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Aarti Patel

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Aarti Patel

Actress - Producer - Writer - RJ - Mom - Avid - Reader & Coffee Lover.

Studied MSc with statistics but God Knows why persuing performing arts.

Working in this media since 1984.(OOPs- You got my Age)

Have Produced more than 25 serials 70 Documentaries for DDK, ISRO DECU, Satellite Channels & Information Department.

Have Produced 2 regional films & got many state awards for the same. Third film LOVE NI BHAVI releasing soon.

Doing Radio Show Zindagi Express on MY FM, written and narrated more than 1000 stories. The Show has won IRF Award for 2016.

Spending All Money on Books Films DVDs and Coffee...That's me...

Facebook - Instagram - Twitter: @aartivyaspatel

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Abnish Singh Chauhan

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 Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan (1979) teaches English at SRM University, Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana. He is a bilingual poet, critic, translator and editor (Hindi and English). He has some significant books to his credit, namely: The Fictional World of Arun Joshi: Paradigm Shift in Values, Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches, Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study, William Shakespeare: King Lear, Functional Skills in Language and Literature and Functional English. His deep interest in translation prompted him to translate thirty poems of B S Gautam Anurag under the title Burns Within from Hindi into English and some poems of Paddy Martin from English into Hindi. Besides Harivansh Rai Bachchan Yuva Geetkar Samman (2013) for his Hindi poetry collection Tukada Kagaz Ka from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow, U.P., he is the recipient of Pratham Kavita Samman (2011) from Kavita Kosh (www.kavitakosh.org), Book of the Year Award (2012) from the Think Club, Michigan, USA, Srajnatmak Sahitya Puraskar (2013) from Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Navankur Puraskar (2014) from Abhivyakti Vishwam, Sharjah, UAE, etc. He is the managing editor of a literary e-journal Creation and Criticism (English) and editor of a literary e-magazine Poorvabhas (Hindi). He can be contacted at < href="mailto:abnishsinghchauhan@gmail.com">abnishsinghchauhan@gmail.com.

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Akshay Dave

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"Akshay Dave is one of the emerging and promising name in Gujarati language  poetry. He graduated from Ahmedabad University with commerce and is MBA in Finance, persuing CA.

He is founder member of APWAD (Page dedicated to literature,music and art). His work has appeared in gujarati language magazines and has recited poetry in Gujarati Kavi Sammelan and Mushairas.

Apart from poetry he writes short stories and works as lyricist due to his affection towards music."

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Anil B. Mandhania

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Anil B. Mandhania is a Poet and successful businessman. As a Plastics Engineer by profession and qualification and a first generation entrepreneur, he has established full fledged factory for manufacturing of Innovative PET Bottles and Jars. His clients include some of the big names in retail industry.

He is a very passionate poet who mainly writes in Hindi. His two published books , ‘ Mahke Har Jivan’ and Deep Jalte Rahen’  primarily on the subjects of Humanity have  been appreciated and received very well by the readers.

He sings also and  his two CDs have been recorded on the songs of Shri Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and the State of Gujarat.

He is a regular cyclist and an International Traveller who has travelled to more than 40 countries till date. He lives in Ahmedabad with Yoga Teacher wife and retired parents. His lawyer daughter has studied and settled in USA.

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Anil Chavda

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Anil Chavda is a young and renowned Gujarati language poet who has received numerous awards from Gujarat and other state governments. For his Ghazal sangrah (collection) Sawar Laine, Delhi Sahitya Academy awarded him with the 'Yuva Gaurav Puraskar' in 2014. For the same sangrah, he was also awarded by the Gujarati Sahitya Academy. He writes the column 'Manni Mausam' in 'Ravi Purti' in the Sunday edition of Sandesh (a Gujarati Daily), and also contributes regularly for the 'Samvedna Samaj', a monthly magazine. Anil has written many books, notable among them are Savar Laine, Ek Hati Varta, Meaningful Journey, Ambedkar Jivan Ane Chintan, and Vees Pancha. He has also edited books such as Shabd Sathe Maro Sambandh, Prem Vishe, Sukh Dukh Mari Dristiye, Akash Vavnara, and Aachare Te Acharya besides translation of several books.
His poems are a part of the syllabus of Gujarat Secondary Education Board. Anil has read his poetry at the Gujarati Poetry programs in many cities and states in the USA such as California, Dallas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania etc. He also read his poetry at the University of Florida and was a special invitee for the 'Chalo Gujarat-2015' organised in the USA.

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Annu Kapoor

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Annu Kapoor (born 20 February 1956) is an Indian film actor and television presenter best remembered for hosting the vocal reality show Antakshari from 1993 to 2006 and his roles in Vicky Donor (2012) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). He received Filmfare award as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vicky Donor.

Annu Kapoor was born in Itwara, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on 20 February 1956, to Madanlal, a Punjabi father and Kamal, a Bengalimother. His father owned a travelling Parsi theatre company which performed in cities and towns, and his mother was a poet and a trained classical singer. His grandfather Dr Kripa Ram Kapoor was a doctor in the British Army and his great grandfather Lala Ganga Ram Kapoor, a revolutionary who was executed during the Indian freedom struggle.

Due to poor financial circumstances, he had to quit school following secondary education. With a salary of ₹ 40, his mother worked as a teacher. On his father's insistence, he joined his theatre company. Following a stint there, he joined National School of Drama in 1976, after his brother Ranjit Kapoor, who was already a student there insisted. After graduating from the National School Of Drama and a brief stint with its repertory company, in 1981, he played a 70-year-old man in the play Ek Ruka Hua Faisla in Bombay (now Mumbai). Film director Shyam Benegal who saw Kapoor perform, sent him a letter of appreciation and signed him for his 1983 film, Mandi.

Annu Kapoor began his career as a stage actor in 1979 and was noticed in 1982's Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, directed by basu chatterjee and written by elder brother Ranjeet. Annu made his film debut in Mandi (directed by Shyam Benegal) in 1983. His career has spanned over 30 years, including Bollywood cinema, television serials and game shows. Kapoor is best remembered for hosting the singing show Antakshari – The Great Challenge (later renamed Close-up Antakshari), produced by Zee TV. His performance as an obsessive-compulsive sperm-bank physician in 2012's Vicky Donor met with critical and popular acclaim. He worked in horror TV serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989)as a cop who fond of singing.Kapoor has also appeared in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.

In 2007, Antakshari – The National Challenge was relaunched on Star One. The previous year, its "final" episode was telecast; the programme's initial run was from 1993 to 2006. His range of roles varies from portrayal as Saint Kabir in DD National TV serial of the same name, as Mahatma Gandhi in 'Sardar' and Veer Savarkar in 'Kaala Pani', to police inspector in '7 Khoon Maaf', a petty thief in 'Utsav' to comedic villain in 'Hum'.

The Golden Era - With Annu Kapoor on the Mastiii channel is a nostalgia TV show about Indian cinema, ornated with classical era's Hindi film songs and commentary by Annu Kapoor on unheard tales of Bollywood Cinema's Legends.

Currently, he does a radio programme on 92.7 Big FM called "Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM". It's a daily show that features Nationally on the radio networks covering all Hindi speaking radio stations across the country. He recreates the magic of the Golden era with unforgettable melodies of that era and untold stories of the stars and films of the Hindi Cinema. The show comes with the tagline "Filmy Duniya Ki Kahi Ankahi Kahaniya".

More details can be accessed  from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annu_Kapoor

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Anuja Chandramouli

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Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and widely regarded as one of the finest writers in mythological fiction and fantasy. She followed up her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, which was named as one of the top 5 sellers in the Indian writing category for the year 2012 by Amazon India with Kamadeva: The God of Desire, Shakti: The Divine Feminine,Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel, Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch.  Her articles, short stories and book reviews appear in various publications like The New Indian Express, The Hindu, and Femina. Her latest books are Kartikeya: The Destroyer’s Son, Prithviraj Chauhan: The Emperor of Hearts and Padmavati: The Burning Queen.

An accomplished orator and storyteller, Chandramouli regularly conducts workshops on creative writing, mythology and empowerment in schools and colleges across the country. This happily married mother of two little girls, credits caffeine and cake for her writing prowess.

Email: anujamouli@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @anujamouli

Website: www.anujachandramouli.com

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/authoranujachandramouli/

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Arthur Duff

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Arthur Duff has been appointed as Professor & Area Chair for Furniture Design at CEPT University. He has joined the University in this new role from 1 May 2015.

The new M. Des. in Furniture Design addresses the growing need in the market for designers well versed in industrial methods of furniture design and manufacturing. The program will provide a strong interface between design and industry for preparing professionals who can address the demand for high quality furniture. 

Arthur Duff has over 25 years’ experience in architecture, interior design, and design and manufacturing of furniture and other products. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture (formerly School of Architecture), CEPT University. After completing his studies, he worked for Anant Raje and Kiran Pandya and spent 10 years in India. Returning to Ireland he co-founded the Duff-Tisdall Design Studio where Architecture, Interiors and Furniture design are practiced in an integrated manner.  He also established a manufacturing company to produce in-house designs, and opened a number of retail outlets to sell various designed and commissioned products.
 
Prof. Duff’s commitment to design education is reflected in his years of work as lecturer, advisor and examiner with a number of the main Irish Design institutions. He is past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (MIDI) and a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (MRIAI). In response to the Irish market crash of 2008 he set up the Malthouse Design Center as a resource base for young designers focusing on bringing their ideas to the market. For several years he represented Ireland at trade missions to Italy and China. He has exhibited in 100% Design on numerous occasions and currently has product on show in the Irish Pavilion, Expo, Milan and in the State Apartments, Dublin Castle.

As the area chair for Furniture Design, Prof. Duff will be responsible for program development, preparing and reviewing curriculum for the program, academic leadership of the area, and mentoring faculty members in the area. He will also interface with internal and external collaborators to develop the program synergistically.

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Arvind Vegda

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Arvind Vegda

Top performers take action now, they move, they execute

Name : Arvind Vinodkumar Vegda
Address : E 32, Maganlal Park Society, Nr. Ranip Police station ,
Radhaswami Road, Ranip, Ahmedabad – 382780
Ph: 079-27521598
Mobile : +91-9825072038
Email : arvindvega@gmail.com
Birth Date : 05th October, 1974
Native Place : Village Shiyani -Limdi, Gujarat
Place of Birth : Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Education Qualification : B.com

Current Occupation : Singer / Performer / Music Composer / Entrepreneur
,who has been a part of Gujarati Folk music for the past fifteen years now!

