In a 28-year career as a journalist, Tarun has been an editor with the India Today andThe Indian Express groups, and the Managing Editor of Outlook. He is the founder ofTehelka—which has garnered international fame for its aggressive public interest journalism. In 2001, AsiaWeek listed Tarun as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators, and BusinessWeek declared him among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. Tarun’s debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, was hailed by The Sunday Times as ‘an impressive and memorable debut’, and by Le Figaro as a ‘masterpiece’. In 2007, The Guardian, UK, named him among the 20 who constitute India’s new elite.
Tarun’s second novel, The Story of My Assassins was published in 2009 to rave reviews. Pankaj Mishra has said, ‘It sets new and dauntingly high standards for Indian writing in English’, while Altaf Tyrewala has called it ‘an instant classic’. The book’s website is www.taruntejpal.com.
Chief Operating Officer
Neena Tejpal has been the commercial warrior of the company from its inception and through its various avatars. She handles the Sales & Marketing of Tehelka. In addition, Neena dons the administrative, financial and HR hat. She is a stickler for details and the ‘go to’ person in the company. Neena is Tarun’s sister. She has a Master’s in political science as well as a B Ed.
Shoma Chaudhury is Managing Editor, Tehelka. Earlier she had worked with The Pioneer, India Today, and Outlook. In 2000, she left Outlook to join Tarun Tejpal, and was among the team that started Tehelka.com. When Tehelka was forced to close down by the government after its seminal story on defence corruption, she was one of four people who stayed on to fight and articulate Tehelka‘s vision and relaunch it as a national weekly.
Shoma has written extensively on several areas of conflict in India – people vs State; the Maoist insurgency, the Muslim question, and issues of capitalist development and land grab. She has won several awards, including the Ramnath Goenka Award and the Chameli Devi Award for the most outstanding woman journalist in 2009. In 2011, Newsweek (USA) picked her as one of 150 power women who “shake the world”. She lives in Delhi and has two sons.
Brij is responsible for the management of funds, financial planning and coordination, and consolidation of Tehelka‘s branch offices. He also heads the supervision and finalisation of the accounts. As part of his profile as the Manager, Circulation, he ensures, monitors and controls the subscription and circulation of the weekly news magazine.
Prawal’s job is to help Tehelka and its maverick editors and reporters connect with the outside world. He is a dynamic and proactive IT professional with rich experience in systems and network design, security, integration, configuration, documentation, testing and administration. Prawal’s expertise lies in designing, implementation and supporting the information systems and networking technologies.