Khushwant Singh
Author
Book:Delhi: A Novel,The Company of Women.
  
 
Farouque Sheikh Actor, Scriptwriter
Movies:Chashme Baddoor.
 
  
Ashok Mahadevan
Editor
Reader's Digest.
 
  
 
Ruskin Bond
Author
Book:A Season of Ghosts, Rain in The Mountains.
  
Anita Nair
Author.
Book:The Better Man, Ladies Coupe.
 
 
Sushila Ravindranath
Editor

Sunday Express
  
 
Geetha Doctor
Author
  
 
Khushwant Singh
Author
Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in Hadali, Punjab. He was educated at Government College, Lahore and at King’s College and the Inner Temple in London. He began a distinguished career as a journalist with All India Radio in 1951. Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojna (1951-53), editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1979-80), and the editor of the Hindustan Times (1980-83). Today he is India’s best-known columnist and journalist.

Khushwant Singh has also had an extremely successful career as a writer. Among the works he has published are a classic two-volume History of the Sikhs, several novels (the best-known of which are Delhi, Train to Pakistan and The Company of Women), and a number of translated works and non-fiction books on Delhi, nature and current affairs.

Khushwant Singh was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honours he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India (he returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union Government’s siege of the Golden Temple in Amritsar).
Farouque Sheikh
Actor, Scriptwriter
From Chashme Baddoor years ago to Ji Mantriji now has been a long journey for Farooque Sheikh.

Since 1971 this businessman-turned-actor has been in films. Doing good roles is his forte, even though some of them have been shorn of the commercial elements.

Comparing the current television and film scenario to a business venture, Farooq opines that good investment brings in good results. The pursuit of excellence should be the main motto and not how much one is going to earn out of a venture. Accordingly, directors wanting to make good serials should not hesitate in spending money to get talented people to back their venture, he points out.

Of course, Farooq has dabbled in theatre as well and his Tumhari Amrita he did with Shabana Azmi still runs to packed houses whenever and wherever it is staged.

I am writing some scripts and, well, some day I might make my own film, Farooq says. When creativity does not stimulate his brain, he is back to his business. I was and I am a small-time businessman, he smiles.
Ashok Mahadevan
Editor
Whenever Ashok Mahadevan is asked which part of the South he's from, he says, South Bombay. That's literally true, he insists, since he was born on Marine Drive during a major cyclone in 1948 and has been moving steadily south ever since. He now lives near Navy Nagar, in the southernmost part of the city.

The son of a Naval officer, Mahadevan attended nearly a dozen schools, the final two being Mayo College, Ajmer, and Tonbridge School, UK. He then went on to Columbia University, New York, and barely managed to scrape through with a BA in sociology. However, he made up for his mediocre academic performance by taking part in numerous demonstrations against America's prosecution of the war in Vietnam, including the famous March on the Pentagon in 1969. The previous year, after camping for nearly a week in the office of the president of Columbia University, Mahadevan, along with hundreds of other Columbia students, had been arrested and briefly incarcerated.

After his BA, Mahadevan got an MA in journalism from Columbia and worked for a year and a half on a small-town paper in the American midwest. He then returned to Bombay and, after a couple of false starts in public relations, joined the Indian edition of Reader's Digest in December 1974 as deputy editor. He became editor in 1982.

Apart from articles for Reader's Digest, Mahadevan has written for numerous other Indian publications. However, his dream-to write a book-remains as elusive as ever.
Ruskin Bond
Author
For almost half a century Ruskin Bond has been writing stories, novellas, essays, poems and children's books, many of which have been published by Penguin India. He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. His first novel,The Room on the Roof, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, awarded to a Commonwealth writer under thirty for `a work of outstanding literary merit'. He received a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993, and the Padma Shri in 1999.
Anita Nair
Author
Anita Nair is the author of the best-selling novels The Better Man and Ladies Coupe. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages around the world. This is her first book for children and is part of a two-book series on myths and legends.
Sushila Ravindranath
Editor
Graduated from Madras University with a Master's in Social Science.

Joined Business India, the country's first business magazine in 1982. Two years later, she moved to the fledgling Madras Bureau. Was made Chief of Bureau for the South in 1991. Held editorial and administrative responsbilities for the four offices in the South, which were set up. Was also in charge of the group's TV channel in the Southern region.

In 2000, moved to R.K. Swamy BBDO, a large advertising agency, to set up adn run an entertainment portal for them. Currently, Editor of the New Sunday Express.

Geetha Doctor
Author
Geetha Doctor is a freelance journalist who lives in Chennai. She is an art critic and literary reviewer who also writes on food and travel.
  
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