Dhruv founded autoX in 2006 with little clue of what lay ahead. Driven by a passion for anything on four wheels and a stubborn will to succeed, he moulded a team as pig-headed as him to create a medium that could adequately communicate the magnificence of the automobile to an unsuspecting audience. Today, AutoX stands for independence, candidness, and objectivity – but, most of all, for heart & soul.
An assistant editor with autoX, Ishan has great technical and practical knowledge, and his life-long love for cars has seen him devote some of the best years of his youth to perhaps wasteful, yet satisfying, pursuit of his obsession with automobiles. He has worked in the automotive media space for over 11 years and as a part of the autoX team for over 8 years.
Yogendra Pratap is the Editor of Auto Today India and is one of the most revered and respected automotive journalists in the country. Yogendra is also on the jury for the World Car of the Year and the World Engine of the Year awards. He is completely a car man and can dissect any car in his mind. He also possesses vast knowledge on everything automotive, be it new technology or an old engine, he can give you intricate details of both with ease. He loves being on the road and hates taking breaks while crisscrossing the country at a moment's notice.
Rahul is one of the most experienced automotive journalists in the Auto Today India team with ten years of experience in the industry. He is on the jury for the Indian Car of the Year and the Indian Motorcycle of the Year awards. Despite him being primarily a motorcycling enthusiast, Rahul tests cars and is in charge of all road tests in the magazine. Designated Associate Editor, Rahul is constantly hounded for information on cars and on most days, is on the verge of pulling his hair out.
As the editor, Aspi has been ably leading the editorial teams of both BIKE India as well as CAR India since 2007. Under his leadership the magazines have gone from strength to strength serving the two magazines’ readers with outstanding value through innovative content. Prior to assuming his current leadership role, Aspi had been the backbone of both the magazines as their Road Test Editor, in charge of conducting all vehicle tests that empowered readers with detailed and credible data that they could rely on. Aspi’s career in journalism began with Overdrive magazine as Road Test Editor where he established the basic tenets of vehicle testing – both for two as well as four wheelers. Before becoming a journalist, his career as a motorcycle racer had been both long and rewarding. Between 1977 and 2004, when he finally hung up his racing boots and leathers, Aspi tasted victory several times both in India and abroad. He is also the only Indian to have ever won a Bronze replica medal at the legendary Isle of Man TT, which he won in 1987. With his immense technical knowledge gleaned from a long racing career during which he built the motorcycles he raced on followed by his role as first Road Test Editor and then Editor, Aspi plays an invaluable role as a jury member of the prestigious World Engine of the Year, Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) and Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) panel.
A keen observer of the auto industry, Sarmad has been reviewing cars for a decade now. With an overall work experience of over 15 years, he has worked with esteemed organisations like Car India, Times Internet and CarDekho. Sarmad is an expert in the digital space and keeps a tab on the current social media trends and news in the automobile space. He is responsible for the digital news and trends in the online space at Next Gen Publishing Ltd.
Sirish started writing on cars, bikes and motorsport at Overdrive magazine straight out of engineering college in 2000. He took over as editor seven years later, the youngest automotive publication editor in India, and was responsible for the growth of the brand, most notably by conceptualizing and hosting the award winning Overdrive show on CNBC-TV18.
After 12 years he made a brief detour into the corporate world as head of press at Porsche India, but quickly returned to his calling, founding evo India magazine and ThrillOfDriving.com in 2013.
Contributing editor at evo India, Aniruddha has been a petrolhead for as long as he can remember with a passion for everything on two and four wheels. Taking his first step into the motorsport world with rallying in the national championship at the age of twenty one and winning the 1600cc National title in just his second season. On the rally circuit is where he met Sirish, who saw his passion for cars and bikes and gave him an opportunity to write for evo India magazine. Also a founding member of the magazined and Team Slideways Industries, the first team in India to introduce the Volkswagen Polo to the National Rally Championship. He now tests cars for evo India while being responsible for all the motorsport content including Motor Sport India magazine. He is also part of the Gaurav Gill Advanced Driving Academy in India, training young and upcoming rally drivers across the country.
Pablo Chaterji is a trained film maker who found himself in journalism almost by accident, in 2003, when he quit the world of advertising films. Since then, it has allowed him to drive cars, ride motorcycles, drink fine wine, partake of exotic cuisine, take photographs and travel the world for a living, something that causes friends and blood relatives alike to swear at him. His 17 years of experience in the field includes stints in both automotive as well as lifestyle journalism; he spent five years as Managing Editor at Man's World magazine.
