Jemma graduated from Cambridge University with an academic scholarship for her achievements in Social and Political Sciences, and went on to obtain her PGDIP in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster before becoming a journalist and writer.
Working first as a reporter at The Jewish Chronicle and later as a columnist for The Jewish News, she is now a regularly featured blogger at The Huffington Post and continues to contribute to various publications including The Evening Standard, The Independent on Sunday, National Geographic, Red Magazine, Standard Issue and The Jewish Quarterly.
Jemma's non-fiction work, Bare Necessities, was published by Piatkus Books in 2004. Her play, Negative Space, ran at The New End Theatre, Hampstead, in 2009 to critical acclaim. And her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications. Jemma's first novel, After Before, was published by Legend Press in 2014. It was shortlisted for the 2015 Waverton Good Read Award, longlisted for the Guardian's 2014 rry Not the Booker Prize, and for the 2015 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Chains of Sand, was published by Legend Press in 2016.
Jemma lives in North London.
Since Sonal was a young girl, she has always loved Krishna. In this book, she wanted to make the magic of his words in the Gita come alive in an engaging way, which children from all backgrounds could use as a living, breathing and practical guide to help them navigate through modern life. She has been a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 25 years and cites his teachings as her inspiration and guide.
As a social entrepreneur, Sonal endeavors to take well-known but complex social challenges and retell them in powerful ways that challenge convention: bringing acid-attack survivors to the catwalk in London Fashion Week and curating an ethical luxury fashion line to give a voice to Indian artisans.
Sonal graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Economics and Management Studies. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, in both the UK and India and is now the Chief Executive Officer of )10, GMSP charitable Foundation, which works to fundamentally improve the rights and lives of vulnerable women and girls. She is also Head of Global Partnerships at award-winning global initiative, Think Equal, which is currently working across 12 countries to bring a systems change in education. Y Sonal lives in London with her husband and her two young daughters.
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