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Orange City Literature Fest.

Orange City Literature festival. sponsored by VHERBS aims to provide an enthralling experience to the people in society by the celebration of literature. This Festival will involve eminent personalities from the field of their experts who can share the various path of their literature experience. VHERBS welcomes all the members by gifting VHERBS Handcrafted Luxury Beauty Bath Soaps.

Darshan Jariwala
Darshan Jariwala is a National Award winning Indian film, stage and television actor. Primarily known for his supporting roles in Bollywood, Darshan`s most memorable roles have come in films like Aaja Nachle (2007), Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Kahaani (2012) and the Hollywood sports drama film Million Dollar Arm (2014). Notable film credits also include Halla Bol (2008), Raajneeti (2010), Rowdy Rathore (2012), Commando (2013), Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana (2017) and Oxygen (2018).

Akash Khurana
Akash Khurana is an Indian actor, screenwriter, theatre artist and entrepreneur. He made his first screen appearance in Shyam Benegal’s Kalyug and went on to act in nearly 60 films such as Ardh Satya, Saaransh, Naam, Beta, Saudagar, Sarfarosh, Company and Barfii. He won the Nandi Award of Andhra Pradesh for playing the lead in the Telugu film Dr. Ambedkar. He has also written over 20 screen plays, including Aashiqui and Baazigar, the latter fetching him the Film fare Award.

Gauri Sawant
Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai, India. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She was featured in an ad by Vicks. She was made the goodwill ambassador of Election Commission in Maharashtra.

Nidhi Chaphekar
On the fateful day of 22 March 2016, Nidhi Chaphekar was assigned to operate a flight from Brussels to Newark. But one of the most shocking terrorist attacks took place at the Brussels Airport the same day and killed more than 32 and injured more than 300 people. Nidhi was one of the survivors and her photograph had become the face of the terror attack. Gritty, grounding and greatly inspiring, this is her story. She is also, currently, the face of the Jet Airways staff’s struggle to revive the airline.

Radhakrishnan Pillai
Radhakrishnan Pillai, fondly known as CHANAKYA Pillai, He is a teacher to his students, an author to his readers, a management trainer, consultant and guide to his clients. Radhakrishnan Pillai has been confirmed with the Sardar Patel National award 09 for this research on Chanakya and his principles. Also his first book ‘The corporate Chanakya’ has created record for the highest number of pre-release sales for any first book of an author

Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi is an award-winning Hindi poet, critic, translator, and editor. One of India’s most respected cultural figures, he has authored more than twenty books of poetry and literary criticism. He has been a recipient of national as well as international honours, including the SahityaAkademiSamman and the DayavatiModiKavishekharSamman in 1994, the KabirSamman in 2006, the Officer’s Cross of Merit from The Republic of Poland in 2004, and the French Officier de L’Ordre des Art et des Lettre in 2005. Vajpeyi also founded Bharat Bhavan, a renowned multi-arts centre in Bhopal He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University in Wardha and the chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi from 2008 to 2011.

Bittu Sehgal
Bittu Sahgal Is An Environmental Activist, Writer,And The Founder Of Sanctuary Nature Foundation, An Indian Nonprofit Conservation Organization That Works On Environmental Policy, Advocacy, Science, On-Ground Support And Habitat Management. He Is Also The Founding Editor Of Sanctuary Asia, A Wildlife And Ecology Magazine.

Susmita Mukherjee
Susmita Mukherjee is an actor. A graduate of the National School of Drama, she has done pioneering work in her thirty-five-year-long career in theatre, films and television. She founded the Natak theatre company in 1988 and her script, Nati, has played to full houses at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai and elsewhere. She has acted in over 100 films. Her most recent, sold, deals with child trafficking. It was directed by Oscar-winning director Jeffery Brown, and released in the US in 2016. Susmita has also written several short stories, and is working on her second novel.

