Women Writers Fest Mumbai 2018

After a tremendous response in various cities last year  SheThePeople.TV is bringing the Women Writers Fest to Mumbai in partnership with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai and Title Waves for its second edition in 2018. The day-long festival puts the spotlight on authors, writers, bloggers, and editors, featuring firebrand panelists from across genres.

Two days | Power packed sessions | 23rd Feb at Title Waves Bandra | 24th Feb Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

The fest will provide a forum for women writers from varied fields, be it script writing, blogging, books and more, to come together and discuss issues that are important to modern women.

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This festival aims to focus the dialogue around women writers who are breaking new ground in content, style, and storytelling. In this edition of the SheThePeople Women Writers Fest, we have fabulous speakers like Sagarika Ghose, Tara Deshpande, Annie Zaidi, Meghna Pant, Elsa Marie D’Silva, Ishmeet Nagpal, Ramya Pandyan, Harnidh Kaur, Priya Malik, Bhawna Somaya, Abhijit Kini, Vivek Tejuja, Payal Kapadia, Ruchita Dar Shah, Swati Popat Vats, Preeti Vyas, Manisha Lakhe and many more accomplished writers and creators discussing a range of diverse topics. From how to get children reading, to women writing crime, to gender violence, to Bollywood biographies, to speculative fiction and the rise of the graphic novel, we have a wide cross section of panel discussions scheduled, as well as workshops and performance poetry. The festival this year has been bifurcated across two venues, South Mumbai and Bandra to enable Mumbaikars from both town and the suburbs to be part of these essential discussions.

The Women Writers’ Fest is organized by SheThePeople.TV and curated by Founder Shaili Chopra, Ideas Editor Kiran Manral


On 23rd Feb at Title Waves, Bandra 
24th Feb at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai


  • Kiran Manral
  • Ruchita Dar Shah
  • Meghna Pant
  • Annie Zaidi
  • Neelam Kumar
  • Abhijeet Kini
  • Sujata Dev
  • Seema Sonik Alimchand
  • Payal Kapadia
  • ElsaMarie D’Silva
  • Priya Malik
  • Harnidh Kaur
  • Prerna Sinha
  • Archana Sarat
  • Sameera Khan
  • Aarti V Raman
  • Anjali Kirpalani
  • Sukanya Venkat
  • Swati Popat Vats
  • Koral Dasgupta
  • Maya Bathija
  • Sonia Golani
  • Prachi Joshi
  • Puja Changoiwala
  • Shatrujeet Nath
  • Ishmeet Nagpal
  • Ramya Pandyan
  • Shaili Chopra
  • Sagarika Ghose
  • Lubaina Bandukwala
  • Shweta Kaushik
  • Esha Gupta
  • Ronitaa Italia
  • Mrinmayee Ranade
  • Manisha Lakhe
  • Preeti Vyas
  • Kavya D’Souza
  • Meghana Bhuskute
  • Tara Deshpande Tennebaum
  • Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal
  • Gunjan Jain
  • Ila Johari
  • Tara Khandelwal
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SheThePeople.TV is India’s biggest storytelling platform for women and inspires new dialogue, exchanges leadership ideas, fosters networking and reinforces the ability of women to contribute to growth. Founder Shaili Chopra says, “We need to celebrate writing across genres, way beyond literature. We have women ahead in screenwriting, short stories, business and entrepreneurship, fiction, environment, some fantastic columnists and more. As part our effort to do more with writers across India, this is a first of a kind festival that promises to ignite rising minds”


We have a power packed day with some award winning authors and writers.

February 2018



Partners and Supporters

Titles Waves is Mumbai’s first boutique bookstore that boasts of a 40 feet wide grand entrance and spread over 8000 square feet. The ambience is warm spacious and customer friendly with innovative signage’s that will guide you to your favorite genre at a single glance. If this Is not enough, then a touch screen kiosk with a customer interface can come to your rescue. Simply search by author, by title or by publisher and the exact location of your book jumps out. The store has an equally huge collection of CD’s and DVD’s that are exclusively selected after tons of research and customer feedback.

