Marryam H Reshii
Marryam H Reshii is a well-known restaurant critic and gastronomy writer. She is a relentless traveller and has many interests within the ambit of food and cuisine: olive oil, Kashmiri recipes, heritage foods of India, regional Chinese food, French patisserie, fine chocolate... the list is long. Marryam writes a popular weekly column in a Times of India publication, What's Hot, in which she reviews a restaurant every week. It is keenly watched by the dining public as well as the food and beverage industry. In addition, she has been working on the annual Times Food Guide for Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida as well as other restaurant guides for the Times Group. She writes regularly for other publications as well, and has been doing so since 1987. She is a keen photographer too. Marryam lives in Delhi with her husband and two children. Her husband hails from Kashmir and Marryam has an abiding interest in the cuisine and cultural heritage of the Valley.
Marryam has been editing the Times Food Guide for the last five years and has brought out a Times of India publication entitled "Eating out in India: 101 Popular restaurants" that was sold out within a month of publication. She is working on a book about one niche aspect of ingredients.
She has been writing about food and restaurants for over a decade. Her career as a writer spans 25 years.
Rajesh, the Chief Editor and Vice President of Times Internet Ltd., is a journalist with over two decades of experience. He is an avid sportsperson, a trained high altitude mountaineer, a marathoner and a mountain biker by "Passion".
In Rajesh’s own words: “I have been cycling ever since I can remember. I was always an active sportsperson, but as far as cycling is concerned, I probably started taking it seriously - intending to do it the right way that is - about 10 years ago. I am excited about long-distance rides, mostly off-road trails in the hills and mountains. Seven years ago, I set up a cycling group and named it PedalYatri. It is easily among the most active cycling groups around and has spawned a new generation of cyclists, mostly mountain bikers, especially in and around Delhi. As a group, we ride almost everyday, exploring the awesome trails in the Aravalis around Delhi and Gurgaon. I have ridden from Manali to Leh, from Leh to Pangong Tso, from Bikaner to Pohkran and so on. I have also participated regularly in the MTB Himalaya. Outside India, I have cycled a lot in France.”
Professionally, before taking over as the Chief Editor of Times Internet, Rajesh had served as Editor, Times Interactive, in 1999. During that stint, he was instrumental in launching the three major online initiatives of the Group viz The Times of India, The Economic Times and Indiatimes. In between, he also tried his hands at entrepreneurship. Rajesh’s blogs are available on Times Group’s properties in English, Hindi, Marathi and Bengali. The Times of India blog, Random Access, can be found here http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/randomaccess/
One of India’s biggest names in the genre of wildlife photography, Rajesh Bedi, has worked towards portraying and conserving wildlife. This self-taught photographer also shoots other subjects in his effort to document our heritage.
He has worked as filmmaker and photographer for over 39 years and has given voice to the India’s rich environmental, cultural and religious heritage through a series of acclaimed television films since 1970.
Rajesh was adjudged the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1986 in a worldwide competition in England. He was also awarded the world’s highest television award the 'Emmy'. This year, 2014, he was awarded with the "Life-Time Achievement Award" at the 3rd National Photography Awards at New Delhi.
Ajeet Bajaj, an adventurer and explorer, is the first Indian to have completed the Polar Trilogy which entails skiing to the North Pole, to the South Pole and across Greenland. With over 30 years of experience in adventure sports, he is the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some of the most challenging rivers of the world spanning six continents.
Ajeet Bajaj was conferred the Padma Shri in 2012 by the President of India. He has also been felicitated with the Hall Of Fame award by the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India for his contribution to adventure tourism in India. He has won a bronze medal in the national games for kayaking and one silver and two bronze medals in international rafting competitions in Switzerland and Siberia, Russia. He captained the international team for world white water rafting championships in Turkey in 1994. Ajeet has done a number of first descents of rivers in India and is considered a pioneer of river rafting, kayaking, expedition skiing and sea kayaking in India.
Bachi Karkaria is an Indian journalist and columnist. She has served as an editor at The Times of India and has also helped create new brands for the Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd media group. She is best known for her satirical column called Erratica in the newspaper and as the author of the best-selling title Dare To Dream: A Life of M.S. Oberoi.
She also writes a relationships advice column called Giving Gyan for Mumbai Mirror, a city tabloid for the Times of India group. She is a regular panelist on television news programs.
Karkaria was the first Indian on the board of the World Editors Forum, is a recipient of the US-based Mary Morgan-Hewitt Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a Jefferson Fellow of the East West Centre, Honolulu. She is on the advisory boards of the National AIDS Control Organisation and the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Kunal Kapur is the Executive Sous Chef at The Leela Ambience and the author of ‘A Chef in Every Home’. National Weekly Magazine - India Today recognizes him among the Best Chefs in India. He has been a judge on the hit show MasterChef India and Junior MasterChef India. He is also a Star Chef with Lufthanasa Airlines.
Kunal's name was quoted by Limca Book Of Records for creating India’s Largest "Chocolate Tower". He won the Gourmet Guru award by Food and Nightlife magazine. He is one of the main chefs in charge at "Diya" restaurant at Leela Kempinski, which has won the Best Indian Restaurant Award, three times in a row in Gurgaon for the years 2009–2012, by the Times Food Guide. Kunal won silver medal at aahar and a bronze medal in HORECA, Kuwait. He was recently awarded the prestigious Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship in the field of Food & Beverage by the Government of New Zealand.