Kaleem Khan

Shahzadey Kaleem known as Kaleem Khan (born in Raibareli) is an Indian businessman and social worker and a writer from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. A well known figure for his efforts in the field of social reforms and education.


Kaleem Khan was born on 7 December 1967 to Lt. Abdul Salaam and Smt. Sayeda khan in Raibareli, a town near Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.He did his Graduation from Feroz Gandhi Degree College.



It has been years since his involvement in various social, spiritual and educational organizations, as they provide a purpose to his life. It gives him the escape from this selfish and mundane world. a few of the positions of responsibility that he hold presently are as follows:


  1. President: Team Care India Research Foundation, Lucknow.
  2. Vice President: Jashn-e-Tehzeeb Foundation, Meerut.
  3. Advisor: Progressive Human Forum, Lucknow.
  4. Joint Secratary: Maa Sharda Educational and Welfare Society, Azamgarh.
  5. Chairman:Shree Abdul hakim  Memorial educational  society
  6. Director: Blood donation group.
  7. Honorary member: Team Lucknow.
  8. Active Member: Jasn-e- Azadi Committee
  9. Vice president: Humkhayal Foundation, Meerut.
  10. Active member: Jashn-e-azaadi Trust, Lucknow.




  1. President: Media Entertainment and Research Foundation.
  2. Chief Editor: Akarshan Times, hindi magazine.
  3. Chief Editor: Arshan Times
  4. Advisor: Humari Panchayat Hindi Magazine, Dehradun.
  5. Former bureau chief : Apradhnama, Lucknow.
  6. Former Crime Reporter: Professional times, Delhi.
  7. Vice president: Manyataa prapt patrakar association of Uttar Pradesh
  8. Deputy Editor: Siddhi Today



  1. Rajak Samaaj Samman
  2. 26th UPAA Social Award
  3. Sevashree Sammaan
  4. Ganga Jamuni Tahzeeb Award
  5. Corona Warrior Award by Reporter Coverrage
  6. Corona Warrior Award by Life Care Foundation, One India Foundation, MERF
  7. Corona Karmveer Yodha Sammaan
  8. Corona Warrior Honour by Aman Shanti Samiti
  9. Karmveer Ratna Sammaan
  10. Corona Maharathi Sammaan by Satrangi re
  11. Corona Warrior Title Award by Special Crime Bureau
  12. Corona Senani Sammaan by Bharatiya Yuva Sabha
  13. Corona Fighters Award by Friend’s Samay news
  14. Jashn-E-Azadi Award


1.  Soofiyon ki Raahein 

Khalid Azmi

Mohammad Abdullah Khalid known as Khalid Azmi (born 1 January 1970) in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh is an Indian Poet with several titles in the Poetry. He also double-hats as a Journalist, TV Film & Documentary maker. Apart from this Khalid Azmi is a well known social worker also. He hold several important positions in different organizations. 


After obtaining his primary education in Azamgarh , Khalid Azmi moved to Delhi. He completed M.A., B.Ed., LL.B, Ph.D. and P.G. Diploma in Mass Media then did Post M.A. Diploma in Translation & Mass Communication.


Khalid Azmi is Working in Doordarshan. Khalid’s  writing career began with the book JAAG UTHE KHWAB KAI, a (Sahir’s poetry translation)

Social Attachment

  • Ex-President All India Insaaf Committee (A Minority cell of Communist Party of India).
  • Ex Secretary All India Students Federation (U.P)
  • President, Maa Gayatri Educational & Welfare Society
  • Chairman, Media and Entertainment Research Foundation, New
  • Trustee – Madina Masjid Trust,
  • President – Tanzeem-e-Naujawanan,
  • General Secretary – Azamgarh Development
  • President – Progressive Minority Federation, New
  • Mutwalli–(Administrator) Dargah Makhdoom Najibuddin


Literary Attachment

  • General Secretary, Press Federation of India, New
  • Member, Film Writers Association,
  • Executive Member, Delhi Union of
  • Executive Member Media Hastkshep, New
  • Consulting Editor, urdutahzeeb.net, New Delhi. (A Web portal of Urdu News, Views, Languages, Literature & Culture).
  • Advisor, Instamaze Noida (A T.V. Film Production Company).
  • Chief Advisor, Avi Raj Media & Entertainment,


Extra Activities

  • Participation in All India Mushaira & Kavi Sammelan as poet and Moderator
  • Conducting cultural & social



  • Published a book “JAAG UTHE KHWAB KAI” from, Penguin publication in Hindi (Sahir’s poetry translation).
  • Published a book “PASEENE KI KHUSHBOO” (Ghazal’s collection).
  • Published a book “AWADH KA CHAND” (Poetry collection).
  • Under Publication “INQUILAB KA MAUSAM” (Ghazal’s Collection).
  • Under Pulication “SUTOON-E-ADAB” (Detailed analysis of Progressive Writers)


Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee (born 21 July 1970) is an Indian-American physician, biologist, oncologist, and author. He is best known for his 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer that won notable literary prizes including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, and Guardian First Book Award, among others. The book was listed in the “All-Time 100 Nonfiction Books” (the 100 most influential books of the last century) by Time magazine in 2011. His 2016 book The Gene: An Intimate History made it to #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, and was among The New York Times 100 best books of 2016, and a finalist for the Wellcome Trust Prize and the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

After completing school education in India, Mukherjee studied biology at Stanford University, obtained a D.Phil. from University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and an M.D. from Harvard University. He joined NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center in New York City in 2009. As of 2018, he is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology.

Featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people, Mukherjee writes for The New Yorker and is a columnist in The New York Times. He is described as part of a select group of doctor-writers (such as Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande) who have “transformed the public discourse on human health”, and allowed a generation of readers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of science and medicine. His research concerns the physiology of cancer cells, immunological therapy for blood cancers, and the discovery of bone- and cartilage-forming stem cells in the vertebrate skeleton.

The Government of India conferred on him its fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, in 2014.


Early life and education

Siddhartha Mukherjee was born to a Bengali family in New Delhi, India. His father, Sibeswar Mukherjee, was an executive with Mitsubishi, and his mother Chandana Mukherjee, was a former school teacher from Calcutta (now Kolkata). He attended St. Columba’s School in Delhi, where he won the school’s highest award, the ‘Sword of Honour’, in 1989. As a biology major at Stanford University, he worked in Nobel Laureate Paul Berg‘s laboratory, defining cellular genes that change the behaviours of cancer cells. He earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa] in 1992, and completed his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in 1993.

Mukherjee won a Rhodes Scholarship for doctoral research at Magdalen CollegeUniversity of Oxford. He worked on the mechanism of activation of the immune system by viral antigens. He was awarded a D.Phil. in 1997 for his thesis titled The processing and presentation of viral antigens. After graduation, he attended Harvard Medical School, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in 2000. Between 2000 and 2003 he worked as a resident in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. From 2003 to 2006 he trained in oncology as a Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (under Harvard Medical School) in Boston, Massachusetts.


In 2009, Mukherjee joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Columbia University Medical Center as an Assistant Professor. The medical center is attached to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

He was previously affiliated with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has worked as the Plummer Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the Joseph Garland lecturer at the Massachusetts Medical Society, and an honorary visiting professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His laboratory is based at Columbia University’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.



In 2010, Simon & Schuster published his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer detailing the evolution of diagnosis and treatment of human cancers from ancient Egypt to the latest developments in chemotherapy and targeted therapy. On 18 April 2011, the book won the annual Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction; the citation called it “an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science.” It was listed in the “All-Time 100 Nonfiction Books” (the 100 most influential books of the last century) and the “Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010” by Time in 2011. It was also listed in “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by The New York Times and “Top 10 Books of 2010” by O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2011, it was nominated as a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Based on the book, Ken Burns made a PBS Television documentary film Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies in 2015, which was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Mukherjee’s 2016 book The Gene: An Intimate History provides a history of genetic research, but also delves into the personal genetic history of the author’s family, including mental illness. The book discusses the power of genetics in determining people’s health and attributes, but it also has a cautionary tone to not let genetic predispositions define fate, a mentality that led to the rise of eugenics in history and something he thinks lacks the nuance required to understand something as complex as human beings. The Gene was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016, “the Nobel prize of science writing”. The book was also the recipient of the 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Society Book Award in Science.


List of books published

Awards and honours

Mukherjee has won several awards including:

  • 1993: Rhodes Scholarship, 1993–1996.
  • 2010: Gabrielle Angel’s Leukemia Foundation Award 2010.
  • 2010: New York Times Magazine, “100 Notable Books of 2010” for The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: Los Angeles TimesBook Award, Finalist in the category of Science & Technology for The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: Pulitzer Prizefor The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Awardfor The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: Cancer Leadership Award (shared with Kathleen Sebeliusand Orrin Hatch).[72]
  • 2011: National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist for The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: Timemagazine, 100 best non-fiction books of all time for The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: Time100, most influential people.
  • 2011: Wellcome Trust Book Prizeshortlist for The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2011: GuardianFirst Book Award for The Emperor of All Maladies.
  • 2012: Boston Public Library Literary Lights 2012.
  • 2014: Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by Government of India.
  • 2016: The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016 (shortlisted) for The Gene.
  • 2016: Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction longlist for The Gene.
  • 2016: Washington Posts “10 Best Books of 2016” for The Gene.
  • 2017: Phi Beta Kappa Society Book Award in Science for The Gene.
  • 2017: Wellcome Book Prize (shortlisted) for The Gene.
  • 2018: Honorary doctorate degrees in medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, and from the University of Southern California.

M. J. Akbar

Mobasher Jawed “M. J.” Akbar (born 11 January 1951) is an Indian journalist and politician, who served as the Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs until 17 October 2018. Akbar is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, and was inducted into the Union Council of Ministers by PM Narendra Modi on 5 July 2016. He is also a veteran Indian journalist and author of several books. He first served as an elected Member of Parliament between 1989 and 1991, and returned to public life in March 2014, when he joined the BJP and was appointed national spokesperson during the 2014 general elections that brought the party back to office with a simple majority under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. In July, 2015 he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand. During his long career in journalism, he launched, as editor, India’s first weekly political news periodicals in India including India TodayHeadlines TodayThe TelegraphThe Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle‘,’ among others.

He has written several non-fiction books, including a biography of Jawaharlal Nehru titled Nehru: The Making of India, a book on Kashmir titled Kashmir Behind the ValeRiot After Riot and India: The Siege Within. He also authored The Shade of Swords, a history of jihad. Akbar has also authored fiction, such as Blood Brothers-A Family Saga (Fratelli Di Sangue, Italian translated version). Have Pen, Will Travel: Observations of a Globetrotter is a travelogue authored by him. His book ‘Byline’ consists of write-ups of bylines picked from his writings. His book Tinderbox: The past and future of Pakistan, in January 2012 discusses the themes of identity crisis and class struggles in Pakistan.

