Nirupama Subramanian is the author of two best selling novels. Keep The Change was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Crossword Vodafone Popular book award. Intermission was released in July 2012. Nirupama was also a winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition prize in 2006 for her short fiction.Nirupama has been a columnist for Times of India and writes a blog for on the theme of Women at Work. She has also written on a variety of subjects for the Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Reading Hour, National Geographic Traveler, Dhaka Tribune and other publications. She was a part of a 24 hours international book project in 2012 which featured writers from four countries who collaborated to write a novel within 24 hours. Nirupama is also a professional facilitator and a certified coach in the area of Personal Transformation and Leadership Development.

Keep the Change Book

Keep the Change

Can a good girl ever really have a  good time?  Can the conservative, curd-rice eating Damayanthi become a cool, corporate babe?

The coolness of her name plagues B. Damayanthi, along with the bunch of unsuitable prospective husbands her Amma throws at her and a dead-end job as an accountant in a decrepit firm in Chennai.  When she finally jettisons her job and some of her inhibitions to join First Global Bank in Mumbai, Amma’s parting words are: ‘Be good.  Don’t do anything silly.’  Translation: ‘Stay away from sex and alcohol!’  Advice that Damayanthi wants to ignore … but can she?  Soon Damayanthi is negotiating competitive corporate corridors and big-city life, aided by dubious words of wisdom from the cherub-faced Jimmy, colleague and friend.  She must impress the intellectual CG who has a low opinion of her; battle Sonya Sood, flatmate and size-zero sophisticate, for the TV remote, choose between resisting or giving in to temptation in the form of the seductive Rahul; and deal with the moral dilemma of ‘stealing’ a million-dollar idea for her project.

A wickedly witty first novel, Keep the Change is a rolicking story of every girl’s journey to fulfill her dreams and find her own place in the world.

Intermission Book


He wondered why he, forty-four-year-old successful entrepreneur, faithful husband and competent father of a sixteen-year-old boy, a man with the stolidity of half his life behind him and the certainty of what by ahead, should wait every morning for a glimpse of this girl, like a teenager in the first throes of an infatuation.

From the author of the best-selling keep the Change comes a novel about Delhi’s suburbia. Set in Gurgoan, the dazzling face of modernity in India, Intermission takes us into the lives of Varun and Gayatri Sarin, not so-happily-married corporate couple who are trying to come to terms with life in India after several years of an ordered existence in the First World. Varun is focussed on running his own business; Gayatri yearns for her friends and her life in the US. Their son Anirudh is grappling with his first adolescent crush. From intrusive in laws and absconding domestic staff to potholes and pigs on the road, there is a new challenge to be confronted every day.Then Varun meets Sweety, young mother-of-twins, who is living her dream life in a nuclear family, and everything changes. For him, for Sweety, and insidiously, for everyone around them.

A beautifully told story of illicit love and divided loyalties, Intermission explores lives within a gated community with just the right touch of irony and compassion.

The Gurgaon Columns

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This is from a collection of articles published in my Village Voice column in Times of India from 2011 – 2013.

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Managing MeToo at the workplace

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“I don’t want to mentor a  woman,” confessed a senior leader at a corporate I was working with for a coaching and mentoring program.”  I support women and all that but these days.  I just […]

Women need to step forward

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Senator Madeline Albright , while introducing Hilary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential candidate said,” There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”. We all believe that women should and […]

Guilt- The mother of all emotions

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“I sent my eight month old baby to day care and went back to work,’ confessed a young mother during a workshop. Her eyes became moist   and she flinched as though she expected the other […]

Does it really matter if the woman earns more

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Ok, I confess. I recently  read Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl. I decided to check out the book after hearing that the author had delved deep into the psyche of […]

Sexual harassment at the workplace

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Some thoughts on sexual harassment along with other panelists at the Women Writers Festival in Delhi-February 2017

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Do we really need a separate leadership program for women?

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

I  have always had mixed feelings about this whole ‘Women Leadership’ idea. A leader is a leader, I thought. Why should gender enter the picture? Surely, we look for general leadership qualities in a person […]


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