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 Amit grew up in Jhansi, a historic town in Northern India and studied at IIT -BHU, Varanasi and IIM Ahmedabad. He currently lives in Bangalore suburbs, with his wife Ayesha and two sons Tanish and Aarav.You can learn more about Amit's writing and speaking by visiting https://mykitaab.in/amit
Welcome to a new season of MyKitaab Podcast. Amar Vyas interviewed Hema Hattangady and Ashish Sen, authors of the book "Lift Off : The Story of Conzerv." This book is the story of entrepreneurship, a journey of growing, scaling a business and creating an organizational culture.Hema Hattangady is a MBA from IIM Calcutta. She joined the business established by her father-in-law in 1990 after a short stint in advertising and brand strategy. Eventually, she was appointed CEO of Conzerv and successfully turned around the company before its acquisition by Schneider in 2009. Ashish is a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge University. He started his career with the Business Standard, Ananda Bazar Group of Publications where he became Assistant Editor. He currently divides his time teaching community media at institutions in India and abroad and is also a theatre practitioner. You can find detailed biographies of the authors on http://l.mykitaab.in/conzervFun fact: This is the first ever in-studio recording for an episode of MyKitaab Podcast. Amar reached out to Hema when he saw a post on LinkedIn about this book, and this interview was recorded in mid-February 2020, in Bengaluru. 
Bengaluru Business Literature Festival (BBLF) is in its fifth year and the 2019 edition of BBLF will be held on Saturday September 7, 2019 at WeWork, Richmond Road.  In this episode, founder of BBLF, Benedict Paramanand, talks about his journey as a journalist, an author, and a book lover. Benedict also talks about his reason(s) for starting BBLF, as well as the evolution of this event over the years. Finally, he talks about some of the highlights of the 2019 edition of BBLF and why you should attend the event. You can learn more about this event by visiting https://mykitaab.in/bblf2019-Benedict-ParmanandCreator and host of MyKitaab Podcast, Amar Vyas, will facilitate a session on regional language books of India.You can subscribe to MyKitaab Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Spotify, Stitcher, Hubhopper, Headfone, Storiyoh, TuneIn, Deezer, and many other fine podcasting apps and sites. 
Himanshu is the CEO of Pratham Books, a nonprofit organization that is in the space of Children's reading and education material. In this interview, Himanshu and I talk about his reasons for joining Pratham Books, publishing content under Creative Commons and the phenomenal growth of Pratham books (12,000 titles in 150 languages) over the past decade. This interview is in English, but the last five minutes are also in Hindi.  At the beginning of this episode, there is a new segment that we would like to introduce in the coming weeks: book reviews. Title Image from Storyweaver, used under Creative Commons License Listen to this very insightful interview from Michal on MyKitaab Podcast. You can subscribe to MyKitaab Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you can consume your favourite episodes.
In episode 96 of MyKitaab Podcast, we talk to Michal Stawicki who is an author, coach, entrepreneur who has published over 2 million words over the past 7 years. He has been a past guest on MyKitaab Podcast, and in this episode, we talk about his evolution from an author to an authorpreneur. He and his wife have been able to leave their full time jobs, and they have been supplement their income from writing and related activities.  Listen to this very insightful interview from Michal on MyKitaab Podcast.  MyKitaab Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you listen your favourite podcasts.  You can of course listen to the podcast interviews and get the shownotes at https://mykitaab-podcast.com/michal-stawicki
Welcome to episode number 95 of MyKitaab podcast. Our guest is Yogesh Dashrath, who is the Country Manager for Storytel in India. Storytel is an audio book and ebook  publisher from Sweden.  Yogesh tells his own journey as an avid book reader and an audiophile, and Storytel's journey in India. We also discuss the evolution of the market for audiobooks in India. Specifically, the challenges he faced when he approached publishers and authors while trying to build up their audio book collection in India. We also talked about audiobooks in Indian languages, particularly Marathi and Hindi. This is the first ever interview of MyKitaab Podcast which has recorded it not one, not two, but three languages: English, Hindi and Marathi. This is a very, very exciting and high energy conversation which I am sure you would learn a lot from. As a special for MyKitaab listeners: you can try Storytel for FREE for 30 days! visit www.storytel.com/30days MyKitaab is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you listen your favourite podcasts.You can of course listen to the podcast interviews and get the shownotes at https://mykitaab-podcast.com