On 17 October 2018 Akbar resigned due to a number of sexual harassment allegations against him from numerous women who had worked with him over the years. In an op-ed in Washington Post on Nov 2, 2018, Pallavi Gogoi, the chief business editor for NPR in the United States, wrote of her rape by Mr. Akbar 23 years ago in a hotel room in Jaipur. Ms. Gogoi was the editor of the op-ed page of the Asian Age at that time. In response, Mr. Akbar has admitted to a past relationship with Ms. Gogoi, and said it was consensual.



Akbar joined The Times of India in 1971 as a trainee. Subsequently, he moved to The Illustrated Weekly of Indiathen India’s largest-selling magazine, working as a sub-editor as well as distinguishing himself as a feature writer capable of contributing a prolific number of stories. He would remain with the weekly until 1973 when he was named editor of the news fortnightly, Onlooker, owned by The Free Press Journal Group in Mumbai. In 1976, he moved to Calcutta to join the Ananda Bazar Patrika (ABP) Group as editor of Sunday, a political weekly. Within just three years of its launch, the investigative reporting pioneered by the magazine established its national circulation and number one position. The magazine took an uncompromising stand against the Emergency and fought press censorship and dictatorship. Sunday not only established major trends in journalism but also spawned a new generation of journalists in the country.

In 1982, after the success of The Sunday, Akbar launched what is considered by some to be India’s first modern newspaper. He conceived, designed and edited the daily newspaper, The Telegraph.

In 1989, he took a brief detour into politics with his election to the Indian Parliament in November 1989 from Kishanganj in Bihar on a Congress(I) ticket. He lost the seat in the 1991 Lok Sabha elections. He served as late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi‘s official spokesman.

In 1991, Akbar joined the Government as an adviser in the Ministry of Human Resources, and helped policy planning in key areas of education, the National Literacy Mission and in the protection of heritage. He resigned from the post and quit politics in December 1992, returning to journalism and full-time writing. In 1993, Akbar started a new media company with the aim of creating India’s first newspaper that would not only include an international focus within its editorial range, but also be the first Indian daily with an international edition. This newspaper appeared in February 1994. The Asian Age was launched with initial editions in DelhiBombay, and London, and by 2008 had grown, in collaboration with the Deccan Chronicle, to eight editions, into a major media presence nationally and internationally. In 2004, the group began publishing The International Herald Tribune in India, and became a publishing partner of The New York Times. Akbar was also the editor-in-chief of The Deccan Chronicle, a Hyderabad-based news daily.

In 2005, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia appointed him as a member of the committee to draft a ten-year charter for Muslim nations on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

In March 2006, Akbar joined the Brookings Institution, Washington, as a Visiting Fellow in the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World. During the late 90s, he diluted his stake in the Asian Age, eventually selling off a major part of it to the Reddys, the owners of the Deccan Chronicle Group.

In March 2008, Akbar was removed from The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle due to differences with the owners over editorial policy, as some newspapers have reported it.

Akbar launched the fortnightly political magazine Covert on 13 May 2008 in Delhi with the first issue on stands on 14 May. Simultaneously, the Covert website was launched two days later though it was ultimately discontinued.

Akbar launched a new Sunday newspaper from 31 January 2010, The Sunday Guardian, published from New Delhi and Chandigarh besides an edition called India on Sunday from London. He remained the Editor-in-Chief and then Editorial Director there until May 2014, when he resigned to join politics full-time.

In the meanwhile, in September 2010, he joined the Living Media as Editorial Director of the leading weekly English news magazine India Today and the English news channel Headlines Today. He left in October 2012.



Akbar was a Congress MP from Kishanganj in Bihar between 1989 and 1991, he was also a Congress party spokesperson in 1989.

Akbar joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in March 2014 as the national spokesperson of the party.

He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand in July 2015.

He took oath as Minister of State for External Affairs in Rashtrapati Bhavan on 5 July 2016. He resigned from his post on 17 October 2018, after a growing number of sexual allegations were made against him.

Personal life

Akbar is married to Mallika Joseph, his contemporary at The Times of India. They have two children, Prayaag an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Mukulika a Law graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge.


  • Nehru : the Making of India(1990)
  • Riot After Riot(1991)
  • Kashmir: Behind the Vale(1991)
  • India: The Siege within – Challenges to a Nation’s Unity(1996)
  • The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict between Islam and Christianity(2003)
  • Byline(2004)
  • Blood Brothers – A Family Saga(2006)
  • Have Pen, Will Travel(2010)
  • Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan(2012)
  • A Mirror to Power: The Politics of a Fractured Decade, HarperCollins India, 2015.

Kirthi Jayakumar

Kirthi Jayakumar (born 15 December 1987) is an Indian women’s rights activist, a social entrepreneur, a peace activist, artist, lawyer and writer. She is a Commonwealth Scholar, a Vital Voices (VV) Lead Fellow, a VV Engage Fellow, a Local Pathways Fellow, and a World Pulse Impact Leader. Kirthi is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She founded The Red Elephant Foundation, an initiative built on storytelling, civilian peace-building and activism for gender equality. She also founded The Gender Security Project, an initiative aimed at expanding the global understanding of gender at the policy, legal, and institutional levels. She is the author of Stories of Hope, a collection of short stories; The Dove’s Lament, also a collection of short stories and Doodlers of Dimashq – A Heart Wrenching Tale of Hope From Syria’s Rubble. She received the US Presidential Services Medal in 2011 and two United Nations’ Online Volunteering Awards in 2012 and 2013.



