Vote for Salis Mania Choice Awards 2022


Voting period for the Awards will close on December 29, 2022, at 11:59:59 pm IST.

Here are the finalists for the 2022 Salis Mania Choice Awards:


🏆 Best Author of the Year


Madhukant Acharya (Corporate Eagle)

Mona Mohanty (The Tangled Weave)

Jaykay Heart (A Butterfly Riddle)

Sanjay Chandra (The Gymnast)

A T Rajkumar (Mind it... You Don't Have to be a Swamiji)


🏆 Best Fiction Book of the Year


The Gymnast by Sanjay Chandra

Me No Pause Me Play by Manoj Kumar Sharma

Corporate Eagle by Madhukant Acharya


🏆 Best Non-fiction Book of the Year


Ignitions of Inspiration by Deepak Swaminathan

Defying Destiny by Deepti Menon & Kalpana Ramesh

Mind it... You Don't Have to be a Swamiji by A T Rajkumar


🏆 Best Mystery & Thriller Book of the Year


Faith and the Beloved by Kochery C Shibu

The Tangled Weave by Mona Mohanty

A Butterfly Riddle by Jaykay Heart


 

Nominated Authors

 

Madhukant Acharya

Madhukant Acharya was educated in some of the best schools and colleges in India and was adjudged the best student in his class. Soon after he joined the corporate world, working with eminent multinational companies, and rose from a management trainee to the company’s board position in a short span of twenty years and was awarded "Marketing Man of the Year" by the President of India.



He has widely traveled in India and abroad and continues to be an avid reader. The author leads an active social life with friends and family and is a popular member of premier clubs. His interests involve being a fitness enthusiast and doing social and charitable work in rural areas. Many of his friends call him ‘people happy’.


Settled in Mumbai for nearly forty years with his wife Kalpana, his children pursue careers in the US and Mumbai being doctors, engineers, and MBAs.


The idea of writing a novel motivated him some years ago after professional retirement when he rescheduled his priorities and lifestyle to devote the required time to create his debut novel Friends and five seasons in two volumes — Rupen's Early Years and Publishing hero Rupen.


Kochery C Shibu

Kochery C Shibu is an Indian novelist and entrepreneur. He is best known as the author of Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar which has won critical acclaim. His new book Faith and the Beloved has also achieved rank 1 in the Best-selling books section on Amazon.


Mona Mohanty

Mona Mohanty is a serving bureaucrat in the Indian Revenue Service. In her spare time, she revels in observing the activities and antics of all living beings, especially, humans and those from the animal kingdom. Such behavior results in a mind collating sights observed and translated into the written word. 'Betwixt Twists And Turns' is an output of such a hobby.


Deepak Swaminathan

Dr. Deepak Swaminathan is a qualified and experienced many-time successful entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of building, operating, and transferring businesses in the field of Media, Technology, Wellness, Experiential Events, Designing, and Animation.


Deepak started his entrepreneurial journey in the late ’90s with his flagship brand Media Point, which specializes in delivering superior World Class experiential event solutions and has delivered 4000+ assignments globally.


Armed with a Post Graduate Degree in Management and a Doctorate in Management Science, Deepak was quick to sense business opportunities in varied fields. With a strong knowledge of managing finances and marketing, it was a simple puzzle-solving exercise for Deepak to understand successful business models and pursue investing in those.



His entrepreneurial ventures have opened up employment opportunities for numerous professionals across his businesses. High ethics, compassion, and systematic operations are hallmarks of Deepak and he firmly believes in the “Win-Win” model approach, which he religiously practices.


After having built, operated, and hived off successful ventures, Deepak has recently unveiled India’s pioneering immersive Virtual platform for expos, events, employee engagements, and Weddings, which has paved the way for “PHYGITAL” experiences.


With his vast experience, Deepak has put together a core business and technical team, mentored by him, which has developed the Virtual experience platform that has hosted Phygital global summits, winning accolades.


Deepak is a seasoned business professional, speaker, and author who pursues his dream of mentoring start-ups. His first book The Art of Building Experiential Events won him accolades for its simple style and real-time use cases, which is today a reference book for professionals in the craft.


