Profiles of Some of the Indian Authors @ ADIBF 2019
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HE Navdeep Suri
Mr. Navdeep Suri is a career diplomat and is currently posted as India’s Ambassador to UAE. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1983 and has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg. He was India’s Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner to Australia prior to his present assignment.

He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs, India. His innovative use of social media in public diplomacy has received extensive recognition and two prestigious awards.

Mr. Suri has learnt Arabic and French, has a Masters degree in Economics and has written on India’s Africa policy, on Public Diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. His English translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels have been published by Penguin as ‘The Watchmaker’ and by Harper Collins as ‘A Life Incomplete’.
Birad Yajnik is an author of fine print books on India and subjects of Indian origin. In 2010, a special edition of his book MKG Imaging Peace Truth and Ahimsa was released at the United Nations by the President to mark the International Day of Non-violence. His title - The Great Indian Yoga Masters has been translated into 9 international languages and is distributed across the world.

He is the curator for the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museums at Hyderabad, Delhi, Johannesburg, and Pietermaritzburg. He is also the trustee of IGNCA – Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, India’s foremost art body. He is a member of the Prime Ministers of India Museum.

Birad Rajaram Yajnik also heads the digital interactive company – Visual Quest India Pvt. Ltd., a boutique design and Technology Company based in India and provides services for Fortune 50 companies around the world.

Preeti Shenoy
Preeti Shenoy, among the top five highest selling authors in India, is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India. She has been awarded the ‘Indian of the Year’ award for 2017 by Brands Academy for her contribution to Literature. She has received the Academia award for Business Excellence by the New Delhi Institute of Management.

She has given talks in many premier educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and corporate organisations like KPMG, ISRO, Infosys and Accenture and many others. She is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journalling. Her short stories and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Conde Nast and Verve. She has been featured on BBC World, Cosmopolitan,The Hindu, Verve, Times of India and all other major media.

She has a very popular blog and also wrote a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle for many years. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga. Her books include Wake Up Life is Calling, Life is What You Make it, The Rule Breakers, A Hundred Little Flames, It’s All In The Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others. Her work has been translated to many languages.

Deepak Unnikrishnan
Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi. His book Temporary People, a work of fiction about Gulf narratives steeped in Malayalee and South Asian lingo, won the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, the Hindu Prize and the Moore Prize.

The book was also shortlisted for the Believer Book Award, the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, the Crossword Book Award and appeared on the long list for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the International Dublin Literary Award.

His essays have appeared in The Guardian, The State: Vol IV: Dubai, and Himal Southasian. At the 57th Venice Biennale, Deepak’s fiction was featured in the written publication of the National Pavilion of the UAE. He currently teaches at NYU Abu Dhabi. (PS: Picture credit - Philip Cheung)
Image result for iNDU MENON Indu Menon
She is an Indian litterateurnovelistshort-story writer, screenwriter and sociologist.

Reviewing her KathakalThe Hindu writes:

As a short story writer, Indu Menon can be said to have succeeded Kamala Das, who traversed the worlds of poetry and fiction with ease. This, however, is not to suggest that she is a story-teller cast in the ‘Kamala Das mould'. Far from plodding along the trodden path, she courageously explores new areas.

Indu Menon's themes as well as technique compel attention. Going beyond issues such as gender and sexuality, which young women writers are generally preoccupied with, she challenges Kerala society that is showing unmistakable signs of regression, at various other levels too. For instance, she takes on the forces of communalism in a way few other writers, man or woman, have done. Hers is the voice of the ‘New Woman', which is yet to make itself heard in the public space.

