Season 4

Some renowned speakers who are going to join us on the 10th, 11th and 12th of January, 2019 for the 4th SEASON of LITERATI FEST.



Dr. Ajit Ranade is Group Executive President and Chief Economist with the Aditya Birla Group, which is an Indian Multinational company with operations in more than 36 countries. The Group’s businesses include metals, mining, chemicals, textiles, cement as well as telecom, retail, insurance and asset management. He is a Member of the Economic Policy Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry and a Member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is the Chair member of the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance and member of the Governing Council of CAFRAL of the RBI. He was a Member of the Governing Council of the Banking Codes and Supervisory Board of India. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Bombay in 2009, Scholar of the Year Award from Wadia Trust in 2010, and Ramchandra Parnerkar Economics Award in 2012.


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Ameet Siingh is a TEDx speaker and an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT
Roorkee, Ameet Siingh has spent 12+ years in corporate world before taking a
plunge in the world of entrepreneurship. Recipient of prestigious fellowship by
Government of India (GoI) known as ‘Entrepreneur-In-Residence’ at CIIE, IIM
A, has worked in companies of repute like YES Bank, INTEL and DRDO. He
is the cofounder of ‘SUPER KIDS LEAGUE’, an innovative products based
company in Kid’s domain. He has authored a book named- ‘The Black Book,
the untold stories of IIMs’ on his experience of IIM Ahmedabad. He writes
columns in digital magazines like ‘The Qrius’ and ‘The Shenzhen Blog’. He
lives with his wife and two kids in Ahmedabad.



Anand Neelakantan is the author of the Bahubali trilogy, the official prequel to S S Rajamouli’s prequel. The first book in the series, Rise of Sivagami, was released on March 15th, 2017 and continues to be the best-seller number 1, across charts. The book also received Kalinga International literary award for the best popular fiction in the year 2017.
He is also the best-selling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, which told the Ramayan from Ravan’s point of view. Anand followed it up with the tremendously successful Ajaya series which told Duryodhana’s Mahabharata
Anand has also written script/screenplays for hugely popular TV series like ‘Siya Ke Ram’, ‘Ashoka’, ‘Mahabali Hanuman’, etc. He writes columns in The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, Washington Post, etc. and writes a fortnightly column called ‘Acute Angle’ in Sunday Express.
Anand’s latest work is Vanara- the legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara and was released a few days back.



Ankur Garg is an Indian entrepreneur who has set-up businesses in the field of media and technology. He co-founded a film production company – Luv Films (2012) and produced the commercial hit film ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ (2018). His forthcoming films are with notable actors like Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Ranbir Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao amongst others. He also set-up a technology company IFI Techsolutions Pvt. Ltd (2013) which is a Microsoft partner and focused on cloud computing and digital marketing. IFI has delivered more than 200+ projects for 125+ customers across the globe. The company also manages digital reputation for clients like Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Rajiv Menon, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, etc.

Ankur previously worked at Microsoft and is an alumnus from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and University of Pune. He has also conceptualized and founded a not for profit organization I for India Foundation (2013) which uses technology to empower Indian citizens to rate government services, drive accountability in politics, increase youth participation in the democratic process, and drive meaningful discussions on some important metrics like education, unemployment & corruption.


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Anuj Dhar is the author of bestseller “India’s biggest cover-up”. A former journalist, he is known for his research and books about the reported death of Subhas Chandra Bose and issues linked to it. It is much to his credit that the secret files about Netaji are being declassified. Through his activism, Dhar has revived memories of Subhas Bose among millions around the world.

His book inspired hit web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”, and he is now collaborating with the biggest names in Bengali film industry over an upcoming Hindi feature film on the strange case of Subhas Bose’s death. In his presentation, Dhar will take us through various theories about what really happened.



Anuj Tiwari is a TEDx speaker and marketing consultant settled in Mumbai, he was brought up on the bustling streets of Bareilly, where chaos is the order of the day. There, he learned to circumvent the streets first, and then his convoluted life. Instead of getting a ‘modern education,’ Tiwari studied in a Hindi-Sanskrit medium school where there were no English books. He is now the bestselling author of four books, which sold more than one million copies. He has sold his books on the streets of Mumbai and has been listed as one of the top ten most influential authors in India in 2016. Mr. Tiwari is the first Indian author creating a new genre into Indian literature called ‘Self Help Inspirational Romance.’
Mr. Tiwari is India’s most popular writers of inspirational stories.


