OUR AUTHORS


Prajeet Budhale, INDIA

Prajeet Budhale is a certified coach from the International Coaching Federation (ACC ICF) with twenty-two years’ experience in leadership, sales, sales management, customer service, operations and consulting. He has a post-graduate certification from XLRI and a Masters in Psychology. 
Prajeet has worked with over 150 national and international organizations and 40, 000 professionals from more than 20 countries, using his consulting, coaching and training experience to help them enhance profits and productivity. He runs a successful enterprise that specializes in bringing ROI (Return on Investments) through Consulting and training. Infin – Eight is the result of his research and work to define denominators which bring professional success. It encompasses his learning and insights from working with innumerable professionals with varied backgrounds from different business sectors.


Ghyanendra Nath Bajpai, INDIA

          Ghyanendra Nath Bajpai, a distinguished leader in Indian business was the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Earlier, he was the chairman of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Bajpai is known for his visionary leadership. He has served as a non-executive chairman and a director on corporate boards in India and other countries, received awards for contribution to business and authored several books. He has written four popular books: The Securities MarketMarketing of Insurances, How to Become a Super Successful Salesman and The Essential Book of Corporate Governance. He received a number of awards, most notably the Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Finance Award from the prime minister of India and the W.G. Chirmule Puraskar, 2014 for commendable contribution in the fields of insurance and regulation of stock market.


Pankaj Goyal, USA

Pankaj Goyal grew up in a typical Indian middle class family in Rajasthan. In a family of government employees, he was taught the standard script to build your career: “Work hard on academics and get the highest scores”. And that’s the path he took. While he got his Bachelors in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Bangalore, there was always an itch . . . an itch to start a business. He started his company in 2008 and ran it for three years. His experience was bitter sweet. The business generated good cash, but failed to grow. He then took a break, moved to the USA and joined McKinsey and Company. Ever since, he has worked across the world in the technology industry. His work is now focused on applying Artificial Intelligence for the benefit of companies. He continues to be involved in the world of entrepreneurship as an angel investor and as an advisor to startups in the Silicon Valley and India.


Edmund Jonah, ISRAEL

Edmund Jonah was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, the second of the two sons of parents of Iraqi Jewish origin, and my early memories are of my mother reading stories to me and my brother. I have always loved writing and won every prize for English composition and Literature in school. I moved to England at age 22. Ten years later, I immigrated to Israel with my wife and 7-month old daughter. We had two sons in Israel. After the 1973 war, I deliberately did not take a job until I finished the book. That took 6 months. Since then, I have honed this book down from 183,000 words to 105,000. I am now retired but I keep up with my writing..

I have sold stories and essays on the internet and all over the world, U.K., USA, India, New Zealand, Canada, where the Horizon magazine published about 20 stories of mine, one even twice. I have appeared in Anthologies in the USA and Israel (two).


V.S. Rao,INDIA

          V.S. Rao is a celebrated, multifaceted Telegu author, playwright, translator and scriptwriter. Mr. Rao has 84 titles to his credit, including short stories, novels, children’s books and plays. His writing spans an astounding variety of genres, from crime and detective fiction, to thrillers, drama, mythology, philosophy and lyrics for devotional albums. In his largely women-centric writing, Mr. Rao passionately highlights women’s issues. He is the recipient of numerous literary honours and Awards.


Lt Col. Vikram Bakshi (Retd), INDIA

Lt Col. Vikram Bakshi (Retd) is a freelance writer, blogger, and a certi­ed trainer on best practices in corporates. He has been involved in training, development, and coaching, besides managing large projects. He is an army veteran with 21 years of service in the Indian Army. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and a post-graduate in mechanical engineering, Lt Col. Bakshi has also successfully completed courses in project management and ERP Oracle. He was a part of some innovative projects in automotive technology, especially in armored tanks, when he was in the army.

He took premature retirement in 2010 to join the corporate project industry. He led a team during the green­eld projects to set up two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants. Subsequently, he was also involved in the upgradation of a brown ­eld assembly plant where he implemented Lean Six Sigma in SCM processes. His current assignment is streamlining material management at the EPC site of power and solar plants. His work philosophy is forward thinking, inspired planning and relentless execution. He is a lean management and change management specialist. He lectures on leadership, project management, SCM and Lean Six Sigma. He is Six Sigma Black Belt and NDT Level 2 inspector. He has inspired audiences with his talks on disruptive methods and game changing ideas and tools.

