The Thirteenth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Wednesday, November 9th to Sunday, November 13th 2022

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  • Abhinav Chandrachud

    Advocate, India

    Abhinav Chandrachud is an advocate who practices at the Bombay High Court. He is the author of several books, including relating to the Indian Constitution, and writes for leading Indian newspapers. He is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Law Schools.

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  • Abodh Aras

    Animal Protection Activist, India

    Abodh Aras is the Chief Executive Officer of The Welfare Of Stray Dogs (WSD). His passion for street animals and their rights led him to quit the corporate sector and join WSD. 

     

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  • Adil Jussawalla

    Poet, India

    Adil Jussawalla is one of India’s leading poets. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, conferred by India’s National Academy of Letters on writers of the most outstanding books of literary merit. 

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  • Ali Abdollahi

    Poet & Translator, Germany

    Ali Abdollahi, prolific poet and translator, was born in Birjand, Iran. He is a gifted translator of German in which language he has also published an anthology of poems. He has published seven collections of poetry,  translated more than ninety books on literature and philosophy, and published collections of ancient Egyptian poetry, ancient Indian poetry, contemporary Japanese poetry and Lithuanian poetry.

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  • Ambi Parameswaran

    Brand Consultant & Author, India

    Ambi Parameswaran is a brand/advertising veteran with over four decades of experience, an independent brand coach and a bestselling author of ten books which cover a range of topics including advertising, branding, consumer behaviour and religiosity. 

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  • Amish

    Author, Columnist & Diplomat, India

    Amish is a celebrated author and columnist, and currently Director of The Nehru Centre in London. He is the author of nine books which have been translated into 20 languages, both Indian and international.

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  • Amitav Ghosh

    Author, India

    Amitav Ghosh is a multiple award winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has raised environmental and climate change issues in his more recent works. He has been awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest national honours, and was the the first English-language writer to receive the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honour. His books have been translated into 30 languages.

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  • Amy K. Blakemore

    Poet & Novelist, United Kingdom

    Amy K Blakemore is a widely published and anthologised poet based in London. Her debut novel, the prize-winning The Manningtree Witches was published in 2021.

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  • Andy Griffiths

    Author, Australia

    Andy Griffiths is an internationally reputed children’s author. He is the co-creator of the bestselling, award-winning Treehouse series which has been published in over thirty countries. 

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  • Aniruddha Bahal

    Journalist & Author, India

    Aniruddha Bahal is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cobrapost, a non-profit news website specialising in investigative journalism. 

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  • Anita Desai

    Author, India/USA

    Anita Desai is a multi-award winning author. She is a member of the Advisory Board for English of the National Assembly of Letters in Delhi and holds Fellowships at the Royal Society of Literature in London, the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and Girton College, Cambridge University.  She teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Anne Enright

    Author, Ireland

    Anne Enright is a Booker Prize winning author.  She was Ireland’s first Laureate for Fiction.

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  • Antoine Lewis

    Foodwriter & Journalist, India

    Antoine Lewis is a Food & Wine writer with  expertise in the histories and cultural practices that shape what people eat and why. He is a regular contributor to a variety of national and international newspapers, magazines and websites. 

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  • Anuradha Jagalur

    Teacher & Translator, India

    Anuradha Jagalur has a masters degree in physics and is a teacher. She has published articles in Kannada and translated between Kannada and English. 

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  • Anuvab Pal

    Author and Comedian, India

    Anubhav Pal is a leading comedian whose shows feature on several international platforms. His stand up performance for the BBC titled Empire,  has been seen by 6 million people worldwide and is part of the permanent collection at Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is also a scriptwriter for several Bollywood films. 

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  • Aparna Piramal Raje

    Business Writer, India

    Aparna Piramal Raje is keenly interested in exploring the intersection of business, design and leadership. She writes a popular column which looks at leadership through the joint lens of workspace design and management workstyles.

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  • Arghya Lahiri

    Author & Director, India

    Arghya Lahiri is a writer, director, lighting designer and filmmaker who works out of Mumbai, India. 