Deepak believes that entrepreneurship is a double double-edged sword and the results are stunning if efforts and passion are smartly blended.


Manoj Kumar Sharma

Manoj Kumar Sharma is a self-styled author, his stories attract many, which fearlessly break the laws to give birth to better laws.


Having spent long 31 Years working with MNCs and Corporates as Civil Engineer, enabled his journey of riding through Snakes & Ladders and experiencing various shades of Life. He belongs to Thane, Maharashtra. The Author has a natural taste for Fiction Stories, searching for out-of-the-box solutions for perennial social problems.



Deepti Menon

Deepti Menon has always loved the written word. She began to write at the age of ten and was lucky enough to have traveled around the country, being an Army kid, and later, an Army wife. Her experiences during those years helped hone her interest and her flair for writing.


Meeting new people aided her to notice details and put them into her interesting characters. (In fact, her friends and family shy away from saying anything to her, for fear of seeing it in print.)


Her first book, Arms and the Woman, published by Rupa Publishers in 2002, took a light-hearted look at the life of an Army wife. This book was written mainly to reveal the warmth and camaraderie within the great institution. 2013 and 2014 were lucky for her as many of her short stories were chosen for anthologies. Short stories with deft twists and tongue-in-cheek articles are her forte.


A book of her poems dealing with life, love, and loss, titled Deeparadhana of Poems was loving and compiled by her mother, herself a talented writer and educationist.


Shadow in the Mirror, a psychological thriller published by Readomania in 2016, was well received by her readers. This was followed by two anthologies of thriller short stories titled Where Shadows Follow (2020) and Shadows Never Lie (2021). Together, three books are now known as the Shadow Trilogy.


Defying Destiny is Deepti's latest book and is exceptionally close to her heart. It is a labor of love as she tells her mother's tale, in her own words and her mother's. Kalpana Ramesh is her co-author in this venture. It has been highly satisfying to be able to unveil the mystique of the 'Sthri' behind the school Hari Sri.


Kalpana Ramesh

Kalpana Ramesh is a passionate teacher with over twenty years of experience. She has scripted several pieces for stage performances and has collaborated with students on several scripts. Some of the scripts include 'Virtues and Vices', 'Shakespeare- A Masque', 'Tuck into a Book', and 'A Twisted Fairy Tale'.



She, along with, Ms. Deepti Menon has spearheaded initiatives like the Times of India Guest Edition - the Students NIE project and 'Hari Sri School Rules', the school magazine, to mark forty years of Hari Sri. It captured the essence of Hari Sri, covering all spheres from achievements to reflections.


She is a freelance trainer who has conducted customized sessions for teachers and students. Several original stories and poems are included in her textbook series 'Ripples'.


At present, she is working in a Bengaluru-based NGO, Sathya Educare Competency Trust, working towards Teacher Empowerment.


"Defying Destiny" is her maiden attempt to collaborate with Ms.Deepti Menon, a seasoned writer, to pen this Life sketch.


"People are Stories" is the essence of the narrative. It captures episodes from the lives of teachers, friends, contemporaries, and students. The narratives are a blend of original writing and pieces written by the writer based on narration. It is an attempt to trace the growth of Hari Sri and Hari 'Sthri' over four decades and more.


Jaykay Heart

Jayakrishnan Mohan, known by his pseudo-name Jaykay Heart is an Indian Author based in Dubai. 'A Butterfly Riddle' is his debut novel. He is a daytime banking professional and nighttime writer, whose interests are books, finance, psychology, mysticism, and travel.



Sanjay Chandra

Born in 1959, Sanjay Chandra has a storyteller within him–every communication in his life was a story in itself! His books have won several awards. Sanjay now sees stories all around him. Writing has become a passion, and he has finally become a storyteller.


He writes blogs on socially relevant issues under the pseudonym Musings of a Pioneer. He has also written a few poems and short stories. He hopes to publish these someday. His short story The Surgeon was a winning entry in a Write Contest and has been published in an anthology The Little White Book of Stories.


He is also a traveler, an avid book lover, and an amateur photographer. Sanjay also conducts talks and workshops in colleges and corporates to inculcate reading and writing as a habit.