Nayanika Mahtani

VectorNayanika Mahtani once harboured dreams of becoming a stage actor, but she followed the proverbial left side of her brain to do an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and became an investment banker instead. A decade later, she followed her heart to live in Africa. In a slight change of career, she is now an award-winning author and screenwriter, based in London. Nayanika's books are published by Penguin Random House with genres ranging from historical fiction to multi-generational family sagas, her books have received critical acclaim, ranked as bestsellers on Amazon and won awards (including the South Asia Book Award 2020). Nayanika has also co-written the story and screenplay for the film, Shakuntala Devi (a biopic drama), with leading Indian actor Vidya Balan in the titular role. The film released on Amazon Prime Video in July 2020 and ranks amongst Amazon’s ‘Most Watched Hindi Films Worldwide’. Nayanika’s latest YA novel, Across the Line, is presently in development as a film, for which she is adapting the story for screen. The audiobook version of this story, which is rooted in the Partition of the subcontinent, is narrated by acclaimed Pakistani actor Nadia Jamil, and has recently been launched by Audible. Nayanika Mahtani has been invited as a speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival every year since 2015, as well as to various other lit fests in the UK, USA, UAE, India, Pakistan and Bhutan.
Events for Nayanika Mahtani
Adult event
Desi Drama: Awais Khan, Nayanika Mahtani, Rochelle Potkar & Tanya Daud
Past Event

Desi Drama: Awais Khan, Nayanika Mahtani, Rochelle Potkar & Tanya Daud

Date/Time: Saturday 12 February 2022 16:00-17:00Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 1, Hilton, Al Habtoor City
Language: EnglishSession No. 142 
AED 65 
Join this wonderfully diverse panel of storytellers from India and Pakistan, as ... Read More
Children's event
Nayanika Mahtani: Across the Line
Past Event

Nayanika Mahtani: Across the Line

Date/Time: Sunday 13 February 2022 10:00-11:00Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 1, Hilton, Al Habtoor City
Language: English
Age: 12+Session No. 143 
AED 40 
15-year-old Inaya’s burning ambition is to play cricket for Pakistan. She crosse... Read More