Women Writers’ Fest 2017

DAY 1: Friday, 24th Feb

Inauguration: 1.45pm-2.00pm: Shaili Chopra and Anuradha Das Mathur

Session 1: 2.00pm-3.00pm

Where are the missing women?


Poonam Barua, Author, Leadership by Proxy: The Story of Women in Corporate India

Milee Ashwarya, Editor in Chief (Commercial & Business), Penguin Random House India

Shaili Chopra, Founder of  SheThePeople.TV

Sonia Golani, Author, Corporate Divas

Moderated by

Anuradha Das Mathur, Founding Dean, Vedica Scholars Programme for Women

Session 2: 3.00pm-4.00pm

Women along the faultlines


Bahar Dutt, Author, Green Wars- Dispatches from a Vanishing World

Anubha Bhonsle, Author, Mother, Where’s My Country & Executive Editor, CNN-IBN

Ruhani Kaur, Freelance Photojournalist

Suhasini Haidar, Strategic & Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu

moderated by

Snigdha Poonam, National Affairs Writer, Hindustan Times

Session 3: 4.15pm-5.15pm

Change begins at home


Veena Venugopal, Editor, Blink & Author, Would You Like Some Bread With that Book?

Natasha Badhwar, Columnist, Mint Lounge

Gitanjali Surendran, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School

Aparna Piramal Raje, Author, Working Out of the Box: 40 stories of leading CEOs

moderated by

Bee Rowlatt, Author, In Search of Mary

Session 4: 5.15pm-6.15pm

The F-Word: Is the workplace ready?


Urvashi Butalia, Publisher, Zubaan

Radhika Vaz, Stand-up comedian, Author, Unladylike

Aparna Jain, Author, Own It

Ritu Kapur, Co-Founder, The Quint

Anuranjita Kumar, Chief Human Resources Officer, Citi South Asia and Author, Can I Have It All

moderated by Shreyasi Singh, Author, The Wealth Wallahs and Director, Careers at Vedica Scholars Programme for Women

Performances by

6.15pm-7.00pm: ‘Theatre for Change’ Workshop by Gaurav Saini

7.00pm-7.30pm: Stand-Up Comedy by Radhika Vaz

DAY 2: Saturday, 25th Feb

Session 5: 10.00am-11.00am

A Manel of Feminists: Why they must join the fight

Prithvi Shergill, Chief Human Resource Officer, HCL Technologies

Raheel Khursheed,  Head, News Partnerships Twitter India & SE Asia

Sattvik Mishra, ‎CEO, ScoopWhoop Media

moderated by Tanmoy Goswami,  Business Journalist

Session 6:11.15am-12.15pm

Woman and the City

Panelists: Shweta Punj, Senior Editor, India Today and Author Why I Failed

Christina Fernandez (RJ Chris), Radio Jockey, 94.3

Shubhra Gupta, Film critic, The Indian Express

Meenu Vadera, Founder, Sakha Consulting Wings

Mala Bhargava, Editorial Consultant, The Hindu Business Line

moderated by Nishita Jha, Writer, Trial By Error

Session 7:12.30pm-1.30pm

Too cute for money?: Whip your personal finances into shape


Monika Halan, Consulting Editor Money, Mint

Sonu Bhasin, Founder & Managing Partner,  FAB (Families And Business)

moderated by Shreyasi Singh

Session 8:2.00pm-3.00pm

The politics of sexual harassment: Fighting stigmas, stereotypes and status quo


Nirupama Subramanian, Author, Keep the Change

Nikita Saxena, Web Editor, The Caravan

Malavika Rajkotia, Lawyer & Author, Intimacy Undone

Aparna Jain, Author, Own It

moderated by Amrita Tripathi, Author, The Sibius Knot and Broken News

Session 9: 3.00pm-4.00pm

Motherhood: The ultimate battleground


Bee Rowlatt, Author, In Search of Mary

Sonya Dutta Choudhury, Author, Career Rules: How to Choose Right & Get the Life You Want

Yashodhara Lal, Author of Just Married, Please Excuse, Sorting Out Sid and There’s Something About You

Natasha Badhwar, Columnist, Mint Lounge

moderated by Nirupama Subramaniam, Author, Keep the Change and Intermission

Session 10: 4.15pm-5.15pm

Ask Your Publisher: Open House with India’s top commissioning editors


Renuka Chatterji, Vice President, (Publishing), Speaking Tiger

Sudha Sadanand, Managing Editor, Tata Westland

Sivapriya R, Executive Editor, Juggernaut

Poulomi Chatterjee, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, Hachette India

Performances by

5.30pm-6.30pm: Vidya Shah, Musician and Artist

6.30pm-7.30pm: Delhi Drum Circle

Festival Bookstore: Full Circle