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Scientist and Author
Session Moderator

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 11 Sep 2019


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Columnist and scientist Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty shares insights from her debut book 99 Not Out! on how to live well and long. The book rests on the premise that longevity begins when we understand that we flourish when we take full responsibility for our mind, body and spirit.

In her book, Dr. Shetty shares 29 wellness principles or the many ways you can go about adding years to your life, and life to your years.

In the talk, she will share some of these principles and the research behind them. After years of writing and researching on what leads to a life lived well and long, Dr. Shetty has come to the firm conclusion that assuming situations that are out of your control don’t play a role in defining your lifespan, you can, indeed, celebrate turning 99 and older – wise and alive.


Sujata Kelkar Shetty

Scientist and Author

Dr. Sujata Kelkar Shetty is a US-trained biological scientist with publications in peer-reviewed journals. She did her post-doctoral training from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. While at the National Institute of Health, she worked on pathways of stress-related immunosuppression.

Sujata has been focused on researching and writing on wellness for the last decade. Her writing is unique in its emphasis on cutting-edge medical research and age-old Ayurvedic practices.  Her book on longevity is being published by Penguin-Random House in May, 2019.

Sujata is also a certified life coach and conducts wellness workshops based on her expertise is wellness and her experience in coaching. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Kentucky-Lexington.

Jayapriya Vasudevan

Session Moderator

 Jayapriya Vasudevan has more than twenty years experience of working in publishing, during which time she has worked in virtually every area of the business.  From editing and event management to sales and distribution, she has ‘done it all.’ With a partner she set up India’s first bookstore café in Bangalore. Bookseller magazine hailed her as “one of India’s most dynamic booksellers.”

In 1997, she decided to use her years of experience in publishing to set up Jacaranda, India’s first ever literary agency.  She went on to build up an impressive list, working with distinguished authors such as Krishna Udayasankar, Tiffany Tsao and Wanjiru Koinange. 

Following a stint living in Beijing, where she continued to develop her list, Jayapriya moved to Singapore in 2006.  Here she set up Books@Jacaranda Literary Agency. She moved on to live in live in Nairobi and has recently moved back to India. Over the years the agency has grown and now represents an exciting and diverse list of authors from Singapore and across South East Asia and beyond.  Jayapriya has spoken at literary conferences all over Asia, from Istanbul and India to Manila and Singapore, to London and Frankfurt. 

Jayapriya was the Festival Director for the Times of India Literary Festival in 2017 and  2018 in Bangalore. She is passionate about the visual and performing arts, about books, travel, animals and people.