There is nothing Kartik likes more than telling stories. And there are few stories better than that of the automobile. That is what this particular member of ICOTY lives by. Or at least tries to. Kartik has been trying to capture the world as seen from behind the wheel for the better part of a decade now, and continues to be amazed at the stories that come as standard equipment with all cars, old and new. He also likes examining the relationships between men (women, too) and machines, a bond that seems destined to be an immortal one. But mostly, he likes to keep it simple by keeping his mouth shut and listening to motors sing their stories. At their redlines, of course.
Bertrand D'souza is an automotive engineer by profession, a home chef by passion, and being an avid overland traveller is his addiction. Bertrand however, found his calling as an automotive journalist way back in the year 2000. For over 18 years he has been with Overdrive, India's leading automotive media, heading the magazine, digital and television teams as it's Editor In Chief since 2013. Bertrand's vast experience comes from having covered everything automotive, from 2-wheelers to cars, road tripping to motorsports and lots more in between. He was also responsible for leading the team to 3 consecutive National Film and Television awards in the automotive media genre. In between Bertrand also kick started his own self-drive experiential adventure travel company and an events company. He is now back in the top spot at Overdrive continuing to lead a stellar team through new challenges.
Bob Rupani belongs to the pioneering lot of Indian automotive journalists starting with the Indian Auto Journal in 1986. He is one of India’s most senior and respected auto journalists and over the years he has been the executive editor of magazines such as Car & Bike International, Auto Motor & Sport (India), BBC Top Gear (India) and Auto India. He is now consulting editor of Overdrive.
Bob is known for his car evaluation skills and eye for detail. He often discovers what many others overlook and thanks to his insightful road testing abilities, his views are valued by a large number of people, both in and out of the automotive industry. He has also successfully participated in several races and rallies and is a highly skilled off-road driver. Bob is very fond of historical cars and has driven in several international classic car rallies too. In 1988, he went to see the Safari Rally in Kenya an is possibly the first Indian journalist to have written a first hand report on a world championship motor sport event. He is a Founder Member of the ICOTY (Indian Car of the Year) award.
He was Chairman of the Jury in 2009, 2013 and also elected for the period 2015-2018. The ICOTY constitution and its rules and regulations have largely been drafted by Bob Rupani. The constitution was introduced in 2008 and has been followed ever since.
Murali is passionate about driving, cars and road safety. He’s been writing about the auto industry for the past 19 years, during which time he’s analysed the financial and product health of many automotive and auto component companies. For the past ten years, Murali has had a road test column in the Hindu Business Line. Currently, he anchors the special pages on tech and auto for the newspaper. Murali is proud to be part of the iCOTY jury – the most independent annual award in the country.
Vikrant has been a motoring journalist for a decade and a half. And in that time he has worked with some of India's top automobile magazines reviewing almost every new car and bike that has been introduced in the Indian market. Currently, he is the Editor of CarWale, BikeWale and CarTrade.
Girish Karkera started his journalism career in 1997 as a sports correspondent with the Indian Express. His journey in the world of automotive journalism began two years later when he joined the team setting up Autocar India. After a six-year stint there, he moved to BBC TopGear India as an Assistant Editor. Having helped set-up and tweak the quintessential brand for our audiences, he took over its reigns as Editor in 2009 - a position he held for a decade. He is currently the Editor of Times Auto, a weekly supplement of the Times of India newspaper. Girish has been an ICOTY member since 2010. He was also part of the jury for the World Car of The Year in 2018 and 2019.
Currently, Editor and Lead, Times Drive, Kranti has been reviewing cars and motorcycles for almost two decades now. The journey started with the Auto Show on Zee News called Wheelocity and then on NDTV where he hosted the show Raftaar for more than fifteen years.
After rewarding stints with AutoX and NDTV in editorial leadership positions, Ashish became a free-agent and consulted for National Geographic Traveller and Publicis Groupe. His automotive show on the English television news channel WION has won the title of the best automotive show. He currently serves as the Editor of Outlook Traveller and writes about cars on Outlook’s digital platform. He is passionate about design, reading, and exploring world cultures and loves to get behind the lens ever so often. Ashish also loves to remind people he never takes himself too seriously and has more grey on than in his head.