INDIA

Dr. Nitin Kulkarni – Presently, Principal Secretary to the Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Cooperative Dept. in Jharkhand and Vice-Chancellor Birsa Agriculture University. With almost 20 years of experience as Executive, he has also held the office of Principal Secretary to the Governor of Jharkhand among other coveted offices. He has worked as Deputy-Commissioner in a number of districts in Bihar and Jharkhand and as Commissioner of North Chotanagpur Division, Hazaribag.

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 I did my masters from prestigious BIT Mesra (the same from where Karan Bajaj is) and then I worked with MNCs Wipro and HDFC. I also worked as lecturer in Lovely Professional University before settling as a teacher in Army Public School. Seriously? Nobody can epitomize the crucifixion of fluctuating careers as I did! But all for the love of the nation! Haha, Actually I married an army officer as soon as I joined my first job and so could not settle into one place which is inversely proportional to holding onto a job. Though living, breathing and walking among the bravest of men is all worth it! So now I totally enjoy all those AWWA meets, counselling families, attending seminars, totally dancing, singing and emceeing during all those endless events throughout the year. Also working for the rehabilitations of Ex terrorists and sometimes crossing an entire mountain to teach few kids down the valley near border gives me more humility.  So anyway I think that either way butt slogging corporate life wouldn’t have given me this much of high! And just don’t assume it yet that I speak ‘Army’ only.

INDIA

Thomas Jacob is a writer and filmmaker. His experimental films and videos have been screened at festivals worldwide, including Berlinale and Sundance

USA

 Anusha Vishnampet is the author of A PREARRANGED LOVE STORY

INDIA

Vakkantham Vamsi is the most sought after writer in the Telugu film industry, with many blockbusters to his credit. 
Vamsi made his Tollywood debut in 2002 with the film, Kalusukovalani. He cemented his place as a screenwriter in the Telugu film industry with Ashok, starring Jr. NTR and went on to scale the heights of fame in 2009 with Kick. Kick, a mega-hit in South India, was remade in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi. The Hindi version starred Salman Khan and Jacqueline. 
Vamsi has garnered much appreciation from audiences for his films’ strong protagonists and his richly detailed, sensitive portrayal of his characters. Be it, Oosaravelli, a saga of romance and vengeance, or Yevadu, a science-fiction thriller, or block buster Race Gurram, Vamsi’s stories bring to life vibrant characters whose personas and conflicts set the silver screen on fire. 
Vamsi’s 2015 film, Temper, was a smash hit. The enthusiastic audience response made it Jr. NTR’s highest grossing opener. The film is being remade in Tamil and Hindi, helmed by leading   directors. 
Vamsi’s powerful, character-driven screenplays have earned him global recognition and established his credentials as a master story writer.

USA

Rajat Narula is a lead financial management specialist at The World Bank. He has published several poems and articles and won the Fairfax District award in USA for his poetry. He has worked and lived in India, Indonesia and USA.

INDIA

Author  Deepak Arora, an advertising & electronic media professional based in New Delhi, INDIA. Having a passion for narrating stories especially for children, forayed into writing for animation films. “Wild World” was initially conceived as a screenplay for animation film and was sent to various International and national screenwriting competitions. Due to it’s story & content, it achieved various awards and accolades the world over.

  • It was the winner of ATLANTIS Award at Moondance Film Festival, 2014 .
  • It was also the winner of Best Screenplay-Jury in 5th Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival-2015 held in New Delhi.
  • Wild World also received a place amongst top ten Official Selections of International Family Film Festival, 2014. It’s television pilot version was  the finalist of Cinema City International Awards, 2008. 

INDIA

Manoj Pandey is a writer/illustrator who divides his time between Darjeeling and Delhi with mixed results. His works have appeared in Creative Review, The Huffington Post,University of Oklahoma’s literary journal, World Literature Today, and Twitter blog, among others. And has been exhibited In Tate Collective and other places. In 2014, he was named as one of the ‘200 Best Illustrators in the world’ by Lurzer’s Archive. His book of short fiction featuring Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Shashi Tharoor and other internationally acclaimed authors was recently published by HarperCollins India.

