The Language of Grief
AT Boyle*, Brendan Cormier*, Nandini Murali, Stutee Ghosh* with Dipti Nair
* Indicates that the speaker will be participating at the Festival via Zoom
Dr. Nandini Murali is Vice President, Learning and Research, Avtar Group, Chennai. She is an author, translator, certified life coach (with a focus on loss and transition) and works in the space of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
She has a doctorate in Gender Studies, two postgraduate degrees each in English and Psychology, and advanced degrees in teaching English as a Foreign Language from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, India.
She has written five books, (fiction and nonfiction) and has completed the manuscripts of two other books. Her latest book Left Behind: Surviving suicide loss (Westland 2021) is based on her lived experience of suicide loss; having lost her husband to suicide. This has also spurred her engagement as a suicide prevention and mental health activist. In 2017, she established SPEAK, an initiative of MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, a well known mental health NGO in Madurai, and SPEAK2us (93754 93754), a helpline for people in psychological distress.
A matter of immense personal satisfaction was her role in translating, compiling and editing the world’s first signature edition of the Bhagavad Gita (2016). Recently, she was invited as a speaker at the Orange City (Nagpur) and Kalinga Literary festivals 2021.
A seeker on a sacred quest, her daily spiritual practices have enriched her personal space and her writerly life. She has keen interest in exploring and locating Indic texts and wisdom in a contemporary context through a homespun decolonised Indic framework. Passionate about wildlife photography, Nandini loves to wander in the forests with her camera.