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Date(s) - Tue, Aug 11, 2009
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Seminar Hall (Dogra Hall)


The grand start to this year’s events at Entrepreneurship Development Cell, IIT Delhi.
A talk By Mr. Tarun Tejpal on India’s future, and the challenges that entrepreneurs face.

Registration is free and will be first-come first-serve as seats are limited. Register now at http://www.edc-iitd.org/?q=node/29

Please carry photo identification with you on the day of the event.
Event Website: http://www.edc-iitd.org/?q=node/29

About the Speaker – Tarun Tejpal: Journalist, Novelist, Publisher and Man of Courage

Tarun J Tejpal was brought up all over India, as his father was an army officer. Tarun J Tejpal is a journalist, publisher, and novelist. In a 26-year career, he has been an editor with the India Today and the Indian Express groups, and the managing editor of Outlook, India’s premier news magazine. As the creator of India Ink, he became the first publisher of Arundhati Roy’s “The God of small things” which won the Booker Prize.

In 2000, he created Tehelka.com, the online magazine that in 2001 broke a story about bribery in defence contracts that led to the resignation of the Indian Minister of Defence. It was the operation that brought him into the public eye and also in the line of fire of the government. He faced the incredible might of the establishment and the government bent on retaliation – the hate, the legal attacks, every government agency on their backs, the arrest of three of his colleagues. However, he also gained the goodwill and affection of people from all classes which gave him and Tehelka a cult status.

He then raised the money to establish Tehelka as a weekly newspaper, and is now its editor-in-chief. Since then the magazine has exposed government involvement in the 2002 riots in Gujarat, which killed nearly 2,000 Muslims, and has become a benchmark for other Indian magazines.

In 2001, AsiaWeek listed Tejpal as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators, and BusinessWeek declared him among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. In 2007 The Guardian named him among the 20 who constitute India’s new elite. In 2009 BusinessWeek has named Tarun one of India’s 50 most powerful people.

Tarun’s debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, published in 2005, was hailed by Sunday Times as “an impressive and memorable debut”. Le Figaro called it a “masterpiece”; and Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul declared, “At last – a new and brilliantly original novel from India.” Translated into more than a dozen languages, in France the book won the Prix Millepages and was the finalist for the prestigious Prix Femina.

Tarun’s second novel, The Story of My Assassins has been published in 2009 to rave reviews. Pankaj Mishra has said, “It sets new and dauntingly high standards for Indian writing in English”, while Altaf Tyrewala has called it “an instant classic”.

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