Prateek Dubey

I am curious, open-minded, experimental, risk-taker, non-religious, liberal, photographer, writer, painter and lover of arts, science, flora, fauna, music.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I love bodybuilding. I like to tinker with my car and drive it fast. I am a tree hugger (contradictory-but it’s true)

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is of being buried alive.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement so far, is writing ‘The Disobedient Darkness’.

High point of your life?

Believing in the journey of ‘The Disobedient Darkness’, even when it was just a vague concept.

Low point of your life

None! I don’t believe in the concept of a low point.

Which living person do you most admire?

I admire James Cameron for the expanse of his imagination and the wide variety of work that he has done.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Captain Jack Sparrow. Hands down.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Captain Hector Barbosa from the ‘Pirates of Caribbean’.

Who are your favorite authors?

I love to read works of Earnest Hemingway, Virginia Wolf, Edgar Allen Poe, Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. M Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Irving Stone and so many more.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

My five favourite books would be: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach, Illusions - Richard Bach, The Old Man and The Sea - Earnest Hemingway, The Outsider- Albert Camus, Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Is there a book you love to reread?

I love to reread ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

My five favourite movies would be: Lord of the rings series. The Matrix series. Pirates of the Caribbean series. The Pink Panther series. The Witness.

One Superpower you wish you had?

I would love to have a photographic memory and an ability to solve complex mathematical problems.

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

My journey doesn’t end here.

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?

For my childhood, I would love to live as a growing boy in Britain during the World War II. It was a dangerous and romantic time. Or in India in 1942, dreamy eyed, shouting ‘Quit India’ for Gandhiji. As an adolescent, I would be living in the 1960s and 1970s of America, dreaming of free love, dancing in Woodstock and swaying to the infinity of ‘The Doors’. As an adult, I would find myself in Paris of the 1870s, drinking wine and abs in the with Van Gogh, Gaugin, Toulouse Lautrec and Manet at Montmartre. It was the time of heartbreaks, arguments, inspiration and discovery. I love it. The Silver years I would love to spend (in any millennia) either in Ireland or New Zealand; in a cottage overlooking the sea, with my family and pets, writing, reading and drinking beer.

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

I would love to play the guitar like Jimmy Page of the ‘Led Zeppelin’.

Which book you wish you had written ?

None. I wish to write my own books and the better ones are on the way.

When and where do you write ?

I like to write the first thing in the morning, then for a couple of hours after 4 p.m. I have my little ‘office space’ which has two computers. I use one to write and the other is for research and making pictures (I am a photographer too - remember) when I get stuck.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Nothing lasts forever; even cold November rain.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Comics. Used to be Tintin, but now I have graduated to Batman.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Trust your journey and be willing to learn on the way.

Prateek Dubey is a photographer, writer and an artist based in New Delhi, India. His work has featured in the Guardian U.K, the Deccan Chronicle, The Hindu and N-Photo magazine besides various photography sites around the world. Writing has been his favourite form of expression for a long time. He has written many pieces of entertaining short fiction using whisky, Black Sabbath, beautiful aliens and other unconventional elements as his motifs. He blogs (Prateek’s World), merging photography with storytelling, on his experiences of life in India. Some of these photo essays have been featured in the Pioneer and Mail Today. He has also had a solo show of oil paintings at the Lalit Kala Academy in 2005 besides participating in various group shows of painting and photography. Prateek is a graduate of chemistry from the Delhi University and also a trained fashion designer from India’s premiere fashion institute, the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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