Meghna Pant

Keynote Speeches:

How to get published in India today
Why Feminism Is Not An F-Word
Female Writers in India
Sibling Take
Short Story Writing versus Novel Writing or Journalism versus Creative Writing

Favorite Quote:

“Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle”

Meghna Picks:

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
The Complete Persepolis - MarjaneSatrapi
We Should All Be Feminists - ChimamandaNgoziAdichie
The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf
Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg

Author | Independent Journalist

MBA (Finance)

Known as one of India’s best female writers, Meghna Pant is a multiple award-winning author, journalist and speaker.

Her books – ONE & A HALF WIFE (Westland, 2012), HAPPYBIRTHDAY (Random House India, 2013), THE TROUBLE WITH WOMEN (Juggernaut, 2016), FEMINIST RANI (Penguin Random House, 2018) have been published to critical acclaim. She has two forthcoming books HOW TO GET PUBLISHED (Bloomsbury, 2019) and HOLY 100 (Rupa, 2019).

Pant has won the Laadli Media Award (2018), Bharat Nirman Award (2017), FON South Asia Short Story Award(2016) and Muse India Young Writer Award (2013). Her work has been shortlisted for international awards like the Commonwealth Short Story Prize(2018), Frank O'Connor International Award(2014) and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (2012).

Meghna is invited as a speaker for many of the nation's biggest literary festivals and conferences, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, TEDx, The Times Lit Fest, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, etc. She is also a regular panelist at prime time news channels like Times Now, NDTV, CNN-IBN and India Today TV, and international channels like DW News (Germany) and CGTN (China) where she speaks about women and gender equality.

With a degree in Economics and an MBA, Pant has previously worked as a business news anchor with Times Now, NDTV and Bloomberg-UTV in Mumbai and New York. She currently lives in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and many imaginary characters.

Why Meghna?

Meghna has spoken at several platforms, including TEDx, on her personal experience with physical abuse, urging women to speak out against this epidemic. In our society, domestic violenceis treated as a private matter and it takes a lot of courage to speak out against it. Meghna is therefore considered a role model for women in India as she passes the message that silence is as big a crime as the epidemic of domestic violence.

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