Sonia Mackwani

Author, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Founder of Touching Lives, Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, Psychic Healer, Social Artists, Traveler, Space Enthusiast


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I sing and compose songs, I wanted to be a nun, playback singer, badminton player

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing near and dear ones

What is your greatest achievement?

Experiencing freedom in love

High point of your life?

When I am writing

Low point of your life

When I see, heal, sense someone in pain

Which living person do you most admire?

Human beings and their stories in general inspire me

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Mr. India from the film Mr. India

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Mogambo from Mr. India

Who are your favorite authors?

Isabel Allende, Jojo Moyes, Sigrid Nunez, Yoko Ogawa, Orhan Pamuk, Elif Shafaq, Paulo Coelho, Buchi Emecheta, Marjan Kamali, Paulo Coelho, Jodi Picoult, Richard Bach, Rumi, Nasir Khusraw, and many more

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Japanese Lover, Still me, Three Daughters of Eve, I sat by the River Piedra and wept, The Red Haired Woman

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Japanese Lover

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Mr. India, Roma, Phantom Thread, Collateral Beauty, Gravity, Avatar

One Superpower you wish you had?

To heal the world

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

She is a Global Citizen (Citizen of Love)

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?

Happy to be where I am

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

Painting, Sculpting, Dancing

Which book you wish you had written ?

Happy with books I write

When and where do you write ?

All the time. Every day. All the sessions. In every mood and every pain

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

You know what…

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

None actually

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?


Multiple award-winner Sonia Mackwani is a Psychic Healer and Intuitive Channel. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Hypnotherapy. An Author, she writes for both children and adults. She founded the non-profit organisation Touching Lives, which serves children and slum communities in Mumbai, through learning, healing and art expression. A percentage of royalty from her works goes to this initiative. A screen-writing consultant, independent film maker, and performing artist, she is also a trainer. She developed the Self-Work* Approach Model to coach companies/individuals in holistic wellness. She has worked extensively in both rural and urban sectors in support of learning and healing aids. She is also a channel for the Master Reconnection Process, aimed at creating our 8th sense, and a Birth Into Being facilitator, focussed on healing birth imprints and redesigning lives. She lives between India and Switzerland.

Everyone Can Heal
The Rocket Science Called Love
Tales from Indian Mythology
Power Minutes – Meditation Audios,Times Music
Space, a short film

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  • Multiple award-winner Sonia Mackwani founded Touching Lives (2003), a non-profit organization at the age of 21. The organization works with children and communities living in the slums of Mumbai.
  • As a Psychic Healer, Masters in Clinical Psychology and Hypnotherapy she has worked extensively with clients from diverse backgrounds globally; urban, rural, in rehabilitation, prisons, with LGBTIQ+, Corporates, Individuals.
  • She has conducted several workshops and holds one-on-one counselling therapy sessions based on her developed work on Self-Work Model.
  • Sonia has authored books for children and adults; fiction and non-fiction - Everyone Can Heal, The Rocket Science Called Love and Tales from Indian Mythology, 365 Days of a Sufi.
  • Her short-film Space as a Director-Writer won international accolades and screened in many film festivals. She was an Assistant Director and a Co-Director (India section) on an award-winning documentary film Child of Nature, 2019. Her short-film Collage based on quarantine story of her Transgender student got into finals at Drishyam Films – Short Film Contest 2020. Her story City of Games was selected in the semi-finals of Cinestaan Storytelling Competition 2019.
  • Sonia has received #100 Women Achiever of India Award by Ministry of Women & Child Development 2015 by President of India.
  • Awarded the World Women Leadership Award at the World Women Leadership Congress 2015 and emerged among the TOP 5 Mercedes Benz A Class Achievers 2014.
  • She has received a Noble Laureate Award – Karmaveer Puraskaar by iCongo - CNBC Young Turk Transformer - Social Entrepreneur Category 2011, Gaurav Puraskaar 2011, Aga Khan Social Role Model Award 2009, Aga Khan Youth Award for Excellence in Leadership 2007 and many more.

Why Sonia Mackwani?

You should look at booking/ hiring Sonia Mackwani as she majorly does all her workshops under the umbrella called Self-Work Method/ Approach, designed by her which is a very unique initiative. Under this, there are several topics- Self-Awareness, Personality Development, Holistic Wellness, Mindfulness, Meditation, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution. She is a psychic healer, therapist, and trainer/ mentor who is a great source of inspiration and motivation for people who need help. Go ahead and Book/ Hire/ Enquire for Charges for Sonia Mackwani for your next event.


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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.