Propwriter :
Vega Aircon & Refrigeration Systems ( Air-conditioning System Designer / Sales & Service )
42, 4th Floor, Aalishan Complex, Stadium Road, Nr. Sardar Patel Statue ,
Naranpura, Ahmedabad
Ph: 079-40329116

Email : vegaaircon@gmail.com
Founder & Vice President
GIFA – Gujarati Iconic Film Award
Arvitel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
42, Jupiter House, Opp. Jade Blue , Maninagar Cross Road, Station Road,
Maninagar -Ahmedabad

Executive President
Gujarati Film Fraternity,
( An Association of Guajarati Film Industry )

Director
Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Natak Akadamy
Office : Block no. 9, First Floor, Dr. Jivraj Mehta Bhavan, Gandhinagar – 382010
Ph : 079-23254552

Past President ( Chapter President Year 2012-2013)
ISHRAE – Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers
Ahmedabad Chapter ( An Indian Association of HVAC & R Professionals )

Past BOG Member
ASHRAE - American Society of Heating , Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers ( An International Association of HVAC & R Professionals)
Western India Chapter

Very versatile and a singer with a strong persona, he is a singer and performer in Gujarati RaasGarba and has his own troop that performs in various states & counties including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. USA , UK , Australia . His music is an integration of North Gujarati, Kachcchi, Central and South Gujarati folk styles which is backed with the tunes of latest musical and acoustic instruments which adds much more melody to his music.

Recently Mr. Arvind Vegda started his own business called Block buster Pictures LLP which covers Audio Production ,Corporate Film and Gujarati Film Production.Every year Mr. Arvind Vegda performs in more than 150 shows amusing music lovers country wide.

He is the Singer , Performer , Music Composer of the Most Popular Gujarati Video Album “ BhalaMori Rama – Bhai Bhai” which sold more than 20 lakhs DVD's across the globe. Till date the tune is played quite a lot of times on all local cable channel acquiring more than 1cr views online on various audio video websites.
Presently, under his own banner Mr. Arvind Vegda is on floors with his self produced Gujarati film called 'KyareJaishuPattaya' in which he plays multiple roles,; he is the lead actor, has given it a melodic composition and has sung the song.

In the Year 2017 he sung most popular Title Track “ Aayo Maro Superstar of the Film SuperStar “ Also sung Title Track of “ Lapte “ which are already being super hit . Upcoming songs are from the Film “ Tambooro “ title Track . “ Aavu Thaya Kare Yaar” & “ Babaal” “ Bhag Romio Bhag” “Dikara Rakhje Vardhi ni LaaJ”

He has sung & Featured in the Theme song of Cinematic Tourism 2017 by Gujarat Tourism “ Gujarat Filmy Che” Conceptualize by Movie Pixles Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Manish Bardiya
The movie 'Fan' by Yash Raj Films marked his debut in Bollywood with his gujarati version of the Fan Anthem called Jabro Fan. The famous Gujarati film 'Superstar that released in February 2017, was also given the voice of Mr. Arvind for the title track which found much acclaim. He also lately sung the title track for the film 'Lapet'
Mr. Arvind Vegda has been awarded for the Most Popular Gujarati Album Of the Year 2011-12 for “ Bhala MoriRama – Bhai Bhai” by 11th Trans Media Gujarati Screen & Stage Award InMumbai.

Selected and featured my profile in India’s first Speaking Coffe Table Book “ Who’s Who of the industry – Gujarat “ by Unified Brainz of india .... Out of 105 Personality from Gujarat State.

He was appointed by Our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi for an Election Campaign of Bhartiya Janata Party – Gujarat Pradesh through RadioJingles , Video Songs , Road Shows and Live Shows.

He won accolades for the “ Real Diamond-2" of Gujarat in 2013 as the most popular Singerand performer by AIDS NEWSLINE Magazine. He was the Winner of the prestigious Award " Legends of Limbadi" for being the PopularPerformer of Gujarat.

Mr. Arvind was also a part of BIGG BOSS season 9 where he performed in the launch episode with Mr. Salman Khan. He has been awarded for the title" Longest Entertainer Song of the Year" by the 2nd Achiever's Awards (GIAA-2016). Apart from this he has bagged many more of such prestigious awards such as the Popular Celebrity Actor by Cine Life Award in the year 2015-2016.

The list goes non-stop with him having won nine Gauravvanta Gujarati Awards including the year 2016 as an honour towards his triumph in the Music Industry &for successfully making a remarkable place in Bollywood with the song Jabro Fan.

Not just that but he has also been honoured with anAward of Excellence-Peace Ambassador by World Peace & Diplomacy Organization in 2016.
Mr. Arvind was nominated under the Category of best playback singer for “PreetnaSaugandh” in Red Carpet Cine Magic Gujarati Film Award 2013 and under the category of Best Album in Reliance BIG Awards in the similar year.

He is a Director of Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Natak Academy by the Government of Gujarat.

The GIFA -Gujarati Iconic Film Awards 2016 was successfully organized by Arvietel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Ahmedabad . He is a Founder & Vice President of the company .
Recently he appointed as a Executive President of “ GFF – Gujarati Film Fraternity an Association of Filmy Professional “
He has appointed as advisory Board Member of “ Sabarmati Festival”

He is a Advisory Board Member of “ Quality Mark Trust” who organized Quliaty Mark Business ( MSME) awards.

This just makes it apparent that he and his vocation along with his awards is covered by all mediums of the media- print, visual and radio! He now intends to be a part of
Gujarati Folk Music professionally to take it to a higher level than what it already is atand yearns to contribute towards its growth globally.

Mr. Arvind Vegda's Success Mantra:- His success mantra is also is company's police which states- If U can Walk U can Dance with Me.

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Ashok Chakradhar

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Ashok Chakradhar is a Hindi poet, writer and a media personality. He has been a professor and head of the department of Hindi at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University). After serving for 29 years, he took voluntary retirement to focus on working towards the propagation and development of the Hindi (Hindustani) language. In 2007 he became the Hindi coordinator at the Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) at the University of Delhi and in 2009 was appointed as the Vice Chairman of Hindi Academy, Government of Delhi and as the Vice Chairman of the Kendriya Hindi Shikshan Mandal, Ministry of HRD, Government of India. He is a celebrated poet, widely known for his unique style of poetry.

Chakradhar was born in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, in India. His ancestors hailed from a village called Sunahara in Bulandshahar district in Uttar Pradesh. His father Radhey Shyam 'Pragalbh' was a well-known Hindi poet, and his mother Kusum 'Pragalbh' is from Iglas, Uttar Pradesh, in India. Chakradhar was initially named Ashok Sharma. Since 1972, he has been known as Ashok Chakradhar. Chakradhar's father died in 1999, and his father in law Kaka Hathrasi died in 1995. Chakradhar is an alumnus of SMJEC Inter College, Khurja Bagla College, Hathras, and Kishori Raman College, Mathura. He later attended the Department of Hindi at the University of Delhi. He has a younger brother, Arvind Babbal, who is a Film Director in Teleserials.

Chakradhar is married to Dr. Bageshri Chakradhar, and the couple have two children. Their son Anurag Chakradhar lives in Australia, and his daughter Sneha Chakradhar is a Bharatnatyam Dancer. He completed his MA, M Lit, PhD (Hindi) and received a post-doctoral fellowship from the University Grants Commission for research on ‘Navsaakshar Sahitya ke Aayam’.

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Avani Desai

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Dr. Avani Desai has over 17 years of corporate and academic experience. She holds an MBA in Finance and a PhD in Investor Relations.

She works as Dean, Business Administration, GLS University and is a Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and MICA. She teaches finance and communication at the undergraduate, post graduate and PhD levels.

She is the Chairperson of GLS University’s Women’s Development Cell and Managing Editor of GLS University’s monthly newspaper GLS Voice. She is a member of the Governing Board of the Indian Chapter of the International Association of Innovation Professionals.

She is the co-author of the best-selling book Corporate Reputation Decoded, which is the first in the area of corporate reputation in the Indian context.

You can find the book here>

She has also contributed chapters on corporate reputation to various international publications, for e.g. Sage Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation and has several international research publications to her credit. While her academic areas of interest are Investor Relations and Corporate Reputation, her favourite literary genre is crime fiction.

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Bharathi Pradhan

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Columnist, Critic & Author Bharathi S Pradhan

She was the first Indian journalist to face the camera when she started doing a column for Lehren which was also India’s first video magazine way back in the late 80s.
Senior journalist and best-selling author Bharathi S Pradhan has been editor of several magazines like Savvy and Movie. She has regularly written for a cross-section of publications including Mid-day and Reader’s Digest.
  
Bharathi hosts a show on YouTube and Lehrentv called ‘Show Business’, she is a Sunday columnist with The Telegraph and she reviews Hindi & English films. She is a popular moderator and has conducted conversations on stage with many well-known personalities including Madhur Bhandarkar, Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra and many other celebrities.
Bharathi has been on the jury of many prestigious awards like ITA, ICE Awards and GIFA. She was Chairperson of the National Awards for Best Writing on Cinema and was a jury member of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2015.

Bharathi writes fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of subjects including communal harmony, the biography of a bidi king and an inspirational real life story on how the mind can heal the body.

Her latest best-seller ‘Anything ButKhamosh’, the official biography of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, has fetched very hearty reviews for its forthright, balanced writing and for the wealth of information it contains on the film industry and Indian politics.

Bharathi is currently writing two fictional novels.

Books published:

Author-columnist-writer Bharathi S Pradhan’s recently released book ‘Mr Bidi’, an authorised biography on an industrialist and philanthropist has been hailed for its inspirational value, for its honesty and for its readability.

Her ‘Heartfelt: The inspirational story of Medha Anup Jalota’ has been recommended as India’s answer to ‘The Secret’

Her book on communal harmony titled ‘Colas Cars & Communal Harmony’ received excellent reviews from a cross-section of critics ‘Anything ButKhamosh’. the Shatrughan Sinha Biography, has been one of the best-selling books of 2016

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Bhavesh Bhatt

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Bhavesh Bhatt is a young dynamic Gujarati Poet, he has a huge fan following amongst Gujarati poetry lovers. His Three Gazal Sangrah Vees Pancha, Che to Che and Bitar no Shankhnad is very popular in poetry lover circuit.

Now a days he is an essential party of many mushayras in the town.

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Bhavin B. Gopani

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Bhavin B. Gopani Is a young dynamic poet, by  profession he is a cloth merchant and having 2 shops in Ahmedabad. But by

His 2 Gazal sangrah Umbro amd Ordo is already out and readers are enjoying his poetry.

He is a winner of  Shayda Award 2015-16 (INT Mumbai)

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Bhushan Mehta

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Bhushan Mehta is a literary enthusiast who has many facets besides his own profession which makes his living. Hosting art and cultural events and Photography are his first love and passion. His photographs depicting different moods, emotions and situations have been appreciated and acknowledged by all and sundry. He is a hardcore biker too.

His profound understanding and promotion of Gujarati Literature, Music And Art  through various platforms has made him a well-known face of these communities.

Bhushan Mehta is an IT sales professional working with Arvind Limited as a Sales Manager in Ahmedabad.

You can reach him via www.knowbbm.com

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Brajesh Singh

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Currently, Executive Editor - Zee Hindustan ,  A Zee News Network Channel

Has been  leading Gujarat news operations of ABP News, since 2003 to 2017.  Prior to this, led the news operations of Zee News and Aaj Tak in Gujarat beginning 1999.

