Shubha Vilas is a best - selling author with a degree in Electronic Engineering and Patent Law. He found his calling in spirituality, choosing to be a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker. Writing books is an extension of his spiritual calling. Traveling across the globe, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations. He interacts with the youth across the world, inspiring them through pioneering management courses based on his books titled ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’. The books provide deep insights on how human relationships work or how they fail; how leaders can maximize their potential; and how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. The USP of his seminars is application of scriptural wisdom in day-to-day living, addressing needs of personnel of corporate houses on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, and ‘Circular Leadership’. Given his love for books, he heads Tulsi Books Publications, a publishing house that propagates spiritual thinking and reasoning.
Kaveri Ponnapa is the author of The Vanishing Kodavas (Eminence Designs 2013), a cultural study of the Kodava people. She studied English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, and took a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology at SOAS, London. Kaveri writes on food, wine and heritage for several publications, as well as a popular blog, The Coorg Table, that documents the food history and traditions of the Kodavas.
Dr. Subodh Kerkar gave up his medical profession to pursue his passion for visual art. For the past 25 years he has experimented with different media creating a niche for himself as an installation artist. Some of his selected works/ shows include: ‘The Ocean and Art’, lecture at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, 2015 in Denmark in 2015; ‘Janela - Migrating Forms & Migrating Gods’ A collateral Event presented by MOG at Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014 at Kochi, Kerala; Label 201 Gallery, Rome; ‘Sparsha -Touching the Senses. Ritual and contemporary Indian art’ at Kunstmuseum, Bochum, Germany; Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2014 in Australia; ‘Water Bodies’, exhibition organized by INKO Centre and Arts Council (Korea) in Chennai in 2014. Art Direction for the Award winning film, ‘Baga Beach’; Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013 in Australia; Strarta Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery, London; ‘The Pepper Cross’ exhibition at Canvas International, Art, Amsterdam; United Art Fair, New Delhi; Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, in Australia in 2013. ‘Unsung in Life; Unclaimed in Death’ project for Raqs Media Collective, organized at Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; ‘The Pepper Cross’ exhibition at Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany; Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012 in Australia; Invited to create an installation at Marina beach, Chennai for Chennai Art Fair in 2012. ‘Unfolding of a Dream’, an installation in support of the Tibetan cause, created with the blessing of HH, the Dalai Lama at Vagator beach, Goa in 2011. Ruhr Biennale, Duisburg, Germany, and The presence of the absence’, installation for Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla in 2010. Exhibition titled ‘The Art of India - 20 years of Contemporary Art’ in Gallery Neumeister, Munich, organised by The Indian Institute, Munich on its 80th Anniversary in 2009. Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai in 2009/ 2007. Canvas International Art, Amsterdam in 2008; Gulf Art Fair, Dubai in 2007; Award winning installation for Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival, South Korea in 2006. 20 installations for Mumbai Festival in 2005, Half a kilometer of installations for the International Film Festival of India, Goa in 2005/ 2004; Kronen Gallery, Zurich in 2003, Hillestad Gallery, Norway in 2002 and Fundacao Oriente, Macao in 2000.
Christine Chia is the author of the critically acclaimed The Law of Second Marriages (Math Paper Press) and a sequel, Separation: a history (Ethos Books). She was a featured writer at the Singapore Literature Festival in New York and contributed poetry to Washington Square, Prairie Schooner, UNION: 15 Years of Drunken Boat, 50 Years of Writing From Singapore, softblow, the Substation Love Letters Project and W!ld Rice’s theatrical production of Another Country. She is working on her first novel.
Ahmed Bunglowala was born and grew up in Bombay (now Mumbai); a city he knows intimately that can fascinate and frustrate in the same breath. After graduating from St. Xavier’s College, he tried his hand at various jobs till he found his stride in the make-believe PR profession. He is a self-confessed buff of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, and is one of the pioneers of this genre in India. He has lived and worked in Pune, and has now settled in Goa: acquiring a taste for feni and fish curry rice.
Aarcha RS is a 17 year old slam poet, artist and activist. She is currently a science student. She founded the slam poetry group- A Slam Dream. 'Poetry for a Cause' being the motto of the group, she aspires to introduce the art form that she most adores- slam poetry, and use poetry and art as a medium of expression, change and rebellion. She uses her art to give voice to the voiceless. She has won international recognition in slam poetry, conducted many workshops, she hosts slams and has her hands full with innovative activities. She writes poetry and fiction. She loves to travel and time-travel. She is passionate about music, dance and art. She is a different kind of crazy!
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bangalore. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. In the academic year 2011-2 he served as the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Guha’s books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press, 1989), and an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002). India after Gandhi (Macmillan/Ecco Press, 2007) was chosen as a book of the year by the Economist, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out, and Outlook, and as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. His most recent book is Gandhi Before India (Knopf, 2014), which was chosen as a notable book of the year by the New York Times. Apart from his books, Guha also writes a syndicated column, that appears in six languages in newspapers with a combined readership of some twenty mllion. Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The New York Times has referred to him as ‘perhaps the best among India’s non fiction writers’; Time Magazine has called him ‘Indian democracy’s pre-eminent chronicler’. Ramachandra Guha’s awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Daily Telegraph/Cricket Society prize, the Malcolm Adideshiah Award for excellence in social science research, the Ramnath Goenka Prize for excellence in journalism, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the R. K. Narayan Prize. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Republic of India’s third highest civilian honour. In 2008, and again in 2013, Prospect magazine nominated Guha as one of the world’s most influential intellectuals. In 2014, he was awarded a honorary doctorate in the humanities by Yale University.
Anupam Manur is a Policy Analyst at the Takshashila Institution. He was previously working as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore He has published two editorial articles in the Financial Express on food inflation. He has done his Masters in International Business (Economics) from Lancaster University, UK, through a £6000 scholarship. He did his under graduation from Christ University, Bangalore, where he often goes back to teach. Anupam also teaches short beginner and intermediate courses in French when time permits. In his spare time, he likes to trek and has managed to climb the five tallest peaks in the UK and many others in the Western Ghats and the Himalayas.
Ajai Saxena, a member of Indian Forest Service is currently Head of Goa Forest Department. He has a wide range of experience of working in A & N Islands, N. E. India, Wildlife Institute of India and Indian Antarctic programme. His main field of expertise is marine and coastal area management, nature education and interpretation.
“Kitchen goddess, mother, cookbook author.” With these words Kornelia Santoro describes herself. Two decades ago, she gave up her career as political journalist at a newspaper in Bavaria. After two years of riding an Enfield Bullet through India, she married her Italian husband and soon after a son was born. Nowadays, she channels her literary ambitions and her experiences as a passionate foodie into writing cookbooks and managing a website and a blog. Both her books, Kornelia’s Kitchen – Mediterranean Cooking for India and Kornelia’s Kitchen 2 – Cooking for Allergies, have won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Her new book, dealing with the mood influencing qualities of food, will be published by HarperCollins India in June 2016.
The International Centre Goa, Goa Writers Group and Goa 1556 co-organised the Book Release of "From Mind to Keyboard" A collection of essays by writers of their journey(s) edited by Sheela Jaywant on 9th July 2016. This was the first Curtain Raiser Programme for VIIth Edition of Goa Arts & Literature Festival 2016.