Kirthi was born as Kirthi Jayakumar in Bangalore, India, to Hindu parents. She studied Law at the School of Excellence in Law, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

She earned her MA in Sustainable Peace in a Contemporary World from UPeaceCosta Rica, and an MA in Peace and conflict studies from the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Security at Coventry University, on a Commonwealth Scholarship. She has worked as a UN Online Volunteer.

Gender-based violence advocacy and peace activism

Kirthi is an activist on women’s rights issues and peace and conflict. She runs The Red Elephant Foundation. She has worked in voluntary capacities with “16 civil societies and UN agencies” through the UN Online Volunteering program. She is a columnist for the Deccan Chronicle/Asian Age.

Kirthi is a Global Youth Ambassador with A World at School run by Sarah Brown.[11][12]

Kirthi coded and created Saahas, a mobile app that supports survivors of gender-based violence world over to find support, and that facilitates active bystander intervention. Saahas was listed on the Global Innovation Exchange. The app received recognition from DEF India under the SM4E Awards. For her work with Saahas, Kirthi was listed on the shortlist for the WATC 100 Women in Tech List. Saahas supports access to information and helplines through a mobile app, Facebook Chatbot, and Telegram Chatbot.

In 2013, Kirthi founded her own initiative, The Red Elephant Foundation. She produced two e-Books on entrepreneurship in Africa with the AAE and headed a team that worked for the opening of the first ever school in Okoijorogu, Nigeria, a village that had never had a school for its children until 2013.


Kirthi is an artist, working on pen and ink to curate “Zen doodles.” She uses doodling as a means to express her activism for gender equality and peace education.

She runs an Instagram based project called Femcyclopaedia where she doodles portraits of inspiring women through the ages and from across the world and curates their stories under these portraits. The story of Femcyclopaedia won a Story Award from World Pulse in February 2017.

Kirthi curated an exhibit for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month at the US Consulate General in Chennai as part of Femcyclopaedia.


Stories of Hope is Kirthi’s first solo book, comprising a collection of short stories. She co-authored a book titled Love Me Mama: The Unfavoured Child, along with Elsie Ijorogu-Reed, the founder of Delta Women NGO. She is also the author of The Dove’s Lament, published by Readomania. The book was nominated for the Muse India Young Author’s Award in 2015. A review by Femina of The Dove’s Lament suggests that, “Kirthi embroiders a tapestry of unvanquished human spirit in words.”

The Times of India reviewed The Dove’s Lament, with its critic opining that “…The Dove’s Lament takes the reader to several such places with a compassion that shakes you to your very core.”


Kirthi wrote a play, Frankly Speaking, which, essentially starts off from where The Diary of Anne Frank ends. The play channels the voices of eight young women from conflict zones in different parts of the world, and is interspersed with passages from The Diary of Anne Frank.

She also wrote and acted in HerStory, which brings twelve women from history alive through poetry, performed through contemporary dance in sync with spoken word poetry. Kirthi wrote a monologue and performed it as part of Dolls, by Crea-Shakthi.

Kirthi also lent her voice to the audiobook version of “Like A Girl” by Aparna Jain, where she narrated the stories of Justice Leila SethMayawatiJayalalithaaDipa Karmakar, Shah Bano Begum, Tessy Thomas, and Gauri Sawant.

Awards and recognition

Kirthi is the recipient of the United States Presidential Service Award from US Consul General Jennifer McIntyre. She won the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. She received two United Nations Online Volunteering Awards, in 2012 and 2013, for her work with Delta Women and the Association for African Entrepreneurs.

In 2015, Kirthi was nominated for the Digital Women Awards 2015, presented by She The People TV.[

In March 2016, she was one of the EU top 200 Women in the World of Development Wall of Fame. She was also one of the nominated changemakers for the United State of Women 2016. She is a two-time story award winner with World Pulse, and her work has been picked up and published by Time Magazine.

Kirthi has been acknowledged by India Today as one of the “Game changers” in the city of Chennai, “who are transforming the city with inspiring thought and hard work.”

She was the youngest speaker to address a gathering at FICCI FLO, Chennai.

In September 2016, Kirthi was a shortlistee for the Rising Stars Award 2016 by We are the City India, which she went onto win. In October 2016, she was recognized as one of the “52 Feminists” by 52Feminists.com.

In October 2016, Kirthi was recognized as a Burgundy Achiever at the Digital Women Awards 2016, presented by She The People TV. She received the Peace Award from the Global Peace Initiative in November 2016. She was selected as an Impact Leader at World Pulse in November 2016. She won the Orange Flower Award for Video Blogging, awarded by Women’s Web. Kirthi was featured in Sarah Brown‘s Better Angels Podcast alongside UN Secretary General Antonio GuterresHarriet Lamb, and Jakaya Kikwete.

Kirthi was featured on Google’s WomenWill Landing page on International Women’s Day, 2017, as part of a five-women-stories feature by World Pulse. She was declared as one of “eleven of India’s feminist bloggers who are making a difference to women’s lives” by Women’s Web. She was featured on Show of Force: Social Good. She was awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur (NGO) of the Year, by FICCI FLO Chennai (2018) Kirthi received the Heroes of Chennai Award in the Social Good category in November 2018. She also served as a member of the youth council as part of the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education). She was nominated for the Better India’s COVID Soldiers award in September 2020, and the We are the City TechWomen100 Awards for Global Achievement.