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Ashok Shrivastava is an active journalist since past 25 years with 15 years in DD News. Currently he is DD’s prime time anchor and senior editor along & anchor- producer of ‘Do took’, daily debate show. He has also produced several documentary films. In 2014 election he conducted the most popular and controversial interview of Narendra Modi, which was covered by several channels. For a long time he has done political field reporting. In 1993 he reported Hazratbal siege for the first time and since then he has been reporting on Kashmir issues. He has also done live reporting of election and terrorist attacks in Kashmir. He started the first weekly television show on RTI – “Jananne ka Haaq” and conducted it for 8 years, which consistently won him National RTI Award. For 3 consecutive years he has been awarded as DD News Best Anchor and Reporter. He is the first journalist to interview Brahamdagh Bugti, Balochistan leader in Switzerland. He has also reported from USA, Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Spain and Germany.


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Ashwin Sanghi is an Indian writer in the fictionThriller genre. He is the author of three best-selling novelsThe Rozabal LineChanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. All his books have been based on historical, theological and mythological themes. He is one of India’s best-selling conspiracy fiction writers and is an author of the new era of retelling Indian history or mythology in a contemporary context. Forbes India has included him in their Celebrity 100 list. His latest novel, The Sialkot Saga was released in April 2016. Ashwin Sanghi has been praised and appreciated by writers and media. He has also been hailed as the Indian Dan Brown for The Rozabal Line and The Krishna Key, both of which were critically acclaimed as Indian versions of the best-selling The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.



Devang Kanavia has more than 15 years’ experience in strategic management consulting, process consulting, leadership coaching and content development. Authored a book on Sales named Best Sellers: “Because Everything is about Selling”. A revolutionary book on Sales which takes the reader through six principles that differentiate a Best Seller from an Average Seller. This book marked his presence in the management industry as a passionate storyteller. With a lucid and compact style of writing, Devang uses powerful analogies to question the obvious and explore the oblivious while creating page turners, be it Management or Fiction. In his latest book, “The Watchmaker And Time” , he explores one of the most enigmatic subjects, Time. With an approach of a fable, Devang weaves a mysterious, delightful and thought provoking tale unravelling the mystery of Time.


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He is a Modern, research-based astrologer. He is into astrology since 1989 and is a personal astrologer to Cricketers, Bollywood Stars and politicians. He is also the author of the best-selling book of its category, ‘What Is Your True Zodiac Sign?’.
Greenstone specializes in Sports Astrology. Some of his popular predictions include, India winning the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Australia winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka winning the 2014 World Cup and India not winning the 2016 World cup. In 2008 he predicted that Roger Federer will win more than 20 Grand Slams. He has also contributed to Times of India, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Mumbai Mirror, The Telegraph, Deccan Herald, Sangbad Pratidin and Life-Positive magazine.



Harshit Jain is a journalist by education, a filmmaker by passion and a social entrepreneur by spirit. At a very young age, he became a full-time social activist that gave him an opportunity to travel across the country to know & explore multiple aspects of India & Indianness. He is the founder and chairman of ‘India inspires foundation’ and editor of, a unique and popular ‘video portal to connect youth to the finest scholars of Indian civilization. The portal has viewership and following worldwide. In his filmmaking journey, he made many films but his recent documentary film “Kumbh-Eternal journey of Indian civilisation’ got appreciation and recognition worldwide.



Kapil Mishra is a master in social work from Delhi School of Social Work and has worked with eminent international organizations like Greenpeace and Amnesty International on Political and Business Policy issues. He is one of the first people to protest against Commonwealth Games 2010 held in New Delhi and has written a book “It’s Common v/s Wealth” highlighting the various scams and social and environmental concerns related with CWG 2010. He is the co-founder and co-ordinator of Youth for Justice – a Delhi-based youth action group, the organisation worked a lot against the exploitation of Yamuna. He is the founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party and later on became the cabinet minister of Delhi after the party came to power in 2015. 