Tracked Narendra Modi since Day One of his Chief Ministership in 2001 to his victory in 2014 LS Elections. Interviewed him several times during this period.

Spent two years (2014-15) in Delhi as Editor-National Affairs, ABP News to cover the PMO, all major national-international developments and overseas tour of PM Narendra Modi.

Over 20 years experience in media, mostly broadcast media.

Covered various national news assignments including State and Parliamentary elections.

 Covered major news events including natural disasters, riots and terror attacks.

Share excellent professional rapport with all important political/national leaders, including PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, RSS Jt General Secretary Krishna Gopal and CMs of several states.

 PhD in Mass Communication.

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Chef Pranav Joshi

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Chef Pranav Joshi

Chef Pranav Joshi, a familiar name in Indian house hold, The young, dynamic chef realised he was passionate about cooking while training in hospitality management in Australia.

He returned to India and hosted a few episodes of cookery show, After that he did various shows on food food and zee khana khazana which got good ratings on channels.

He is chef for well known Adani wilmar, Fortune food has chosen him as their Brand Ambassador for their popular products, as acknowledgement of his passion for innovative cooking and he has launched a food series for fortune basmati rice. His few food consultancies are  foodista, Roadista, skyz, wildwinds resorts, Qwiches, Suryam Repose Resort and many more new projects. and he is also a part of Indias most viewed social media food platform India food network and running show named har ghar mai super chef He is also a former columnist for well known magazines and newspapers.

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Chintan Pandya

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Chintan Pandya

Chintan Pandya, the founder of Fanatika and TransIndus Foundation, is an artist of International fame. He has been performing across four continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa), in more than 20 countries and has been acting, writing and directing for theatre, television and cinema.

He is the writer and the lead actor of "Bharati", one of the top five shows in the world at present that has received more than 2.5 million spectators so far. He was also invited to perform dramatic readings of Indian texts in French at the prestigious "Theatre du Soleil" of Arianne Mnouchekine in Paris and has been invited to offer philosophical dramatic readings at Morari Bapu's Ramkathas in Greece and the UK.

He was invited as the resident artist in the International Theatre Laboratory in Rome, as the Official Indian Delegate to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe by the British Council, and as the Expert Artist for performance and workshop at the International Theatre Festival of Senegal.

He also teaches at various universities and institutions and is regularly invited to perform and conduct workshops of international scale in many countries.

He has trained at the CEPT Univeristy and was selected by the British Council to train with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD) - University of London. He is also an expert on "Performing Shakespeare" and conducts workshops on the same across India for all age groups.

The combination of being an artist and a pedagogue, he has designed modules to use Theatre as a learning tool and works extensively with children too. He also give Theatre Therapy to Children with Special Needs (autism, down's syndrome) and to people victim of Trauma of different stages.

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Dolat Bhatt

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Dolat Bhatt

Renowned Gujarati author and journalist who has won many awards.

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Dr. Manisha Saxena

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Dr. Manisha  Saxena  is a paediatrician cum novelist, practising at her own Shaurya  Children  Clinic,  Bharuch,  Gujarat.
She has a multifaceted personality. She was a brilliant student and recipient of the prestigious National Talent Search scholarship. Although in the field of medicine she loved arts and literature right from  her  childhood. 
She  penned  her  first  short  story  at  the  age  of  thirteen  for  her  school  magazine  and  thus  pursued  her  literary  talents  later  on.
Her  penchant  for  writing  showed  when  she  contributed  popular  blogs  to  the  IBN citizen  journalist  CNN  IBN  news  channel  18  during  the  years  2013-14. Several of her   blogs  were  published  by  Ibncj.
Around  the  same  time  her  YouTube  channel  became  a  popular  travel  video  blog  and  many  of  them  were  again   appreciated  by  CNN IBN  news.
In  November  2016,  Leadstart  Publishing,  Mumbai published her  debut  fiction novel  NATAL  FAULT.  Natal  Fault  is  a bold  and  beautiful  novel,  an  irresistible  socio-political  saga,  which  scales  seventy  years  of  Indian  panorama  both  contemporary  and  classic  and  has  a  poignant  love  story  cocooned  within  it.  It explores love,  war  and  the  social  turmoil. It  would  appeal to  a  wide  range  of  readers from  adolescents  to  the  elderly  both  men  and  women.
Dr. Manisha,  is  also  a  trained  classical  vocalist  and  has  a keen  interest in  reading,  writing,  travelling,  public  speaking,  photography  and  painting.
Availability  and  launches  of  NATAL  FAULT:
Natal fault  is  available  at  several  e-commerce   sites  like  amazon,  flipkart, infibeam.com,  PustakMandi.com,  Paytm.com etc. 
It is also  available  in  the  International  market  via  amazon.com  and  Barnes & Noble i.e. BN.com
The  e-book  is  also  available at kindle,  newshunt,  createspace,  google.com,  Baker&Taylor, apple itunes,  juggernaut,  scribd etc.
It  is  available  at  around   30  bookstores  across  the  country  from  Gurdaspur in Punjab, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata,  Guwahati,  Chennai,  Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram,  Kochi,  Surat  , Indore ,  Raipur, Ranchi,  Pune, Rourkela  etc.
The book  was  first  launched  at  Crossword, Vadodara  on  December 18, 2016  and  later  at  Crossword  Surat  on  January  22, 2017 .  It was also launched at Atta Galatta Bangalore on 6th May, 2017  and  at  the  K J Choksi  Library,  Bharuch.
Natal  Fault  is  due  to  be launched  at the Ahmedabad  International  Literary  Festival,  December 2017.
 

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Dr. S. K. Nanda, IAS

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Dr. S. K. Nanda, IAS, is currently holding the position of  Director HUDCO, Advisor NDMA and Chairman, Jagannath Cultural Research Centre. He has served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd. from October 30, 2014 to January 31, 2016. Dr. Nanda is a very senior IAS officer and has held distinguished positions in the Government of Gujarat during his career. He has been the Assistant Collector and Collector in districts of Dang, Baroda, Panchmahal, Banaskantha, Junagadh. During his stint with the Government, Dr. Nanda has successfully handled key government departments like Health, Tourism, Information & Broadcasting, Finance, Food & Civil Supply, Forest & Environment. He has rich experience in the field of Management & Administration, Finance, Health, etc. Dr. Nanda has contributed many articles on the subject of professional importance as well as written books. He has bagged many awards including commendation from PMO for excellent work in Health sector in post 2002 riots. He also served  as Chairman at Gujarat Green Revolution Co. Ltd.GSFC Agrotech Ltd. and Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Co. Ltd. He served as a Director of GSPC Gas Company Limited ; Bhavnagar Energy Company Limited; Indian Potash Limited; Tunisian Indian Fertilizers (TIFERT); The Fertilizer Association of India and Guj Info Petro Ltd. He served as Non Executive Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited from January 30, 2015 to January 30, 2016. He is the recipient of many awards during his career. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and Law and a PhD in Rural Economics.

For more details, please refer to www.drsknanda.com

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Esther David

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Esther David (born 17 March 1945) is an Indian Jewish author, an artist and a sculptor. She was born into a Bene Israel Jewish family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She won Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for The Book of Rachel.

Her father, Reuben David, was a hunter-turned-veterinarian, who founded the Kamala Nehru Zoological Garden and Balvatika near Kankaria lake in Ahmedabad. Her mother, Sarah, was a school teacher.

After her schooling in Ahmedabad, she joined Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, as a student of Fine Arts and Art History. There she met Sankho Chaudhary, a sculptor, who taught her sculpture and Art History. After her graduation she returned to Ahmedabad and started her career as a professor in art history and art appreciation. She taught at the Sheth Chimanlal Nagindas Fine Arts College, CEPT University and NIFT.

She started writing about art and became the Times of India art critic, a national English daily. Later she became a columnist for Femina, a women's magazine, the "Times of India" and other leading national dallies. She is an advisory editor of Eve Times, Ahmedabad.She has written several books. She had edited and contributed in some books also. Her books are related to Bene Israel Jews in Ahmedabad.[4]

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) featured Shalom India Housing Society in the Hasassah-Brandeis 2010–2011 calendar, which highlights 12 Jewish women authors across the world whose "writing illuminates a particular city". The title of the calendar was Jewish Women Writers and the Cities that Influence Them.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther_David

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Faraaz Kazi

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The recipient of the YCOF National Excellence Award and the winner of the National Debut Youth Fiction Award 2013, Faraaz Kazi is also called as The Nicholas Sparks of India. A certified soft-skills trainer with entrepreneurial experience in the digital segment and a three-time post grad, Kazi works for Advocacy Asia as the Head of Operations. He also consults for a few public relations firms and publishing houses. He is fondly referred to as The Young Marketer and operates a revolutionary blog with the same name and writes for major media houses.
Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed Film Writers Association of India and an active member of The International Horror Writers Association. Truly Madly Deeply, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to be nominated in seven categories of the Goodreads annual choice awards, apart from being the first Indian novel to win the Best Debut (Romance) during the same awards and is also the only Indian book in the Top 100 YA Global Fiction list. He has been rated amongst the top four male romance writers in the country today. He is a voracious reader and counts singing as his second love.

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Gunjan Gandhi

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Gunjan Gandhi

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Harsh Brahmbhatt

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Harsh Brahmbhatt (Gujarati: હર્ષ બ્રહ્મભટ્ટ) is a Gujarati language poet and writer from Gujarat, India.[1] He has also given significant contribution to Urdu ghazal. His significant works includes Ekalta Ni Bheedman (1992), Jivavano Riyaz (2010), Khud Ne Ya Kyan Malyo Chu (2012), and Mera Apna Aasmaan (2011).[2][3] In 2016, He was awarded Harindra Dave Smriti Paritoshik, presented by Harindra Dave Memorial Trust.

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Harshavi Patel

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Harshvi Patel is a young eminent poetess of Gujarati language. She is a principal at government school in a village near Billimora. Harshvi is original and genuine in her creative endeavours. As a poet she focusses on gazals and works mainly on themes like ironies of life, introspection and romance of life.

Apart from being an upcoming poet, she works as a textbook writer for state government & teachers trainer in panel of Gujarat state resource group managed by GCERT and is also active in Gujarat state text-book board.

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ISSAC John

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Issac John

A consumer marketing professional with over 12 years of experience, Issac gave up his job as Marketing Head of PUMA to study Screenwriting in 2015.

After a year of relentless rejections from producers, directors, actors, publishers and literary agents, his first book ' Buffering Love' was greenlit by Penguin Random House earlier this year.

During 2016, he finished three screenplays and two screenplays only to be rejected by one and all ,until a chance meeting with an editor from Penguin Random House India turned the tide.

He will share his experience of  his sabbatical year where on the side, he worked as a columnist, bartender, teacher, Uber driver and consultant while trying to pursue a dream that at most times seemed only too far.

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Jay Merchant

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47 Years old  Jay Merchant from Kota, Rajasthan is Theatre, Film & Social Activist and settled in Vadodara, Gujarat.