Sunil Gyanchandji Raisoni
Mr. Sunil Gyanchandji Raisoni is a dynamic, visionary and multifaceted personality. He is a wise Businessman, Intellectual Educationist and a tenacious philanthropist. Carrying a legacy from his father Late. Shri. Gyanchandji Raisoni he has only grown and expanded the Raisoni Group on map of country. Because of profound love for education starting with a one small plant of engineering college Raisoni Group of Institution has converted into giant tree balancing around 30 institutions, 69 diversified courses accommodating 20+ thousand students with a motto to motivate and create vibrancy & dynamism in youth by visualizing and providing them with adequate infrastructure to impart quality education, with a view to prepare leaders, managers, planners and entrepreneurs for tomorrow’s India, today.

Gayatri Datar
Gayatri Datar is a popular Marathi actress, known for Tula Pahate Re (2018). She did her schooling from Mumbai and is an Engineering Graduate. She started her career in acting by working in Marathi serials. She has done one short film titled ‘Intolerence’.

Rajan Welukar
Rajan Welukar, is an eminent academician, is the former vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University and GH Raisoni University. He Compiled and edited, Gandhi@150 which explores the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas in today’s world and the impact of his philosophy across a wide spectrum of areas such as religion, economics, science, education, the arts and health and development.

Raghu Raman
N Raghu Raman, a post graduate from Mumbai university and IIT (SoM) Mumbai alumnus, seasoned journalist with an experience of more than 30 years in leading national dailies like the Indian express, Hindustan Times, Business and Political Observer, Blitz, DainikBhaskar and DNA. He started as a railway correspondent and grew up to cover railway budget in Parliament. He was the first journalist in India in 1991 to start writing a column called “Deccan Queen” in the then newspaper called “The Daily” and few of his strong followers includes the then DRM A Ramji of Central Railway and the then GM E Sridharan, known as India’s Metro Man.Raghu Raman is also an amazing motivational and inspirational speaker, just as he is an accomplished master of ceremonies and moderator of public debates. His invigorating techniques to maximize mental power and bring the focus on optimum utility of one’s potential has been greatly admired.

Dr.Swati Lodha’s
Dr.Swati Lodha’s journey is an interesting and enriching mix, starting from tent classrooms in the schools to Harvard classrooms. She has trained more than 10,000 young minds through my organization SWASH PD Pvt Ltd in 17 years. She has also empowered youth to learn ABC – Attitude, Behaviour and Communication – to live a life full of happiness and gratitude. Corporate Trainings and speaking assignments based on her books “Come on! Get, Set Go” and “Why Women are what they are”, have created communities of learners who really believe in enriching and updating themselves.

Parvinder Singh Bali
Parvinder Singh Bali is Programmer Manager, Culinary Services at Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development (OCLD), Delhi. A graduate from IHM, Kolkata and OCLD, he joined Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and then moved on to ITC Hotels. He has worked under many well-known chefs and is an expert in different international cuisines. Chef Bali is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) from American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), a certified Professional Chef from the Culinary Institute of America and also a certified Chef De Cuisine from the American Culinary Federation

Balasubramanian Swaminathan
Balasubramanian Swaminathan is a publisher of Chef Bharat, a news portal, launched recently for the Indian chef community. He has also worked as an editorial consultant for various media outlets in Retail, FMCG, Textile, Media and Entertainment and Technology. He holds 10 years of working experience as a media professional in Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. He is also an alumnus of the Media Sciences Department from the CEG Campus of Anna University other than holding a Bachelor’s in Visual Communication from the University of Madras

Prabhat kumar
Prabhat kumar is an owner of Prabhat Prakashan is an Indian leading hindi publishing house. It was co-founded in 1958 by Shyam Sunder. They publish books in English and Hindi languages. They are the first Indian publisher to bring out Hindi translations of Russian classics including the works of authors like Chekhov, Tolstoy and Gorky.

Dr. D. R. Karthikeyan
D.R. Karthikeyan is a Former: Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, Director General, National Human Rights Commission, (India), Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force Dr. Karthikeyan served as the Chief Bureau of the Investigation Team of the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. At the invitation of INTERPOL, France, he made an audiovisual presentation of the investigation before an assembly of top police officers, who commended Mr Karthikeyan for the model investigation.

