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Fringe Topics and Geekery Track of The Goa Project 2016

Karan Bellani


What is it like to work on a global book project with a celebrity Chef?

Submitted Dec 31, 2015

A candid discussion about the experience of working on Utsav - a global, once in a lifetime book project about Indian festivals being authored by Chef Vikas Khanna.


A lot of us aspire to write a book, and have it release across the world. But the journey has to start somewhere. For me, it began with project managing, and co-ordinating the content for ‘Utsav’, an encyclopedia on Indian festivals, which is being written by Chef Vikas Khanna, that is set to set a world record as the most expensive cookbook in the world when it has its global release in 2016.

I’ll talk about my experiences that I’d while being a part of this mega project - the travels, trysts with people from various religions across India, the superstitions that are deeply ingrained in the psyche of India, and how all of it shaped up Utsav.


An interest in books, and the diverse Indian food, culture, and history!

Speaker bio

Karan Bellani is a Food and Beverages Industry Professional, and a Writer based out of Mumbai, India. After having studied Accounting and Law, and being in the corporate world, the passion for food, and entrepreneurship led him to begin his career in the F&B Industry that has seen him work as a consultant for new restaurants, as a researcher in the production team of MasterChef India, and his current assignment where he is working with Chef Vikas Khanna, and helping him manage the project, as well as coordinate the content for his upcoming book, ‘Utsav’, which is an epic on Indian festivals, their history, food, and culture. The book, which is slated to be is set to be launched across the world in 2016.

Along with pursuing his passion for writing, he has also converted his passion for cinema and culture into a startup called ‘Project O’ that he has been running since September 2015, which has seen him organize regular screenings of lesser known, but outstanding cinema spanning across genres, languages, and countries. Currently, he is working on a business plan to chart the course for expansion of his venture.


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