teaching English Literature to unsuspecting Delhi University students, not publishing academic articles, not writing scripts for National Award winning …

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    Sabrina Dhawan’s credits as screenwriter include Monsoon Wedding, Kaminey, Ishqiya etc.. She is an Associate Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She is currently working on a feature adaptation of the documentary, The Bengali Detective, for …

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    Sachin Kundalkar is a Marathi film director and screenplay writer. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards, as a director for Nirop and as a screenwriter for Gandha, the first Marathi film to win the Best Screenplay award since the category’s institution in …

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    Sahil Farooqi had the lead role in Krapp’s Last Tape, directed by Danish Husain. The play was presented to a receptive audience at the Habitat Centre and was selected for the Kerela Theatre Festival in November 2012. Recently he …

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    Salma is a well-known name to readers of contemporary Tamil literature. With two volumes of poetry, Oru Maalaiyum Innoru Maalaiyum (One Evening and Another Evening) and Pacchai Devadai (Green Angel), a novel, Irandaam Jaamangalin Kadhai, …

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    Sanjoy K Roy established Teamwork in 1989, a versatile production house with widespread interests in the performing and visual arts, social sector, films and television. He has received the National Award for Excellence and Best Director, for the film `Shahjahanabad.’  …

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    Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at UEA, is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Her journalism has been published widely, she comments regularly …

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    Shazia Ilmi is a member of the National Executive Committee  and a prominent spokesperson of the Aam Aadmi Party.

    Shazia Ilmi has been a keen spokesperson for the ‘India Against Corruption’ movement led by the veteran Activist Anna Hazare. She …

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    Shekhar Pathak taught in Kumaun University, and has been a Fellow at IIAS, Shimla and NMML, New Delhi. He is the coordinator of PAHAR and Vice President of World Mountain People Association (WMPA) and has authored and edited many books …

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    Shereen El Feki is the author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World(Random House, 2013).Shereen started her career in medical science, with a doctorate in immunology from the University of Cambridge, before going …

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    Shobit Arya is the founder and publisher of Wisdom Tree, an award-winning independent Indian publishing organisation. He has conceptualised several acclaimed books including India: The Future is Now, edited by Shashi Tharoor and with contributions by Indian young parliamentarians; the …

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    Shovon Chowdhury is a Delhi-based amateur humourist. His blog, India Update, has horrified nearly 200,000 people. He is also the creator of The Trilokpuri Incident, an investigation into something that everyone seems to have forgotten. He has completed one novel, …

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    After a career spanning 34 years in the Indian Foreign Service,  Shyam Saran was appointed India’s Foreign Secretary in 2004 and held that position till his retirement from service in September 2006.  Currently, Shyam is Chairman of the National Security …

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    Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi’s debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, won the Betty Trask Award (UK), the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), and was nominated for the IMPAC Prize (Ireland). Shanghvi’s second novel, The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay, short-listed …

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    Simantini Rangey Raghav is a well-known Hindi poet and translator. She has translated the major work of her father, the classic Hindi writer Rangey Raghav along with Ashok Shastri, a well-known Hindi writer. She has also directed plays and has …

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    Somnath Batabyal worked for a decade in journalism, covering crime and criminality, hobnobbing with politicians and policemen, before entering the quieter world of Western academia. His first book, Making News in India: Star News and Star Ananda, was published in …

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    Suhel Seth is Managing Partner of Counselage, India’s only strategic brand advisory. Suhel is a columnist, author and a television commentator. He is also deeply committed to philanthrophy and sits on the boards of Pratham UK, Akshay Patra, Max Foundation …

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    Dr. Suman Sahai, with a distinguished scientific career, received the Padma Shri, the Borlaug Award for “outstanding contribution to agriculture and the environment” and the Order of the Golden Ark for “nature conservation”. She is a member of national policy …

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    Sundeep Bhutoria is a culturalist, social activist, author, columnist and wild life enthusiast. His love for art and culture has him organizing cultural programs of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, holding art exhibitions of established and new painters, promoting …

