Meghna Pant is a multiple award-winning author, feminist, speaker, journalist and columnist.
Known as one of India’s best writers, Pant’s books have been published to critical and commercial acclaim. Her books include ONE & A HALF WIFE (2012, Westland), HAPPY BIRTHDAY (2013, Random House), THE TROUBLE WITH WOMEN (2016, Juggernaut) and the recent FEMINIST RANI (2018, Penguin Random House). Her debut collection of short stories HAPPY BIRTHDAY was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Award (2014), the world's biggest short story prize. ONE & A HALF WIFE – her debut novel –won the national Muse India Young Writer Award (2013) and was shortlisted for several other awards, including the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She's won the Bharat Nirman Award (2017) and the FON South Asia Short Story Award (2016), and been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2018).
She has two forthcoming books: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED (Bloomsbury) and HOLY 100 (Rupa).
Her short stories have been published in over a dozen international literary magazines, including Avatar Review, Wasafari, Eclectica, The Indian Quarterly and QLRS, as well as in several anthologies including Namita Gokhale's THE HIMALAYAN ARC, where her story Boongthing was critically praised by The Hindu, Telegraph, Business Standard and Hindustan Times. In 2013 Pant abridged the world’s longest epic, The Mahabharata, into one hundred tweets that The Guardian reviewed as “wonderfully descriptive and paced”.
Her articles have been published in the Times of India, Hindustan Times, DNA, MidDay, The Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror, Tehelka, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Verve, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Man’s World, Little India, South Asian Times, India Today, Scroll, Firstpost, The Huffington Post, DailyO and BuzzFeed, among others
Pant is a vociferous feminist and advocate of gender equality. She curates a popular monthly panel discussion on feminism in Mumbai called ‘Feminist Rani’, and interviews India’s leading opinion makers and change leaders from Shobhaa De to Chanda Kochhar to Kalki Koechlin to Deepa Malik on online shows like She’s The Boss (Firstpost), First Lady (Firstpost), and Get Real (SheThePeople.TV). She has spoken out against domestic violence in her TEDx talks.
Pant is also known for having abridged the world’s longest epic, The Mahabharata, into one hundred tweets that The Guardian (UK) quoted as ‘wonderfully descriptive and paced’.
Pant has been invited as a speaker for many of the nation's biggest literary festivals and conferences, including TEDx, Jaipur Literature Festival, Times Lit Fest (Delhi & Mumbai), Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Pune International Literary Festival, Lucknow Literature Carnival, Think Literature, Litomania, Chandigarh Literati, Odisha Literary Festival, Hyderabad Literary Festival, Kumaon Lit Fest, Dehradun Literature Festival, Mood Indigo, TISS Literature Festival, Cuttack Lit Fest, LitOFest, Festivelle, Global Shapers Community, Women Writers Fest, Litomania, Young Makers Conclave, #RiseWithTwitter, Rotary Club, The Feminist Conference (UN Women), PEN and She Leads India.
She is a regular panelist at prime time news channels like Times Now, NDTV, CNN-IBN and India Today TV, and international channels like DW News (Germany) and CGTN (China). She also conducts motivational talks for underprivileged girls. She has been associated with the Avanti Young Women Leadership Program, The Blue Ribbon Movement, Kehkasha 2017, Srujna Sheroes and served as a mentor for Sheroes and Vital Voices (a woman empowering initiative by Hillary Clinton).
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
FICII Young Achiever Award (2019)
The Lifestyle Journalist Women Achiever's Award (2019)
Laadli Media Award (2018)
Bharat Nirman Award (2017)
FON (Fellows of Nature) South Asia Short Story Award (2016)
Muse India Young Writer Award (2013)
Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2018)
Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (2014)
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (2012)
The Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award (2012)
Word Hustler's Literary Novel Contest (2012)
Radio One Youth Star (2015)
Sheroes Mentor (2016)
Judge (Laadli Media Awards - Books 2016)
Judge (Six Degrees Game Of Blogs 2015)
Born in Shimla, Pant spend her childhood in Delhi, her teenage years in Mumbai, and most of her 20's in the cities of Zurich, Singapore, Dubai and New York.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier College, Mumbai, Meghna won a scholarship for a MBA in Finance at Nanyang Business School, Singapore, and a Masters in International Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
After her MBA, Meghna moved on from a job in corporate finance to become a business journalist. She began her career as a TV anchor with Arnab Goswami at Times Now, and went on to work for NDTV Profit in Mumbai and Bloomberg-UTV in New York City, where she reported from the New York Stock Exchange. She has met and interviewed President Obama, Mukesh Ambani, Sir Richard Branson, Hillary Clinton, Ratan Tata and Shah Rukh Khan, among others.
Pant is the sister of comedian and author Sorabh Pant. She currently lives in Mumbai with her husband and daughter.