Pawan Yadav

An author, a passionate writer, a corporate market research analyst and always in quest of knowledge.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I Love to sleep for long hours on weekends. Like to spend time with friends and family. Badminton is one of my favourite game.

What’s your greatest fear?

Fear of not doing anything or not initiating any task just because of prejudiced mind-set.

What is your greatest achievement?

Recently, I wrote and published my fifth book –“India Looking for Young Authors” and it became the greatest achievement of my life when I got appreciation for same from the Prime Minister’s Office.

High point of your life?

My dream came true when one of the renowned publishers published my first book. Of course, it was a long struggle to publish my first book but my perseverance won the game. It boosted my morale to keep on moving in this domain irrespective of financial gains. This was the high point of my life because I invested almost three years to break this barrier.

Low point of your life

When I was not able to locate the right publishers for my first book on which I had invested almost two years.

Which living person do you most admire?

Mr. Narayan Murthy because of his simple living and high ambitions. He is one among the legends of India.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Never gave any thought to this.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Never gave any thought to this

Who are your favorite authors?

I am highly inspired by Rashmi Bansal, Chetan Bhagat, Robin Sharma, Ernest Hemingway and Paulo Coelho.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, Five Point Someone, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Old Man And The Sea, Alchemist.

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Old Man and the Sea

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Man of Honour, No Man’s Land, Cast Away, 3 Idiots, Airlift.

One Superpower you wish you had?

Envoy of Knowledge globally

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Believe in yourself and let the world recognize your potential.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would like to go into the 500BC when Buddhism flourished because it taught the lesson of inequality and social harmony. Lord Buddha taught people real way to live life.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

The talent to sing

Which book you wish you had written ?

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

When and where do you write ?

It all depends on my mood. But I prefer to write in silence so the mighty night is the best partner for any author.

One phrase that you use most often?

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Never given thought about it so deeply.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

If you have any thought, idea or concept, get started! Today is the best day and your idea is the best in the world. It is the best opportunity to take you to the zenith. So plan, execute and achieve. Life never gives one a second chance. Please understand the importance of time in your life; also, you have only one life. So get going! Never put yourself in the situation of regret with the lament, “I wish I had…”

Pawan Yadav is an internationally acclaimed author and thought leader. He writes extensively on youth, careers and entrepreneurship. By profession, he is a corporate market research analyst and also the founder of Kanra Technologies (Former). He is also a consultant for budding entrepreneurs. He mentors students and young entrepreneurs in professional colleges, in and around Pune. He is a graduate engineer from Pune and his expertise in marketing strategies with more than ten years of experience with various MNCs offers him an advantage in presenting these concepts. His first book—Bootstrapping A Software Company—is the sole source of inspiration and motivation for budding entrepreneurs. This book offers a step by step approach to start and run a software company, even if one has no budget. This book is the essence of experiences, enriched by founders across the nation, who started their business with nearly zero capital. His second book—Business @ Cloud Level—talks about the commercial benefits of cloud computing to various segments such as established entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs and investors. This book is also useful for those who want to build a career in cloud computing. Cloud computing is a business model of this decade and plays a vital role in minimising the CAPEX of any organisation (existing or new). His third Book—Building Up Green Businesses—inspires the readers by illustrating suitable examples on Global Green Movements. Also, this book emphasises the significance of Green Management in any organisation or at the individual level. The most integral part of this book is Green Business Ideas and how one can go about with the help of these ideas, to start their own businesses. This book would be acting as a road map for aspirants, to incorporate Green Management practices at an organizational level as well as at individual level. Also, it will guide Green Entrepreneurs to start their businesses in the field of Cleantech or Green Technologies. He strongly believes in teamwork. He lives in Pune and can be reached at

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Debashis Biswas

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

Walid Jalal

Walid has 7 years experience in online listing & marketing Working in SEO firm & Publishing sector. He worked in a Restaurant as a Manager in Sharjah for two years. He loves cricket & cooking.

Jayati Sarkar

Jayati has been into literature studies and has pursued her Mphil in Australian Aboriginal Poetry from the University of Calcutta. She is an avid reader and her love for books has brought her to the field of Publishing. For years she has explored the other side of the book as a reader and now she works with Leadstart as the Senior Executive in the Editorial Department. Her work profile includes working closely with Authors, managing the projects from end to end and also working with national and international publishers for management of Secondary Rights.

Ashwini Jadhav

Ashwini has about a decade’s experience in design. She is a Master of Commercial Art, who has worked in the publishing and advertising sectors as a visualiser & designer. She was judged as the third best in the state, when she finished her foundation course in applied art. She is a practicing calligrapher in Modi Lipi (a script in the Marathi language) and is a Rangoli artist who has won several accolades in those domains. During the popular Ganesh Chaturthi festival, several idols of Ganesha in varying sizes get made, one the most important finishing touches to the idol is that of painting the eyes, which Ashwini has practiced to perfection and does it for hundreds of idols every year. In addition to the above, she is also a trained classical dancer, a national level Kabaddi player and loves cooking.

Ananya Subramanian

Graduation in journalism and love for books, led Ananya to take up a career in publishing. With her experience in the field, she has come to believe more and more in the power of stories and the people who tell them. She is a vegan and an animal-lover; and loves to dance, tend to her pet plants and often find solace in solo travelling.

T. Vijay Kumar

Vijay has over a decade’s experience in supply chain management working in India and the Middle East. He heads the production, supply chain and receivables management for Leadstart. Prior to his current role at Leadstart, Vijay worked in inventory management for five years, in Abu Dhabi.

Iftikar Shaikh

Iftikar has a decade & half years of experience across publishing and the banking sectors in the finance domain. He enjoys working on numbers and loves uncovering stories that the numbers tell. A fitness enthusiast, he loves trekking and travelling.

Maneesha Arun

Maneesha has an experience of over two decades in the content industry spanning over publishing, media and secondary rights business domains. She has a deep interest in psychology.

Mahendra Rawat

With more than a decade’s 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.


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

Rajesh Krishnan

Rajesh comes with over 3 decades of experience spread over various business domains. He oversees Leadstart’s business development & sales across southern & western India, Sri Lanka and Middle-East. His hobbies include dancing, trekking and travelling

Pooja Dutt

Pooja has over a decade’s experience in operations, sales and people management in various business domains. She loves to interact with authors and helps them meet their publishing goals. She is fond of travelling & cooking.

Bhavika Bharambe

After completing her MBA in marketing, Bhavika has focused on roles that helped her to become an experienced marketing professional today. She has worked for brands from various industries; Educational, Tourism, Retail, Entertainment, Airlines, Banking and more. She loves to spend her time by reading books and listening to music.

Naina Solanki

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.

Preeti Chib

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.

Malini Nair

Malini is passionate about Literature and Business Management. 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 to literature. This led to a career break and a Masters Degree in English Literature; post which she took up a role at Wordit CDE & Leadstart, enabling her to work towards both her passions.

Chandralekha Maitra

With two decades 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. 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.

Raj Supe

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.

Dr. Rabindra Kumar Nanda

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, Tata Institute of Fundamental 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.

Swarup Nanda

Swarup has over a decade and half’s experience in multiple business domains related to content. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, he has worked with a couple of MNCs in the media space. His passion for literature and books is his motivation for building Leadstart.