Nitish Bharadwaj
Nitish Bharadwaj is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and former member of Parliament in Lok Sabha. He is best known for his role as Lord Krishna in B. R. Chopra’s television series Mahabharat, as well as for his portrayal of several Avatars of Vishnu in some of Chopra’s other works, such as Vishnu Puran. His debut directorial film in Marathi titled Pitruroon has won him accolades from both the audiences and critics and he now focuses on his film career entirely through screenwriting, directing and acting.

Aabid Surti
Born In Gujarat In 1935, Aabid Surti Is The Author Of Over Eighty Books Spanning Across Categories Like Fiction, Poetry, Theatre, Reportage And Comics. He Was Given A National Award By The Government Of India In 1993 For One Of His Books.He Is The Co-Creator Of Bahadur, India’s First Comic Book Superhero. His Environmental Activism Has Led Him To Be Called A ‘One-Man Ngo’, Especially When It Comes To Water Conservation.

Prabhu Chawla
Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group. Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 years in journalism during which time he has headed The India Today group and The Indian Express as Editor, Chawla has witnessed and recorded dramatic changes in Indian democracy — from the trauma of the Emergency, the pathos of Rajiv Gandhi’s rise and fall and the angst of Mandal to the churning of liberalisation and the rise of coalition politics.

Piorre Hart
A surgeon by profession, a writer by heart and a bird in spirit, Piorre Hart is forever in flight on the wings of imagination, soaring into the virtual realms of words and verses. She thrives on books, on chai, on fictionalising philosophy and philosophising fiction.She has been writing since she was eight; dabbling in various forms of the craft. Her poems and short stories have found their place in various magazines and anthologies.Her first novel “ Where There’s A Will… ” won the first prize at the manuscript contest held at Pune International Literary Festival, 2016 and has received rave reviews.She is currently working on its sequel. Her second novel “Dial T for Terror ” is a techno-political thriller which has been getting consistently great reviews.

Air Marshal Prashant Purushottam Khandekar
Air Marshal Prashant Purushottam Khandekar Assumed The Responsibilities Of Air Officer-In-Charge Maintenance At Air Hq, New Delhi On 02 May 16. The Air Marshal Is A Graduate of VNIT, Nagpur and Was Commissioned In Indian Air Force Is Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Stream On 25 Jul 1977. He has worked on SU-7, MiG-23 BN and MiG-27 aircraft. He is PG in Industrial Engineering from NITIE and alumnus of DSSC Wellington with MSc in Defence & Strategic Studies of Madras University. He is Fellow of AESI, IETE and IIIE and member of CSI, CENJOWS and USI. He is recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards of NITIE Mumbai, VNIT and Hadas High School Nagpur. On 26th July he was conferred Nagpur Quality Leadership Award by World Quality Congress and Awards.

Kiran Khalap
Kiran Khalap juggles three passions and one career (brand consulting).His passions include writing, rock climbing and spiritual evolution. The first four years (1979 to 1983) Of his working life were spent as a schoolteacher in a co-educational residential school, in Benaras,India, run by the J Krishnamurti Foundation India. He is the winner of the Asian Age Indo-UK Short Story writing Competition, 1995. Previous novels include Halfway up the Mountain (2003) and Two Pronouns and a Verb (2012). He was the very first speaker at TED University at TED’s first Indian meet in 2009 and at TEDx Bandra In 2017. He regularly conducts workshops on creativity and branding.

Manoj Singh
A civil servant by profession, Manoj Singh is also the author of several books, including Chandrikotsav (Khandkavya); Bandhan, Kashamkash and Hostel kePannon Se (novels); VyaktitavkaPrabhav and ChintanahiChintan (collection of articles) and MeriPehchan (collection of short stories). Manoj Singh writes primarily in Hindi.

Shri. Pawan Sinha
Shri. Pawan Sinha is well known personality in India mostly popular as Astro uncle. He Advice people for their future and family problem. At the age of 8, he left his home for searching of God. But due to family responsibilities he returned. At the age of 12, Pawan Sinha started doing ‘Sadhna’. He founded Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram, a spiritual organization for the mental and moral development of youth and children, spreading Dharma, there are around 12000 members. He has delivered near about 3500 episodes on Delhi Aaj Tak, Tez, Aaj Tak, Star News and India News, spoken for parenting and behavioural problems in youth and children.

