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.
18th February 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Nikhil Chandwani
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Omji Books
Nikhil is a script writer, author and director. He has directed shows for regional and National TV channels. He has won various awards including UK forum awards, Multi-national awards and Tamil Nadu state awards. He is popular for his poetry writing and recitation. His poetry collection Unsung Words comprises 55 poems based on a different genre.
18th February 2014
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

J J Singh
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Prabhat Prakashan
General J J Singh, a highly decorated soldier, has served as the Chief of Army Staff and the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. During his forty-seven year stint in the Army, he commanded two infantry battalions and was closely associated with the planning and execution of the Kargil War at the Army Headquarters. After retirement, he was appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and has has received a number of civilian honours and awards for his outstanding leadership. General Singh has recently published his autobiography titled 'Ek Senadhyaksh Ki Atmakatha'.
18th February 2014
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Vijai Vardhan
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Wisdom Tree
After graduating in History from St Stephen's College, Delhi, Vijai Vardhan joined the Haryana cadre of the IAS in 1985. He is drawn to the mystic and has a deep and abiding interest in Sufism, Confucianism and Taoism. He has authored two books of Sufi Haiku titled, Beyond the Great Beyond and Ibadat: The Breath of My Soul. His recent book is titled Kurukshetra: Timeless Sanctity.
18th February 2014
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Deb Mukherji
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Niyogi Books
Deb Mukharji was a member of the Indian Foreign Service. He has been walking and photographing the Himalaya for five decades. He conducted the first group of Indian pilgrims to Kailash and Manasarovar in 1981, when pilgrimages from India were resumed after a hiatus of twenty years. His photographs have been published in numerous journals and featured in exhibitions where they have been critically acclaimed for their artistic quality. His first book The Magic of Nepal, featuring photographs and accounts of his walks in the Nepal Himalaya appeared in 2005.
18th February 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Joginder Singh
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Diamond Pocket Books
Joginder Singh retired from IPS after a distinguished career, spanning over 36 years. Popular nationwide as a crusader in fighting against corruption, he has headed the top investigating agency of India ─ Central Bureau of Investigation. During his career he has served as Director-General of ITBP, CISF, BPR&D and NCB, apart from serving as Special Secretary in the Union Home Ministry. He has also been a Member of the Executive Committee of Interpol in recognition of his dedication and professionalism. A popular columnist, his articles feature regularly in India’s leading dailies. He has authored 50 books in English and other languages, including Directing the CBI and Tryst with Terror.
18th February 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Abhijit Basu
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Lead Start Publishing
Abhijit Basu, one-time research scientist and former administrator of government finances, is presently engaged as part-time independent director in the corporate sector. An avowed admirer of the ideal of the Renaissance Man, Basu has been a follower of the liberal arts, especially Sanskrit, English and Bengali literature, apart from his keen interest in the sciences and performing arts. As an author and polymath editor, Basu has covered a broad spectrum of topics and ideas. His first book was titled Prophets, Poets and Philosopher-Kings: Sketches on India’s Spiritual & Literary Heritage. His recent book Marvels & Mysteries of the Mahabharata is an interesting read for all.
18th February 2014
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Minakshi Thakur
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: HarperCollins Publishers
Minakshi Thakur's first book, An Indian Evening, a collection of poems in English, was published by Writers’ Workshop in 2002. She has since published two collections of Hindi poems: Jab Utthi Yavanika (2003) and Neend Ka Akhiri Pul (2010), which was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Young Writers’ Prize, 2011. In 2012, she was awarded the Sangam House Fellowship, an international writers’ residency in Bengaluru.
18th February 2014
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bikram Grewal
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Om Books International
Bikram Grewal has written over ten best-selling books on Indian birds and the first comprehensive guide to the wildlife of India. He is also the author of several books on India and is closely involved with several institutions dealing with India’s environment.
18th February 2014
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Ingrid Storholmen and Marietta
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: HarperCollins Publishers
Ingrid Storholmen originally comes from Verdal in Norway, an area affected by the radioactive rain from Chernobyl. In 2002 she spent two months in the forbidden zone and the condemned areas of Ukraine and Belarus. This is her first novel, following three critically acclaimed collections of poetry.
18th February 2014
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Anna Vetticad
Authors' Corner 'CONVERSATIONS' (Hall 12)

Organiser: Om Books International
She is a prominent Delhi-based journalist. In her 18 years, she has worked with India Today, The Indian Express and Headlines Today, and has been a Consulting Editor with The New Indian Express. Among her various assignments at HT, she hosted her own television talk show ‘Star Trek’ which drew all the country’s eminent entertainment personalities. She is currently also a freelance journalist, social media consultant and an avid blogger.
18th February 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Aditya Mukherjee
Authors' Corner 'REFLECTIONS' (Hall 10-11)

Organiser: Rupa Publications
Aditya Mukherjee is Professor of Contemporary Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He was a visiting Professor at Duke University, North Carolina, USA in 1986 and Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tokyo (1999–2000). His major publications include Imperialism, Nationalism and the Making of the Indian Capitalist Class (2002), India since Independence (2008), and India’s Struggle for Independence (1988).