The Team

Swarup Nanda Chairman & CEO

A Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in marketing, Swarup has over a decade’s experience in multiple business domains. He is the business head of three privately-held firms working in various domains of Book Publishing, Content Creation, Angel Investing, and Business Consulting. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, he has worked with several MNCs in the media space. His passion for literature and books is his motivation for building Leadstart Publishing. He oversees all aspects of the expanding business.


Dr. Rabindra Kumar Nanda Director

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Standford University, Dr Nanda is also a National Science Talent Search Scholar. He holds five Patents and is a published author of 50 national and 52 international research papers. He has worked in the Pharma industry in a career spanning over 35 years.


Raj Supe  Advisor Emeritus

Aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda, Raj Supe is a poet, storyteller and novelist, as well as a seeker and devotee of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. An MBA by education, his career spanned advertising, research and creative consulting, before devoting his time to literature and spirituality. His works include Three No Trumps (novel), Sagarika Anusagarika [Echoes of Nine Rivers] (poetry), Pilgrim of the Sky (spiritual memoir), and translations of religious texts such as Cloudburst of A Thousand Suns and Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari. He has also worked on film scripts with Ram Gopal Verma and Ashutosh Gowariker, and on plays with Makarand Deshpande.

Chandralekha Maitra Executive Director, Editorial & Human Resources

With two decades experience as a book publishing professional, Chandralekha began her career as a features writer and columnist, working with publications across India, before moving into book publishing full time, with India Book House. She received her training in editorial title management from Book House, London. Over the years she has worked with some of the finest publishing houses in India and overseas, and across genres and markets. She has also worked with Osian’s-Connoisseurs of Art, India’s first auction house, gaining in-depth exposure to research and publishing in the fine arts-antiquities-cultural heritage genres. Additionally, she has had a parallel, specialist career in Human Resources, working at Group HR, Tata Group, among others. She continues to write, train and mentor in this domain as her publishing commitments allow.


Madhavi Purohit Executive Director, Editorial

With over two decades writing and editing experience with various newspapers and magazines, Madhavi has had extensive exposure to diverse media functions, including stints in teaching, corporate communications and screenwriting. She has also worked as a Senior Commissioning Editor at Penguin India, assisting in research, and the commissioning and management of book projects. She now heads the Fiction List at Leadstart Publishing.


Mishta Roy Executive Director, Leadstart Design Studio

A graphic designer with a BFA (First Class First) from Delhi College of Arts, and an MFA from Central Saint Martin’s, University of London, Mishta has worked with various organisations for 14 years, notably Tehelka, Saatchi & Saatchi, Explocity and Rave magazines. She continues to work with Art India, India Foundation for the Arts, and Breakthrough, among others.



Manohar Chapa Head, Sales:Western India

With 18 years retail experience, spread over various business domains, Manohar has worked both in India as well as West Asia. At Leadstart he oversees Leadstart Publishing business activities in western India.


Ramu K.  Head, Sales:Southern India

A veteran of the book trade, Ramu has 15 years extensive experience in the domain. He worked with leading Publishers like Rupa and Nyogi, before joining The Leadstart team. He now oversees sales and distribution in southern India.


Arijit Haldar Head, Sales:Eastern India, Bhutan & Bangaldesh

With more than 15 years experience in book sales and distribution, Arijit currently oversees Leadstart Publsihing’s business activities in eastern India and neighbouring countries. He has previously worked with several leading book publishers including Jaico and Magna.


Mahendra Rawat Head, Sales:Northern India & Nepal

With more than six years experience in book sales and distribution, Mahendra comes from a family immersed in the book trade. He worked with several book distributors and publishers before his current assignment with Leadstart Publishing.




Chandravadan Shiroorkar Graphic Designer, Leadstart Design Studio

A graphic designer and hardware engineer, Chandravadan has 15 years experience with various companies in the domain. He works exclusively in the area of layouts and design.


Iftikar Shaikh Manger, Finance

With a decade of work experience prior to joining Leadstart Publishing, Iftikar manages key business processes with MNC banks and other outfits.


Rajesh Bale Manager, Purchase

Heading purchase for Leadstart Publishing, Rajesh has over a 15 years experience in managing business operations.


T. Vijay Kumar Manager, Sales Support

Prior to his current role at Leadstart Publishing, Vijay worked in inventory management for five years, in Abu Dhabi. He now manages sales support for Leadstart Publishing.