Jill of all Trades
Milan Vohra, Minnie Vaid, Piya Bahadur with Sudha Menon
Milan Vohra is best known as India’s first Mills & Boon author. Her first book ‘The Love Asana’(Harlequin,2010) was an international best seller. Her second book, ‘Tick-tock we’re 30’, (Westland 2013) a popular romcom that revisits old friendships and new chemistry, has been acquired by a biggie studio for screen adaptation. Milan’s third book ‘Our Song’ (HarperCollins, 2019) is a romance centred around hope and the power of music. Her latest book ‘Head over heels’ (Amazon Kindle, 2020) is about forgiveness, acceptance and fighting your inner demons to find love. Milan also writes short stories published by Penguin, HarperCollins, Atta Galatta – in YA, women’s fiction and humour. She is a TEDx speaker and an awarded advertising professional. She has been creative director at India’s leading advertising agencies such as J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi and Saatchi and written iconic campaigns for Pizza Hut, Woodwards Gripe water, Biocon, Enamor lingerie. She has also written for publications like The Huffington Post, The Hindu, Cosmopolitan, Verve, eShe, New Indian Express… among others. She is a big believer in doing what you love.
Minnie Vaid has juggled multiple roles in a three decade stint in mainstream media. She is a print and television journalist, a documentary film maker, former creative producer for feature films and more recently, author of four non-fiction books. Her chosen areas of interest include social and political issues in rural India, human rights, the environment and gender-related topics.
Her first book,’ A Doctor to Defend: the Binayak Sen Story’ (translated in four regional languages) was launched in Delhi by Prof Amartya Sen in January 2011, while the second ‘Iron Irom : Two Journeys ‘was launched in Mumbai and Delhi by Abhay Deol and Sharmila Tagore respectively. Her third book, ‘The Ant in the Ear of the Elephant: the story of the people’s struggle against the Koodankulam nuclear plant’, was launched by Nandita Das in Mumbai in 2016.
Piya Bahadur went to the US to do her master’s and lived there for several years until, one day, she felt that her two daughters needed to be closer to their grandparents and moved back to India. Before the motorcycling bug bit her, Piya was Regional Officer at the US-India Education Foundation and had also worked at the Indian School of Business. Piya is currently working on her startup, which makes software to help small businesses, especially women-owned, run more efficiently. She is happiest when she is on long walks with her children, or on the road, singing along to Kishore Kumar songs. Now that both her daughters are in college, Piya lives in Hyderabad with her husband, their cocker spaniel, and a black cat that pretends to be their pet.
Sudha Menon is the author of five non-fiction books including Feisty At Fifty and Legacy. A veteran former journalist, Sudha is founder of writing workshop series Get Writing and Writing With Women.
Sudha is also a motivational speaker who uses her experiences working with some of India’s most accomplished people to inspire students and employees at top corporate houses. She has spoken on prestigious platforms such as TEDx and speaks on women and leadership, gender, diversity and inclusion issues.
Sudha’s books have been translated into several Indian languages and is now also available as podcasts.