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  • Arun M Kumar

    Business Leader, India/US

    Arun M. Kumar is Chairman and CEO, KPMG in India, and the author of two published books of poetry. He served in a sub-cabinet position in the US with  the Obama Administration. 

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  • Arundhathi Subramaniam

    Poet, India

    Arundhathi Subramaniam is a multi-award winning poet, whose work has  been widely translated and anthologized.  She is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, a literary honour which India’s National Academy of Letters confers on writers of outstanding merit. 

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  • Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

    Poet, India

    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is one of India’s leading poets. His most recent book is The Book of Indian Essays: Two Hundred Years of English Prose, an edited volume.

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  • Ashis Nandy

    Political Psychologist & Social Theorist, India.

    Ashis Nandy is a leading political and cultural psychologist and a futurist. He is known for his cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural work and is a much-awarded writer and thinker whose books have been translated into at least 15 languages. He is a Homi Bhabha Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies at Melbourne. 

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  • Ashwin Sanghi

    Author, India

    Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest selling authors in English fiction, for which he has won several awards. He has also written two New York Times best-selling crime thrillers with James Patterson. Ashwin co-writes and edits titles in the 13 Steps series on diverse life-related matters. 

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  • Avni Arlekar

    Student, India

    Avni Arlekar is a 13 year old Grade 7 student of The Cathedral & John Connon School in Mumbai. She loves reading and enjoys math. 

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  • Christina Sweeney-Baird

    Author & Lawyer, United Kingdom

    Christina Sweeney-Baird is a practicing lawyer whose debut novel The End of Men, published in 2021 is already being translated into 16 languages and being made into a film. 

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  • Daniel Lieberman

    Paleoanthropologist, USA

    Daniel Lieberman is the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He studies and teaches how our evolutionary history affects health and disease. One of his key areas of research is the evolution of running and walking. His latest book published in 2021 is Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding.

     

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  • David Baldacci

    Author, USA

    David Baldacci is the author of 43 best-selling novels, published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. He has also published seven novels for young readers. He is devoted to the cause of literacy, and his Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programmes in the United States.

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  • Devashish Makhija

    Film-maker & Author, India

    Devashish Makhija is a multiple award-winning film-maker and author. He is best known for his films Ajji, Bhonsle and Oonga, the last of which he has subsequently written as a novel.

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  • Dolly Thakore

    Actor & Columnist, India

    Dolly Thakore is a veteran actor, newscaster, columnist and casting director who has worked in advertising, communications and public relations. She is also a staunch social activist. 

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  • Farah Bashir

    Author, India

    Farah Bashir was born and raised in Kashmir. Her acclaimed first book Rumours of Spring was published in 2021. 

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  • Feisal Alkazi

    Educationist, Theatre Director & Activist, India

    Feisal Alkazi is a prolific theatre director, working with adults and children  in Hindi, English and Urdu.

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  • Gauri Sinh

    Author & Journalist, India

    Gauri Sinh has written four books, her latest being a crime thriller. She is the former editor of several prestigious publications in India. 

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  • Gayatri Rangachari Shah

    Journalist & Author, India

    Gayatri Rangachari Shah is a Mumbai based journalist, columnist and author, with a focus on women and women’s issues. Her writing has appeared in both national and international publications.

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  • George Jose

    Professor, Abu Dhabi/India

    George Jose is Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology in New York University, Abu Dhabi. He has directed programs in the field of arts and culture for international and regional organizations and has taught in architecture, design, and management institutes

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  • Ghazala Wahab

    Journalist & Author, India

    Ghazala Wahab is a veteran journalist who writes on security, terrorism and religious extremism. She is the co-founder of FORCE, a monthly newsmagazine on national security. She has co-authored a book on India’s military strategy qua China,  and is the author of Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India. 

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  • Graeme C. Simsion

    Author & Screenwriter, Australia

    Graeme Simsion is the best-selling author of the novel The Rosie Project, which with its two sequels has sold five million copies in forty languages. His award winning screenplay on which the novel is based is being made into a film. 

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  • Gregg Dreise

    Author, Musician & Entertainer, Australia

    Gregg Dreise is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician. He features the didgeridoo and guitar in his performances.  He continually performs in schools, libraries, community events and at the Sydney Opera House.  His storytelling addresses self-image, friendship, kindness, bullying, and indigenous culture.

