About Words On Water



Timings: 1-1:50 pm
Dr. Bulbul Bahuguna, M.D. was born in North India. She was admitted to medical school at the acclaimed All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and, very soon thereafter, chosen to study medicine in Moscow, USSR, on a Government of India Full-Merit Scholarship. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Northwestern University.

Dr. Bahuguna is on staff at NorthShore University Health Systems, which is affiliated with The University of Chicago and Mayo Clinic. She is a National Trustee of the American India Foundation – a leading charity involved in accelerating social change in India.



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Sudeep Chakravarti is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is also an independent analyst of socio-political and security issues in South Asia, and a columnist.

His novels Tin Fish and The Avenue of Kings (HarperCollins) are critically acclaimed; two novels are work-in-progress. His short stories and excerpts of long-form fiction are included in several collections. Sudeep’s non-fiction narratives, Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (Viking/Penguin), on India’s ongoing Maoist rebellion; and Highway 39: Journeys through a Fractured Land (4th Estate, HarperCollins), set in Northeastern India, are critically fêted bestsellers. A third book of non-fiction is due 2014. His essays on conflict are contained in several collections, including Non-State Armed Groups in South Asia (Pentagon Press); and More than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia (Manohar).

Sudeep began his career with The Asian Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company. He was later an Executive Editor with India Today Group and Director of the India Today Conclave, which he blueprinted. He has since helped to launch several media initiatives in India, including the Indian edition of Rolling Stone. In 2011 he was for a year a convergence specialist and editorial mentor at India Today Group. Sudeep’s media writing has been extensively published, including in AWSJ, India Today, Business Today, The Outlook Group of Publications, Business World, OPEN, Die Zeit, and Forbes-India.

Sudeep is a trustee of Coastal Impact, a not-for-profit he co-founded in Goa, India, with fellow scuba diving enthusiasts. He lives in Goa.



Timings: 3-3:50 pm
Described as the ‘Paulo Coelho of the East’ by Business World and a ‘People’s author like Jeffrey Archer’ by The Telegraph, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon. Released in March 2010, Amish’s Shiva Trilogy (of which two books, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas have been published) has over 350,000 copies in print. He is presently working on the third book of the Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras. Amish lives in Mumbai.



In April 2012, The Field Museum’s Board of Trustees elected Dr. Richard Lariviere to be President and CEO of the Museum. Lariviere assumed responsibilities of this position in early Fall 2012.

Previously, Lariviere was the President of the University of Oregon (UO) from July 1, 2009 through November, 2011. During his tenure there, he cultivated the university’s growing reputation for innovation in the classroom and in research, sharpening the University’s focus on sustainability and international partnerships.

He has earned several awards for outstanding contributions, including the Margaret C. Berry Award in 2004 and the Eyes of Texas Award in 2004 and 1993. He was selected by the Royal Dutch Academy to give the annual Gonda Lecture in 1994, and the Collège de France honored him with the status of Professeur étranger in 1996. In 1989, his book on Indian legal procedure was selected as the best book of the year on South Asia by the CESMEO Institute in Torino, Italy.



Torey Malatia is the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Media and serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Media, Incorporated. Torey is the leader of the institution responsible for the fulfuillment of its stated public mission, its editorial integrity, its fiscal health, and the vitality of role in civic and cultural life.

He is a leader in public media strategic thinking in the United States, and has written and lectured extensively about public media’s role as a public trust. Under his leadership, Chicago Public Media has developed its most significant national initiatives and programs, including The Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2000, Sound Opinions in 2005, and Wait, Wait. . . Don’t Tell Me!, a co-production with National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. in 1998. He developed Vocalo in 2007 to serve the significant number of young, multi-racial and multi-ethnic residents not traditionally drawn to public media.


Valerie Lewis defines global citizenship. She was born and grew up in the UK. In the sixties, as a member of the British Peace Corps, she taught geography at a girls’ secondary school in Ghana and later in Argentina. In 1970, she spent six months teaching English in Japan and then rewarded herself by taking trans-Siberian train across the Soviet Union to return home to the UK.

Valerie’s love for travel, places and linguistics is evident in her work as the editor of the award winning book One World-A View of Seven Continents, authored by her husband Michael S Lewis, M.D. She is an avid student of anthropology and serves on the Women’s Board of the Field Museum. Valerie earned her BA at the University of Edinburgh and MA Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University. She volunteers as a teacher of English at Oakton Community College.

Valerie Lewis has known Bulbul Bahuguna for over seven years and is intimately familiar with the birth and the growth of The Ghosts That Come Between Us..

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