An Annual Literary Retreat

Speakers 2015 Edition

Aanchal Malhotra

Aanchal Malhotra

Aanchal Malhotra is a multimedia artist whose works explore the written word, photographic ...

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Abha Iyengar

Abha Iyengar

Abha Iyengar is an internationally published author, poet and British Council certified creative ...

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Aditya Bal

Aditya Bal

Chef Aditya Bal grew up in a family which ran a hotel in idyllic Kashmir, watching his maternal ...

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Akshay Manwani

Akshay Manwani

Author of Sahir Ludhianvi: The People's Poet, Akshay Manwani graduated from St. Xavier's ...

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Dr. Alka Pande

Dr. Alka Pande

Dr. Pande is currently a Consultant, Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat ...

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Ameena Saiyid

Ameena Saiyid

Ameena Saiyid is the managing director of Oxford University Press in Pakistan and the ...

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Amit Shankar

Amit Shankar

Amit Shankar has authored 4 national best sellers; Flight of the Hilsa, Chapter 11, Love is Vodka-A ...

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Anuja Chauhan

Anuja Chauhan

She is often described as 'the best writer of the Indian commercial fiction genre'. As a writer...

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Arvind Passey

Arvind Passey

Arvind passey began his professional life marching up and down the drill square of the Indian...

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Asif Noorani

Asif Noorani

Asif Noorani is a former editor, senior columnist, author, book and music reviewer and...

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Avirook Sen

Avirook Sen

Avirook Sen is an independent journalist based in Gurgaon. He has been a reporter...

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Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt is Consulting Editor with NDTV, India's premier news network. She is one of India's...

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Basanta Rajkumar

Basanta Rajkumar

Basanta Rajkumar is an officer of Indian Forest Services. He is presently the Managing...

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Dr. Bibek Debroy

Dr. Bibek Debroy

Padam Shri Dr.Bibek Debroy is a permanent member of NITI Aayog (National Institution for...

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Dadi Pudumjee

Dadi Pudumjee

Dadi Pudumjee is a leading puppeteer in India, he is the founder of The Ishara Puppet Theatre...

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Dr. Debasis Panigrahi

Dr. Debasis Panigrahi

Dr. Debasis Panigrahi has published nine collections of short stories, three collections...

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Deepa Agarwal

Deepa Agarwal

Deepa Agarwal was born and grew up in Almora, Uttarakhand. She writes for both children...

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Deepak Rawat

Deepak Rawat

Born and bought up in Mussoorie, Deepak did his schooling from Hampton Court and ...

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Deepti Pant

Deepti Pant

Deepti Pant is a creative artist and storyteller, for the last decade, she has been exploring the ...

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Devapriya Roy

Devapriya Roy

Devapriya Roy began her career with The Vague Woman's Handbook, a quirky novel ...

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Dinesh Trivedi

Dinesh Trivedi

Illustrious and articulate, Dinesh Trivedi is an Indian politician from the All India Trinamool Congress ...

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Dolly Singh

Dolly Singh

Dolly is the founder of Poets Corner and Delhi Poetry Festival. A poet herself, her association with ...

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Fahad Samar

Fahad Samar

Fahad Samar is a director, film critic, author and columnist. Fahad is the best selling author ...

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Gautam Chintamani

Gautam Chintamani

Gautam Chintamani is a born cinephile and the author of Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being ...

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Gayatri Chatterjee

Gayatri Chatterjee

Gayatri Chatterjee is an independent film scholar and lives in Pune. She has written widely on ...

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Geet Chaturvedi

Geet Chaturvedi

Geet is a Hindi poet and novelist. He has authored five books till now. In 2010, he published three ...

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Harish Chandra Singh Rawat

Harish Chandra Singh Rawat

Harish Chandra Singh Rawat is an Indian political leader and Chief Minister of state of Uttarakhand...

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James Champion

James Champion

James Champion is a passionate wildlife enthusiast with a long and distinguished ...

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Jane Gill

Jane Gill

Jane Gill was born in England in 1964. She worked as a graphic designer for many years before finding ...

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 Janhavi Prasada

Janhavi Prasada

Janhavi began her journalism career in 1998 with the Pioneer, a leading newspaper daily ...

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Jeroninio Almeida

Jeroninio Almeida

Jerry is affectionately called "the moJOshInspirator" and "Karma Guru" by several people who ...

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Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is the author of A bear for Felicia (Puffin) and Mowgli and the Bear (Disney) and co-author ...

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Kanza Javed

Kanza Javed

Kanza Javed's manuscript, "Ashes, Wine and Dust" was short listed for Tibor Jones South Asia Prize ...

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Kiran Chaturvedi

Kiran Chaturvedi

An experienced sociologist, qualitative consumer insight researcher, author and citizen activist,...

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Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral

Kiran was a journalist before she quit to be full time mommy. Her blogs were both in India's top ...

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HE Dr. Krishan Kant Paul

HE Dr. Krishan Kant Paul

HE Dr. Krishna Kant Paul is the 6th and current Governor of Uttarakhand. He had previously ...

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Kulpreet Yadav

Kulpreet Yadav

Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Founder-Editor ...

