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vineet bajpai

Vineet bajpai

first generation entrepreneur | author

He is the Founder and CEO of Talentrack, an online platform for hiring and talent crowd sourcing for the media and entertainment sector. He is also the Founder & Chairman of Magnon\TBWA and Magnon eg+. Both Magnon companies are part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group.

Bajpai is the author of seven books: Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway, The 30 Something CEO, Harappa: Curse of the Blood River, Pralay: The Great Deluge, Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple and Mastaan: The Fallen Patriot of Delhi.

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venkatesh

S. Venkatesh

corporate leader | entrepreneur

Venkatesh wears many hats. In his roles as private equity investor, executive coach, corporate leader, entrepreneur and Board member, he has helped businesses thrive and grow. He spent a significant part of his professional life in the stock markets with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, and continues to be an avid investor.

Venkatesh has been keenly interested in Eastern philosophy and mysticism right from his college days at IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta. He has found his inspiration to write in rather curious settings – while crawling through war tunnels in Vietnam, coming face-to-face with a bear during a trek in the Nilgiris, chancing upon an Indus Valley ruin while on a road trip, listening to ‘Madhushala’, or just drinking cutting chai by the roadside. He is passionate about self-discovery and the power of stories to inspire and transform.

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Harini Srinivasan

Harini Srinivasan

CIVIL SERVANT | PROJECT MANAGER | EDITOR

Having undertaken different roles (Civil Servant, Project Manager, Communications Professional and Editor) across countries (India, Germany and The Netherlands) for over 18 years, Harini Srinivasan has edited several prestigious books including Selected Speeches of the President, Indian Dance – Through a Critic’s Eye, Abode under the Dome and Legends of Indian Silver Screen. She has authored a children’s book “The Wizard Tales – Adventures of Bun-Bun” which is now into second print. She is passionate about History, Literature and the Performing Arts and writes a blog on classic Hindi films and books (at www.bagsbooksandmore.wordpress.com). She is currently with the Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion (CDFI), a non-profit organisation.

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Aditya Shroff

Aditya Shroff

WRITER | ATHLETE

Shroff holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai. After passing college with a distinction, he gave up a prospective career in the corporate world, and made a life changing decision to move back to a simple, minimalistic farm life, follow his passions—running and writing, and focus on—what he calls—the finer things in life.

Shroff spent most of his formative years on his parents’ farm in the countryside, running around the never-ending fields “chasing goats and feasting on fresh farm-fruits”. This greatly influences his style of writing, which often drifts from the narrow bougainvillea-flanked trails, and over beautifully nostalgic reminiscences. Shroff’s stories have also appeared at an international level, featuring in inspirational magazines.

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Tarun Gautam

Tarun Gautam

Free Thinker | Writer | Banker

Tarun Gautam or TeeGee is a free thinker and a writer with a soul. When not penning books, he is the Regional Sales Head for a leading banking technology firm and has travelled to over 20 countries. He believes experiencing varying cultures of countries such as Latvia and South Africa have given him a unique world-view. An engineer and an executive MBA from IIM Lucknow, Tarun played a key role in the formative years of two consulting start-ups. Tarun is also a keen golfer and yoga enthusiast.

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Runjhun Noopur

Runjhun Noopur

Blogger | Author | Happiness Coach | Co-Founder ECORK

Runjhun Noopur is an ex-lawyer turned entrepreneur and blogger who regularly writes at Medium, and has been widely published by national and international publications including the Times of India, Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul, the Best of the Speaking Tree collection (Vol. IV), Thrive Global and Arre.

Runjhun is the co-founder of ECORK Coworking and Creative Spaces. She is a curious spiritualist, a seeker of life’s many adventures, a firm believer in the magic of the Universe and a rabid devotee of the idea called happiness.

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Arjun Hemmady

Arjun Hemmady

Finance Professional | Author

A full-time Finance Professional, Arjun Hemmady has been interested in writing since an early age. He has written various articles on topics such as driving and sports and the current socio-political scenario in India. The next step in his literary journey was definitely then to write a novel. He published his first novel at the age of 26, titled “You Raise Me Up” in November 2015. When not working, Arjun likes to read, drive and watch movies and sports.

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Nandini Vijyaraghavan

Nandini Vijyaraghavan

Author | Analyst | Case Study Writer | columnist

Nandini Vijayaraghavan holds postgraduate degrees in Economics and Finance from Tufts University and London Business School respectively and is a CFA charter holder. She has extensive experience in researching Asia Pacific corporates at banks and rating agencies.

Born and raised in Chennai (India), Nandini is passionate about translating Tamil literature into English and promoting financial literacy. Her debut translation was that of Kalki Krishnamurthy’s four-volume classic, “Sivakamiyin Sabadham” (Sivakami’s Oath). Nandini co-authored Singapore’s first corporate biography “The Singapore Blue Chips”. She blogs at www.litintrans.com.