List of awards received

  • US Presidential Services Medal (Gold, Silver and Bronze) 2011–2012
  • UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (Delta Women) 2012
  • UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (Association of African Entrepreneurs) 2012
  • UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (Delta Women) 2013
  • UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (Association of African Entrepreneurs) 2013
  • Finalist, Muse IndiaYoung Author’s Award in 2015
  • Rising Stars of India Award (We Are The City India) 2016
  • The Peace Award (Global Peace Initiative) 2016
  • Orange Flower Award for Video Blogging, Orange Flower Awards, (Women’s Web), 2016
  • Local Pathways Fellow (UN SDSN), 2017
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2017 (Brew Magazine)
  • Young Achiever (Entrepreneurship) MOP Yuva Samman (2017–2018)
  • Outstanding Social Entrepreneur (NGO) of the Year, FICCI FLO Chennai (2018)
  • Nominee, True Honour Awards, 2018
  • Outstanding Woman Achiever Award 2018, FICCI FLO, Jaipur (2018)
  • Vital Voices VV Engage Fellow (2018)
  • Heroes of Chennai – Social Good (Rising) (2018)
  • HerStory Woman on a Mission Award (March 2019)
  • Web Wonder Woman (Ministry of Women and Child Development, Twitter India and Breakthrough India) (March 2019)
  • CII-IWN Award for Unsung Heroes, March 2019
  • Best Feminist Voice, The Lifestyle Journal Awards, August 2019
  • The TIAW World of a Difference Award, October 2020



  • Game Changers: Untold Stories Of Indian Feminists From The Past And The Present(Hay House India, 2020)
  • The Doodler of Dimashq(Readomania, 2017)
  • The Dove’s Lament(Readomania, 2015)
  • Stories of Hope(Maitreya, 2013)


  • Mother of the Nations(Demeter Press, Contributor, 2015)
  • Routledge Handbook of South Asian Criminology(Routledge, Contributor, 2019)

Anuradha Bhattacharyya

Anuradha Bhattacharyya (born 6 December 1975) is an Indian writer of poetry and fiction in English. Her novel One Word was awarded Best Book of the Year 2016 by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi. She is Associate Professor of English in Post Graduate Government College, Sector-11, Chandigarh.

Life and career

Anuradha Bhattacharyya was born to Tapan Kumar Bhattacharyya and Chitra Bhattacharyya on 6 December 1975 in CalcuttaIndiaAsoke Kumar Bhattacharyya, the Padma awardee of 2017, was her maternal grandfather. Soon after, her family moved to the Roorkee University campus. She received her education from St. Anne’s Senior Secondary School, Roorkee and Banasthali VidyapeethRajasthan. She joined Jadavpur UniversityCalcutta for a Master of Arts degree in English Literature in 1996. While at Jadavpur UniversityP. Lal published her first book of poems in 1998 via Writers Workshop.

She was Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of TechnologyKharagpur. She worked in the interdisciplinary research area of psychoanalysis and literature. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in English Literature in 2005. She joined Post Graduate Government College, Sector-11, Chandigarh as Assistant Professor of English in 2006.

Her poetry has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies worldwide. Gurdev Chauhan calls her poetry layered. 

The Road Taken is her first novel published in April 2015 by Col Mahip Chadha of Creative Crows Publishers, New Delhi. She was also honoured at the annual festival of poets, Amaravati Poetic Prism organized by the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada. She won fifth prize for her story “Painting Black and Blue” in the International Short Story contest by PoiesisOnline in 2018.

Bhattacharyya was conferred the Commendation Award from the Adviser to Chandigarh Administrator for her extensive work in the field of Art & Culture. At Haridwar Literature Festival, December, 2018, she said, “I write about the unique things I have experienced or observed and I publish them for the benefit of the society”.

In 2020, she received the Best Book of the Year Award from Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi for her novel Still She Cried. She also received their grant-in-aid for the publication of her book of poems My Dadu on her maternal grandfather Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya.

Bhattacharyya was one of four jury members for the all India young authors’ The Lit Digital Awards 2020.

Awards and honours

  • Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi Best Book of the Year Award 2019in the category of English Novel, 2020
  • Commendation AwardRepublic Day of India, Chandigarh Administration, 2019
  • Poiesis Award for Excellence in LiteraturePoiesisOnline, 2018
  • Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi Best Book of the Year Award 2016in the category of English Novel, 2017
  • Sahitya Shreefrom Kafla Intercontinental, 2016