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Kusum Budhwar

Kusum Budhwar

Kusum Budhwar's book "Where Gods Dwell", Central Himalayan Folktales and Legends was ...

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Lovita J R Morang

Lovita J R Morang

Green Oscar Entrant for acclaimed documentary film "Discovery of Rhododendron Forest ...

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Maharaj Krishna Raina

Maharaj Krishna Raina

Maharaj Krishna Raina, popularly known as M.K. Raina, is one of India's best-known ...

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Maduja Mukherjee

Maduja Mukherjee

Madhuja Mukherjee is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. She teaches Film Studies at Jadavpur University ...

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Mahesh Rao

Mahesh Rao

Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. His short fiction has been shortlisted for ...

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Maitreyee B Chowdhury

Maitreyee B Chowdhury

Maitreyee B Chowdhury is a Bangalore based poet and writer. She has two books to her credit ...

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Dr. Manjiri Prabhu

Dr. Manjiri Prabhu

Dr. Manjiri Prabhu is a Pune-based English Author, Film-maker and Lit Fest Founder / Director ...

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Maya Mirchandani

Maya Mirchandani

Maya Mirchandani is Senior Editor, Foreign Affairs Editor and a Senior Anchor at NDTV ...

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Menka Shivdasani

Menka Shivdasani

Menka Shivdasani is the author of three collections of poetry, Nirvana at Ten Rupees, Stet,...

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Meraj Anwar

Meraj Anwar

Meraj is a Senior Project Officer in WWF-India. He has a Master's degree in wildlife science ...

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Mihir Vatsa

Mihir Vatsa

Mihir Vatsa's first book of poetry, Painting That Red Circle White, was termed a "must read of 2014" by...

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Mona Verma

Mona Verma

Mona Verma is a writer based in Hardwar, Uttarakhand. She did her Philosophy Honours...

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Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale

Namita has written six novels, a collection of short stories, and several works of non fiction, all ...

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Neelam Kapur

Neelam Kapur

Neelam is a Civil Servant, currently head of the Directorate of Field Publicity which is responsible ...

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Neeta Gupta

Neeta Gupta

Neeta Gupta is the publisher of Yatra Books. She is also a Joint Secretary with the Bharatiya ...

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Neha Prasada

Neha Prasada

Neha Prasada is the author of the book 'Dining With The Maharajas' which is a social history of the food...

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Olivier Lafont

Olivier Lafont

Olivier Lafont is a multi talented and versatile personality who writes fiction, feature film ...

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Pervaiz Alam

Pervaiz Alam

Professor & Dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Apeejay Stya University...

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Philippa Kaye

Philippa Kaye

Philippa Kaye is an Indophile, traveller, budding author, lover of dogs rider of horses, entrepreneur...

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Piyush Jha

Piyush Jha

Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and the author of bestselling crime-fiction ...

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Pragnya Wakhlu

Pragnya Wakhlu

Pragnya Wakhlu is an award winning singer, song writer and guitarist from India. Her passion for music...

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Pratap Somvanshi

Pratap Somvanshi

Pratap Somvanshi is an eminent and celebrated Journalist of Hindi print known for his incisive ...

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Priya Kapoor

Priya Kapoor

Priya began her career in journalism with The Indian Express. During this time she wrote a weekly ...

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Priyanka Singh Jha

Priyanka Singh Jha

She started as a correspondent at Citadel (a city magazine), The Asian Age (a national daily) ...

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Purabi Shridhar

Purabi Shridhar

A true blue hill girl by birth and at heart, Purabi Shridhar (nee Thapa) is becoming an expert at dual living ...

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R S Bedi

R S Bedi

R S Bedi is a distinguished and decorated Army Personnel with a renowned family lineage...

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Rajat Kapoor

Rajat Kapoor

Rajat Kapoor is an Indian actor and director born in 1961. He has acted in many successful films...

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Dr. Rakshanda Jalil

Dr. Rakshanda Jalil

Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic, translator and literary historian. She has published over...

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Ravi Dhingra

Ravi Dhingra

New Delhi based Ravi Dhingra is a Canon Photo Mentor and also a visiting faculty for photography at ...

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Ravikant

Ravikant

Ravikant is a bilingual historian, writer, and translator based in CSDS, Delhi. He read,...

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Rishi Suri

Rishi Suri

Rishi Suri is a senior editor covering international affairs at The Daily Milap, India's oldest and ...

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Rosemary Fox

Rosemary Fox

Rosemary was born in Lansdowne, Garhwal, the daughter of Gerrard Wilkinson, an officer ...

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Rudy Singh

Rudy Singh

Rudy Singh is passionate a filmmaker and photographer from Kumaon, with a keen ...

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Rutu Modan

Rutu Modan

Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is co-founder of the Israeli comics group ...

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Saif Mahmood

Saif Mahmood

Saif is a New Delhi-based lawyer holding a doctorate in Comparative Constitutional Law in South ...

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Samir Sinha

Samir Sinha

Samir Sinha (IFS) is the Chief Conservator of Forests & Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand,...

