Amish Tripathi is a Mumbai-based author. Tripathi’s debut work The Immortals of Meluha after being rejected from several publishers went on to becoming a surprise bestseller that too landing the top seller charts within a week of its release. The Immortals of Meluha, which also is the first in the Shiva Trilogy is a fictional biography of Lord Shiva.
Tripathi holds a weighty management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. He has worked in the financial service industry for about 14 years before turning to writing as a career. Amish was interested in being a historian, and he chose a career in finance because he thought he couldn’t afford the former.
Chetan Bhagat is the best-selling author of six books – Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States, Revolution 2020 and What Young India Wants. His new novel Half Girlfriendis ready for release. Some of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films. The New York Times called him the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A columnist with leading dailies, a sought-after motivational speaker and a screenplay writer, Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to pursue writing.
Kanhaiya Kumar is a former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union. He is also a leader of the All India Student Federation, the student wing of the Communist Party of India. Kumar graduated with a degree in geography from the College of Commerce, where he began his involvement in student politics. After completing his Masters in Sociology, Kumar moved to Delhi and after topping the Jawaharlal Nehru University entrance exam he joined the University where he is currently pursuing a PhD in African studies at the School of International Studies.
Bihar to Tihar: My Political Journey (Juggernaut) is his story from his childhood in rural Bihar, college days in Patna, to his political coming of age and fame in Delhi.
Preeti Shenoy is India’s highest selling woman writer. She has six best-sellers to her credit, which include ‘Life is what you make it’, ‘Tea for two and a piece of cake’, ‘The Secret wish list’, ‘The One You Cannot Have’ and ‘It Happens for a Reason’. Her latest, ‘Why We Love The Way Do’, is non-fiction book. In the past she has written for various publications such as Times of India and Readers Digest. She currently writes a regular column in The Financial Chronicle. She has given several talks in many educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and many corporates such as Infosys, Accenture and KPMG. She is an avid blogger and an artist specialising in portraiture.
Ramachandra Guha is an author and columnist based in Bangalore. Born in Dehradun in 1958, he studied at St. Stephen’s College, the Delhi School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the history and prehistory of the Chipko movement.
Now a full-time writer, he has previously taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. He has written India After Gandhi and Gandhi Before India.
Divya Spandana, stage name Ramya, is a film actor and politician. She acts in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. She became the youngest Member of Parliament from Mandya, Karnataka, in 2013. She has acted in many films, including Aryan, Crazy Loka, Thoondi, Lucky, Sidiingu, Bombaat and Sanju Weds Geetha, for which she won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.