SPEAKERS

Nirmala Govindarajan
Author/Social Sector Documentarian/Journalist

Nirmala Govindarajan is an author, social sector documentarian and journalist. She endeavours to build an equitable world through her writing. Her latest novel Taboo(Picador India, Pan Macmillan India, 2019) is inspired by under-aged girls who are kidnapped and trafficked, and has been shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, 2020 and longlisted for the Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Awards 2020 as well as the JK Paper Women AutHer Awards. Her novel Hunger’s Daughters (Om Books International, 2018) is born out of her experience of documenting in India's rural heartland.  Her 2016 novel, The Community Catalyst, is recommended reading for civil services aspirants (Sapna Book House, 2016). Nirmala has also conceptualised and co-authored Mind Blogs 1.0 (Write Wing Media, 2010), a collection of heartfelt ramblings from Bangalore.  In 2014, Nirmala co-curated the debut Times Literary Carnival, Bangalore, and in 2016, conceptualized and curated the Literary Lounge series for the British Council, Bangalore. Most recently, Nirmala has pioneered the Writer’s Yatra and Reader’s Yatra experiences in offbeat locations. Nirmala dabbles in theatre, and plays the western classical piano and violin.