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 Alpesh Patel

Alpesh Patel is a published author, a consultant, an entrepreneur and a mentor to start-ups with over twenty years of corporate experience.

Alpesh worked as a management consultant with the Big4s for fifteen years and advised corporates and governments on business strategy, technology, change management, mergers and reforms. His consulting career groomed him as a specialist in banking, insurance, micro-finance and power sectors and took him to India’s hinterland as much as to the big cities. He had thrilling opportunities of working on many green-field ventures, including India’s first payments bank, the country’s first integrated steel plant and a tele-medicine start-up that brought medical consultations to rural patients.

Alpesh is an engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, and a management graduate from SPJIMR, Mumbai. He currently lives in Mumbai and manages a venture that focuses on leading technologies like artificial intelligence and robotic automation.

INDIA

Kamalji Sahay is a renowned business leader in the life insurance industry. He has been the founder Managing Director and CEO of Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance, a Joint Venture of Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Dai-ichi Life of Japan. He is also an author, a prolific speaker and a leading columnist with The Financial Express. His views are published monthly in the column ‘Embedded Value’, The Financial Express. His first book, Contemporary Essays on Life Insurance, was published in 2014.

He served the Life Insurance Corporation of India for more than thirty years. Sahay’s views on life insurance industry in India are widely read and followed by a number of policymakers and professionals in the area.

INDIA

Sonal Chowdhary is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant with specialization in weight management, sports and clinical nutrition. She is also an exercise physiologist   from the American College of Sports Medicine. She is an MBA but chose a career in food and nutrition after the birth of her two kids because she realized how food is of utmost importance for sustaining good health and growth for her young family. A big foodie by nature, she loves to try out different cuisines and also cook and explore new places. Cooking and traveling are also good stress busters for her. She opines that being physically fit helps one to be mentally fit as well.  Providing the skills and tools for achieving a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise is her forte.  Supriya Arun is a nutrition and wellness consultant certified in Clinical, Weight management and Sports nutrition. She is also certified in Exercise Physiology and prescription from American College of Sports Medicine. After spending eight years in Pharmaceutical Research and development industry, she realised her passion for fitness and healthy eating when she started training and participating in half-marathons. An avid collector of recipes and cookery books from across the world and India, she loves experimenting with modern as well as traditional styles. Her husband and two kids are her wilful guinea pigs. She likes to travel and savour the local food preparations. She believes that there are many hidden gem like ingredients in our ancestral food practices waiting to be discovered and made popular. She feels that we wake up and notice only when the western media talks about Moringa as a super-food or the benefits of Turmeric latte! It’s time for India to start setting the health trends…

INDIA

Captain Jay Joshi is a serving officer in the Indian Army.  He graduated from NDA, Pune and is currently part of the infantry regiment. The author commits his royalties to Sahaj Foundation.

USA

Harris Tobias lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of two novels and dozens of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Ray Gun Revival, Dunesteef Audio Magazine, Every Photo Tells and Quantum Muse to name a few. Mr Tobias has amassed a considerable body of work spanning several genres including science fiction, crime fiction, poetry and children’s books. He draws on his varied life experiences for the source of his ideas. His writing style reflects his positive outlook on life. His stories are filled with good humour written in a down to earth style that appeals to a wide range of readers.

INDIA

Raj Kanwar has been a journalist, public relations/advertising professional and a businessman at different stages in his eventful career-span of 65 years. He had voluntarily retired in 2000 as the chairman of SK Oilfield Equipment Co Pvt Ltd, a family-owned business, to return to his first love of reading and writing.

His columns in local dailies, Garhwal Post and The Himachal Times were hugely popular. He has also did freelance writing for some leading dailies such like The Hindu, Sunday Midday, Hindustan Times, The Times of India and magazines like The WEEK, Harmony Celebrate Age, Indian Military Review et al.

Kanwar had cut his teeth in journalism right in his college days when he launched The ACADEMIC, a fortnightly magazine for students. Thereafter, he started a newsweekly VANGUARD. Simultaneously, he also worked as the Dehra Dun stringer for well known newspapers such as The Statesman, The Tribune and The Indian Express. Later, he also did a stint in Delhi as a reporter on the staff of the Indian Express.