EDUCATION

 1-Studied in Hindi literature & Theatre at M S University, Baroda.
 2-Theatre in Education (TIE) at NSD Delhi

EXPERIENCE

 1-From past 25 years working as a theatre professional and theatre,film & social activist.
 2-Associated with NCPA  and Prithvi Theatre and Sanjana Kapoor Mumbai for all their theatre workshops, talks and seminar  and teen agers theatre.
 3-Organising theatre & film based national level events, film fest/ clubs across India
 4-Moderating celebrity talks  on a various issues in different colleges of India.
 5-Motivational speaker - working with youth and teen agers in Experimental theatre.
 6-Street Theatre is a super expertise
 7-Working for women and needy children's empowerment, safety and securities as my social responsibilities
 8-Winner of the best writer-director award at state level street play competitions for 4 time in a row..
 9-Worked and shared platforms with film makers / theatre-film actors/Activists like Anurag Kashysp, R.Balki,Sujoy Ghosh,Sriram Raghwan,Zoya Aktar,Homi Adajaniya, Rajeev Masand, Vivek Agnihotri, Javed Akhtar, Piyush Mishra, Tom Alter, Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, Neil Bhupalam, Nandita Das and many more.

HOBBIES / INTERESTS


To keep self fit and fine through GYM & YOGA
 Exploration
 POLITICS,DEBATE on all current affairs
 Active on all possible social media for constructive and productive posts and sharing.

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Jenish Parmar

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Jenish Parmar

Jenish Parmar is a celebrity chef from Ahmedabad who has written many books on cooking and recipes.

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Kirit Doodhat

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1961 born, Kirit Doodhat, a retired bureaucrat and  Post Graduate in English Literature, is  a leading voice in contemporary fiction and post-modern literary movement in Gujarati litearture. He has served Gujarat as an Additional Collector from 2002 to 2013.After achieving the zenith of his career, he took voluntary retirement from the coveted position and service to pursue his hobbies and passion with more time and vigor.

Kirit Doodhat has been associated with premier literary organizations, like Gujarati Sahitya Parishad (Ahmadabad), Gujarat Sahitya Academi, Hindi Sahitya akademi, Sanskrit Sahitya Akademi, Sindhi Sahitya akademi, Kutchi Sahitya Akademi and Urdu Sahitya Akademi (Gandhinagar, as Mahamatra/Registrar, till 2012), Sahacharya (Mumbai) etc.

Publications
NAVALIKA CHAYAN - 1996
BAPANI PIMPAR (બાપાનીપિંપર)- 1998
GHANSHYAM DESAINI NAVALIKAO  1998
AAM THAKI JAVU (આમ થાકીજવુ)- 2008

His short stories and critical essays have been published  in all leading journals in Gujarati, including 'Parab', 'Shabdshrushti', 'Gadyaparva' 'Sahacharya', 'Navaneet Samarpan', Also published in Sahitya Akademi's journals in Hindi and English. His work has been translated into English, Hindi, Kannada and Marathi.

AWARDS RECEIVED
*  Umashankar Joshi  Award for Best Short Story of the year.
*  Gujarati Sahitya Parishad Award for Best Anthology of short fiction.
*  Gjarat Sahitya Academy Award for the book: BAPANI PIMPAR(બાપાની પિંપર)
*  'Dhumketu' award for the book, AAM THAKI JAVU(આમથાકી જવુ)

He has participated in many National and Regional Conferences and Seminars on Creative Literature, Theories and Movements of Indian literature at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata etc to read from his creative work and present papers on aspects of Gujarati and Indian literatures.

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Koral Dasgupta

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Koral Dasgupta is an author, columnist, academic​, editorial consultant and art patron. She is the Founder of a boutique storytelling platform, www.tellmeyourstory.in; also she is an Advisory Member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Mumbai.

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Kumud Verma

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Kumud  Verma is a science graduate and holds a degree in education as well.She has vast experience of managing  schools. She writes in Hindi. Her book ' Kushal  Adhyapak Kaise Bane' in Hindi is a good resource for budding teachers. Its Gujarati translation by the title 'Shreshth shikshak kevi reete thvaye'  is available in its 8th edition now.. Many educational institutes have adopted this book to train their teachers. She has also written a book ' Kriti' an anthology of Hindi poems. Currently she is working on two books; one for teachers and other on adoloscence.

She generally writes on nature, teaching, adolescence, parenting, education and emotions. A soft spoken and kind hearted Kumud  loves animals and nature. She lives in IIM Campus at IIM Ahmedabad  with her children and professor husband. Her web page can be accessed at www.kumud.sverma.in .

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Maadhuri Sharma

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Maadhuri Sharma is an ex-model, TV show host, video jockey and an interior designer. She is currently a practicing nutritionist and health coach; she is also a beauty queen. She is Mrs. India Earth 2015 and the reigning Mrs. Earth
International 2015/6. She is the first Indian to have won this prestigious title in Jamaica in October 2015.She also won ‘ Nari Ratna Award’ in 1997. She has a vast body of work preceding her, she has - Hosted an English music show known as ‘coke music 4 u’ aired on in mumbai channel. Acted in TV serials ‘Hi Zndagi Bye Zindagi’ aired on ZEE TV and ‘Asshiana’ aired on Doordarshan. Main lead in ad films for Dove, Videocon AC, Sunsilk etc. Shot a music video with Sapna Mukherjee. Had press advertisements for SKumars, Citizen watches, Bata power shoes, Glucon Apcos, Gilette, Shoppers Stop, BPL microwave etc. Did various ramp shows in India and Dubai for ZEE TV, Shaina NC, Mafatlal, Kingfisher, Vikram Phadnis etc.
Shot for various catalogue and calendars such as Sheetal, Roopam Kala Niketan etc. Hosted various live shows for the Oberoi Grand Calcutta, launch of Classic Ultra Milds in mumbai etc. Worked with prominent photographers, designers and ad film directors such as Vikram Bawa, Daboo Ratnani, Rafique Sayyed, Atul Kasbekar, Madhur Shroff, Boman Irani, Jagdish Mali, Hemant Trivedi, Vikram Phadnis, Shaina NC, Prahlad Kakkar, Kailash Surendranath.
Worked at Talati and Panthaky Associates as an interior designer.
Conducted personal grooming &amp; etiquette workshops. Taught meditation at international yoga day at PDP, Nepeansea Road. Volunteer with NGO, Light Of Life Trust,which supports senior school education to children in more than 400 villages in rural india Appointed as state committee chairperson Maharastra in health coaching by the ALL( All Ladies League) Gives nutrition tips on Sanjeev Kapoor’s channel Khazana, on her show ‘ Living It Up With Maadhuri’
Maadhuri strongly believes that we rise by lifting others and has lent her hand to many humanitarian causes such as raising funds and awareness for education of children in rural areas.
She also emphasizes on the wellness concept to have a healthy mind, body and soul and in order to  achieve this she practices meditation daily and teaches it also. She can be contacted on www.maadhurisharma.com.

Mrs.India International 2016
Mrs.Cosmic 2017
Acclaimed Nutitionist

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Mahendra Sharma

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Mahendra Sharma is co founder and CTO of Matrubharti, a digital literature publishing platform.He graduated as a Computer Engineer from the most popular university of Gujarat, Gujarat University in year 2000 and initiated his career as a software engineer. He carries experience in programming, networking technologies and business development in the IT sector. His core competencies also go forth in establishing IT firms and start-ups. He carries the experience of more than 17 years in IT and other industries.

Mahendra Sharma is the founder & CEO of his first IT consulting company in 2007. He started with 3 employees in Ahmedabad & it grew to a team of 50 experts in various technologies within IT.

His expertise is in Digital Marketing, Project Management, Team Building, and Software Development Lifecycle implementation.

Mahenda Sharma has delivered over 50 lectures on technology entrepreneurship and digital marketing across various universities in Gujarat and He is also being invited by various startup fairs as an speaker.

He along with Nilesh started apps with names of Indian pride for regional text writing that was downloaded by over 7 million users in 27 different countries.

His company Matrubharti has be awarded 9 times by national and international platforms for excellence in regional literature and mobile app innovation.

He is trustee of an NGO that helps under privileged children for their school studies and necessities for their education.

His personal interests are extensive reading and writing in regional languages, he can read and write 4 languages. He has been writing short stories, essays and poems in Hindi, Gujarati, English and Sindhi since his school days.

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Mallika Sarabhai

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Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She has a PhD in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 30 years.

Mallika first made a name for herself in India as a film actress but soon was recognised as an exceptional young dancer in the classical forms of Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi. At 18, she won the first of many awards.

She first came to international notice when she played the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata for 5 years, first in French and then English, performing in France, North America, Australia, Japan and Scotland

Always an activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Mallika began using her work for change. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. Since then Mallika has created numerous stage productions which have raised awareness, highlighted crucial issues and advocated change, several of which productions have toured internationally as well as throughout India.

In the mid 90s Mallika began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works which have been presented in North America, Scotland, Singapore, China and Australia, as well as in India.

Also visit: unsuni.net and Darpana.com

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Manisha Sharma

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Manisha Sharma

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Manisha Shodhan Basu

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Manisha Shodhan Basu

Manisha Shodhan Basu has done her bachelor from school of Architecture, Cept and later her Masters from Royal Danish Academy of Art and Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark. She was Design Assistant for Furniture Designing at NID and also Research Assistant at IIM. She is also writer of Le Corbusier Villa Shodhan and Shodhan House, which is yet to be published. She is actively involved in designing residences, institutions, industrial units, interiors and offices.

She can be reached at www.manishabasu.com

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Maulik Chauhan

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A homoeopathic doctor by qualification and an actor by passion, Maulik Chauhan is  practicing homeopathy  in a village, visiting patients once in a month besides shooting for his films and other activies.

He has done many Street Plays, more than 200 events as an anchor and few as a singer. He has played in 9 short films and 5 Plays.

Films :-

Om Shanthi Om  - Tamil - As a supporting actor
Thai Jashe  - Gujarati - As a supporting actor
Wrong Side Raju – National Award winning  Gujarati Movie - As a supporting actor
Pagalpanti   - Hindi / Gujarati ( Upcoming ) - As a supporting actor
Jalsa Kar – Gujarati  ( Upcoming ) - As a lead actor
The Suspect - Hindi      Short Film ( Upcoming ) - As a lead actor
Hausla Aur Raste -Hindi Short Film ( Upcoming ) - As a lead actor

Awards :-

Best Dance Award from Vigor Media and performed for Trance media in 2007

Best Actor Award from Sangit Natya Academy Of Gujarat for the play ‘Spandan’ in 2011.

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Neepa Singh

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Neepa Singh

Neepa Singh is Reigning Mrs United Nations WINNER Classic. After winning in Mrs India Earth 2016 she went to represent India in the prestigious Mrs United Nations Pageants which was held in Kingston, Jamaica on 8th July 2017 where she won the coveted crown and title, And became the First Ever Indian Woman to win International title at the age of 45! She is also a model, an entrepreneur working for social causes and a motivational speaker.