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Moitrayee Bhaduri

Moitrayee Bhaduri

Author | Screenwriter | Content Specialist

Moitrayee Bhaduri is an author, screenwriter, and content specialist. She loves reading crime thrillers as much as she enjoys writing them. Her first book, The Sinister Silence (2015), introduced the feisty private detective Mili Ray. Moitrayee also writes screenplays for TV and freelances with IT firms as a content consultant. Before switching to a full-time writing career, she worked with organizations like IBM, Oracle, and Cognizant, among others, for 15 years. An alumna of Loreto College and Jadavpur University, Moitrayee also has a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She loves music, dogs, and blogs at www.itsmyworld-moitrayee.blogspot.com

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Vadhan

Vadhan

Author | Lawyer | Traveller

Bommadevara Sai Chandravadhan writes under the Pen Name, Vadhan, a moniker coined by his folks at home. Vadhan is a prolific reader. He turned to writing a few years ago. His first published book is Shatru, a prequel to his yet unpublished fantasy Series.

His second book, Agniputr: When Agni First Spoke, took the reading community by a storm. Hailed as one of the best multi-genre thrillers by leading national newspapers, literary platforms, critics and top-end bloggers. Vadhan is a lawyer by qualification and manages regulatory risk practice in a very large multinational consulting firm.

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Pragya Kureel

Pragya Kureel

Author | Student

Pragya Kureel, currently, 22 years old published her first romance work at the age of 19. She has been avidly reading from a very young age and that garnered her interest in writing. She has previously published her romance work and her second book has been appraised and brought her into the list of ‘100 inspiring authors of India’.

She has written several award-winning articles and court judgments. She has represented India on international dialogue platforms with European countries where she discussed about the progressive future for writers in both countries.

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Shobha Nihalani

Shobha Nihalani

Author | Bookkeeper | Copywriter

For most of her life, Shobha Nihalani has lived in different parts of the world. But her heart has always been in India. Influenced by her cultural roots, her stories are peppered with unique Indian characters and vivid settings. She is the author of adventure and thriller novels: The Silent Monument, NINE trilogy, Unresolved – A psychological thriller and Trikon.

She has also written a non-fiction book, a biography of a spiritual leader: Dada Vaswani – A Life in Spirituality. Shobha lives in Hong Kong with her family, and she’s in the midst of plotting another wild story.

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Abhinav Agarwal

Abhinav Agarwal

Author | Photographer | Software Professional

Abhinav is a blogger, photographer, coach, software professional, Hindi music addict, avid reader, prolific reviewer, and editor of the Indic Book Club. Abhinav’s writings have been published in DNA, Pioneer, Swarajya, LinkedIn, OpIndia, Medium, and elsewhere. He has worked at large and small technology companies in India, United States, and Canada on enterprise and e-commerce applications, risk and compliance management, and big data platforms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai and is a gold medallist from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters.

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Chitrangada Mukherjee

Chitrangada Mukherjee

Author | Ideator

Chitrangada Mukherjee is the author of the bestselling novel, Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic. She holds a Master’s degree in History and Marketing Management and has worked as a teacher, news reader, soft skills trainer, quiz show hostess and content specialist for a decade. After she found her true calling in creative writing, few years ago, she has turned her energy and drive into making it her full-time occupation.

Apart from writing, she loves to ideate, chat with her daughter, and listen to music. She would love to connect with her readers on instagram and on email. Her insta handle is chitrangadaitis. And her email is chitrangada.m@gmail.com

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Apeksha Rao

Apeksha Rao

Author | Blogger | Homeopath

Apeksha Rao is a homoeopath by profession, and a writer by passion. A polyglot, fluent in six languages by the age of five, she fell in love with words very early in life. She wrote her first story at the age of seven, and her stories and plays won many accolades in school and college. She is also an amateur sitar player.

A Mumbaikar, born and bred, Apeksha comes from a family of doctors. At the age of thirty-four, she wound up her practice and moved to Bengaluru, and as she explored her new city, she was inspired to start a food blog, in addition to her already-popular fiction blog. She is a keen observer of human nature, something that is reflected in her stories.

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Victoria Krundysheva

Victoria Krundysheva

Author | Photographer

Victoria Krundysheva is a Russian-born conceptual fashion photographer, art & creative director living in India. She is also a Broncolor GenNEXT ambassador as well as Sigma India ambassador.

Her style combines the techniques, aesthetics and visual luxury of fashion with creativity, insight and storytelling of conceptual photography.

Living in India since 2012, her journey as a photographer began only in 2015 and since then she made her name in fashion and conceptual photography working with brands such as Manish Malhotra, Titan, Taj, Celio and many others. Victoria’s work is inspired by her free spirit, metaphorical vision and attention to details.