In his career earlier, he was editor in the Directorate of Public Relations and Tourism, Himachal Pradesh and the first public relations officer of Oil & Natural Gas Commission.

He has just completed a book on the early history of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. His next book will be on Dehra Dun and its multifaceted ambiance.

He lives in Dehra Dun with his wife Amber of 53 years. Two of his three children live in the USA. The third is the head honcho of the family-owned company.

INDIA

J. Rajasekharan Nair is a journalist-turned-psychologist and the winner of the K.K. Birla Foundation Fellowship in Journalism (1992), for his study on the Impact of Forest Management on Tribals in Kerala. He holds a Masters degree in Communication and Journalism, University of Kerala (1987), and has served as the programme officer of House of Soviet Culture, Trivandrum (1987-91), Kerala correspondent of Magna Group of Magazines (1994-2008), and as the chairman of an NGO that worked among the sex workers, LGBT, HIV positives, and mentally ill, for eight years. He now serves as a counselor at Thrani Counselling Centre, focussing on family problems, relationship issues, and sexuality. His previous works include Spies from Space: the ISRO Frame-up (Konark, 1998), an investigative work which exposed the sensational spy scandal of 1994 as a lie planted by the CIA using moles in the IB for commercial purpose. All Lies, says Krishna is his first novel.

INDIA

 Pawan Verma is an Author, Thought Leader, Professional Speaker and M anagement Consultantfrom India’s financial services sector. His experience in the corporate world spans over thirty-fiveyears and includes leadership roles like the Chief Operating Officer of an Indo-Japanese start-upventure, Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance and the Group CEO of the KnowSys Group of Companies.

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Swami Avdheshanand Giri is Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of the Juna Akhara. He is a guru to thousands and an inspiration to millions. He has initiated more than a hundred thousand sannyasis and transformed innumerable lives with his social activities. Swamiji has faith and respect for all religions. He has a firm belief that all the religions of the world convey the same message of love, peace and brotherhood. However, the ways and means for achieving God may be different due to diverse climatic, cultural, ethnic, regional factors and compulsions; but the ultimate goal is that of God-realisation. He heads the Prabhu Prem Ashram in Haryana and the Samanvaya Seva Trust in Haridwar. Having written extensively on various aspects of Indian spiritual philosophy, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature (D. Litt.) by Vikram University in India in 2008.

INDIA

 Aditya Shroff holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai. After passing college with a distinction, he gave up a prospective career in the corporate world and made a life changing decision to move back to a simple, minimalistic farm life, follow his passions—running and writing, and focus on— what he calls— the finer things in life. Shroff spent most of his formative years on his parents’ farm in the countryside, running around the never-ending fields “chasing goats and feasting on fresh farm-fruits”. This greatly influences his style of writing, which often drifts from the narrow bougainvillea-flanked trails, and over beautifully nostalgic reminiscences. Shroff’s stories have also appeared at an international level, featuring in inspirational magazines

INDIA

 Abhinav is a columnist, photographer, software professional, Hindi music addict, reader and reviewer, and curator of the Indic Book Club. Abhinav’s writings have been published in DNA, Pioneer, Swarajya, LinkedIn, OpIndia, Medium, and elsewhere. He has worked at technology companies in India, the United States, and Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters.

UAE

 SHAJI MADATHIL
Senior software engineer at Qatar Airways, Shaji holds Masters Degrees in Commerce, History, Business Management, and Computer Science. He is the son of Madathil M Narayanan and N K Bhargavi, and the nephew of renowned artist M V Devan. Shaji is married to Sandhya Vijayan and they have a son, Akash.

The Soul of Truth is the English translation of Shaji’s debut Malayalam novel, “Pathirapaatille Thennilapakshikal”. The Malayalam book was cited in the LIMCA Book of Records for the first 3D cover in Indian fiction. The book was well received and Shaji donated the entirety of his royalties from the book sales for the treatment of cancer patients.