Khalid Hashmi

Khalid Hashmi, is a part of the duo of Samidha-Khalid &  is known in TV and Film industry for more than twenty years as very senior Script Writers, Musicians, TV and Web Producers, Corporate Consultants, Movie Consultants and Pioneering  TV Journalists. Starting from 1994, some of the milestones in his career include launching India’s first ever private TV News on Zee TV , starting and leading Mumbai’s first ever cable news network for Hinduja group of companies as GM, writing top ranking Heena on Sony TV and later initiating the world of daily soaps through writing more than 50 daily soaps. He Produced India’s first Web series on  and later producing daily soaps. He leads various entertainment companies, advise news channel launchings, works as consultant at the headquarters of  Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). He wrote a  poem for Amitabh Bachchan’s recital in a TV show and is also producing an audio film with Salim Khan.


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Mayuresh Didolkar, a young writer from Pune who sort of burst on the political writing scene three years ago when he wrote an extremely popular article for India Facts. He has also been making his mark as a fiction writer. Mayuresh Didolkar’s debut novel ‘The Dark Road’, a moody, dark, police procedural was released on the Juggernaut digital platform to widespread acclaim. Since then, he has gone on to publish one more novel “Tears for strangers” and “Nagin” a paperback collection of 9 spooky, supernatural short-stories about the shape-shifters or Ichcha Dhari serpents. He is presently working on a new superhero series while awaiting publication of his third novel “A bad place” which he describes as a quintessential haunted house story.



Nisha Jamvwal is into branding, luxury, social causes, Interiors Architecture & design blend seamlessly, converting her passion for the creative and visual arts into her work where all synergise seamlessly. She authors six columns as well and does television shows on design. In Nisha you find adversity has become an ally where her inspiring story even drew the attention of international best selling author Jeffrey Archer so that he has chronicled her life story in ‘And Thereby Hangs A Tale’ where she is called by her real name.


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Punit Modhgil is deeply passionate about India, Internet and Inclusion. Following the merger of his last entrepreneurial venture Octane Marketing with ValueFirst Digital, he is currently serving as their Chief Marketing Officer. Punit also serves on the executive board of DMA Asia and was awarded the prestigious DMAi Knight recognition in 2015 for his contribution to the marketing fraternity in the region. In 2017, he was recognized as one of the Top 25 E-commerce Professionals in India by Asia Retail Congress. Punit has two decades of experience spanning mature markets and emerging ones. He has held a number of senior positions in product management, sales and marketing with some of the world’s leading technology brands like Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Siebel Systems, NIIT etc. He has been profiled in The Economic Times’ Global Indian and is often invited to industry conferences to share his expertise in the areas of technology, marketing, startups and inclusion.


Satish Marathe

Founder of Sahakar Bharati, an NGO that works to support cooperatives,
Satish Marathe has had a long career in banking. Starting with Bank of India, he then went on to become chairman of The United Western Bank Ltd. In September 1991, he was appointed chief executive officer of Janakalyan Sahakari Bank Ltd. He currently serves on the boards of Thane Bharat Sahakari Bank Ltd. and Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari
Bank Ltd. He has also served as honorary secretary of Indian Banks’ Association and
vice president of Private Sector Bank’s Association. In his youth Marathe was associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, one of India’s largest student organisations. He served as its treasurer for four years. The ABVP is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.



Shuchi Singh Kalra is the author of three successful novels. She is passionate about issues relevant to women, and all her works revolve around similar themes. Shuchi is known for her strong voice and versatile style of writing. She is also one of the most popular authors on Twitter. Her latest book is ‘A Cage of Desires’.



Siddharth Zarabi is the Editor of Business Television India and responsible for all editorial and programming content for the channel. A technology enthusiast, Siddharth is a Masters in Business Administration, who chose journalism as his calling in life.
With two decades of experience in the media, Siddharth is known for his sharp analytical skills and panache for decoding complex business and economic issues for viewers. He is an established commentator on the political economy, macro-economic and fiscal policy, telecom, technology and taxation among others. His TV career began with CNBC-TV18 where he was the Economic Policy Editor and Delhi Bureau Chief for over five years.


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Dr. Vikram Sampath is a Bangalore based historian & has authored three acclaimed books: Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars; “My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician” and “Voice of the Veena: S Balachander – A Biography” . He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan. The book has also been adapted to theatre as a play “Gauhar”, directed by Lillette Dubey. The book is now being adapted to a Bollywood film by noted filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker. Vikram was among the four writers and artists to be selected by the former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee as a Writer-in-Residence, to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for 3 weeks, in 2015. He is currently working on a two-volume biography of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and is also the Founder-Director of the Bangalore Literature Festival and ZEE’s ARTH- A CULTURE QUEST.