Meet Our Team


Priya Sogani
Founder

She did her graduation from Nirma University in law. Simultaneously, she co-founded Akshat Drama Group. She is an advocate by profession, a social activist, and a writer by passion, she has donned the hat of theatre writer, director. 

She co-founded Jijivisha in 2020, a poetry club in Ahmedabad under Akshat Drama Group, and Flat And flatmates India, a startup aimed at regularising the residential tenancy market.

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Chirag Pandya
Human

Work not just for success, but for the betterment of society, for in the collective progress lies the true measure of success


Sandeep Khatik
Facilitator

Sandeep is a theatre director, teacher and actor. Sandeep has directed plays by William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Satre, Anton Chekhov and more.
He loves the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and Fyodor Dostoevsky. He also enjoys the works of Milan Kundera, Daniil Kharms and Jorge Luis Borges.

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Shaurya Patel
Facilitator

“I am known as the good guy of the club. I carry a compost bin and a google research in both my hands. I ask curious theoretical questions and seek alternate answers. I am 6 feet 3 inches tall. I practise keeping my neck down all the time. As Meryl Steep said, Don’t Look Up.”

Yogesh Tank
Skit Maker

Next time you see me, I’ll tell you about the manual of a boy, called “The Warrior of the Light.”

Think of a black swan event that changed the route of your life map.

A Neil Diamond song and us humming to it under the night sky.

Kavi Dalpatram writing “Unt Kahe Aa Sabha Ma” at Kavi Dalpatram Chowk

Bharath Saiguhan
Facilitator

Astrophysicist by day, media nerd by night, I believe that books are some of the most poignant ways of arresting our thoughts and leave behind a trace of our existence, followed very closely by music, movies and memes.
Most of my interests are erratic to set in stone, but this entropy has led to quite a few statistically significant moments in time.
On most days, I will be in a field out, beyond the ideas of the “Starry Night” and the “Pale Blue Dot”. I’ll meet you there.

Mitesh Mishra
Facilitator

वैसे तो मैं एक इलेक्ट्रिकल इंजीनियर (विद्युत अभियंता)हूं।मैंने इलेक्ट्रिकल में डिप्लोमा इंजीनियरिंग की है।बचपन में मैंने सुना था। पुस्तक हमारे सच्चे मित्र होते हैं। जिनके रहते जीवन को एक सही दिशा मिलती है। तब सोचा था कि कुछ पुस्तक कैसे मित्र हो सकते हैं?

पर अब पता चला की पुस्तक हमारे सच्चे मित्र होते।मेरी पहली किताब प्रेमचंद की है। प्रेमचंद की किताबें पर जीवन के संघर्ष का पता चला। मुझे सभी प्रकार के साहित्य और कला में रुचि है। रोज नई चीजों को समझना, सीखना और उन्हें अपनाना।और सीखते रहना मुझे अच्छा लगता है।नौकरी के कारण मेरा अहमदाबाद स्थानांतरण हुआ।नया शहर नए लोग।

नए शहर में कोई अपना नहीं, अनिद्रा तनाव-थकान मानसिक रूप से परेशान होना।

PDBC से जुड़ने के बाद पुस्तकों से फिर से जुड़ा अलग-अलग क्षेत्र के पुस्तक प्रेमियों से मिला।

PDBC में आकर मुझे बहुत अच्छा लगा।यहां पर आपकी पद और प्रतिष्ठा भूल कर बस किताबें पढ़ना और किताबों के बारे में चर्चा करना।

यहां भाषा की कोई बंधन नहीं है।बस ज्ञान दीजिए और ज्ञान लीजिए।किताबों के साथ रविवार बहुत अच्छा जाता है।अच्छे लोग अच्छी किताबें और गपशप।

Smit Vavadia
Facilitator

Books, coffee, and travel—that’s my life, precisely in that particular order.
Like every other Desi guy, I’m an engineer with an MBA. I work for a European travel company.
I am someone who brings out new writers and underrated books to the club. There is a saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, I often do that, and I have ended up finding amazing books and authors.
P.S. Amrita Pritam ji is G.O.A.T in Indian literature.


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