Ashraf Karayath , Ashraf Karayath was born in Nadapuram, a village in Kerala, India. After finishing his MA in English Literature in 1991, he migrated to Dubai. He has 25 years of business experience coupled with a background in Management philosophy. Despite his professional preoccupations, he never lost his interest in literature and spirituality. This sparked an exploration of the timeless knowledge of ancient Indian culture, bringing forth his passion for writing

 ANIL MAHESHWARI

 (Former) Special Correspondent, Hindustan Times: Editor: theindianrepublic.com

Experience: 30 years in print media. For 23 years with the Hindustan Times. Served this newspaper as its staff correspondent at Meerut for western Uttar Pradesh and Lucknow; Senior Correspondent at Chandigarh for Haryana and Punjab; Principal Correspondent at Srinagar, Jammu, Jaipur and the Local Reporting Unit at New Delhi. From September 1995 as a Special Correspondent in the Economy & Business section; From September 1977 at Siliguri (W. Bengal) to cover north districts of West Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan (a neighbouring country); From May 2000  to March 2006 at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

Books: During the last Nineteen years, six books: “Crescent over Kashmir: Politics of Mullaism; “Moon still Shines: An environmental Issue”; “Right to Information: A No-win situation”; Agrarian Structure in British India (Edited) and “The Buddha Cries!: Karmapa Conundrum” and “Aligarh Muslim University: Perfect Past, Precarious Present”.

 Guest Faculty at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy at Dehra Dun and Dr. BR Ambedkar U.P. Police Academy at Moradabad, National Law University Orissa at Cuttack, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, V.B. Singh Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (U.P.) and National Institute of Social Communications, Research & Training (NISCORT) in NCR.  Anil Maheshwari served for about five decades in journalism and retired from the Hindustan Times as a Special Correspondent.

Vipul Maheshwari is a prominent advocate in the Supreme Court and was an Additional Advocate General of Haryana.

Vijaya Sandireddy holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from BMSCE, Bangalore. She is currently working as a Technology Lead with Infosys in Bangalore. Her father’s job in police services enabled her to spend her childhood in the huge campuses, with hundreds of other such families. Being witness to those life stories, she mastered the art of storytelling. She has been writing since college days, penning down her experiences in the form of poems and short stories.

UPCOMING BOOKS OF AUTHORS :

Rashmi Ail Uchil, started her career as a film journalist at Magna Publications. She has since then been writing for various publications and portals – TOI, Darmilla publications and rediff.com to name a few. Apart from writing, her first love, she has made a career in corporate training and content development since the last 12 years. A to Z of parenting is her labour of love which she hopes to share will millions of mothers across the globe. If the book comes in handy while you traverse the sometimes rocky, sometimes smooth journey of motherhood, her job will be done.

Anand Balasubramanian, a 36-year-old software engineer based out of Chennai. I have completed M.B.A after my B.E under graduation. However, none of the previous sentences define me. I am a writer and a poet; that is my identity.

Writing has been my passion ever since I can remember. I started writing limericks and poems. It was followed by movie reviews in rotten tomatoes. I then moved on to writing posts in blogs & forums on movies, wrestling and what not. The only constant thing was that I never stopped composing poems. It evolved into writing haikus followed by my first attempt at a novella. My passion for writing morphed later into writing articles on current affairs, politics, movies and environment.

Being born in Mumbai to Tamizh parents, I got the best of both worlds with a good understanding and exposure to Hindi as well as a deep love and connect with Tamizh language, especially its rich and profound poetry. I was naturally attracted to mythology thanks to the habit of being a voracious reader, an attribute inherited from my mother. That combined with my father, who wrote poetry as a hobby, gave me a good and deep understanding into the world of writing. Jeffrey Archer and Stephen King are my favourite authors with Byron and Kannadasan being my favourite poets. I would consider myself successful if I were to achieve 0.1% of what they did in their respective fields. Much to my dismay, I was not as loved by the literary world as I loved it when it came to fiction.

