Speakers

Poonam Saxena

Poonam Saxena is the National Weekend Editor at the Hindustan Times. She has translated Gunahon Ka Devta, Dharamvir Bharati’s iconic 1949 novel and Hindi fiction’s biggest bestseller, into English (Chander & Sudha, Penguin Viking). Her most recent translation is Scene : 75, author and film writer Rahi Masoom Raza’s dark, …

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Novy Kapadia

Mr. Novy Kapadia is a versatile sports commentator and analyst for both radio and television maintaining the same level of excellence in other sports and in both Hindi and English. His book Barefoot to Boots—The Many Lives of Indian Football published by Penguin was released in September 2017, is the …

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N.S. Madhavan

The Kochi-born N.S. Madhavan is a widely read Malayalam writer of fiction, a columnist and a football writer, who enjoys a wide readership in Kerala. He began writing during his college days with his short story Sisu.  His first story collection, Choolaimede Savangal (Corpses of Choolaimedu) was published in 1981. Then after a decade …

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Neeraj Kumar

Neeraj Kumar, considered to be one of the most distinguished IPS officers that the country has had, belongs to the 1976 batch. He has served in the Delhi Police in various capacities. He was also DGP/Goa and IGP/Mizoram. In his career spanning thirty-seven years – nine of which were in the …

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Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the UK Sunday Express, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar India, Conde Nast Traveller India and Best Australian Short Stories. Jaswal was the recipient of the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist Award for her debut novel Inheritance. …

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Dibyajyoti Sarma

Born in Nalbari, Assam, Dibyajyoti Sarma is a writer, translator, editor and publisher based in Delhi. He has published three volumes of poems — Glimpses of a Personal History in 2004; Pages from an Unfinished Autobiography in 2014 and Book of Prayers in 2018. He has also translated Assamese poet Sananta Tanty in a book-length volume …

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Chin Meas

Poet Chin Meas is a poet who had been studying for 15 years as a Buddhist monk.In 2005, he launched the first literary association in rural area that was known as Khmer Rural Writer Association where he taught them the creating writing class such as poetry, short fiction and novel. …

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Chheangly Yeng

Chheangly Yeng is known as a very young Cambodian poet and one of the Cofounder of Magic Library, a library that basically have a bike and a box of books running to kids in the rural village. He brings young writers, poets and students to workshops and author meeting events. …

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Dr. Chador Wangmo

Dr. Chador Wangmo, teacher-turned-writer, lives in Thimphu, Bhutan. She has authored four novels and ten illustrated books for children. Although her work is mostly prose, she likes writing poems and currently she is working on compiling her first collection of poems. She has been awarded an honorary academic Doctorate in …

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Ma Thida

Ma Thida is a Burmese surgeon, writer, human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience. She has published under the pseudonym Suragamika which means ‘brave traveler’. In Myanmar, Thida is best known as a leading intellectual, whose books deal with the country’s political situation. She has been a surgeon at Muslim Free Hospital, which provides free services to the …

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