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    Sunil Khilnani is a Professor of Politics, and Director of King’s College, London India Institute. He is also known for his book The Idea of India. He was a 2010 Berlin Prize Fellow.…

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    Supriya Nair is an editor with The Caravan, a magazine of narrative journalism, in New Delhi. Previously a staff writer with Mint newspaper, she writes about books, publishing, sports and urban India. Her work has also appeared in Open, Vogue …

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    Taiye Selasi is an award-winning author, photographer and filmmaker. Her debut novel, the New York Times bestseller Ghana Must Go, has been sold in 16 countries and heralded as a “once in a generation debut.” In 2013 Selasi was …

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    Tanessa Puri began working as a Junior Journalist for DNA Ya! in 2009. Her poem on the Nirbhaya Rape Case got her to ‘The Swami Vivekananda Excellence Award Ceremony’ organized by the CBSE, held in Delhi, in the year 2012. …

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    Tash Aw is the author of three novels, The Harmony Silk Factory, Map of the Invisible World and Five Star Billionaire, which have won the Whitbread and Commonwealth Prizes and twice been longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize; they …

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    Urvashi Butalia is a publisher and writer. Co-founder of Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house, she is now Director of Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. Among her published works are Speaking Peace: Women’s Voices from Kashmir (edited) and …

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    Vaidehi, a welknown Kannada writer and poet, hails from Kundapura, a small town in Udupi Dt., Karnataka. Her work spans over 39 publications of short stories, poems, novels, translations, biographies, and children’s dramas. Her short story Akku is now a …

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    Vamsee Juluri is a Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco. His latest book is Bollywood Nation: India through its Cinema (Penguin India) and narrates the story of modern India and its self-perception through the stories of …

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    Vanita Kohli Khandekar is a media & entertainment specialist. She is also a writer & columnist for reputed dailies like Business Standard & Mid-Day. She has authored the book The Indian Media Business (now in its 4th edition). She has …

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    Vartika Nanda is a media trainer, gender communicator, voice of women empowerment and a media traveler. She has devoted herself to media teaching, training and creating awareness towards the issues of crime against women through media and literature.…

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    Ved Mehta is the author of twenty-seven acclaimed books of fiction and non-fiction. He was born in 1934 in Lahore and educated largely in the US and England. A staff writer on The New Yorker from 1960 to 1993, he …

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    Vidya Dehejia, Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian Art at Columbia University, is author of a range of books on the history of Indian art that include Yogini Cult and Temples, Discourse in Early Buddhist Art, and The Body

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    Born in India, Vikas Khanna learned to cook from his grandmother and opened his own catering company at age seventeen. After apprenticing under the most renowned chefs of India, he moved to the United States in 2000 and has worked …

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    Vikram Chandra is the author of Mirrored Mind, Sacred Games, Love and Longing in Bombay, and Red Earth and Pouring Rain. His honours include the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), the Crossword Prize, and the Salon Book …

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    Vikram Nair is a post-graduate in History from Delhi University. He has been self-employed for most of his life and is, in fact, a serial entrepreneur of sorts because not many people agreed to employ him. Presently, he is the …

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    Vishwajyoti Ghosh is a graphic novelist and has curated This Side That Side, an anthology on Partition with graphic narratives from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh.  A member of the PAO Collective, Ghosh is also the author of the critically acclaimed …

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    Vivek Tejuja is an avid blogger who breathes, eats and talks only books. He has been reading since he was five and it is more than an obsession now. He is constantly looking for new opinions on reading and is …

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    Yashwant Sinha is an Indian politician and a former finance minister of India (1990–1991) under Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar and March 1998 – July 2002 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and foreign minister (July 2002 – May 2004) in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet. He is a senior leader of the Bharatiya …

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    Leading author Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. Her novels Love Life, Husband and Wife, Late Family (Thera) and The Remains of Love have received critical acclaim and have been bestsellers in several countries. Shalev has been awarded …

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