She has been working with indigenous tribes for more than a decade. She is Co-Founder and Honourary Director of a social enterprise company working with indigenous tribes of Dangs, Gujarat, India.

She is also the Brand Ambassador and National Secretary of Swadeshi Gyan Abhiyan (Indigenous Knowledge Mission), taking our Age Old Tribal Traditional Herbal Knowledge to the world stage!

She was born in a middle-class Gujarati Family in Nagpur. She started working as a teacher at the early age of 18 when she also fought for gender equality! She organised The First Designer contest of Nagpur, Maharashtra and also organised many other fashion events after that!

She encourages people to donate blood at Blood Donation camps to make people aware about it's importance.

Her company runs scholarship programmes every year for better education of tribal children. She also conducts numerous plantation drives.

Her fitness mantra is Yoga And Vegetarian Food and she believes Beauty, Fitness And Happiness go hand in hand and if you have them on your side then age is just a number!

National Secretary Swadeshi Gyan Abhiyan
Co-Founder & Honorary Director Abhumka Herbal Pvt Ltd
Linkedin Profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/neepa-singh-7a696b63
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/neepa.singh.18
Instagram Profile: https://www.instagram.com/neepasingh/
www.swadeshigyan.com

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Nigam Dave

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Dr. Nigam Dave is Professor and Director of  School Of Liberal Studies, Pt. Din Dayal Upadhyay Univesity Gandhinagar.

Professional Affiliation

AIBC, USIBC, ICBC, WILPF, IACS, IIE

Awards

Honorary Colonelcy by Directorate NCC, GOI

PUBLICATIONS / ARTICLES / CONFERENCE

Book Published as single author or editor

'Ruskin Bond: A Critical Evaluation', Literary Criticism, Co-Authorship, 978-81-269-1748-8, pp. 183, jan 2012 Articles/Chapters Published in the books

'India Abroad: A Case of Gita, India and New World Order', India and New World Order, Edited by Prashanta Panda and Rasananda PandaKumud Publication, 978-93-8285-40-5, pp. 239-249, aug 2017

'Leveraging Digital Literacy for Leadership', Indian Economy in New Perspectives, Edited by Prashanta Chandra and Rasananda Panda, Navyug Book International, 978-93-82974-55-0, pp. 217-222, Dec 2016

Published Papers in Journals

'Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University:Journey to Excellence through Glocal Practices', University News: AIU Journal, pp. 106-111, jan 2017

'Global Citizenship for Children', Horizons of Holistic Education , pp. 96-103, Dec 2016
       
'Education for Refugee Children: Education in Emergencies for Empowerment', Liberal Studies, pp. 185-190, Dec 2016 Papers presented in Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Symposia
       
'Excellence through Liberal Arts Education in India', University Guidance Conference, Univariety, aug 2016
       
'Higher Education Vision 2030', FICCI Higher Education Summit 2014, FICCI, Nov 2014
       
'Afro-American Identity in Paintings', Celebrating Blackness Offshore, Dept.of English, GU, mar 2012
       
'Afro-American Identities in Painting', Celebrating Blackness Offshore, Department of English, GU, mar 2012
       
'Open Courseware,Digital Resources and English Studies', Resource person at Refresher Course, M.S.University, mar 2011
       
'You Tube for us', Dalit Literature: Past, Present and Future, Dept.of English, GU, Dec 2011
       
'Digital Resources and Research Methods', Research Methods, Nirma University, jun 2011
       
'You Tube for US', Dalit Literature: Past, Present and Future, Department of English, GU, Dec 2011
       
'The Language I speak becomes Mine: Appreciating Kamla Das the Poet and the Person', UGC National Seminar on Kamla Das - A Tribute, Department of English, GU, jan 2010
       
'Translating Literature through SMS Language', Translation Studies, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, sep 2010
       
'Translating Literature through SMS Language', Translation Studies, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, sep 2010
       
'Black Donnellys Vs. Reaney’s Donnellys: An Attempt by a Dramatist to Re-Write History', UGC National Seminar on Contemporary Drama, Reneay Canadian Center, feb 2009

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Nivid Desai

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Nivid Desai is a student of English literature and linguistics. He is pursuing his bachelor's degree from St Xavier's College (Autonomous), Ahmedabad.

Apart from his academics, Nivid is a performance poet and has been an active member of the poetry circuit in Ahmedabad. He has also been associated with the Ahmedabad International Literature Festival. Furthermore, Nivid has been a speaker at the Author's Corner (organised by Ahmedabad Book Club), at Ahmedabad National Book Fair, 2017.

His English micro fiction stories have been published by numerous storytelling platforms in the country, and his short stories and articles in Gujarati have been published by leading magazines and newspapers of Gujarat. Nivid has also been affiliated with The Times of India as a student reporter. Currently, he is working on a literary research.

He has a passion for reading, music, and all things beautiful.

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Pankaj Dubey

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Pankaj Dubey (born 28 July 1978) is an Indian Author, screenwriter, Director and Producer from Mumbai. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Delhi University and a Masters in Applied Communications from Coventry School of Art and Design.

Dubey worked for the BBC World Service in London and TV Today Group in New Delhi. He has curated and programmed more than 50 film festivals across India.

He was awarded with the Youth Icon Award for Social Entrepreneurship in Gulbarga, Karnataka in 2010 for initiating India’s first street film festival for children in slums and villages, the Sadak Chhaap Film Festival.

Dubey's debut novel is called What A Loser! in English and Loser kahin ka! in Hindi.[1] He is directing a feature film, What A Loser!, adapted from his novel.

Pankaj Dubey is a Bi-lingual author and writes all his titles in English and Hindi languages. His second set of novel(s) is Ishqiyapa -To Hell With Love (English) and Ishqiyapa (Hindi), both published by Penguin Books India.

Pankaj Dubey has been selected amongst three Asian Authors for the prestigious Writer's Residency in Seoul Art Space_Yeonhui, Seoul, South Korea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pankaj_Dubey

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Pinki Vyas

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Pinki Vyas is an educationist, Associate Director of AILF and CEO of Serene Publishers. She is science graduate and holds the degree in education as well. She is an active member of Gujarat chamber of commerce & industry ( Business Women Wing). She is an inspirational personality who has inspired many men and women to start running for their physical well being and adapt natural way of living. She has also been motivating and facilitating the aspiring writers to read and write for an evolved way of living through Wordzville Writers Group and other activities. She herself is a spiritual and peaceful person. Her goal in life is to reach the higher state of living by helping the humanbeings . She is the founder director of Elan Sports and also steers the Wordzville Writers Group of Ahmedabad. When free she writes poetry, her poems were published in 'Kuchh Panne Dil Se' an anthology of Hindi poems published by Serene Publishers. She has also been the Chief Editor of Gujarati anthology of pems  ' SHABDOCHCHHAV' published by Serene Publishers in 2016 and launched in AILF 2016.

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Poornima Bhatt

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Purnima Mehta Bhatt, PhD

Professor of History, Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies (Emerita)

Hood College, USA

Brief Bio

Purnima Bhatt is a Professor of history, anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at Hood College, USA, where she has taught since 1977. She completed her BA and MA in Indian history from Delhi University, did post-graduate work at Harvard University and was awarded her PhD in African history from Howard University.
Dr. Bhatt’s current research interests focus on the historical and contemporary roles of women in Asia and Africa; global perspectives on women, power and politics; women’s leadership in peace movements; the impact of globalization on women; and more recently, the African presence in India.
Dr. Bhatt is the author of numerous peer reviewed papers and four books: Scholar’s Guide to Washington D.C.: African Studies (published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution); ‘Reminiscences’, Zubaan Publications; ‘Sharadabehn Mehta: Una Mujer Exceptional en al India de su Tiempo’, a translation of the autobiography of an Indian feminist and pioneer in the field of women’s education, 1882-1970. She has also contributed a chapter in ‘Ethno-Ornithology: Birds, Indigenous Peoples, Cultures and Society’, published by Earthscan. Her book titled, Her Space, Her Story: Exploring the Stepwells of Gujarat, was published by Zubaan in 2014. Her most recent publication is a chapter in a book titled, Womens’ Leadership in Chaotic Environments, published by Springer in December 2016. Her most recent publication is a book titled, The African Diaspora in India: Assimilation, Cultural Change and Survivals (Routledge), published in October 2017.
She has lectured extensively in India, the United States, UK, Europe, Mexico, Philippines, S. Korea, Malaysia, Tunisia and Kenya.
She is the recipient of many fellowships and honors, including the ‘excellence in teaching award’. She has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.

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Pradeep Dalal

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Pradeep Dalal

Pradeep Dalal is Mumbai-born artist and writer based in New York. His solo show “Copy/Scan/Print/Repeat” was recently at Sala Diaz in San Antonio. His work was included in “Compassionate Protocols” at Callicoon Fine Arts, “I need my memories. They are my documents" at sepiaEYE, “Strange Invitation" at Franklin Street Works, “Picturing Parallax” at San Francisco State University, "Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic" at Murray Guy and "Fifty Artists Photograph the Future" at Higher Pictures. His photographs were included in BOMB 140, Grey Room 65 Artists Dossier, Blind Spot 43 and Cabinet 52. His artist book "Bhopal, MP" was published in May, and was also excerpted in Chandigarh is in India, and his essay “A Bifocal Frame of Reference” was published in Western Artists and India. He received an architecture degree at CEPT University, Ahmedabad followed by graduate degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts in the United States. He is co-chair of Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and he directs the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant Program in New York.

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Prem Gadhavi

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Prem Gadhavi

With a prolific career spanning more than sixteen years, Prem Gadhavi has earned a unique place in the realms of film, television and theatre in Gujarat and beyond.

Born and raised in the metropolitan culture of Ahmedabad, Prem always found himself interested as well as involved in the various forms of art & literature in addition to his academia.

Prem graduated with his Bachelor of Arts specializing in World History from Gujarat University. Thereafter, he pursued his Master’s degree in Development and Communication from the Gujarat University.

His work as an actor, writer and director in various commercial as well as government projects has brought to life a variety of concepts, riveting conflicts and compelling characters with hues ranging from comedy to drama, from emotion to thrill, from mass to class.

Prem is keenly interested in exploring avenues where art impacts society. Besides commercial ventures like organizing workshops and teaching theatre at Pandit Deendayal Petroluem University, he is a constant seeker of the means to discover the true potential of the art of performance.

During the controversial and violent communal riots plaguing Gujarat in 2002, he actively helped the juvenile victims overcome their trauma through Drama Therapy sessions. He has traveled across Gujarat performing street plays to raise social awareness for the abolition of Raam Paatra practise among the Dalit community. He was centrally involved in creating documentaries for UNICEF and Centre for Social Justice which focused on social upliftment and progress of underprivileged women.

Prem Gadhavi is name that resonates with theatre, both commercial and experimental. Another significant achievement in his career has been “102 Not Out”, a path-breaking play that has had more than 650 illustrious shows (and counting), traveled across the world, and is now being adapted into a Hindi feature film.