Welcome to episode number 94 of MyKitaab Podcast. Our guest today is Jason Van Gumster. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, he is a creative professional, an author and an advocate of open source programs. His books include the GIMP Bible and Blender for Dummies He is also the creator and the host of the Open Source Creative Podcast.  We had used Skype for recording this call, and occasionally you may hear a drop in the audio quality, particularly after the call had dropped around two thirds of the recording. We had originally recorded this interview in April 2017, and we are publishing it in December 2018. MyKitaab Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you listen your favourite podcasts.  You can find the shownotes and links mentioned in this episode at mykitaab-podcast.com/
[https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mykitaab-how-to-publish-and-market-your-books/id1073960469](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mykitaab-how-to-publish-and-market-your-books/id1073960469)We were on an unexpected, extended break for the past year, but now MyKitaab Podcast is back! Starting July 11th, we are re launching in a new format, with exciting interviews every other week, which will alternate with a news and analysis show. We looked at the listener analytics (over 55,000 listens, THANK YOU!) and we noticed that there is a considerbale interest int he news and analysis casts that we used to publish back in 2016\. So we thought, with the relaunching of the show, why not add a new flavour to MyKitaab Podcast? Also note that we have a new website [mykitaab-podcast.com](https://mykitaab-podcast.com). Over the coming weeks, we will update the links to the shownotes for the existing episodes as well. If you have any questions or comments, write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com?Subject=MyKitaab-Podcast). You can listen to MyKitaab Podcast on Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), [Google Podcasts](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.podcasts), [Bookmyshow Jukebox](https://in.bookmyshow.com/jukebox/free-music-download), [Stitcher](https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/gaatha-podcasts/mykitaab-podcast-with-amar-vyas), and [Otto Radio](https://www.ottoradio.com/podcast/mykitaab-how-to-publish-and-market-your-books).
Ritesh is a former investment banker turned entrepreneur in the book publishing space. He is the Co-Founder of Read Out Loud, a Mumbai based book publishing, marketing and distribution company. Ritesh and I talk about how to price your books in India, trends in publishing, how International authors can market and sell their books in India, how to use WhatsApp for book marketing, the controversy about the Times of India competition for authors;and finally, film options for books. Shownotes and links mentioned in the interview are available on https://mykitaab-podcast.com/ritesh MyKitaab Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you listen your favourite podcasts.
Last year, we published the interview of bestselling author, angel investor and entrepreneur Kashyap Deorah. We re-visit his interview, where he talks about his writing process, marketing and finding a publisher for his book.
In this episode, I talk to Shilpa Gupta about her books Ananya and Double or Quits. A Chemical Engineer from IIT Roorkee and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Shilpa has 13 years work experience in Investment Banking. During this period, she was ranked among the top Indian financial analysts by Asia Money, a leading international publication. At present she is a member of the national CII committee on ‘Ethics in Healthcare’. Shilpa took a break from her active corporate career to follow her passion for writing. Her first work of fiction ‘Ananya - A Bittersweet Journey’ published by Rupa Publications, ‘Double or Quits’, her second book, is published by Jaico,. It is the first corporate crime thriller in India with a female protagonist. Through Jyotsna’s journey, Shilpa brings out the constant struggle to find the right balance between emotions and practicality, aspirations and values, short term gains and sustainable life. Shilpa has been been a speaker, moderator and panellist at several literary and corporate events and an active member of various writer groups. Shownotes from this episode are available at http://www.mykitaab.in/shilpa