Roshni Rajaram is a Communication & Content Creation expert, traveler, trained boxer and a dancer by passion. She is a CELTA (Cambridge University) certified language trainer and a Post Graduate Certificate holder from IIM Indore in management. She has worked with multinational organisations and government sector in various roles. She is a professional trainer and motivational speaker. With a flair for writing fiction, several articles published in media including The Asian Age, a first solo novel in progress

Bharat Thakker is spending his retirement years in London. When he is not writing on his research on Hindu Thoughts and Epics, he is busy playing golf, listening to Indian music or shopping with his wife Smita. Born in Kolkata, he studied in St Xavier’s School and is a rank holding Chartered Accountant. To provide his two sons with world class education and global access for their future careers, he moved to newer horizons in London in the 90s. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has led businesses in Steel, Financial Services, Real Estate and Telecom Software in India, UK and UAE.

In his travels across Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America, he noticed they had a rich heritage of culture linked to their civilisations. This roused his interest in the Epic called the Mahabharata. He wanted to fathom the power that there must be in the 100,000 verses that makes up the entire Epic. This is when its 700 verses called the Bhagwat Gita have engaged countless thinkers/preachers and continues to mesmerise people around the world.  

Victoria Krundyshevaa Russian-born, India living conceptual fashion photographer, art & creative director, BroncolorGenNEXTambassador as well as Sigma India ambassador.

Her style combines the technique, aesthetic and visual luxury of fashion with creativity, insight and storytelling of conceptual photography.

Through her work and visual metaphors she is exploring social and individual themes.

Her photo journey in India began in 2015 but since then she has already established her name in fashion and conceptual photography working with such brands as Manish Malhotra, Titan, Taj, Celioand many others.

She has been featured in more than 50 media/publications around the world (including Europe, Asia and Americas) with series such as Lost Indian Goddesses, The Witch Hunt, and The Dark Room and has been invited to judge few photo contests (Corporate Photography Awards, Flipkart All Things Indian Photo Contest).

She promotes creative and socially conscious approach to photography and has been behind shooting creative campaigns for some of India’s biggest brands.

All work of Victoria is inspired by her free spirit, metaphorical vision and attention to details.

Natasha Malpani Oswal , An MBA from Stanford, and educated at Oxford and Cambridge, Natasha Malpani Oswal currently leads Dice Media, a fast growing media startup. She has helped build four startups across Silicon Valley, London and India. She was previously an impact investor and immunologist. She is also a TEDX speaker

Dr Rajagopal I am a researcher and popular science writer with around 28 books published in English and Malayalam languages. These include popular science books on topics like Cosmology, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Oceanography, Seismology, Meteorology, Space exploration etc. I have also published two dictionaries. Physics dictionary(English English Malayalam) and Dictionary of medical terms. All my books are published by reputed publishing houses in Kerala like DC books (17 titles), Mathrubhumi books(3 titles) State literature institute (2 titles) and others( 6 titles). I am a regular contributor to Manorama year book Malayalam version. I also contribute to Deccan chronicle and several  other dailies. My pop-sci articles are published in almost all leading magazines in Kerala. I am a resource person in science for almost all Malayalam TV channels and All India Radio. I have also translated  ‘ A general introduction to psychoanalysis ‘ by Sigmund Freud, ancient epics Gilgamesh and Beowulf into Malayalam. For the last 20 years I am the number one author of popular science, in Kerala. Writes both in Malayalam and English. My articles and books have wide readership.I have a PhD in MIS from the University of Kerala and a PG diploma in journalism.

Prof. Yogesh  :

Authored book on Indian Cuisine titled – A Culinary Tour of India.

The book – A Culinary Tour of India has been announced winner of Gourmand World Cookbook Awards from India in two categories: Best Cooking Schools & Best Culinary Travel Book. Further, it has been nominated for “Gourmand Best in the World” in category “Best Cooking Schools” and result of which will be announced in May 2016, in China. The prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award has been based in Madrid, Spain.

Authored book on Fundamentals of Food Production titled – Principles of Food Production Operations.

A competent Professional with over 18 years of experience

Mr. Praharaj is the author of “Your everyday guide to Personal Finance and Insurance” published by CNBC TV 18.

He has been awarded two gold medals for securing top positions both in Graduation and Post-Graduation in Commerce. He is an MBA, ICWA(I), CAIIB, DTIRM (Diploma in Treasury, Investment and Risk Management), Certified Financial PlannerCM (Affiliated to FPSB, Denver), Certified Personal Financial Planner from NISM and Certificate holder on Behavioral Finance from University of Berkeley, USA.