To mention a few of his various accolades, Prem Gadhavi was awarded as the Best Writer by the Sangeet Naatak Academy for his Gujarati play “Najar Najar Ni Vaat”. He also received the Best Director award for the same from Indian National Theatre (INT) and Gujarat Samachar.

There is seldom a moment of inactivity in the ever-dynamic life of Prem Gadhavi. He is presently penning a script for a feature film which he himself plans to direct by year end. The film presents the concept of a radical social stigma in an engaging humorous manner. He will also be seen anchoring for the Gujarati Iconic Film Awards in early January.

Filmgography :

FILM :
Polampol(Actor, Writer)
Wassup Zindagi(Actor)
Vitamin She (Actor)
Chor Bani Thangaat Kare(Actor)
Passport (Actor)
Happy Family Pvt. Ltd. (Actor, Lyricist)
Patang {Hindi} (Actor, Asst Casting Director)
Daud Pakad(Actor, Writer)(yet to release)
Backbenchers (Actor) (yet to release)
Ekade Ek (Actor)(yet to release)

TELEVISION :
“Mazaak Mazaak Mein ” - Serial for Life Ok
“Khidki” - Episodic Serial for Sab TV
“Hirjee Ni Marji” - Serial for Colors Gujarati
“ Ek Moti Ekalvayu” - an episodic serial
“ Lok Sagar Na Moti” - an episodic serial
“ Ak Dal Na Pankhi” - Dailysoap
“ Diva Dandi” - an episodic serial
“ Ladu NuJaman” - Telefilm
“ Vethiya Majur” - Docudrama
“ Bhage Padti Bhoy” - Docudrama
“Trycon Led” - Ad Film National release
“ Klyani” - Ad film national release
“ So Divas Ni Rojgari” Ad film for Doordarshan
“ Sama Pravahe” Docudrama

THEATRE :

“102 Not out” - written and directed by Saumya Josi
“Gandhi Tari Bik Chhe, Baaki Badhu Thik Chhe” - directed by Vipul Vithlaani
“ Dost Chokas Ahin Nagar Vastun Hatun” - written and directed by Saumya Joshi
“ Aanthma Tara Nu Akash” -adapted and directed by Saumya Joshi
“ Svapna” - directed by Bipin Bapodra
“ Kanchan Karshe Gaam Ne Kanchan” - directed by Rajoo Barot
“ Sav Amari Jaat Alag Chhe” - directed by Rajoo Barot
“ Dhaboo Raja” - directed by Nisarg Trivedi
“ Chandu Tarkat” - directed by Aashish Kakad
“ Ketlu Andharu Hu Luchhu” - directed by Paresh Vyash
“ Ram Ram Ghar Ghar Ma Shri Ram” - directed by Rajendra Dutt
“ Nava Kalevar Dharo Hansla” - directed by Suresh Raval
“ Sang No Prabhav” - directed by Suresh Raval
“ Raja Abhaysing” - directed by Bipin Bapodra

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Prof. Asha Kaul

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Prof. Asha Kaul 
Ph.D. (IIT, Kanpur)

Prof. Asha Kaul, PhD, is a Professor in the Area of Communication at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India. She received her PhD in the area of Stylistics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Her specialisation is in the area of oral, written and corporate communication, social media, leadership, presentation skills and gender discourse. Currently, she is focusing on writing cases on Indian organisations to understand patterns of communication related to strategic choices in varied situations. She has authored a number of books, research papers, conference papers, teaching notes and newspaper articles. She consults with multinationals and Indian companies on communication, gender inclusivity and corporate communication. She has been recognized as one of the 50 Indian management thinkers who had made an impact on the theory of management and practice in the year 2015, has been the recipient of the A. P. Chowdappa Memorial Award for Excellence in Communication in the Academic Sector for the year 2014-15 and has been awarded the prize for being one of the bestselling authors of Prentice Hall of India for the book ‘Business Communication’. She is a member of the Board of Oil India Limited.

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Rajeev Malik

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Rajeev Malik is Senior General Manager - Marketing & Brand for Mahindra & Mahindra, Truck and Bus Division.The out-of-box marketing initiatives launched by the organizationand nurtured into strong brand properties like Outperformers’ League Transporter Forum, Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards, MPOWER and WAR ROOM with IIM - Ahmedabad as Knowledge partner, have built a strong customer connect for the challenger brand and won the brand several awards and accolades during Rajeev’s tenure. In 2014, the World Marketing Congress has conferred the Brand ExcellenceAward on Mahindra Truck and Bus Division for its innovative marketing initiatives.
Rajeev completed his mechanical engineering from Gujarat University and then an MBA in Marketing from Pune University. In his career spanning 28 years, he has been associated with several brands. He started his career with Modi Xerox at Mumbai in 1988. Thereafter, he joined Blue Star Ltd as the Executive Assistant to VP-Marketing, where he learnt the ropes of Strategic planning, market research, market estimation, business reviews and a lot more. Thereafter, his love for marketing drove him into yet another aggressive sales and marketing company, Eureka Forbes Ltd. where he learnt the art of product management.
After 6 years in Mumbai, he moved to the Middle East, to join one of the largest and most professionally managed groups to look after marketing of automobiles at TOYOTA and DAIHATSU automobiles.
Rajeev, returned to India in 2005 to take over the mantle of heading the research and consumer insights as Vice President, Automotive Division at TNS Automotive, an MNC Research firm based at Bangalore. Thereafter, he moved to Pune – heading marketing for a start-up TATA Brand to take on the likes of EXIDE and Amaron batteries.
Rajeev has been honored with the coveted award, ‘50 Most Talented CMOs of India’, in 2013.
Rajiv lives in Mumbai with his family – wife Blanche and daughter, Nikita. He is a nature lover and a keen wildlife enthusiast and a passionate, amateur photographer. If not marketing trucks, Rajeev would like to devote himself to tiger conservation and photography. His other interests are music, movies and social media.
 

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Rashmi Goyal

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Rashmi Goyal is an MBA in finance and  has vast experience of working and managing the departments of Government and Non-Government organizations. She is a renowned editor and an avid reader. She has been  working in the publishing division of a reputed NGO for more than 15 years now. She has edited 'Essence Of Emotions', 'Kuchh Panne Dil Se' and 'LifeNama' anthologies of poems published by Serene Publishers.

Rashmi Goyal , a core committee member of Ahmedabad International Literature Festival, takes care of everything of the festival with special attention to English contents and the welfare of guest speakers.

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Ravi Subramanian

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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. Subramanian says "I will be satisfied if people remember me as the Grisham of banking," referring to the American author best known for his legal thrillers.

His daughter is Anusha Subramanian, she has been a published author since the age of 12.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Subramanian

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Riyaz Tayyibji

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Biography

Riyaz Tayyibji is a practicing architect and partner at Anthill Design.The firm has the
simple mandate that its work should belong to the place where it is built. The design
partnership has a variety of architectural trajectories, ranging from research and building
projects to the curation of architectural and urban exhibitions that have opened both in
India and abroad. Anthill Design’s most recent study and exhibition ‘The Stepwells of
Ahmedabad: A Conversation Between Water and Heritage’, documents16 step wells in
and around the city of Ahmedabad, framing the architecture of these structures within a
narrative of urbanity, gender, inhabitation and heritage. Anthill Design has also had
success in both national and international design competitions. Its present building
projects include a mix of residential, retail and industrial work.

In continuation of his interest in architectural documentation, Riyaz is the co-odinator for
the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission, a project to document 34 buildings built by, or related
to the life of M.K. Gandhi. He also recently restored Mr. Gandhi’s Bicycle.

A former lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Cept University Ahmedabad. his
academic experience has extended to being a visiting instructor at the Ecole Speciale,
Paris. He has actively been writing on a variety of architectural subjects. The architecture
of the city of Ahmedabad is a subject that he often returns to.

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RJ Nimisha

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RJ Nimisha

RJ Nimisha is an anchor and actor .  She has done her Masters in Social Work and has been working with media for more than 10 years now.

She has worked in popular Gujarati TV Shows like Geet Gunjan, Rasoi Show and many more. She is currently doing 16 Always Radio Show on MY FM 94.3, Jiyo Dil Se.

Dancing, Talking, Expressing, Acting And Cooking are her interests.

She can be reached at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter : MYRJ Nimisha

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Sandeep Agrawal

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Sandeep Agrawal, aged 47 years, is the Promoter- Director of AIRAN LIMITED, a 22 year old company, listed on National Stock Exchange of India - Emerge Platform with a recent market capitalization of around Rs. 250 Crores.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the Gujarat University. He is a first generation entrepreneur and founder of the company.

Though he is engaged in different businesses but core business is of IT and ITeS (IT enabled Services). Airan Group  as on today boasts to have an employee strength of  around 1500 in different territories of the country.

He has been designated as Chairman & Managing Director of the company by the Board Of Directors. He has professional experience of twenty seven years in the field of Information Technology and ITeS ( Information Technology enabled Services). His functional responsibility in the company involves handling the overall operations of the Company including Client Relationships, new setups and developing infrastructure requirements for service outlets of the company.

He is from a commercially poor but  ethically  very rich  family background. He has risen to these levels through continuous creativity and imaginations in business models and process re-engineering.

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Sandeep Nath

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Sandeep Nath is a Lyricist,Screenwriter, Director and Producer in Bollywood. He started his literary career as a poet at the age of eighteen. He has completed more than two books as namely "Mujhko Kuch Bhi Naam Doh" (a collection of Hindi poetry), "Darpan Ab Bhi Andha Hai" (a collection of Ghazals). He is closely associated with India's fastest growing poetry group "Poets Corner Group" & "Delhi Poetry Festival". One of his poem was featured in Musings : A Mosaic (anthology by Poets' Corner). In his Indian film career he has written lyrics for more than fifty well known Bollywood films, he is most known for his work in films like 'Madhur Bhandarkar's Page 3 (2005), Corporate (2006), Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya (2007), Tigmanshu Dhulia's Paan Singh Tomar (film) (2012)[1] and Bullet Raja, Mohit Suri's Aashiqui 2 (2013) and Rohit Shetty's Singham Returns (2014), Bhushan Patel's ALONE (2015) , Vikramjit Singh’s ROY (2015), Deepak Tijori’s DO LABZON KI KAHANI (2016), and many more to come..... now Sandeep Nath is busy at shooting a feature film called " DNA Mein Gandhiji" written, directed & produced by him.....starring.... Raayo S Bakhirta, Jyoti Sethii, Sanjay Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Mir Afsar Ali, Neeraj Sood, Sitaram Panchaal & Inammulhaq ...Music By Krsna Solo, film will be release by early 2017 .

 

Books

 

Sandeep's poem has been featured in couple of poetry anthologies(English) by Poets Corner Group listed below

1. Musings: Mosaic - It featured 53 poets in total that includes other big names like Gulzar, Shashi Tharoor, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Dr.Sukrita Kumar Paul apart from Sandeep.

2. Inklinks - Featured 153 poets in total which include big names like A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Gulzar, Ruskin Bond, Kapil Sibal, Vikram Seth, Shekhar Kapur, Irshad kamil, etc.

