Swarup has over 15 years of experience in multiple business domains related to content. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, he worked with a couple of MNCs in the media space. His passion for literature and books is his motivation for building Leadstart Publishing.
Dr. Rabindra Kumar Nanda
An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamenftal Research and Stanford 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.
Raj Supe, a.k.a. Kinkar Vishwashreyananda (ordained name), is a writer and Co-Founder of The Foundation for the Contemplation of Nature (FCN) and Road Not Taken. He is also a poet, storyteller, novelist, and a disciple of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. After gaining his master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), he pursued a career in advertising, research and creative consulting before dedicating himself to literature and spirituality.
Raj has several works to his credit: the novels, When Life Turns Turtle, Big Bappa, among others; a spiritual memoir, Pilgrim of the Sky; and translations on spirituality such as Cloudburst of Thousand A Suns and Rainbow at Noon. His writings convey the passion of a man seeking to apply the learning of traditional mythic imagery to the challenges of post-modern life. He has also written for the theatre and cinema, and is the editor of the spirituality e-magazine, The Mother.
With over 20 years of 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, Mumbai. 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 joined Leadstart Publishing in 2010, as Executive Director, Editorial.
Malini is passionate about Literature and Business Management. A proud bibliophile, she read her first Enid Blyton at the age of 11 and has been a voracious reader ever since. After her MBA (Marketing) from St. Xavier’s, she took up roles that involved sales, marketing, costing, MIS, etc., in multiple sectors like Banking, Insurance, E-broking, and even the Steel industry. Eventually, her passion for languages and books compelled her to re-route her career towards literature. This led to a career break and a study of English Literature; post which she took up a role at Wordit CDE and Leadstart Publishing, thereby enabling her to work towards both of her passions.
Preeti has a decade’s experience in brand and communication management with most influential and innovative media companies. She is passionate about building brands by translating consumer insights into product innovations and campaigns. She is a compulsive reader and considers a day gone without some bit of reading a day wasted. She loves reading stories to her children every night. A lover of visual art, to delve a bit deeper into the same, she took up formal training for design as well.
Naina leads the project management and author support functions at Leadstart Publishing. She is fond of being abreast of the latest developments in technology and is a keen learner of the six sigma methodology. She loves reading and travelling.
Ashwini possesses a decade’s experience in design. She holds a master’s degree in Commercial Art, and has worked in the publishing and advertising sectors as a visualizer and designer. She was judged the third best in the state when she finished her foundation course in the applied arts. A recipient of the Best Calligraphy Award, she is a practising calligrapher who works on Modi Lipi (a script in the Marathi language) and is a Rangoli artist who has won several accolades in those domains. She was also awarded the Parker Pen Best Illustration Campaign Award. During the popular Ganesh Chaturthi festival, several idols of Ganesha of varying sizes are made; one of the most important finishing touches to the idol is that of painting the eyes, which Ashwini has practised to perfection and does it for hundreds of idols every year. Besides all these, she is also a trained classical dancer, and a national level Kabaddi player who enjoys cooking as a hobby.
Maneesha has over two decades of experience working in the content industry, across the publishing, media and secondary rights business domains. She holds a deep interest in psychology.
With more than a decade of 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.
Rajesh has over two decades of experience in various business domains. He loves to travel, dance and trek. At Leadstart, he oversees business development and sales across southern and western India, Sri Lanka and the Middle-East.
Iftikar has spent 15 years working across the publishing and banking sectors in the finance domain. He enjoys working on numbers and loves uncovering the stories those numbers tell. A fitness enthusiast, he loves trekking and travelling.
With more than 15 years of experience in book sales and distribution, Debashis currently oversees Leadstart Publishing’s business activities in eastern India and neighbouring countries. He has previously worked with several leading book publishers and distributors.