Peter Van Geit, born and raised in Belgium, is settled in Chennai for the last 12 years, working as a Project Manager in CISCO Systems India.
An explorer by nature, Peter has driven over 50,000 kms across India on his Royal Enfield 500CC and has conquered the Himalayas thrice. A few years ago, he founded the Chennai Trekking Club (CTC), a non-profit volunteer based group of trekking enthusiasts who explore mountains and jungles across South India nearly all weekends of the year.
Peter, an expert in map reading, navigation and GPS, has taken thousands of trekkers to many previously unexplored locations and discovered hidden waterfalls, beautiful gorges, ancient forts, jeep trails hidden deep inside the jungles.
The petite young Sonia H. Mackwani has both an impressive and intriguing resume. After a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Mackwani started a life enhancement theater called The Therapy Theater. She is the trustee of Atmviswas Vidyalaya, a rehab center for mental illness, and the author of a children’s book, Tales from Indian Mythology – Ramayana and Mahabharata. In 2003, Mackwani founded the Touching Lives Welfare Trust, an association with a mission and vision of love and humanity. Touching Lives is deeply involved in holistic community development of people. As if this were not enough, this mistress-of-many-trades is a radio jockey in her spare time.
This social entrepreneur has become a
‘Change Agent’ for today’s women of low income groups. Arunachalam Muruganantham is the creator of the world’s first low cost machine to produce sanitary towels. Awarded as the best innovation for the betterment of society, he feels that the women in India will be able to live with dignity
Gursimran Khamba is India's most politically incorrect stand up comic, one-half of India's most widely heard podcast titled All India Bakchod, a humor columnist and the brains behind one of India's most widely read blogs www.gkhamba.com
He has been a web-columnist for HT Branch and written for publications such as GQ India, The Sunday Guardian, India Today, Grazia, Marie Claire, Hello! And Pragati Ð The Indian National Review etc.
He has performed nearly 100 shows across the country in cities such as Delhi NCR,Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Kochi etc in the last 18 months.
He is also a regular at The Comedy Store in Mumbai and recently joined Weirdass Comedy as a writer and performer.
Harish Bijoor, a Brand-expert & CEO of Harish Bijoor Consults Inc. a unique boutique consulting outfit branded, is currently a Brand Domain specialist operating out of Bangalore. This brand name has a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London and the Indian sub-continent. Harish has recently published a book titled, “Marketing Trends – Smart Insights into the world of Indian Business” ….. a serious book written in a style that is distinctly young and dynamic.
Mallika Sarabhai, a powerhouse of communication and arts in India, now leads the Darpana dance company, which works in the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi forms.A writer, publisher, actor, producer, anchorwoman ... and all her varied forms of artistic engagement are wrapped around a deep social conscience.
Looking at the petite and tiny Jasleen Royal, in her trademark pyajamas and long loose t-shirts, all of 19 years, no one can imagine of how talented this little girl might be. But as soon as she puts her guitar around her neck, starts strumming those strings and lending her voice, we can be nothing but astounded. Studying in Hindu college, 2nd year Jasleen is like any other collegiate. Random yet certain, humorous and appealing.
Her love for music dates a long time back. Always inclined towards music, she taught music to kids almost her age when she was just 14. Why? Because she wanted to be independent and be financially unreliant on anyone. Although she always got her family's untiring support. Started with learning the keyboard, she used all she gathered to figure out guitar and mouth-organ herself. Now she can play two of these things at the same time. Expertise is her specialty- when the context is music.
She broke the ice with being one of the semi finalists in India's Got Talent and has performed in enumerable college fests and shows after that. No stopping the rockstar!
Her songs revolve around the basics of life and the simplicity with which she expresses emotions through her songs is commendable.
Navin Gulia a World Record Holder in all terrain driving, driving in his all terrain modified vehicle from New Delhi to Marsimik La at 18,632 feet, the highest motored mountain pass in the world, 1200 feet higher than base camp of Mt Everest, in a non-stop drive of fifty five hours without sleep or break and crossing seven of the worlds highest mountain passes on the way. A record that stands un-challenged and un-defeated for six years now.
Rock climbing, Para-jumping, sky-diving, powered hang-gliding and micro lite flying, are other adventure sports pursued by him besides all terrain driving.
• Social Worker
• Motivational Speaker
Nikita Singh is the author of three bestsellers:
• Love @ Facebook
• Accidentally In Love …With Him? Again?
• If It's Not Forever …It’s Not Love!
• The Promise
Her books have been sitting comfortably at the Bestselling tabs of all major online bookstores.
She presently works as an editor at
Grapevine India Publishers, India’s first
community of authors.
Apart from these three books, Nikita has
also contributed to the immensely
successful "The Backbenchers" series. She
has written the second book of the series
(co-authored with Durjoy Datta)—The
Backbenchers: The Missed Call!—which
released in June 2012, under a pen name
(Sidharth Oberoi), by Grapevine India
One of the youngest and the most
prolific authors in the Indian fiction
scene, her works are characterized by
humour and practicality. She is seen as
one of the most unabashed writers in
Suhas Gopinath, now aged 26, a resident of Bangalore and hails from a middle class family, where his father was a defense scientist. At the age of 14 he was recognized as the worlds youngest certified Professional Web-developer through his project coolhindustan.com.
Mr. Gopinath was very a assertive to be an entrepreneur and wanted to encourage the youth, he setup Globals Inc, in the year 2000 at San Jose, California as the laws in India did not allow him to setup a company in the country as he was still minor. From then Globals Inc has drastically grown as a Multi-national IT consulting company with representation in more than 11 countries.
Mr. Suhas Gopinath at the age of 16 was recognized as the world’s youngest entrepreneur in by CNBC and e-Business, Canada. With this at the age of 17 he was recognized as the World's Youngest CEO by leading Medias across the globe including BBC, Washington Times, The Age, etc., including Limca Book of Records. He is also designated as the resource person for Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmadabad, and Advisory Board member at IIT Bombay Entrepreneurship Cell.
In the year 2005, he became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Rajyotsava Award conferred on him by the State Government of Karnataka.
In July 2008, his detailed biography was featured in the renowned Current- Biography Book published in New York along with Hollywood Actor George Clooney, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Governor of New York David Paterson, and other eminent personalities.
Poonam Bir Kasturi having passion for design and the environment is epitomized in the elegant and practical “Daily Dump” home composting system. It was selected as one of the “Top Nominees” for the INDEX Design Award in 2007, apart from receiving several other awards.
She talks about her inspiration behind this great design idea, and why composting is a much needed decentralized waste management solution. She is based in Bangalore, India.
Ashwin Mohan renounced violence in 2010 after two decades of surviving real life violence and tournament kickboxing and grappling. The lessons Ashwin learned were simple. Avoid violence but if you can't, evade it. If evasion fails, de-escalate it and if that fails stun your threat and run. By practicing fighting we are only laying the foundations for a fight. By practicing avoidance, evasion, de-escalation and stunning we are transforming our internal violence into lasting inner and outer peace. Ashwin's company Walk in Peace is involved in the wide distribution of this training called 'peaceful kickboxing' on a permanent basis in urban and rural India."