 

Filmography

 

Bhoot (2003)

Memsaab No 1 (2003)

Paisa Vasool (2004)

Ek Hasina Thi (2004)

Rakht (2004)

Agnipankh (2004)

James (2005)

Sauda The Deal (2005)

Page 3 (2005)

Sarkar (2005)

Corporate (2006)

Game (2006)

Madhubala (2006)- Lyrics & Dialogue

Katputtli (2006)

Risk (2007)

Undertrial (2007)

Saawariya (2007)

Sarkar Raj (2008)

Phoonk (2008)

Fashion (2008)

Wada Raha (2009)

Zor Lagaa Ke...Haiya (2009)

Jail (2009)

Fox (2009)

Accident on Hill Road (2009)

Kandahar (2010)

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011)

I am Singh (2011)

Naughty @ 40 (2011)

Ghost (2012)

Ata Pata Laapata (2012)- Additional Dialogues

Sadda Adda (2012)

Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Dee Saturday Night (2013)

Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013)

Aashiqui 2 (2013)

Bullet Raja (2013)

Samrat & Co. (2014)

Singham Returns (2014)

Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami (2014)

Spark—as Dialogue writer (2014)

Alone (2015)

Roy (2015)

Charlie Kay Chakkar Mein (2015)

Desi Beats -- will be released in 2015

Yaara Silly Silly -- will be released in 2015

Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe -- will be released in 2015

Dollar (Bollywood movie) -- will be released in 2016

Tezaab 2 -- (2015)

Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani -- 2016

Mirza-Juliet (2016)

 

Yaara (2016)

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Sarasvatichandra Acharya

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Sarasvatichandra Acharya

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Shamsuddin Azahar

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 Shamsuddin Azahar is M.A. in Urdu  and  working  in Superintendent Of Police  Office in Rae Bareli ,Uttar Pradesh as a Hindi / Urdu Translator. He has been writing Gazals and poems from his school days. A perfect communicator and a master gazalkar, Shamsuddin Azahar organises literary meets regularly in his work place to help and promote the literature and the budding Gazalkars / Kavis of the area . His write ups and Gazals have been appearing in many Hindi / Urdu dailies regularly. He has been attending the Mushairas and Kavi Sammelans from over 30 years now in different parts of the state and country. He is a marvelous speaker and wonderful anchor besides being a specialist craftsman of the art of writing Shayaris.

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Shantanu Gupta

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About the Author

Shantanu Gupta, is the founder of a leading youth based organization Yuva Foundation, working with youth, on spreading awareness among youth, on policy, politics and social issues. In the past he has worked for a renowned think tank, Center for Civil Society (CCS). Shantanu has worked long in the hinterlands of Bundelkhand with UNICEF in Uttar Pradesh. He has also lead large-scale remedial education interventions with Naandi Foundation in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra & New Delhi. Shantanu has worked for a decade as a process and management consultant in many cities in India, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungry and Israel. He has represented India in many international conferences on economy and policy, in Germany, Malaysia &Srilanka.

Shantanu Gupta has an engineering degree from GB Pant University, Management education from XLRI, Jamshedpur and did his masters in policy and politics from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Before this, Shantanu has authored four more books - Education Policy in India - Voice, Choice and Incentives (CCS), Compilation of Prime Minister's Man Ki Baat (Kapot Books) and Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Ki Pratiksha Mein(Bloomsbury) & The Monk Who Became Chief Minister (Bloomsbury)

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Sharmila Sagra

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Sharmila Sagra

Sharmila Sagra studied Masters in sculpture from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Vadodara. Since then she has been engaged in research projects and teaching at premier architecture institute of India. She has also developed visual arts courses for the students of CEPT University, NID and Ahmedabad University.

Sharmila Sagra also founded the Masters programme in Art, Design and Communication at CEPT University. Sharmila edited Ahmedabad 600: A Portrait of a City- a book on Ahmedabad published by MARG Foundation. She has presented papers at national and international art conferences and her research thesis topic is Travel of an Idea: Metaphysical state to Material state.

Sharmila Sagra has served as director of Kanoria Centre for Arts and is an associate professor of visual arts. She is at present teaching at CEPT University, Ahmedabad University, NID as visiting faculty.

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Shelly Bhoil

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Shelly Bhoil

Shelly Bhoil, a poet and academic, lives in India and Brazil. Her forthcoming publications include two edited volumes of academic essays on Tibetan exiles (Lexington 2018) and her second poetry book. Shelly has received commendation prize in All India Poetry Competition 2016, third prize in Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry prize 2016, first place in Tahoe Safe Alliance writing contest 2011, and honorable mention in FLEFF checkpoint story contest 2011 in Ithaca University.

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Sudeep Nagarkar

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudeep_Nagarkar

Sudeep Nagarkar has authored six bestselling novels—Few Things Left Unsaid (2011), That’s the Way We Met (2012), It Started with a Friend Request (2013), Sorry, You’re Not My Type (2014), You’re The Password to My Life (2014) and You’re Trending in My Dreams (2015). He is the recipient of the 2013 Youth Achievers’ Award and has been featured on the Forbes India longlist of the most influential celebrities. He also writes for television and has given guest lectures in various renowned institutes and organizations.

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Taha Mansuri

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Taha Mansuri

Taha Mansuri is very popular poet amongst youth, and well connected on social media, mainly known for his sharp and sarcastic humor. He is nephew of famous poet Late Shri Aadil Mansuri. He writes in Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu. And few of his creations are very much popular in readers.

His creations are regulary being published in Shabdalay, Shabda Srusti, Fulchaab and Gazal vishwa.

He has shared stage with many well known Poets.

By profession he works with one Travel company as a ticketing agent.

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Tejas Dave

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Tejas Dave
Young writer & poet

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Ogalti Jindgi na  Sam

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Tuhin A. Sinha

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Tuhin A. Sinha  is a best-selling author​, columnist, content strategist and social commentator.​ Tuhin studied in Loyola School, Jamshedpur and Hindu College, Delhi before doing his Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Communications Management (PGDACM) from the National Institute of Advertising, (NIA), New Delhi.

Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack to experiment with new genres. While his first book, That Thing Called Love (2006) was an offbeat romance, The Captain(2008) was a cricket thriller that explored the underbelly of modern cricket. Of Love And Politics(2010) was a political thriller. His fourth and fifth books The Edge Of Desire (2012) and its sequel, The Edge of Power (2013) can be called socio-political thrillers. Daddy (2014) ​ was Tuhin’s sixth book and his first non-fiction narrative. Daddy is India's first parenting book from a Dad's perspective and celebrates new age fatherhood. Tuhin’s latest book, Let The Reason Be Love (2015) was again an offbeat romance. ​

Other than his novels, Tuhin has co-authored the book India Aspires with Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping​, Nitin Gadkari. The book brings forth some very innovative development ideas and espouses increased production of bio-fuel and solar energy as means to improve the country's rural economy. At present Tuhin, as a consultant to MORTH, is aiding the Hon Minister on some key road safety initiatives.

Tuhin was a Grand Jury member for the prestigious Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards, 2016.

Tuhin has also been a screenwriter of several popular TV shows, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, being one of them, which is co-wrote in 2011-12.

Apart from his fiction novels and scripts, Tuhin is a keen political observer and activist.

 Tuhin’s columns on Indian politics appear regularly in India’s leading dailies. Tuhin has a regular blog on ibnlive.com and dailyo.in He also appears frequently on news channels on political discussions.

​Tuhin has also been a creative consultant and content strategist, with one of India's premier media companies, Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. He wrote and narrated a popular social empowerment radio series, called "Misaal" which was broadcast on the BigFM stations of Jharkhand and Bihar. ​

On December 29, 2016, Tuhin was appointed spokesperson, Mumbai BJP

 

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Tushar Shukla

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Tushar Shukla  is a poet , writer, columnist ,dialogue writer and  lyricist . He is also a faculty at Gujarat University - Mass Communication And Journalism and Mentor at LJ Radio Jockey programme .

He is Retired Staion Director of All India Radio, Ahmedabad. 

He has appeared as guest in few Gujarati films and acted as a model as well .

He has written anthem for  Gujarat University.

Tushar Shukla has compered Gujarati light music shows and Kavi Sammelan across the globe.

He has been a communicator with experience of four decades in the fields of Radio , TV, Films, Newspaper and Stage.

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Uday Mahurkar

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Uday Mahurkar

Uday Mahurkar is a Senior Editor with India Today magazine and a political analyst. Based in Ahmedabad, he has covered Gujarat for the magazine right since 1987. An amateur historian with a good grasp on medieval history including Mughal, Rajput, Maratha, and British periods, Uday has seen the rise of the political phemenon called Narendra Modi from the day he entered BJP from the RSS in 1986–87 and was the first to predict Modi’s present rise and transformation as a nation-wide developmental icon in 2007. Over the years, he has studied Modi’s development vision and programmes in detail and at a close range. An alumni of the Department of Indian History and Archaeology of the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Uday is also a very keen researcher on radical Islamic movements and their rise in South Asia, and has deep interest in national security issues.

Data Source: https://penguin.co.in/author/uday-mahurkar/

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Umashanker Yadav

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Umashanker Yadav

Founder of the festival, Umashanker Yadav, is an Ex-Indian Air Force person and a serial entrepreneur. Literature for him is not only reading and writing but the way of life. He lives literature everyday, every moment and enjoys it to the fullest. His flagship venture, Ikon Barcode Solutions Pvt. Ltd., boasts to have served and retailned some of the biggest and most reputed clients of India for a peiod of more than 15 years now. Serene Publishers & Distributors is the publishing arm for fiction and non fiction books while Ikon Label Industries is the manufacturing unit located in  Changodar ,one of the most happening and vibrant industrial area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Umashanker is a very passionate and visionary man who does not fear to dream big and even go beyond. An M.A. in ( English Literature ) and M.B.A. ( Marketing), Umashanker is a Published Writer and Editor. His English poetry book ‘Beyond Dreamz’, published in 2015, has been appreciated and received very well by the readers of all kinds. He along with Rashmi Goyal edited anthologies of poems ‘Lifenama’, ‘Kuchh Panne Dil Se’ and ‘Essence of Emotions’. He is also the founder member of prestigious Elan Sports and Wordzville Writers Club. Ahmedabad International Literature Festival is an initiative of Ikon Education Foundation, a charitable trust, founded by him and his associates which works for  promotion of education, Literature, Arts and Sports.

A regular and marathon runner, Umashanker is also the man on mission to have a healthy and happy society. He promotes running and other healthy habits among the citizens by organising different activities at different parts of the city. He along with his very passionate and motivated team of runners have helped many non runners to convert into runners and lead a healthy and happy life through consistent and persistent efforts.