Awards & Honours

2015: Best Young Indian Writer - India today English

2014: Kendra Sahitya academy Yuva Puraskar

2011: SBT award

2007: Ankanam Literary Award - Samgh Parivar[

2005: Gita Hiranyan Endowment Award by Kerala Sahitya Akademi -

2004: EP sushama Endowment - Yoshithayurakkangal

2002: Uroob award - Mohamanja

2009: Mathrubhoomi Katha Award for Story - Annapoornnayute Pattikal

2005: Best Young Malayalam Writer - India today Malayalam

2006: Best Malayalam Writer - Grihalakshmi Magazin

Professor Zikrur Rahman
He is Professor and Director of India-Islamic Studies Centre, New Delhi. He is a distinguished Arabic Scholar and credited with establishing India Arab Cultural Centre (IACC) in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi to rejuvenate India Arab Cultural and Civilization linkages through introducing multifaceted academic and literary programmes. He also established Gulf Studies Programme and Post Graduate Diploma in Iranology and Sheikh Sabah Library, a rich repository of books and archival material on India-Arab historical, political, economic and cultural relations with more than three thousand books gifted from the Arab world. He was conferred President of India Award for Highest Scholar in Arabic on Republic Day in 2013.
He has translated / edited many books, including :
  • “Gandhi’s Extra-Ordinary Leadership” ( in Arabic)

  • “Indo-Saudi Relations during the rule of King Abdul Aziz Aal-Saud” ( in Urdu)

  • “King Abdul Aziz and his Relations with Maulana Zafar Ali Khan” (in Urdu)

  • “Children of Abraham at War” ( in Arabic)

  • “The Ramayana” (in Arabic)

  • “The Indian Heritage” (in Arabic)

  • “The Mirror” a collection of Arabic stories ( in Hindi and Urdu)

  • “The Indian Heritage” ( in Arabic)

  • “ Monaina” a collection of Arabic short stories ( in Hindi and Urdu)

  • “Cafeteria” a collection of Arabic Essays ( in Hindi and Urdu)

  • The Old Woman” a collection of UAE short Stories ( In Hindi and Urdu)

  • “Short Stories from India” ( in Arabic)

  • “ A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry ( in Arabic)

  • “Geetanjali” ( Arabic)

Viky Arya
Born and brought up in Dehradun with the Himalayas as her inspiration, this self confessed Nature worshipper has explored and expressed herself uniquely and powerfully in many ways. Be it as an illustrator who’s made a name for herself in the discerning circles of publishing in India. As the author of a number of published books and poems, Viky is a sculptor and a painter, with a host of exhibitions and awards to her name.



Canvas’ : a collection of poems published by Rajkamal Prakashan

Dhoop ke Rang’ : a collection of poems published by Penguin & Yatra books

Banjare Khwab’ : a collection of poems published by Yatra books

Os ke Rang’ : a collection of poems published by Remadhav Arts

Aangan mein ek ped’ : a collection of poems published by Yatra books

Poems published in ‘ First Proof’ English anthology- Penguin, ‘Aann & chhand’ Hindi anthology & various magazines & newspapers like Outlook, ‘Aha Zindagi’, Vanita, Jagran Amar Ujala etc.

Arun Tewary
Arun Tewary is the VP-IT & CIO of Emirates Flight Catering Co. (EKFC), Dubai (UAE). He has earned the reputation & title of “ERP Guru” in the region. Arun is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology and Business Process Improvements within the organization. EKFC is the largest single unit aviation catering unit in the world.

Arun has over 30 years of experience in IT domain. During his career he has been involved and has lead number of complex ERP implementations both in India and Middle East. Arun has transformed many companies and IT landscapes from desperate standalone systems into an integrated enterprise wide system which has brought in process improvements and efficiency to the organization thereby improving the bottom line of the organization as well as enhancing their corporate images.

Arun is an active participant in various professional forums and is recognized in the industry because of his “reality based” practical and rational viewpoints. Arun has won many awards and has been consistently enlightening the industry by delivering interesting and relevant talks. He is a regular contributor to regional magazines and all major technology events in the region and Oracle Open World.
47681281_2411551105553814_2354557765235507200_n Seema Rathore
Hindi is Seema’s first language and the medium of study. She has been writing poetry since childhood and used to write poems and short stories for a local newspaper, Patrika, while she was studying in India. Now, once again, she is actively pursuing her lifelong passion - writing, reading and reciting both poetry and prose in her mother tongue – Hindi.

Seema strongly believe in Positivity and all her articles, stories and poetry reflect that. She is a Motivational and Spiritual HINDI guide + speaker + writer + thinker + learner + follower + believer + expert.