Anukrti Upadhyay has post-graduate degrees in Management and Literature, and a graduate degree in Law. She writes in both English and Hindi. She stunned readers and critics alike with the twin novellas Daura and Bhaunri in 2019 and delighted Hindi readers with the shortstory collection Japani Sarai. A third novel in English, Kintsugi, is her latest work. A short novel in Hindi is to be published in September 2020 as well. A volume of short stories in English will be published by HarperCollins in July 2021. Short stories in both and English and Hindi have appeared in prestigious literary journals.
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Arun Maira has an unusual combination of hands-on leadership experience in the private sector, in government and in the social sector. He was a member of India’s Planning Commission from 2009-14. He is a thought-leader on processes of institutional transformation. He is the author of several books, including Transforming Systems: Why the World Needs a New Ethical Toolkit, and Listening for Well-Being: Conversations with People Not Like Us. Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of the novels Arzee the Dwarf, Clouds, and Days of my China Dragon, and editor of the anthology India: A Traveller's Literary Companion. He is also a Creative Writing mentor at the University of Iowa's Summer Institute programme and Honourary Distinguished Professor at KR Mangalam University. Easterine Kire has written nine novels and novellas, winning the Hindu Prize in 2015 and Tata Book of the Year in 2017 and the Sahitya Bal Puraskar in 2018. She has also published a number of poetry volumes and children’s books. Kire holds a Phd from Poona University. Kabir Bedi’s credits include starring with Michael Caine in Ashanti and Roddy McDowell in Thief of Baghdad and playing the title role in the Italian film The Black Pirate (Il Corsaro Nero). On American television, he has acted in Highlander, Murder She Wrote, Magnum, PI, Dynasty and many HBO mini-series. On stage, he starred in John Murrell’s Taj at the Luminato Festival in Canada and MM Kaye’s Far Pavilions in London’s West End. In India, he has done close to 70 Bollywood films, famously starring with Rekha in Khoon Bhari Maang. Bedi lives with his wife Parveen Dusanj, a producer, in Mumbai.
Anukrti Upadhyay and Anu Singh Choudhary in conversation
Anukrti Upadhyay – critically-acclaimed author of 'Daura', 'Bhaunri' and 'Japani Sarai' – is that rarest of writers, working with equal ease across languages, including Hindi and English. She speaks with celebrated author and screenwriter Anu Singh Choudhary, who too writes widely in Hindi and English, about what it means to work, imagine, and create through different languages and mediums. They also discuss Anukrti's new English novel 'Kintsugi', set between Jaipur and Japan as well as the mega-successful web series 'Aarya' co-written by Anu Singh Choudhary.