Partners and Supporters

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, has been working actively in the fields of art, cinema, theatre, dance and literature by supporting programmes that are interdisciplinary and promote cultural exchange of ideas. It has a state of the art gallery space, which focuses on contemporary art and photography. The institute also promotes the study of German language abroad and fosters international cultural relations. The library of the MMB Mumbai provides comprehensive and up-to-date information about Germany.

Partners and Supporters

The Gourmet Jar produces innovative Gourmet condiments that are 100% natural, fresh and made without any preservatives or chemicals. All their products are made by a team of dedicated women in traditional style, with much love and care. The Gourmet Jar aims to enhance your eating-at-home experience by bringing gourmet to your everyday plate

Partners and Supporters

Manjul’s English-only imprint, Amaryllis, was founded in 2010, and brings to readers the best in writing from across the globe. Our focus is on fiction and non-fiction, mostly by Indian authors, encouraging emerging voices and nurturing established ones. We bring to our readers books of the highest quality, elegantly designed with exceptional production standards.

Amaryllis has more than eighty successful titles already under its belt and boasts of names like Ashok K. Banker, Deepti Naval, Sushma Seth, Jaswant Singh, Rajiv Malhotra, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Pritish Nandy, Satya Saran, Kiran Manral and many more on its list.



Day 1 – Feb 23th, 2018 Title Waves, Bandra West

Panel 1: Bringing up a generation of readers

10 am to 10.45 am

Payal Kapadia, Preeti Vyas, Lubaina Tyeb Bandukwala & Swati Popat Vats

Moderated by Ruchita Dar Shah

Panel 2: Bollywood: Biographies versus Autobiographies

11 am to 11.45 am

Sujata Dev, Seema Sonik Alimchand & Koral Dasgupta

Moderator: Manisha Lakhe

Speaking her mind

12 pm to 12.45 pm

Sagarika Ghose in conversation with Shaili Chopra

Panel 3: The Business of Blogging: How they created breakthrough blogs

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Prerna Sinha, Aanam Chashmawala, Kavya D’Souza & Ila Johari

Moderator: Anjali Kirpalani

Panel 4: Visuals over words: Graphic novels and other visual storytelling

2 pm to 2.45 pm

Abhijeet Kini, Neelam Kumar & Priyanka Paul

Moderated by: Tara Khandelwal

Panel 5: Speculative fiction and why we need more of it in India

 3 pm to 3.45 pm

Kiran Manral, Sukanya Venkatraghavan & Shatrujeet Nath

Moderator: Vivek Tejuja

Panel 6: The Power and the Pelf: The challenges of documenting success stories

4 pm to 4.45 pm

Maya Bathija, Sonia Golani, Gunjan Jain

Moderated by Shaili Chopra

Panel 7:

5:00 pm

Conversation with Miss Malini on #HowSheDidIt

Day 2 – Feb 24th at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Panel 1: New Voices in Women’s writing in Marathi

11 am to 11.45 am

Renuka Khot, Meghana Bhuskute & Manaswini Lata Ravindra

Moderated by Mrinmayee Ranade

Panel 2 : The new revolutions in Urban Living

12 pm to 12.45 pm

Ronitaa Italia-Dhanu, Esha Gupta, Maria Louis & Preeti Singh

Moderated by Shweta Kaushik

Chat – Tara Deshpande Tennebaum on her food journey.

1 pm to 1.45 pm

In conversation with Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal.

Panel 3 : Dark: When women write crime

2 pm to 2.45 pm

Puja Changoiwala, Archana Sarat, Aarti V Raman & Annie Zaidi

Moderated by: Meghna Pant

Panel 4: The Streets are ours: Women on gender and violence

3 pm to 3.45 pm

Elsa Marie D’Silva, Priya Malik & Meghna Pant

Moderated by Sameera Khan

Performance: We, the XX chromosomes

4 pm to 4.45 pm

Ishmeet Nagpal & Ramya Pandyan

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Fireside Chat

5 pm to 6 pm

Kiran Nagarkar on Jasoda: The Quotidian Everywoman as a Heroine In conversation with Kiran Manral


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