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.
17th February 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Shuchi Naum
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Diamond Pocket Books
A freelance media professional, Shuchi wrote her first book 'When Bugsie Ran Away From Home' for her yet unborn daughter. Through the story of Bugsie, Shuchi tells the reader that although everyone has fears and doubts but with the strength of will one can achieve whatever one set her heart on.
17th February 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Yashodhara Lal
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: HarperCollins Publishers
Yashodhara Lal graduated from IIM-Bangalore in 2002 and has over a decade of experience in the corporate world, across the FMCG and media industries. Yashodhara began her journey in writing with her blog, described as ‘a serious attempt to take life less seriously’, now at www.yashodharalal.com. Just Married, Please Excuse is her first book.
17th February 2014
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ziya us Salam
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Om Books International
A film critic with The Hindu since 2000, Ziya Us Salam has been writing regularly on cinema. Having contributed to numerous anthologies, he is a dispassionate observer of the changing trends in Indian cinema, from the times of Alam Ara to more contemporary fare like Taare Zameen Par, A Wednesday, Gangs of Wasseypur, etc. He has served on the jury of the International Film Festival of India (Non-Feature Film, 2011) and been part of the jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2008. Recently, he edited Housefull: The Golden Years of Hindi Cinema. His forthcoming book, Delhi: Four Shows, will hit the stands soon.
17th February 2014
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

P Stobdan, Pradeep Kumar Gautam and Namrata Goswamai
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis
Ambassador P Stobdan is a distinguished academician, diplomat, author and national security expert. A Senior Fellow at IDSA, he began his career as a security analyst. He was also the Director of the Centre for Strategic & Regional Studies at the University of Jammu. Stobdan is a specialist on Asian affairs covering Central Asia and Inner Asia, including Xinjiang, Tibet, Myanmar and the Himalayan region. He has written extensively on security-related subjects in various journals, books and newspapers, both in India and abroad. Dr Goswami completed her doctorate from JNU, and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway, a Visiting Fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and a Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. In 2012, Dr Goswami was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship and the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship. Col. P K Gautam joined IDSA in 2005. He is presently a member of both non-traditional and military centres. With over 29 years of military service and veteran of 1971 war in Bangladesh and Siachen, he has 12 years of research experience on environment post premature retirement, and has published books on environment.
17th February 2014
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Vinod Nair
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Om Books International
Vinod Nair was born in New Delhi and graduated from Delhi University. He went on to complete his study in International Management from the Chartered Management Institute (UK). Having worked for over two decades which has seen him travel to most places around the world, he is now heading the Human Resources function in a US multinational company based out of Gurgaon. Delhi OMG! is borne out of his experiences, incidents, and events that helped him appreciate and depreciate the essence of survival in the city worth dying for. This is his first book on the intriguing yet fascinating city of Delhi.
17th February 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bina Kapoor
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Vishv Books
Bina Kapoor is a writer, speaker, trainer and workshop consultant. A member of AWIC (Association of Writer’s & Illustrator’s for Children), she has published books for children and real-life flash fiction in newspapers. Being a graduate botanist with masters in English, Bina is inclined to blending scientific facts into fiction. She recently published the series I Am Unique (short stories targeting behavioural intervention for children ridden with self-doubts in the age group 5–10 years). Her stories usually germinate from adversity, humour and live the journey to positivity against all odds.
17th February 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Amit Shankar, Joygopal Poddar and Shwetabh Gangwar
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
As an advertising professional, Amit Shankar has worked with some of the biggest advertising agencies, spearheading communication for a global and blue-chip clientele. As a Creative Director, he is respected and known for leveraging his creative panache backed by strategic thinking. His love of writing made him to dabble with letters and he published three books, Love is Vodka, Flight of the Hilsa and Chapter Eleven. Joygopal Podder is India's most prolific author. This gold medalist in Law from the University of Delhi has been heralded as the fastest published Indian author by the Limca Book of Records. Joygopal has to his credit 12 books, which include Vanished, Merchants of Dreams, Beware of the Night, and A Million Seconds Too Late, among others. Shwetabh Gangwar is a blogger, songwriter and a musician. He manages and writes content for the YouTube Channel, ‘What the Fudge!’ He also indulges in writing comedy, and reading subjects such as Philosophy, History, and Literature. His first book is titled A Thousand Love Letters.
17th February 2014
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Biswaroop Roy Chowdhary
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Diamond Pocket Books
With latest being 'Heart Mafia', Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury has published 25 books so far. He has been writing on the issues related both with body as well as mind. His books include, 'Dynamic Memory Methods', 'How to Build a Super Specialty Home Hospital', 'Heal Without Pill' and 'How to Return from the Hospital Alive'.
17th February 2014
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Arpita Das and Friederike Barakat
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: German Book Office
Arpita Das runs an independent publishing house called Yoda Press which specializes in alternative lists like Sexualities, Cities and Urbanism, Popular and Visual Culture, and Political Dissent, and is committed to the essay as a genre. She ran the indie bookstore and hub called Yodakin in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi between 2009 and 2013. Recently she co-founded a self-publishing services platform called AuthorsUpFront. Friederike Barakat works as the Foreign Rights Director at Carl Hanser Verlag, a prestigious German publishing house, which was founded in 1928. Their books are renowned for their high quality content and presentation, and they include a broad palette of technical and scientific books as well as numerous technical journals. In addition, Hanser also enjoys a sterling reputation as a publisher of literature and children's books in the German-speaking world.
17th February 2014
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Musharraf Alam Zauqi
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Alami Urdu Media Trust
Musharraf Alam Zauqi graduated from Maharaja College and then qualified for M.A. (History) from the same institution. He had a knack for poetry and was very creative from an early age. His first story appeared in “Payam-e-Taaleem” (a children’s magazine) when he was studying in sixth standard. At 13 he wrote his first short story titled “Rishton kee Saleeb” which was published in Kahkashan (Mumbai). At 17 he completed his first novel Oqab Ki Aankhen which has recently been published at a larger scale by Aalami Media Pvt. Ltd. Zauqi has till date published 11 novels and several collections of short stories in Urdu and Hindi.
17th February 2014
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rajiva Wijesinha
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Sri Lankan Embassy and NBT India
Rajiva Wijesinha is currently a Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka. With a doctorate in English from Oxford University, he was until recently the Senior Professor of Languages at Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka. His writings include works of fiction, political history and philosophy, which include, The Limits of Love; Foundations of Modern Society; Political Principles and their Practice in Sri Lanka; Liberal Perspectives for South Asia, and Declining Sri Lanka. His edited works include A Selection of Modern Sri Lankan Poetry in English; A Selection of Modern Sri Lankan Short Stories in English; Bridging Connections: An Anthology of Sri Lankan Short Stories and Mirrored Images: An Anthology of Sri Lankan Poetry.
17th February 2014
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Neelesh Misra and Vartika Nanda
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Vani Prakashan
Nileesh Misra, is a renowned Indian journalist, author, radio-jockey, storyteller, Bollywood script writer and renowned songwriter, poet, and photographer. He is a well-known on 92.7 BIG FM with his popular radio show ‘Yaadon ka Idiot Box With Neelesh Misra'. Vartika Nanda is a famous poet and journalist. Nanda uses media and literature as a tool to spread awareness about women empowerment.