Authors' Corner

Writing in English and other Indian languages, are today transforming India’s literary landscape, with Indian writers commanding global attention and interest. More than 500 authors, established and emerging, in over 300 sessions — conversing, reflecting and interacting with their readers.
16th February 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Deepti Naval
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: National Book Trust, India
Born in northern India, Deepti Naval is an acclaimed actor. After her schooling she migrated to the United States, where she was educated at the City University of New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan. She has acted in more than 60 films and also wrote and directed Thodasa Aasmaan, a TV serial about women, and produced a travel show called The Path Less Travelled. A selection of poems in Hindi, Lamha-Lamha was published in 1983 and more recently, MapinLit brought out a new collection called Black Wind and Other Poems. She also runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, set up in memory of her late companion, for the education of the girl child.
16th February 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bimal Chhajer
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Diamond Pocket Books
Dr Bimal Chhajer MBBS, MD is a pioneer in Non Invasive Cardiology in India. He passed his MBBS from R.K. Kar Medical College, Kolkata and completed his MD from King George's Medical College, Lucknow. He worked at the AIIMS for six years as a Senior Resident Doctor and as an Assistant Professor. Today his brainchild "Saaol Heart Program" is a widely accepted treatment program for Reversing Heart Disease. Dr Chhajer has authored about 70 books for heart patients, his numerous lectures are available in the form of VCD, and he is a magnificent teacher of Preventive Cardiology.
16th February 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Michael Fischman
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Art of Living Foundation
Michael Fischman is the author of the multi-award-winning spiritual memoir, Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment. He is a founding member and former president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation, one of the world’s largest volunteer-based NGOs, with self-development and humanitarian programs that have impacted more than 30 million people around the world. Winner of the Nautilus Silver Award, an Eric Hoffer Prize, and a Finalist in the “USA Best Books 2011” Awards, Michael has been leading breathing and meditation workshops for more than 25 years.
16th February 2014
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Taj Hassan
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Hachette
Taj Hassan is in the IPS and is presently Joint Commissioner Security. He has served in the north-east and has won the president's medal for gallantry. His book The Inexplicable Unhappiness of Ramu Hajjam has been well received by the book lovers.
16th February 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jagdish Khattar
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Penguin Books
Jagdish Khattar has had an astonishingly diverse career, a trained lawyer who became an IAS officer. He was an agent of change in Uttar Pradesh through his roles as district magistrate, and head of the cement and transport corporations. He also helmed India’s Tea Board in London and played a key role in the steel ministry. Elevated to the post of MD with Maruti Udyog, Khattar braved labour unions, foreign competition, and politicians as he led Maruti to a very successful IPO. Finally, Khattar turned entrepreneur with Carnation, India’s first multi-brand car sales and servicing network. His new book Driven spreads across a sweeping national canvas from drought-hit villages to the Shakespearean intrigues of politicians and bureaucrats.
16th February 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ruskin Bond
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Rupa Publications
Born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Simla. His first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written over 500 short stories, essays and novellas, and more than forty books for children. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for English writing in India in 1993, the Padma Shri in 1999, and the Delhi Govt.’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
16th February 2014
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Shombit Sengupta
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Sage Publications
Shombit Sengupta is an international consultant to top management on differentiating business strategy with execution excellence. Since the last 35 years, his core expertise has been in delivering extra benefit to clients across industries. He has created the Emotional Surplus delivery model which is a blend of trust, functionality and emotive factors to provide end user touch point ecstasy in any delivery. Shombit has authored 4 books, one in French and three in English called Jalebi Management, Strategic Pokes and The Art of the Brand. He is a weekly columnist in Indian Express and Financial Express since the last 5 years.
16th February 2014
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Sudeep Nagarkar
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Random House
Sudeep Nagarkar is the author of three bestselling novels ─ Few Things Left Unsaid, That’s the Way We Met, and It Started with a Friend Request. His upcoming book to hit the stands soon is titled Sorry, You’re Not My Type. All his books are inspired from real- life incidents and continue to top the bestseller charts. He was awarded a Youth Achiever’s Award in 2013. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Mumbai University and has completed management studies from Welingkar Institute of management. He is also a motivational speaker and has given guest lectures at various reputed institutes and organizations.
16th February 2014
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kishalay Bhattacharjee and G K Pillai
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Pan Macmillan
Kishalay Bhattacharjee is a senior broadcast journalist whose work experience spans twenty years. Seventeen of those were spent at NDTV covering conflict in India's north-east as well as the Maoist corridor. He is a Panos Fellow for HIV/AIDS and an Edward Murrow Fellow in Journalism. His film Santi, Lucy and Thoibi was screened at international festivals in Goa and Barcelona. Kishalay has been writing and speaking on conflict and post-conflict situations and was selected as Chair, Internal Security and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Che in Paona Bazaar is his debut non-fiction work.
16th February 2014
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vikas Swaroop
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Simon & Schuster
Author and diplomat, Vikas Swarup has served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, Great Britain, South Africa and Japan. Q & A, his first novel, has been translated into more than forty languages. The film version of this novel, titled Slumdog Millionaire, went on to win more than 70 awards including four Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and a staggering 8 Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. His second book Six Suspects has been translated into 30 languages and would soon be made into a film. The Accidental Apprentice, his third novel, was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2013. He has also written for various national and international magazines.