Paul Brodie is a Seven time Amazon bestselling author. He believes believes that books should be inexpensive, straightforward, direct, and not have a bunch of fluff. Each of his books were created to solve problems including living a healthy lifestyle, increasing motivation, improving positive thinking, traveling to amazing destinations, and helping authors publish and market their books. What makes Paul’s books different is his ability to explain complex ideas and strategies in a simple, accessible way that you can implement immediately. Paul is lifelong learner and educator and earned an M.A. in Teaching from Louisiana College and B.B.A. in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. In his spare time he loves to read and write books, travel (especially to Maui and Las Vegas), and is an avid sports fan. The shownotes from this episode are available at https://mykitaab-podcast.com/paulbrodie.  You can subscribe to MyKitaab Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you can consume your favourite episodes. You can of course listen to the podcast interviews and get the shownotes at https://mykitaab-podcast.com
Kinga Jentetics is the Co-Founder of PublishDrive. In this interview, she tells us about the story behind the founding of her company, and gives an overview of the startup: from the bookstores that they serve, to payment methods. Kinga also provides information on the profile of authors and readers, and also which genre(s) are doing well on the platform. You can learn more about Kinga and PublishDrive at www.gaatha/co/kinga
Brandon Cullum is a children's book author and illustrator and author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller: "Alfred the Time Traveling Dinosaur." His other books include Alphabet Fruit and Vinny The Soccer Playing Dinosaur. In this interview, we talk about writing for Kids, illustration, editing process for kids' books, book marketing, and finally, why Publishing's gain is NASA's loss. The shownotes form this episode are available at www.mykitaab.in/brandon. #publishing #books #children's Books
Author, Columnist Gautam Chintamani talks all things Bollywood in this awesome interview. We talk about his interest in movies, the documentaries made by him, his book on Bollywood Star Rajesh Khanna. We also talk about his most recent book titled Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which is based on the film by the same title. The shownotes for this high energy, very informative interview are available at www.mykitaab.in/gautam #bollywood #book publishing #author #QSQT #films #biography
In this episode, we have two interviews of Nanowrimo winners: Puja Mohan and Gayatri Gadre, and a session on How to Pitch to Publishers. The latter was conducted by Jayapriya Vasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency. This episode is a hybrid episode, for the first time we have three different segments in the same podcast episode. We have updated the MyKitaab website www.mykitaab.in. Please give your feedback on this episode and the new website.
Greg Hickey is an author, screenwriter, forensic scientist and endurance athlete. His debut novel, Our Dried Voices, was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Science Fiction Book of the Year Award. He is also the writer of the award-winning screenplay, Vita. His blog, KineSophy, analyzes topics in physical fitness, health, society and philosophy. He lives in Chicago, USA with his wife, Lindsay. You can get the shownotes at www.mykitaab.in/greg
This episode was originally published in January 2016, and was the first episode of MyKitaab Podcast. I am posting this interview again for a couple of reasons: My wife and I met Vikrant last week in Vadodara, and he gave us a signed copy of his book "Rau", the English translation of the Marathi book by the same name. The Bollywood movie Bajirao Mastani is based on this book. Secondly, Vikrant and I are exploring how to convert this book into an audio series, if not an audiobook. Given these recent developments, I thought it was apt to re-publish this episode. New author interviews will be available from November 10th onwards.
Sriram Subramanian is the author of Rain, which is his debut novel. During his interview, Sriram talks about getting rejections from literary agents, finding a publisher in India, book marketing, and getting reviews on Amazon. He also talks about his philosophy towards writing, Bob Dylan, and finally, his advice to authors. Sriram also tells us how he got a quote from Pranay Chulet, the founder of Quikr, for his book. You can get the shownotes at www.mykitaab.in/sriram
Amanda Jones is a healthcare professional and a poet. She has written two poetry books where she conveys the message about diabetes. Her first poetry book, Poems For You & Your Neighbour: Health Disorders Simplified, was published in 2015, and her second poetry book will be released on November 14th 2016: World Diabetes Day. Amanda and I talk about her interest in poetry, why she feels that poetry can be an effective medium for conveying such an important message, her writing, editing and publishing experience. You can learn more at www.mykitaab.in/amanda
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writerlyhacker

Please improve your audio. I'm really interested the in knowledge that your podcast wants to share

Sep 9th
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RR Krishnan

where r the show notes??

Jul 24th
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