He is a “Fee only Financial Planner”, a SEBI registered Investment Adviser and Founder of Max Secure Financial Planners.

He has working experience of more than 30 years with Reserve Bank of India, United India Insurance Co, State Bank of India and SBI Life Insurance Co. He has worked in the Treasury Department of SBI and as Chief Risk Officer of SBI Life Insurance Company.

He was a Visiting Professor of Finance at ITM (Vashi), IIBM (Sanpada) and IBSAR. He writes on Financial planning topics in his own blog and has published articles in various newspapers i.e. in The Mint Money, The Financial Express, The Economic Times, The Business Bhaskar, The Indian Express etc.

He is also engaged in spreading financial literacy. has taken preparatory sessions for school students in Navi Mumbai for NFLAT (National Financial Literacy Assessment Tests). One of his students is an All India Topper in NFLAT.

He provides Comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory service. He has conducted Financial Well Being Programs in corporates and institutions in association with Network FP and has helped many people in organizing their financial life by undertaking Financial Life planning for them.

Dr. Nirakar Pradhan has over 30 years of experience in financial sector in India and Europe, focusing on banking, insurance, credit, investment, portfolio management and enterprise risk management.

He led many high performing teams in two global players, i.e.  State Bank of India (India’s largest Bank) and Generali Group (a leading European player in Insurance and capital markets). He is specially recognised for his investment and portfolio management skills, having managed investments for institutional clients over last two decades.

His previous assignments include Head of Investment Control, Generali Investments (Paris, 2015-17), Chief Investment Officer, Future Generali India Life Insurance Company Limited (Mumbai, 2008-2014), Head of Investments (SBI, Frankfurt, 2003-07), Head of Treasury (SBI Gilts, now DFHI, Mumbai 1998-2002).  

He is currently Director and Asia Pacific representative for PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ International Association), a USA based professional Association, dedicated to promoting education and training in financial risk management. He is founder of Fin Kasturi Nivesh Private Limited, a SEBI registered Investment Advisor.

Nirakar holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Utkal University, India. He is a CFA Charter Holder, Certified Financial Risk Manager from GARP, USA, Certified Credit Research Analyst (CCRA) and Certified Financial PlannerCM. A multi-lingual communicator, Nirakar takes keen interest in promoting financial education, innovation and best market practices through conferences, media, industry, regulators and academic institutions. 

Nikhlesh Mathur, a Chemical Engineer and an alumnus of NIT Rourkela, holds a senior position in a chemical industry of repute has a penchant for writing and is a published author.

His first publication (year 2015), Learning Chemical Engineering for Process Industries (Publisher – Authors Press, Delhi) has been widely acclaimed in both academic & professional circles.

His first English Fiction (year 2018) was a novel titled “The Storm in the Silence”. The attempt was well appreciated by the readers which motivated him to write his second novel.

“In the Corridors of Coaching Capital” will be his third book.

He regularly contributes on education portals helping students in their educational pursuits and also contributes articles on management.

He was at Indore lit fest 2018

SHIKHI SHARMA is professionally a banker.  She is the Branch manager at Allahabad Bank. She is passionate about writing on life. She is inspired by the true story of this amazing boy Tapasvi and decided to make this inspirational story reach the millions of kids and parents who are struggling with this disorder and create hope in them that it is very much possible to achieve despite the disability.

Every person can learn from this and it provides great info on the subject too.

Her first book “LIFE” was published by Petals publishing.

INDIA

ABHAS MITRA is a member of International astronomical Union, and a former full member of the American Astronomical Society. He headed the Theoretical Astrophysics Section of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai during 2005–15. In 1989, he won the 1st Prize in Young Physicist Colloquium organized by Indian Physical Society. He has authored, mostly single handedly, more than one hundred research papers and articles on a wide array of topics ranging from High Energy Astrophysics to General Relativity to Cosmology.

He has delivered 9 TEDx talks and has been invited as chief guest or invited speaker in many Techno Management festivals of several Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology and Birla Institutes of Technology. Times of India (Kolkata) described him as one of the TRAILBLAZERS in its year end annual survey in 2015 and that same year the lifestyle magazine ‘The Label’ declared him as the sixth among most talked about Indian Men of 2015.