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  • Gurmehar Kaur

    Author & Social Activist, India

    Gurmehar Kaur, author of ‘Small Acts of Freedom’ and ‘The Young and the Restless: Youth and Politics’, is also a social activist and an ambassador for Digital Peace Now

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  • Harnidh Kaur

    Poet, India

    Harnidh Kaur is a startup operator, poet and social commentator based in Mumbai.

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  • Harsh Mariwala

    Entrepreneur, India

    Harsh Mariwala is a prominent Indian business personality. He is a recipient of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the year award 2020 for India.  He has  established innovation and entrepreneurial foundations and a health initiative which has a philanthropic aim.

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  • Heather Morris

    Author, Australia

    Heather Morris is an international best-selling author of historical fiction, known especially for her themes of  survival, resilience and hope, such as in her debut novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz and her non-fiction collection Stories of Hope, based on the life of an Australian businessman who was a Holocaust survivor. 

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  • Hemant Divate

    Poet, India

    Hemant Divate is a Marathi poet, editor, publisher, translator and a poetry activist. His poems have been translated into more than 30 international languages. He has a book each in Spanish, Irish, Arabic, German and Estonian, apart from five in English.

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  • Hilary Leichter

    Professor & Author, USA

    Hilary Leichter teaches fiction at Columbia University. Her novel Temporary which examines the vagaries of the gig economy,  has been nominated for several awards.

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  • Hindol Sengupta

    Author, Journalist & Historian, India

    Dr. Hindol Sengupta is an award-winning author of nine books on India covering religion, business, fashion, ideologies, civics, and eminent public personalities. He has been a senior journalist with leading publications and broadcasters in India.

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  • Hrishi K

    Radio & Podcast Host, India

    Hrishi K is a multiple award winning radio host. He is producer and presenter on India’s biggest breakfast radio show on 94.3 RadioOne, and Podcast creator and anchor on the online platforms ‘moneycontrol.com’ and HT Smartcast. His podcast The HrishiKay Sessions is featured on all major streaming platforms.

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  • Indra Nooyi

    Corporate Leader, USA

    Indra Nooyi was CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2019. She has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour and the U.S. State Department’s award for Outstanding American by Choice. 

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  • Irwin Allan Sealy

    Author, India

    Irwin Allan Sealy is one of India’s best known novelists. He is also a poet and author of travel books. He has been awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian honour of the Government of India, and is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, a literary honour  conferred by the Indian Academy of Letters. 

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  • Janaki Sabesh

    Actor, Storyteller & Author, India

    Janaki Sabesh is an actor who has appeared in several South  Indian language films. She is the founder of Golpo Tales Unlimited, a story telling initiative for all ages. She works extensively with children’s publishers and has published a picture book for children. 

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  • Jane Borges

    Journalist & Author, India

    Jane Borges is a Mumbai-based journalist, who writes on books, heritage and urban planning, and the author of the novel Bombay Balchão.

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  • Jayashree Hari Joshi

    Author, Poet & Translator, India

    Jayashree Joshi is an essayist , author, poet, and translator who is proficient in Marathi, German, English, Hindi, Sanskrit.

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  • Jerry Pinto

    Author, India

    Jerry Pinto is an award-winning writer, editor and translator.

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  • Jonathan Drori

    Environmentalist & Author, United Kingdom

    Jonathan Drori CBE is Trustee of The Eden Project, Ambassador for the WWF and author of Around the World in 80 Trees which has been translated into 19 languages since its publication in 2018. In 2021 he published Around the World in 80 Plants. He has also had a distinguished career with  the BBC. 

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  • Kalpana Dudhal

    Poet, India

    Kalpana Dudhal is an award winning poet in Marathi. Her books are taught in the syllabi of many universities in Maharashtra. 

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  • Karan Mahajan

    Author & Professor, USA

    Karan Mahajan is an award winning author. He was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. He teaches at Brown University.

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  • Karthika VK

    Publisher, India

    Karthika VK is Publisher, Westland Publications Pvt Ltd.