Selected works


Short stories

  • “Bus Stand” (in Kafla Intercontinental, Summer 2013, Chandigarh ISSN2278-1625)
  • “If you marry, your father will die” (in e-magazine Indian Review)
  • “The Cancer” (in Kafla Intercontinental, Jan-April 2014, Chandigarh ISSN2278-1625)
  • “Night Bus” (in e journal The Bactrian Room, April 2014)
  • “Hey Swamiji !” (in e journal The Bactrian Room, Aug 2014)
  • “Big Max” (in e journal The Bactrian Room, Aug 2014)
  • “Death by Water” (in Kafla Intercontinental, April 2015, Chandigarh ISSN2278-1625)
  • “I love your eyes”, (in School Shiksha(print magazine) Dec-Jan 2014-15 & in e-magazine Indian Review.)
  • “The Story of a Banana Tree”, (in e magazine The Bactrian Room, March 2015, in School Shiksha(print magazine) Feb 2015, & in Little Hands (print magazine) March 2015
  • “Classroom” (in Langlit, an online journal, May 2015 ISSN2349-5189)
  • “Death by Water” (in Kafla Intercontinental, Summer 2015, Chandigarh ISSN2278-1625)
  • “Mother Cow” (in School ShikshaYear-6, Vol 9, Jan 2016, RNI: MPBIL2010/34735, ISSN 2394-6938 & in Little Hands, Vol.3 Issue 8, Feb 2016, Thiruvananthapuram, RNI: KERENG/2013/51995)
  • “Party” (in Langlit, an online journal, March 2016 ISSN2349-5189)
  • “Order Order” (in e-magazine Indian Review, Sept 2016)
  • “The Camel & the Horse” (in Songsoptok, The Writers Blog, Kolkata, Feb 2017 & in Little Hands(print magazine) March 2017)
  • “The Pumpkin” (in ANURADHASPHERE, Songsoptok, The Writers Blog, Kolkata, March 2017)
  • “The Railway Station Hang-over” (in ANURADHASPHERE, Songsoptok, The Writers Blog, Kolkata, April 2017 & in Little Hands(print magazine) April 2017)
  • “Painting Black and Blue” (in School Shiksha(print magazine) Jan 2018.
  • “A Visit to Balaji” (in ReaderWriterLounge, an online journal, August 2019)
  • “Samosa Express” (in Langlit, an online journal, VOL.5 ISSUE-4 2019, May 2019 ISSN2349-5189)
  • “Ex Connection” (in Muse India, an online journal, ISSUE-94 2020, Nov-Dec 2020 ISSN0975-1815)

Other publications

As an academic, Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya has published critical essays on BuddhismJacques LacanAugust StrindbergMaxim GorkyPirandelloAlbert CamusBertolt BrechtPeter WeissSalman RushdieMilan KunderaArundhati RoyAravind AdigaJhumpa Lahiri and Pablo Neruda which are published in various Indian print journals.


Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Prakash Bhagat (born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author and columnist. He was included in Time magazine’s list of World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010.

Bhagat graduated in mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi and completed an MBA at IIM Ahmedabad. He started his career as an investment banker but left it after a few years to pursue his passion for writing. He has written nine novels and three non-fiction books. His first novel, Five Point Someone, was published in 2004. His novels have been listed as bestsellers.

Five of Chetan Bhagat’s novels have been adapted into Bollywood films like Hello in 2008 (based on One Night @ the Call Center), 3 Idiots in 2009 (based on Five Point Someone), Kai Po Che! in 2013 (based on The 3 Mistakes of My Life); 2 States in 2014 (based on his novel of the same name) and Half Girlfriend in 2017 (based on his novel of the same name). Bhagat has also written the scripts for Bollywood films like Kick in 2014 and adapted his stories for the movies Kai Po Che! and Half Girlfriend. Bhagat won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 59th Filmfare Awards in 2014.


Early life

Chetan Bhagat grew up in Naraina Vihar, West Delhi in a traditional middle-class Punjabi Hindu family. His father served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army and his mother worked in a government job in the agriculture department. He was schooled at The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. He claims to have been an average student at the age of 15.

In Class V, Bhagat submitted a small joke for his school magazine, after being forced to do so by his teacher. Seeing his name in print greatly impressed him.

Bhagat graduated with a BTech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1995. He stayed in IIT Delhi’s Kumaon Hostel in Room No NB 24, which is now considered lucky by hostellers as it is believed that two other published authors, besides Bhagat had stayed in the same room.

Bhagat then went on to do an MBA in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and graduated in 1997 with an MBA degree. He was awarded as the “Best Outgoing Student” of his batch. In June 2018, IIMA awarded him the “Young Alumni Achiever’s Awards 2018” in the Art & Entertainment category.


After graduating with an MBA in 1998, Bhagat was placed through his campus at Peregrine Investments Holdings in Hong Kong. However, Bhagat lost this job within six months as the company closed its operations in 1998. His next banking job was as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs at their Hong Kong office. Despite being unhappy with his boss at the bank, he stayed on due to a lack of options. Bhagat kept this boss in his mind when he characterised the villain in his second novel One Night @ the Call Center. Bhagat spent most of his time at the Goldman Sachs office in writing, completing and revising drafts of his first novel, Five Point Someone. He worked on 15 drafts of the manuscript. He kept contacting publishers and was rejected. After two years, Rupa Publications accepted his manuscript and offered to publish it after some feedback. After the required changes were made, the novel Five Point Someone was finally published in 2004, when it was declared to be a best-seller.

Bhagat then quit Goldman Sachs and joined Deutsche Bank. By 2006, he was vice-president, Strategic Investment Group, Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. His second novel, One Night @ the Call Center, was published in 2005 and became a best-seller. The entire print-run of 50,000 copies of the book was sold within three days, setting a record for India’s fastest-selling book. In March 2008, Bhagat shifted back to India with his wife and three-year-old twin sons after spending more than 10 years in Hong Kong. He joined as a director in Deutsche Bank’s distressed-assets team in Kodak House, Mumbai. The same year his third novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, was published and sold five lakh copies in three months.