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Utkarsh Patel

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Utkarsh Patel is a corporate-professional-turned-mythologist and now the author of “Shakuntala – The Woman Wronged”, published by Rupa Publications, and "Satyavati", a mobile-book published by Hungry Ogre Publications and "Kannaki's Anklet", published by Indus Source. He is a professor of Comparative Mythology at the Mumbai University and has qualifications in Mythology, both Indian and World from Mumbai University. He has been writing a Blog, ‘This is Utkarsh Speaking’ (www.utkarshspeak.blogspot.in) for close to seven years now, and is a founder member of ‘Talking Myths Project’ (www.talkingmyths.com), an online archive of traditional tales from the Indian Sub-continent.

Utkarsh Patel is also a regular speaker and lecturer on varying subjects of mythology and other topics, at various forums, litfests, organisations and colleges.

For more on his work, www.utkarshmp.com

His Twitter handle is @utkarshmp

 

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Vasant V. Gadhavi

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 Vasant V. Gadhavi  is an officer from IAS and currently holds the post of State Chief Information Commissioner,Gujarat Information Commission. He is a great exponent of Folk Literature. He has deep interest in music and literature. He writes columns for four Gujarati dailies regularly. His book has been published by compiling the articles published in different dailies. He is a very captivationg speaker. He can be reached at vasantgadhavi@gmail.com.  

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Vibha Vyas

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Vibha Vyas is essentially a fiction-writer who's equally passionate about poetry too.  She has also been a newspaper-columnist, and is currently working as Acquisitions Editor with a publishing house. She also conducts writing workshops (Story-Writing/ Memoir-Writing/ Business-Writing) for students and corporate executives.

Her published works include two novels ("Let the Rain Kiss You" and "A Thousand Memories") and a book of Hindi poems ("Peele Panne Sookhe Gulaab").

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Vihang A. Naik

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Born and brought up in Surat, Gujarat, Vihang A. Naik is Indian poet who writes poetry in English and also translates Gujarati language poetry into English. His English language poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies such as:  Indian Literature : A Sahitya Akademi Bi-Monthly Journal , The Indian P.E.N., Kavya Bharati , POESIS : A Journal of Poetry Circle , Mumbai , The Journal of The Poetry Society ( India ) , The Journal of Indian Writing In English , The Journal of Literature and Aesthetics , The Brown Critique ,The Poetry Chain and anthologies such as Anthology of Contemporary Poetry edited by Menka Shivdasani ( Big Bridge, USA ), Accent on Indian English Poetry ( Special issue ) Indian Literature edited by H. S. Shiva Prakash ( A SahityaAcademi’sBi-Monthly Journal , 1998 ) , The Dance of the Peacock ( Hidden Brook Press . Canada ) and  A Decade of Poetry edited by Prabhanjan K. Mishra ( Poetry Circle , Mumbai ) besides others. He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with Philosophy , Indian and English Literature . He had his primary schooling from Navrachana School of Baroda  ,Gujarat .

His notable collection of poems Poetry Manifesto ( New & Selected Poems ) is  published by IndiaLog ( New Delhi ) in 2010.   His significant collection of poems include Making A Poem published by Allied Publishers’ (Mumbai) in 2004. His first collection of poems includes City Times and Other Poems published in 1993 which is entered in Limca Book of Records ( 2016 ) , Indie Reader Discovery Award ( Poetry : 2016 ) Michael Madhusudhan Prize ( 1998 ) .

His Gujarati collection of poems include Jeevangeet ( Gujarati Poems ) published by NavbharatSahityaMandir ( Ahmedabad ) in 2001 dedicated to the cause of victims of Gujarat Earthquake 26thJanuary , 2001 . He also translates poetry written in Gujarati language into English including his own Gujarati Language poems into English.

After doing odd jobs he took to teaching as a profession serving in colleges since 1996 in Gujarat. He lives and works in Gujarat, India. He can be visited at www.vihang.org

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Vikram Shridhar

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Vikram Sridhar is a Classical Performance storyteller and theatre practitioner based in Bangalore. and Chennai . An Engineering and Management graduate by degree from institutes like the IIT, he believes in Oral Storytelling as a strong medium for conservation, which is highly relevant in the modern context. He combines his 15 years of work and interest in theatre,social work and conservation in his oral storytelling. He is a TEDx Speaker and the co-founder of Tahatto, a Bangalore-based award winning theatre entity. 'Around The Story Tree' is his initiative to connect the modern-day listener to the environment around through the power of stories and arts. He runs one of India's longest running meetups for Oral Storytelling for adults and travels the country sharing his researched stories with children and Adults

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Vikramjit Singh Rooprai

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 Vikramjit Singh Rooprai is one of the critically acclaimed Educator and Heritage Activist, promoting heritage and culture from past 8 years. He developed special programs for Corporate, Teachers and Students, that can empower them to learn various management, curriculum & co-curriculum topics through events from history. Being a subject matter expert, he is associated with many government and non-government bodies. With projects like www.monumentsofdelhi.com, The Heritage Photography Club and The Heritageshaala, Vikramjit has been able to spread awareness about Heritage across the country.

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Vinod Sahay

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Vinod Sahay is the Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Truck and Bus &Construction Equipment Divisions. He is responsible for short, medium & long term strategy, focusing on turning around the business and profitably growing the business, both on the volumes & market-share front.

Over the past two decades, Vinod has spearheaded various functions and been in overall business leadership positions of Commercial Vehicles, Two Wheelers & Passenger Vehicles categories of Automotive business.
Vinod had joined Mahindra &Mahindra Ltd as Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra Two Wheelers in July 2015. In May 2016, he was elevated as the Chief Executive Officer for the business, providing leadership to three companies in the sector, including providing oversight to Peugeot Scooters, France and explore new vistas and avenues for future growth of Mahindra’s Two Wheeler business. Vinod also served on the board of Peugeot Scooters, France.
During his tenure Mahindra Two Wheelers devised and embarked on a new strategy of focusing on premium segment of two wheelers and accordingly undertook a very successful business restructuring to transit from a strategy, cost structure and processes of a mass market player to that of a premium segment player. As a board member, he also led the development and implementation of turnaround strategy for Peugeot scooters.
Prior to joining M&M, Vinod has been associated with Tata Motors, heading various lines of businesses, Strategy, Business management, Sales & Marketing, Product management and Channel management in leadership roles. In the early years there, he steered roles like Product manager - Cars, Strategy PMO, led I&LCVs business turnaround and was Regional Manager of East & North regions for Commercial Vehicles BU.His last assignment there was, Business Head for the Medium &Heavy Trucks. During this eventful stint, he also led several strategic initiatives in Tata Motors like Data Analytics Project, Scenario Planning, Key Account Management and Loyalty Programs, etc.
In terms of educational background, Vinod is a Fulbright CII Fellowship Scholar from Institute of International Education – New York/ Carnegie Mellon University Petersburg – USA; anMBA (International Business with Marketing) from SYMBIOSIS – Pune and B. Sc. – Physics (Honors) from Delhi University.

On personal front, Vinod is married to Swatika and is blessed with two children. His hobbies include listening to soft music and ghazals.
 

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Vishwesh Desai

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About the Author

Vishwesh Desai was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India, a hardcore Gujju who shares the infamous Gujarati sweet tooth.
A 16-year-old with a fierce passion for reading and writing, the publication of his short stories in the Estrade magazine and the 2015 edition of the ‘I CAN’ book preceded the completion of his debut novel, “Shadows of the Northlands”, a fantasy fiction, which also just happens to be the fourth one he started.
“Shadows of the Northlands” was in the Crossword Top 10 list soon after its launch in Ahmedabad and continues to be very well received among readers.
Vishwesh has been awarded the ‘Rana Kapoor Young Talent Award 2016’ by Kumaon Literary Festival and Yes Bank in October 2016.
His creative streak extends to painting and sketching, and he has a few art exhibitions under his belt.
In his spare time, Vishwesh has worked with NGOs such as Akshaya Patra, Prabhat, Seva Café, Heal and Blind Peoples Association.
Vishwesh lives with his family in Ahmedabad, India.

Launch and Events

“Shadows of the Northlands”, published by Estrade Publishers LLP, was soft-launched at the Hyderabad Literary Festival in January 2016, and was released at Crossword Ahmedabad, on May 22, 2016 by noted author Ms. Raksha Bharadia and Ms Priyanshi Patel,Founder, Ahmedabad Book Club. It is available on Amazon too.

The Bangalore launch was held on July 24th, 2016 and the reading was done by renowned award-winning author Ms. Shinie Antony, at the famous Atta Gallatta book store.

Vishwesh has been invited to several literary platforms as a speaker. Notably, the Ahmedabad National Book Fair in May 2016, Kumaon Literary Festival in October 2016, the Ahmedabad International Literature Festival in November 2016 and the Gujarat Literature Festival in December 2016.

For more information you can visit his website www.vishweshdesai.com or his Facebook Page Vishwesh Desai.

The Book

“Shadows of the Northlands” is a fantasy fiction novel full of suspenseful action and snappy humour, which was in the Top Ten List at Crossword in the months following its launch.

The book has been endorsed by Mr. Mainak Dhar (bestselling author of the “Alice in Deadland” series and many more) and contains a foreword by Mr. Ashok Banker (whose bestselling books are too many to count).

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Yaseen Anwer

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Yaseen Anwer is an Indian multilingual poet who writes in English, Hindi and Urdu. He is the founder of "Kaafiya -  The Poetry Festival". He was also the founder and the managing editor of Poets Corner Group and Delhi Poetry Festival till mid 2015 which was established in June 2011 and in January 2013 respectively.

Yaseen’s work has appeared in more than 80 national and international magazines and journals. He also has had the honor of having his words translated to other languages like Chinese, Portuguese, Hindi, etc. He has been awarded the title of Young Poet in 2012 by the Indian Poetry Society & 100 Thousand Poetsfor Change.

Apart from poetry, he accepts his prolific love for photography and digital imaging. He also enjoys moderating poetry sessions at various festivals and gatherings.

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Yasser Usman

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YASSER USMAN is a television journalist and author of two bestselling biographies ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’ and ‘Rajesh Khanna- The Untold Story of India’s First Superstar’. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award and the NT (News Television) Awards three years in a row.

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Yogendu Joshi

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Yogendu Joshi is a young and promising Gujarati language poet, book publisher, social activist and traveller with passion. Writing Gujarati Gazal is first love and best life time companion.  He also works with Social Groups for encouraging people to use the Gujarati language. Matrubhasha Abhiyan - Pustak ni Parab is one of them. Mobilising users on facebook, he has collated and published three Ghazal Sangarh titled: Laine Agiyarmi Disha (2013), Sangati (2015) & Gazalgadh (2017). He carries unique skills and concepts to promote event on social media. And always try to take out the best things from the social media in terms of gujarati literature.

Yogendu was a columnist for the two years with Muththi Uncho Gujarati, a local Mumbai-based newspaper. He has participated in many mushayaras across India & has also appeared in television shows. In 2014, he did a solo performance in Dubai for the Gujarati samaj. His poems have been published in many Gujarati newspapers and magazines.

By profession Yogendu runs Tatva Power Projects And Associates, a Consultancy firm for MEP & Solar Projects in Ahmedabad. You can approach him on www.tatvapowerprojects.com

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