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  • Katie Bagli

    Author & Educationist, India

    Katie Bagli is an award-winning children’s writer and an environmental educationist. 

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  • Keerti Ramachandra

    Teacher & Translator, India

    Keerti Ramachandra is a teacher, freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction, and a translator. She translates from Kannada,  Marathi and Hindi into English.

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  • Keshava Guha

    Journalist & Author, India/United Kingdom

    Keshava Guha’s journalism on politics, culture and sport, has appeared in a range of Indian and international publications. He has also written a novel. Born in Delhi and raised in Bangalore, he is now based in the United Kingdom. 

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  • Kiran Desai

    Author, USA

    Kiran Desai is a Booker prize winning author. Her work has been translated into over 35 languages. 

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  • Kunal Vijayakar

    Broadcaster & Food-Writer, India

    Kunal Vijayakar is a food writer, youtuber, author, actor, political satirist, popular television  personality and food show host. He is also an actor, director and co-writer of the political satirical show The Week That Wasn’t on a leading Indian TV channel. He has written a cookbook Made In India.

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  • Leela Jacinto

    Journalist, France

    Award-winning journalist Leela Jacinto is a senior editor and international news commentator at France 24. She has reported from conflict and post-conflict zones in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the Sahel. She worked in Mumbai and New York before moving to Paris. 

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  • Lindsay Pereira

    Journalist & Author, India

    Lindsay Pereira is a journalist and editor. His first novel, Gods and Ends, was published in March 2021.

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  • Lior Zalmanson

    Digital Artist & Writer, Israel

    Dr. Lior Zalmanson is a researcher, digital artist, and writer whose award-winning works focus on digital culture and the information society. 

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  • Malishka Mendonsa

    Radio host, India

    Malishka Mendonsa hosts the award winning radio show, Red FM’s Morning No. 1. 

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  • Manjiri Indurkar

    Poet, India

    Manjiri Indurkar is a poet from Jabalpur in central India. Her work hasappeared in several literary journals and mainline publications. She  also writes extensively on Indian art, culture and heritage.

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  • Manya Joshi

    Manya Joshi is a Marathi poet based in Mumbai. He also translates from and into Marathi, English, and Hindi.

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  • Marek Kadzielski

    Philosopher & Translator, Poland

    Marek Kądzielsk is a Polish philosopher, translator and university lecturer, who promotes contemporary Polish philosophers in the Poland Daily Culture programme broadcast in English by Telewizja Republika. He is an expert member of the Association of Polish Legal, Court and Economic Translators TEPIS

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  • Marlon James

    Author, USA

    Marlon James has won several awards for his trail-blazing writing, including the Man Booker Prize for his seminal novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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  • Martin Kemp

    Art Historian, United Kingdom

    Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art, University of Oxford. He has written and broadcast extensively on Leonardo da Vinci.  His most recent work is on Dante: Visions of Heaven: Dante and the Art of Divine Light.

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  • Matt Haig

    Author, United Kingdom

    Matt Haig is the author of seven novels for adults, including The Midnight Library which was an instant best seller.  He has also written highly acclaimed non-fiction, most recently The Comfort Book, and award-winning books for children, one of which, A Boy Called Christmas, is being made into a feature film with an all-star cast. His work has been translated into over forty languages.

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  • Matthew Weiner

    Writer, Producer & Director, USA

    Matthew Weiner is a nine-time Emmy Award winner and storyteller in television, film and literature. His credits include two of television’s most successful and critically lauded shows: Mad Men and The Sopranos, and most recently, the original contemporary anthology series The Romanoffs.

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  • Medha Rajadhyaksha

    Professor & Science Writer, India

    Dr Medha Rajadhyaksha is a Professor Emerita of Life Sciences at Sophia College, Mumbai. She has a keen interest in popularizing science. She has also written poetry for children and her work features in an international anthology of rhymes for children.

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  • Meera Rajagopalan

    Author, India

    Meera Rajagopalan’s short fiction has been published in several anthologies. Her debut novel was published in 2021.  She is a communications consultant for an NGO based in Pondicherry.

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