Bhagat continued to work as an investment banker in 2008 in Deutsche Bank, Mumbai, putting in 12 hours in the office. His day job would keep him busy analyzing the financial reports of loss-making companies and bad loan portfolios of other banks that Deutsche Bank may eventually acquire. He kept a low profile in the bank despite having three best-sellers to his credit. Neither the head of corporate communications in the bank nor the HR head was aware that Bhagat worked with them in their Mumbai office.

By August 2008, Bhagat was earning as much from his writing, as he was from his bank job. He had three successful best-seller novels and two movies based on his novels were being shot. It was in 2009 that Bhagat quit his international investment banking career to devote full-time to writing.

Bhagat considers writing to be a flexible career which “you can do… anywhere” He accepts the fact that his personal life suffers at times because of his professional commitments. The protagonist of all his novels is named after Krishna.

Chetan is also a popular motivational speaker and has spoken at more than 300 organizations in 50 cities around the world. He speaks at corporates, educational institutes, government bodies and volunteer agencies. He is also featured in the list of Top 10 Motivational Speakers in India.



Bhagat was referred to as “the biggest-selling English-language novelist ever in India” according to The New York Times. However, he has been criticised for his writing skills. He has even been accused of plagiarism for his novel One Indian Girl, which he denied.

In April 2017, the University of Delhi‘s decision to include Bhagat’s novel Five Point Someone as part of the English Literature syllabus was criticised. In September 2017 the University announced that they had kept this decision on hold.




Awards and accolades

  • Featured on Timemagazine’s list of World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010 in the Artists category
  • Listed ’47’ among the “100 Most Creative People 2011” by the Fast CompanyAmerican business magazine and business media brand
  • Won the “CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014” award in the Entertainment category
  • Ranked No. 82 on the 2017 Forbes IndiaCelebrity 100 list.

Jagdish Bhagwati

Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati (born July 26, 1934) is an India-born naturalized American economist and University Professor of economics and law at Columbia University. Bhagwati’s research includes international trade and he is an advocate of free trade.

Early years and personal life

Bhagwati was born in 1934, into a Gujarati family in the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj, and received a Bcom from Sydenham CollegeMumbai. He then traveled to England to study at St. John’s College, Cambridge, receiving a second BA at Cambridge (in economics) in 1956. Between 1957 and 1959 he studied at Nuffield College, Oxford. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 for a thesis titled “Essays in International Economics”, supervised by Charles P. Kindleberger.

Bhagwati is married to Padma Desai, also a Columbia economist and Russia-specialist; they have one daughter. He is the brother of P.N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and also of S.N. Bhagwati, an eminent neurosurgeon. Bhagwati and Desai’s joint 1970 OECD study India: Planning for Industrialization was a notable contribution at the time.


After completing his PhD, Bhagwati returned to India in 1961, first to teach briefly at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, and then as professor of international trade at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi, from 1962 to 1968. From 1968 until 1980, Bhagwati was an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bhagwati currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch (Asia) and on the board of scholars of the Centre for Civil Society. He is a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bhagwati has previously served as an external advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization in 2001, as a special policy advisor on globalization to the United Nations in 2000, and as an economics policy advisor to the Director-General of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, from 1991 to 1993.

In 2000, Bhagwati was signatory to an amicus briefing, coordinated by the American Enterprise Institute, with the Supreme Court of the United States to contend that the Environmental Protection Agency should, contrary to a prior ruling, be allowed to take into account the costs of regulations when setting environmental standards.

In January 2004, Bhagwati published In Defense of Globalization, a book in which he argues:

… this process [of globalization] has a human face, but we need to make that face more agreeable.

In May, 2004, Bhagwati was one of the experts who took part in the Copenhagen Consensus project.

In 2006, Bhagwati was a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons who reviewed the work of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In early 2010, Bhagwati joined the advisory board of the Institute for Migrant Rights, Cianjur – Indonesia.

At present, he is professor of economics and law at Columbia University.

Awards, honors and commentary

Other awards include the Bernhard Harms Prize (Germany), the Kenan Enterprise Award (United States), the Freedom Prize (Switzerland), and the John R. Commons Award (United States). He has also received honorary degrees from the University of Sussex and Erasmus University, as well as others.

Paul Samuelson, on the occasion of Bhagwati’s 70th birthday festschrift conference in Gainesville, Florida in January 2005 said:

I measure a scholar’s prolific-ness not by the mere number of his publishings. Just as the area of a rectangle equals its width times its depth, the quality of a lifetime accomplishment must weight each article by its novelties and wisdoms. … Jagdish Bhagwati is more like Haydn: a composer of more than a hundred symphonies and no one of them other than top notch. … In the struggle to improve the lot of mankind, whether located in advanced economies or in societies climbing the ladder out of poverty, Jagdish Bhagwati has been a tireless partisan of that globalization which elevates global total-factor – productivities both of richest America and poorest regions of Asia and Africa.

Jagdish Bhagwati was the fictional winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in The Simpsons episode Elementary School Musical (The Simpsons).




Bhagwati, Jagdish (March 1964). “The Pure Theory of International Trade: A Survey”. The Economic Journal. 74 (293): 1–84. doi:10.2307/2228112JSTOR 2228112.

Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga (born 23 October 1974) is an Indian-Australian writer and journalist. His debut novelThe White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.



Early life and education

Aravind Adiga was born in Madras (now Chennai) on 23 October 1974 to Dr. K. Madhava Adiga and Usha Adiga, both of whom hailed from Mangalore. His paternal grandfather was the late K. Suryanarayana Adiga, former chairman of Karnataka Bank, and a maternal great-grandfather, U. Rama Rao, a popular medical practitioner and Congress politician from Madras.

