Paul Fernandes – Artist of the City: Bangalore Then and Now
Paul Fernandes, Shashi Tharoor, Indu Balachandran with Prateeti Punja Ballal
Indu Balachandran was Creative Head, JWT Chennai when she wrote her first best-selling book, “The Oops & Downs of Advertising”. Her award winning campaigns include Pepsi, Ponds, Unilever. She’s been published by the NewYorkTimes, and seven anthologies of short stories.
Indu’s romantic novel Runaway Writers was republished in UK as The Writers’ Retreat. Shortlisted at MAMI’s WordToScreen Contest, it’s now being optioned for TV.
As a travel writer/humour columnist, Indu’s writings appear in SundayHindu, ReadersDigest, LonelyPlanet, Firstpost. She currently writes a Sunday column on gender hilarities in Deccan Herald.
Indu’s love for kids and cooking up stories has led to her latest children’s Book ‘My Grandmother Can’t Cook!’ by Karadi Tales.
Artist and author Paul Fernandes is a proud “Old Bangalorean”. He was born and schooled (St. Joseph’s Boys’ School) in the city, leaving only to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara. After working in Mumbai briefly, like a homing pigeon, he came back to Bangalore. For good.
An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Dr. Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a second-term Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership of the organisation. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of sixteen books of both fiction as well as non-fiction.
Prateeti Punja Ballal
Prateeti Punja Ballal grew up in Bangalore and did her postgraduate work in the US. She taught Literature at various universities there, most recently at Hunter College, City University of New York. She earlier worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She has been a recipient of a Mellon fellowship for her research and several regional and international awards for her technical publications. A musician and dancer, she has a sustaining interest in the arts.