Compelling Stories & Conversations

Morning Session


09.00 a.m.


09.50 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.





Hosts Sandeep Das and Archana Chakravarthy


10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.

The Craft of Business Storytelling

Malavika Harita, former CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Focus and founder, Brand Circle

Ameen Haque, founder, Storywallahs

Sona Maniar, Author of 'Peasants at a Party & Other Stories', a work of corporate fiction


What makes storytelling a compelling method of communication and learning? How can it help us build a stronger relationship with team members, customers, vendors, and other stakeholders?


Come, discover the magic of applying storytelling in a business context.

10.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

The Jobs Crisis - How Can India Leverage its Strengths

R. Jagannathan, Author of 'The Jobs Crisis in India'

in conversation with

Sudheesh Venkatesh, Chief People Officer, Azim Premji Foundation

Why are so many Indian youth jobless? Why is there a rising discontent in the number and nature of jobs? How are technology and automation transforming the job scenario in India? How could Indian professionals manage uncertainty smartly?


This conversation takes a deep look at these questions and tries to recommend innovative and bold solutions for individuals, firms and the nation.

11.00 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.

Networking Tea

11.15 a.m. – 12.00

Writings on Indian Corporate History - Decoding the Tata Legacy

Harish Bijoor, Branding Guru, CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults

Mukund Rajan, Author of 'The Brand Custodian: My Years with the Tatas'

in conversation with

Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Professor of Strategy, IIM Bangalore

12.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.


Alok Kejriwal, Author of 'Why I Stopped Wearing My Socks'

in conversation with

Ashok G, founder CEO, StartUp360


Alok will share his real-life story of how he gave up his family business to launch a gaming company (which he sold to Walt Disney), how he turned a successful serial entrepreneur and much more.

12.30 p.m. – 12.50 p.m.

The Art of Authorship by V Raghunathan, Author of 'Games Indians Play' and 14 more

12.50 p.m. – 01.20 p.m.

Legend’s Talk - Leaders as Readers - Narayana Murthy, Co-founder, Infosys, in conversation with Benedict Paramanand, CEO Bangalore Biz LitFest, Author of CK Prahalad - The Mind of the Futurist, editor SustainabilityNext

01.20 p.m. - 01.30 p.m.

BBLF CK Prahalad Award for the Best Business Book 2019 

01.30 p.m. - 02.15 p.m.

Networking Lunch and Live Music

Afternoon Session


02.15 p.m. - 02.30 p.m.

Business Quiz

Sandeep Das, Author and Director, PwC

02.30 p.m. - 02.45 p.m.

My Choice My Future

Dr. Priyadharshini SK, faculty, ICFAI Business School

The talk will cover the current employment state (employability skills), lack of career guidance, the need for one in India, the tool itself, the users and its impact.

02.45 p.m. - 03.30 p.m.

Business Literature in Indian Languages

Mahendra Sharma, CEO, Matrubharti

Vikrant Pande, writer and literary translator

Sharmin Ali, founder & CEO, Instoried, Author

in conversation with Amar Deshpande, founder, gaatha story

Despite the dominance of English, Indian languages continue to play a key role both in business conversations and literature. What does this mean for authors and publishers? How can they leverage this opportunity?

Hear our speakers talk about building communities of writers and readers in Indian language markets. Also, learn how to leverage the latest technologies to connect with readers and grow the market for vernacular content. 

03.30 p.m. - 03.45 p.m.

Book Reveals

03.45 p.m. - 04.00 p.m.

Networking Tea

04.00 p.m. - 04.30 p.m

Invisible Rules of Success for Young Professionals

Shalini Lal and Pradnya Parasher, Authors of 'The Secret Lives of Organizations – Invisible Rules of Success for the Young Indian Professional'

in conversation with

Ramya Ranganathan, Adjunct Faculty, IIM Bangalore


Every organization has unwritten rules and unseen dynamics that no B-School teaches you. These rules and dynamics create secret pathways to growth and success at the workplace. This conversation will give you a peek into this mysterious world.

04.30 p.m. - 05.00 p.m. 

Self-publishing Bestsellers - The Future of Publishing, Content and Media

Naveen Valsakumar, CEO, Notion Press

Amit Goel, Product Head, Amagi

in conversation with

Ganesh Vancheeswaran, Author of ‘Underage CEOs’ and Brand Specialist


The world of publishing is changing rapidly. Self-publishing is a fascinating new trend that makes it easy for anyone to publish and earn well.


Hear from India's chief disruptor in the publishing game. Also, learn about monetizing content and expand your reach through cloud-based media and content publishing. 

05.00 p.m. - 06.00 p.m. 

Demystifying Entrepreneurship

Shradha Sharma, Co-author of 'Cut the Crap & Jargon - Lessons from the Start-up Trenches' and  founder, YourStory

Nistha Tripathi, Author of 'NO SHORTCUTS - Rare Insights From 15 Successful Start-up Founders'

Varad Rajan Krishna, Founder, 100 Open Startups and a Serial Entrepreneur with 5 successful exits

Suresh Narasimha, founder, TELiBrahma, Sensara and MonkeyBox, 
Board Member, TiE. Currently runs

Shoaib Ahmed, founder, Catalyster, Co-founder, iSpirit, former president, Tally Solutions


Leaders are readers. So, what do company founders read? What should they be reading? What are the gaps in the entrepreneurship literature that should be plugged?


With VG Siddhartha's unfortunate episode still fresh in people's mind, conversations here could hover around how entrepreneurs cope with stress - how some are able to manage and why a few can't. How entrepreneurs could avoid poor or bad financial management ruin fascinating brands and great organizations that have been painstakingly built.