Kishore Makwana
Kishore Makwana – A devoted and vigilant Journalist, An activist in its true sense, Has indepth study of Social Life, A Columnist of Social Network in Sunday Edition of renowned Gujarati Daily Divya Bhaskar; Editor of Namaskar a Popular Family Magazine; Publisher of Social Magazine SamajSamvedna; Author of the books,SwamiVivekananda,Rashtriya Ghatnachakra,RSS nu Lakshya, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar,Safalta no Mantra and other… Compilation of articles and speeches ‘SamajikSamrasta’ ‘AapnaNarendrabhai’ and many more… Accompanied the then Prime Minister Shri AtalBihari Vajpayee in Historic Lahore Tour in 1999; Honoured with Awards like Panchjanya Nachiketa Samman and Pratap Narayan Mishra Yuva Sahitya Puraskar.

Alvira Diwan
Alvira Diwan is a Clinical Psychologist by profession. She has her own Clinic in Nagpur by the name Psych Works. She is also an avid reader and a passionate Writer. Her Articles are published in both print media as well as digital media (International). She believes in “Write to Heal”. Currently working in the field of Women Empowerment and development for the society and is associated to various NGO’s in Nagpur.

Ashutosh Nadkar
Ashutosh Nadkar is originally from Madhya Pradesh. He has been active in print, television and web journalism for the past two decades. He is currently working with the Network18 group as an associate editor.

Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi is a former well-established prime-time television anchor and political correspondent who is the first working woman in her family. Her 15 years of experience in media is diverse in the field of documentary production and television news. “Desh Videsh” the popular news show of Star News featured in prime time, was produced, anchored and hosted by Shazia Ilmi. Several shows on current affairs and documentaries highlighting issues on gender bias and rights of minority groups in India were produced by her. One of her shows, “Dr. Kans”, featured sting operations on doctors involved in illegal female foeticide. The aftermath of the operation witnessed suspension of medical licenses of such doctors. She has also been associated with other renowned news mediums such as Zee News and The Times of India.

Rocky Singh And Mayur Sharma
Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma believe that anything worth doing must be fun and unconventional. Having applied this principle to everything they do their journey continues to bring them joy. They are widely acknowledged as India’s leading experts on street food and regional cuisine. In the ‘reel world’ their cult show Highway On My Plate (HOMP), aired on NDTV Goodtimes for over 7 years, has steadily eaten it’s way towards completing a record 230 episodes shot during travels of over 200,000kms on the Highways and roads of India. Proud ambassadors of the incredibly unique and diverse flavours of Indian cuisine and culture Rocky & Mayur contribute articles and reviews on food, travel and lifestyles to publications such as FHM, Food & Nightlife, BBC Good Food, Zomato.com and the New York Times online (India Ink). Their books Highway On My Plate – the Guide to Indian Roadside Eating – Vol 1 & 2 (Random House) are bestsellers in India and won ‘Best in the World’ awards at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris (2012) & China (2015) respectively. Rocky is an ardent ornithologist, photographer and scuba diver while Mayur investigates why high altitude treks have such ‘breathtaking’ views.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
Social Activist | Chairperson and Co-Founder, Lakshya Trust Manvendra Singh Gohilis an Indian prince who is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat. He is the first openly gay prince in the world. He runs a charity ,Manvendra is the Chairperson and Co-founder of Lakshya Trust,He is also the Founder and Chairperson of EktaTransglobal Foundation registered in USA, aiming at providing a platform for global advocacy on social issues. And an Ambassador Consultant (India) to AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the oldest organization in USA working on HIV/AIDS. Apart from his social involvement, Manvendra is also passionate about Indian Classical Music (Vocal) and has performed across various platforms in Indian and abroad. Besides music, Manvendra is also a trained yoga teacher.