Dr Manjiri Prabhu holds a doctorate in Communication Science and is an independent film-maker for Television, a Writer/ Novelist in English and also the Founder/Director of two Festivals. She has directed over 200 children’s TV programmes, more than 50 short fiction and travel films and has authored 15 books. Her unpublished psychological thriller novel was adapted into a Hindi feature film by NFDC, titled Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha. Her thesis, converted into a book, titled Roles: Reel and Real, has become a rare reference book for students of Hindi cinema. Prabhu has been acknowledged as a pioneer in India among women writers of mystery fiction, and she has a diverse global fan following. She is also the first female mystery author to be published outside India and has been labelled as the ‘Indian Agatha Christie’. And much recently, Prabhu has been acknowledged to be a ‘match for Dan Brown’ by Dr Shashi Tharoor.
Her novel The Cosmic Clues was selected as a Killer Book, by Independent Mystery Booksellers of America and The Astral Alibi was honoured as a ‘Notable Book’ in the Kiriyama Prize. Her books have been published by varied reputed publishers like Penguin, Bloomsbury, Random House USA, Jaico Books, Rupa Publications, Times Group Books and Readomania. As the Founder/Director of Pune International Literary Festival, Prabhu has brought Pune city on the International map of Literature and Arts festivals. She believes that literature heals and is a prerequisite to a peaceful society. Recently she also founded the International Festival of Spiritual India (For Humanity and Wisdom). She has recently been awarded the ‘Inspirational Women of Maharashtra—Excellence in the field of Writing’ (2017) and ‘Most Admired Leader of Maharashtra’ by ERTC Global Herald (2017). Also awarded the Rex Karmaveer Gold Medal Award (2016) instituted by iCONGO and the UN. She is also a dog lover, promoting caring and adoption of stray.
Dipankar Mukherjee is the publisher and director of Readomania Publishing, an independent publishing house based in Delhi. Under his leadership, the house has produced over 120 books in just about 6 years, with some critically acclaimed and award-winning titles as well. He teaches creative writing at many institutes and runs the popular Young Author Program. He is an engineer from Nagpur University, holds an MBA degree from IIT Madras and has been in the corporate world for 9 years, before becoming an entrepreneur. He also manages business interests in hospitality and manufacturing.