Meet the Team


Shailesh 05.03.15Shailesh Amonkar is known to be an innovative thinker with the ability to envision and accomplish ideas that are unfathomable. With over 29 years of building and managing sales teams that have outperformed year-on-year, Shailesh has worked with The Times of India and Sakal Media Group in senior positions. He is the Founder CEO of Kemistry Media Solutions Pvt Ltd which was established in 2006.


photo-on-04-11-16-at-12-27-am-2Jaisurya Das is one of India’s best known brand professionals who has powered winning initiatives for leaders in the industry. His consulting interventions for startups and fledgling brands are termed pathbreaking.  JD has sharp strategic marketing skills catalysed by his deep understanding of consumer neuroscience and behavioural economics. He established India’s premier consulting firm Xanadu Consulting Group in 2003. He is also a prolific writer.



karen-anand04-06-16Karen Anand is one of India’s best known food and travel writers. Based in Pune, Karen has over the last 25 years also overseen the production of gourmet products. She is also founder of the popular Farmers’ Market which now runs in seven Indian cities.


manish-bajpayeeDr Manish Bajpayee is a consultant psychiatrist in Pune with over 20 years of extensive clinical experience in assessing and treating clients with a range of psychological problems and other mental health related issues. He is currently a consultant with Inamdar Hospital and Ruby Hall Clinic. Dr Bajpayee responds to questions from readers on Pune365 every other Thursday.

Rahul ChandawalkarRahul Chandawarkar, now settled in Goa, is a former Pune-based editor. He is also recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award for the year 2009. ‘Rahul Chandwarkar’s People’  appears every other Monday on Pune365.


Sanjay Dhande 1Sanjay Dhande, a Padma Shri awardee, is a former director at IIT Kanpur. He is a member of the National Security Advisory Board appointed by the Prime Minister of India and is presently Advisor (Education) to Tech Mahindra.Sanjay Dhande writes frequently for Pune365.


ShailDr Shail Jaggi is a passionate dentist with specialisation in cosmetic dentistry and endodontics. She manages an Advanced Microscope Enhanced Practice – Dentalwiz dealing with all aspects of dentistry. Dr Jaggi is recipient of ‘Outstanding Dentist Of The Year -2015’. Dr Jaggi’s column appears on Pune365 every Tuesday.


uma-karve-9-06-16Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. She’s fond of animals and is parent to two mixed breed dogs and a Guinea pig. She also looks after homeless dogs in her area. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.


Randhir KhareRandhir Khare is an awardwinning writer, teacher, artist and storyteller who has mentored a whole generation of creative talent. He is Director of Gyaan Adab, Pune’s premier cultural centre and writes every Wednesday for Pune365.



bio sudhaSudha Menon is an author, columnist, speaker on gender and diversity issues and the founder of writing workshop series, Get Writing and Writing In The Park. She turns fifty in October and is preparing for life in the fifties with much gusto. ‘Feisty@Fifty’ appears every other Tuesday on Pune365.


03June_monique01Monika Patel – Monique to her friends – is now a permanent resident of New York City, but her heart is permanently in our city, her home for 28 years. Monika’s Musings appears every Friday on Pune365.


Kala Ramesh is a leading Kala Rameshhaiku and tanka poet Passionate about taking haiku to everyday spaces, Kala Ramesh initiated ‘HaikuWALL India,’ where she gets graffiti artists to paint haiku on city walls. The haiku feature appears every Monday on Pune365.


Mini_Salunke_JPGDr Mini Salunkhe is a well-known gynaecologist who has been practising in Pune for over a decade now. Apart from being a private practitioner she is a consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist with Inamdar Hospital. Dr Salunkhe responds to questions from readers on Pune365 every Friday.



Dr_Sachin_Tapasvi2Dr Sachin Tapasvi is one of India’s leading joint replacement surgeons. He practises in Pune and has been awarded several fellowships with experience garnered internationally as well as in India. Dr Tapasvi’s column appears on Pune365 every Wednesday.


vcwaVCW Academy of Fine Arts : A unique art showcase featuring creative children from Pune curated by Pune’s very own artist couple Minoo and Sheil Sadwelkar of VCW fame (Established in 1969 in Mumbai,  restructured in Pune in 1999). The VCW Academy is known for its passion to nurture young artistic talent in our city.



Vijayta_image_jpgVijayta Lalwani: The Lady from Lagos has always been keen on a career in journalism. Pune365 was hence the right stop. We agree.



img_20160824_205758Sanket Wankhade : The love for media and photography in particular got Sanket to pursue a master’s in mass communication and journalism at MIT [ Pune ] after a bachelor’s in computer applications. And then all roads led to the office of Pune365….