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Santosh Desai

Santosh Desai

MD & CEO of Futurebrands India Limited, Santosh is one of India's best-known social commentators...

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Sarah Blau

Sarah Blau

Sarah Blau is a Jewish writer and a theatre artist based in Israel. She was born in 1973 and raised ...

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Sathya Saran

Sathya Saran

Sathya Saran is a senior journalist and author of biography on Guru Dutt and his association ...

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Satyarth Nayak

Satyarth Nayak

Satyarth is an author script-writer based in New Delhi. Holding a Masters in English Literature from ...

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Saumya Kulshreshtha

Saumya Kulshreshtha

A writer by passion and profession, Saumya is a Poet, Blogger, Editor and Translator. English, ...

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Saurav Jha

Saurav Jha

Saurav Jha is a commentator on energy and security. His first book, The Upside Down Book of Nuclear Power ...

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Dr. Shekhar Pathak

Dr. Shekhar Pathak

Dr. Shekhar Pathak is a historian from Uttarakhand, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007 ...

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Shiv Shankar Maitra

Shiv Shankar Maitra

Shiv Shankar is the author of The Brahmin Butcher. School years saw Shiv active on stage and National ...

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Siddhartha Gigoo

Siddhartha Gigoo

Siddhartha Gigoo studied English Literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He...

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Sonali Misra

Sonali Misra

An editor at Scholastic India, the leading publisher of children's literature in the country, Sonali Misra ...

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Suchita Malik

Suchita Malik

Dr. Malik teaches PG and UG Classes in English Department in Post Graduate Government ...

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Sudeep Sen

Sudeep Sen

Sudeep Sen is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and 'one ...

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Suhail Mathur

Suhail Mathur

Suhail Mathur is an editor, literary agent and the author of the bestselling historical-mythological fiction, ...

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Sujata Parashar

Sujata Parashar

Sujata is a novelist, poet, short story writer and activist. Her debut novel, In pursuit of infidelity (2009) ...

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Sumant Batra

Sumant Batra

Sumant is a corporate and policy lawyer of global eminence; writer, poet, museum curator and a ...

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Sumedha Verma Ojha

Sumedha Verma Ojha

Author of Urnabhih - A Mauryan tale of espionage, adventures and seduction, Sumedha was ...

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Sumit Sehgal

Sumit Sehgal

Sumit is an wordsmith with a literary experience spanning eleven years with twenty-nine e-books in tow ...

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Surabhi Modi

Surabhi Modi

Surabhi Modi Sahai is an education entrepreneur leading the most successful law test preperation ...

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Surender Mohan Pathak

Surender Mohan Pathak

He is an author of Hindi-language crime fiction with nearly 300 novels to his credit. His writing career ...

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Susy Matthew

Susy Matthew

Susy is the author af historical saga - In a Bubble of Time - spans from 14 BC - 28 AD (published, 2012) ...

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Syed Ali Hamid

Syed Ali Hamid

Syed Ali Hamid was born and brought up amidst the decadent Avadh aristocracy in Lucknow, ...

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Tarun Thakral

Tarun Thakral

With a background and career in Hospitality and a collector of vintage & classic vehicles, Tarun ...

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Tisca Chopra

Tisca Chopra

Tisca Chopra is a contemporary actor in the Indian film industry, theatre personality and author ...

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Tripti Nainwal

Tripti Nainwal

Tripti Nainwal is a writer and editor who loves writing for children. She has long been associated ...

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Tuhin Sinha

Tuhin Sinha

Tuhin A. Sinha is among the best-selling authors in India, a columnist and a screenwriter. Tuhin is ...

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Udaya Shankar Pant

Udaya Shankar Pant

Udaya Shankar Pant is a Senior Civil Servant, currently Principal Chief Controller of Accounts ...

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Vandana Bist

Vandana Bist

Vandana Bist is an Illustrator, writer and children's author too. After graduating from the ...

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Vani Mahesh

Vani Mahesh

Vani is the founder of EasyLib, the first online library in India (started in 2001). EasyLib now ...

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Vikram Sampath

Vikram Sampath

Bangalore based historian Vikram Sampath is the author of three acclaimed works of non-fiction ...

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Vikramjit Singh Rooprai

Vikramjit Singh Rooprai

An IT Consultant by career and a Heritage Activist by passion, Vikramjit is the founder of Youth for ...

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 Vinita Dawra Nangia

Vinita Dawra Nangia

Vinita Dawra Nangia is a Columnist, Author, Senior Editor, The Times of India and a Motivational Speaker ...

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Vipin Choudhary

Vipin Choudhary

Vipin Choudhary, is a poet, writer and translator. Vipin has translated story books of Ruskin bond, Emily ...

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Yaseen Anwer

Yaseen Anwer

Yaseen Anwer is a polyglot Indian poet. He founded 'Kaafiya: The Poetry Festival' in the year 2015, and is ...

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Yasser Usman

Yasser Usman

Yasser Usman is a television journalist and film critic. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Ramnath ...

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Daleep Akoi

Daleep Akoi

Daleep began his career as a writer and editor with Reuters in New York City and now spends time developing ...

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