Adiga grew up in Mangalore and studied at Canara High School, then at St. Aloysius College, where he completed his SSLC in 1990 and secured the first place in his state in SSLC (his elder brother, Anand, had placed second in SSLC and first in PUC in the state).

After emigrating to Sydney, Australia, with his family, Aravind studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He later studied English literature at Columbia College of Columbia University, in New York city, under Simon Schama, and graduated as salutatorian in 1997. He also studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee.


Aravind Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, interning at the Financial Times. With pieces published in the Financial Times and Money, he covered the stock market and investment, interviewing, among others, Donald Trump. Adiga’s review of previous Booker Prize winner Peter Carey‘s 1988 book, Oscar and Lucinda, appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review.

Adiga was subsequently hired by TIME, where he remained a South Asia correspondent for three years before going freelance. During this freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. He now lives in MumbaiMaharashtra, India.

Booker Prize

Adiga’s debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Booker Prize. He is the fourth Indian-born author to win the prize, after Salman RushdieArundhati Roy, and Kiran Desai. (V. S. Naipaul, another winner, is ethnically Indian but was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.) The five other authors on the shortlist included one other Indian writer (Amitav Ghosh) and another first-time writer (Steve Toltz). The novel studies the contrast between India’s rise as a modern global economy and the lead character, Balram, who comes from crushing rural poverty.

At a time when India is going through great changes and, with China, is likely to inherit the world from the West, it is important that writers like me try to highlight the brutal injustices of [Indian] society. That’s what I’m trying to do – it is not an attack on the country, it’s about the greater process of self-examination.

Adiga explained that “criticism by writers like FlaubertBalzac and Dickens of the 19th century helped England and France become better societies”.

Shortly after he won the prize, it was alleged that Adiga had, the previous year, sacked the agent who had secured his contract with Atlantic Books at the 2007 London Book Fair. In April 2009, it was announced that the novel would be adapted into a feature film. Propelled mainly by the Booker Prize win, The White Tiger‘s Indian hardcover edition sold more than 200,000 copies.


Other works

Adiga’s second book, Between the Assassinations, was released in India in November 2008 and in the US and UK in mid-2009; twelve interlinked short stories comprise this book. His second novel and third published book, Last Man in Tower, was published in the UK in 2011. His third novel, Selection Day, was published on 8 September 2016.



The White Tiger: A NovelAtlantic Books, Ltd (UK), Free Press (US), 2008

Short stories

  • “The Sultan’s Battery”
  • “Smack
  • “Last Christmas in Bandra”
  • “The Elephant”


Anurag Anand

Anurag Anand (born 2 November 1978) is an Indian author with several bestselling titles in the self-helpgeneral fiction and historical fiction genres. He also double-hats as a corporate professional with experience across industries like pharmaceuticalsfast-moving consumer goods and financial services.


After obtaining his primary education from Kurseong in Darjeeling District, Anand moved to Delhi. He completed his schooling from Delhi Public School, Mathura RoadNew Delhi in 1996. Thereafter he did is B. A. (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University before pursuing his PGDBM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi (2000 -2002).


Anand’s writing career began with the book Pillars of Success (2004), a self-help book that owes its genesis to Anand’s association during his college days with the Delhi based NGO, UNES. As a part of the Youth Development Program of UNES, Anand delivered lectures on aspects of personality development to school students across the country and it is the learnings from these interactions that he summarised in his first book. Since then Anand has also written general fiction and historical fiction novels. Anurag’s articles and columns have been published in several major publications, one of the most significant ones being his monthly column, Corporate Whispers, published in Suburb Live magazine. Anurag has penned a song, titled Bhaga which is the theme song for his book – To Hell and Back (2018). The song has been composed and sung by the popular music director Ram Sampath. This is probably one of the first instances when a theme song has been released as a part of a book’s promotion.


In 2016 Anurag was conferred with the Lal Bahadur Shastri Award for Corporate Excellence  to commemorate his contributions to the society and the spirit of entrepreneurship through his achievements in the corporate world. The award was presented by Air Chief Marshal S.K Sareen, former Indian Air Force Chief and Anil Shastri former Union Minister. In February 2019, Anurag Anand was felicitated among the Top HR 40under40 leaders in the country at the Leading From Behind Summit. He was also recognized among the Role Players – 2019 by the World Training and Development Congress.



  • Pillars of Success(2004)
  • Corporate Mantras(2007)


  • Tic Toc – A tale of love, hate and terror (2009)
  • The Quest for Nothing(2010)
  • Reality Bites (2011)
  • The Legend of Amrapali
  • Of Tattoos and Taboos!
  • Where The Rainbow (2013)
  • Birth of The Bastard Prince (2014)
  • Love on 3 Wheels(2015)
  • To Hell and Back(2018)
  • The Assassination of Rajat Gandy(2018)
  • Once Upon a Lockdown(2020)


Anand’s works have been extensively covered in all forms of media including most national dailies and magazines. He has been invited to various television news channels like CNN IBN and UTV Bloomberg to participate in panel discussions and debates. He has also been invited by FM Radio channels like Radio MirchiRadio City and Red FM for on-air discussions.


Anurag Anand lives in Gurugram with his wife Neeru and daughter Naisha. Anurag met Neeru while pursuing his higher studies in Delhi. Neeru Anand works with a Multinational Pharmaceutical company.