We are a bunch of literary enthusiasts. Our love for literary activities brought us together to use our diverse abilities to build a lasting literary movement, which is presented as an event. We organise this festival because we love reading and appreciate other forms of literature. We enjoy the journey of crafting this platform for young authors and readers to flourish.

The spirit of GLF is in its making. The event is a journey, not a destination. GLF is incomplete without its Creative and Advisory Team that makes this journey memorable for us and adds immense value to the festival. They are RJ Aarti, Abhishek Jain, Aditi Desai, AnjumRajabali, RJ Devaki &Niharika Shah. However, the real soul of the festival is the hundreds of young volunteers who selflessly participate year after year. This is where the magic happens.

FOUNDERS AND DIRECTORS

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SHYAM PAREKH

Festival Director
Former Editor and Journalism Educator

This former resident editor of DNA Ahmedabad for over a decade, has been a life-long student of literature and acclaimed journalist with an experience spanning over 25 years. Apart from being the founding editor of his paper, he played a significant role in the launch of several newspapers and their editions. Shyam was nurturing a secret dream of building a literature festival in Gujarat for years, which materialised in 2013, when GLF was planned.

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JUMANA SHAH

Festival Co-director and Programming Director
Former Editor and Journalism Educator

Jumana is a career journalist. She is a former editor who has worked with print, TV and digital mediums in DNA, Times of India and India Today. She has written profusely about politics and environment-wildlife. Her body of work includes political analysis, a column reflecting on social issues in DNA and elections reportage since 2005. A Martial Arts exponent, fond of travelling and an adventure sports junkie, she is a certified scuba diver, and a keyboard evangelist for saving marine environment.

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SAMKIT SHAH

Festival Producer
Serial Entrepreneur

Samkit is a first generation entrepreneur who draws from his personal depths of eternal curiosity to bring a refreshing outlook to GLF. He earns his bread and butter by manufacturing highly customised engineering products for the European markets and oversees a translation business in dozens of global languages. When urban life gets difficult, he goes on stage as a stand up comedian for some retribution. An ardent traveller and effervescent optimist, Samkit is the Festival Producer of GLF who achieved the impossible – made the two ends meet to put up one after the other edition of the Festival.

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RAJENDRA PATEL

Mentor
Poet, writer and literary activist

He is founder of ‘PustakParab’, world’s largest free book distribution network and a promoter of ‘Vanche Gujarat’ movement, which got the government to promote literature and reading. Rajendrabhai is associated with several literary institutions in the state and is an acclaimed prolific writer. Soft spoken, Rajendrabhai runs a Gandhian-model pharmacy business and has guided the GLF as its Chief Mentor.

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PARAS JHA

Programming Director
Journalist and literary enthusiast

Former Senior Broadcast Journalist (Multimedia) BBC Gujarati Service, has more than 15 years’ experience in mainstream print and digital media, in two languages – Gujarati and English. His core areas of journalistic interests are Education, Politics, and Health. He likes to travel and read a lot. He has special interest in sociology and cultural nuances of changing society. He believes in giving back to the society by utilizing his professional skills in a creative way.