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Sid Kapdi

Sid Kapdi

AUTHOR | IT PROFESSIONAL | CREATIVE ARTIST | GLOBAL TOURIST

An avid reader, wellness enthusiast and a movie buff, Sid started his professional journey in fiction writing in mid-2018. His forte lies in providing an edge-of-the-seat roller-coaster ride to his readers, via his unique and highly creative tales mainly in the horror genre. His short story was selected and published in India’s first anthology on urban horror, titled ‘City of Screams’ in 2019.

Sid is an alumnus of WIT and NMIMS. He has spent over two decades in the IT industry performing techno-functional and leadership roles in transformation projects with Fortune 100 clients. Currently Sid works with a leading Consulting & IT MNC as a Sales Enablement lead. He is based out of Mumbai and has lived in US and UK in the past.

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Swarnendu Bhushan

Swarnendu Bhushan

AUTHOR | ENGINEER

Swarnendu Bhushan has more than two decades of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural experiences ranging from engineering to finance across India, South East Asia, Far East and Europe. He has been working in the capital markets for the past decade. Heavy dose of academics at IIT Kharagpur, the National University of Singapore and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad have barely been able to tame his free spirits.

He is an avid reader. Whenever he finds time, he tries to follow his passions, writing being one of them.

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Amrita Sharma

Amrita Sharma

Author | Journalist

Amrita Sharma is a journalist by profession and an author by choice. She has worked with DD News, NDTV, Hindustan Times and is currently with the BBC. She has been writing on relationships for over 20 years and several of her articles on the subject of love and relationships have been published in various leading Indian newspapers and magazines, including the online portals of Femina and The Indian Express.

She feels strongly about wellness and mental health and enjoys writing about work-life balance and emotional health and well-being.

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Smita Bhattacharya

Smita Bhattacharya

Author | Traveller | Consultant | Gypsy

Smita Bhattacharya is an author and management consultant based in Mumbai. She has been published in prestigious international magazines such as The Ascent, Lit Up, Litro, The Fem Lit Mag, and eFiction. Strong female protagonists and Agatha Christie-style whodunits are her forte. Her book Dead to Them is (almost) autobiographical in nature—girl in the city, girl in consulting, girl against the big bad world—but with less than half the intrigues its protagonist Moira’s life has.

Smita is an avid traveller and has solo-travelled to over forty countries. She loves to read, watch, and write atmospheric crime mystery thrillers. Learn more about her at www.smitabhattacharya.com.

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Prassant Kevin

Prassant Kevin

Author | Director

Prassant was born and raised in Delhi. After his schooling, he pursued his childhood dream and studied Major in Film Direction. Later, he directed a Hindi Feature Film and several Short Films and Music Videos. In the winter of 2013, he finally decided to turn one of his oldest written film screenplays into a full-fledged English Novel.

Mysteries, gruesome crimes, and murders always captivated Kevin and that was perhaps one of the reasons why he spent most of his childhood reading Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, or our very own Byomkesh Bakshi. Kevin soon realized that the modern generation who loves reading should get the taste of their own Desi Sherlock Holmes. This inspired him to create a Detective character, Professor Black. Kansa is the first book of the Killer Trilogy marking the debut of Professor Black in the literary world.

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Bevin Biju

Benvin Biju

Author | Engineer

Benvin Baiju holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Kerala. An avid reader and Tech enthusiast who loves thrillers. He was an eager reader since childhood and loved books on Science fiction, mythological fiction and the history of India. He is currently working as an Engineer in ISRO in Kerala. He loves music, movies and travelling.

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Rajiv Shah

Rajiv Shah

Author | Consultant

Rajiv Shah, a Management Consultant, with a penchant for stage and songs, has been a day dreamer. Being a Chartered Accountant with 24 years of management experience, he found his alter ego in writing which led him to write a Romantic Thriller. A big fan of Bollywood, romance and suspense, his first book FOREVER, a combination of the three, was a Bestseller, along with a strong message to the youth on how not to falter in love.

With TreeShade Books, Rajiv is about to publish his next Romantic Thriller FORBIDDEN.

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Ruchita Shah

Ruchita Shah

Author | Entrepreneur

Ruchita Dar Shah started out as an advertising professional working with agencies such as Vyas Giannetti Creative, RK Swamy BBDO and Mudra until 2010 when she took time off to raise her boys. Shortly after, she decided to start a small group on Facebook for new mothers like her. She christened it ‘First Moms Club’, a platform for moms to bond over similar experiences and help one another. This group evolved into a thriving community, and today connects lakhs of Indian moms across 100 countries. Shah is now popularly known as Chief Mommy Officer of First Moms Club, with an ever-growing presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as its own website www.firstmomsclub.in.

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