About Words on Water: Writers from India in Conversation
Visiting writers dialogue with Northwest writers in this annual event. This year we feature Rana Dasgupta, novelist and author of Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi (2014), and Ravi Venkatesan, founder and Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, and author of Conquering the Chaos: Wind in India, Win Everywhere (2013). Held in partnership with Teamwork Arts and the Elliott Bay Book Company.
RANA DASGUPTA IN CONVERSATION WITH RYAN BOUDINOT ON HIS BOOK ‘CAPITAL’
In 2001, he moved to Delhi to write. His first novel, Tokyo Cancelled, appeared in 2005 and was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. Solo (2009) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His latest book, Capital, is a non-fiction portrait of twenty-first century Delhi.
RAVI VENKATESAN IN CONVERSATION WITH AKHTAR BADSHAH ON HIS BOOK ‘CONQUERING THE CHAOS’
As Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft’s second-largest presence in the world as well as one of its fastest growing markets. Microsoft India was consistently rated one of the country’s most respected companies, amongst the most admired brands, and one of India’s best employers. Ravi was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 35 million school children in India. In 2011, Ravi was voted India’s Most Influential Multinational Company CEO in the annual survey conducted by The Economic Times, India’s leading business newspaper.
Prior to joining Microsoft, as the Chairman of the publicly listed Cummins India, Ravi led its transformation into the country’s leading provider of power solutions and automotive engines. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India’s first engineering college for women, in Pune.
Ravi has a BS in engineering from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was recently voted as one of India’s best management thinkers by Thinkers50.