Malini Chib

Writer & Civil Rights Activist


Sex, Desire and Intersectionality

In this panel, writer/director Shonali Bose, actress Kalki Koechlin and civil rights activist Malini Chib will discuss the story and history of the film Margarita with a Straw which brought them all together.


Malini Chib, is a freelance writer, activist and advocate of equal opportunities and full participation for the disabled. 

Malini has been the inspiration behind the film Margarita with a Straw, directed by her cousin Shonali Bose with Kalki Koechlin in the lead role, and which won more than 57 international and national awards.

She is a Trustee of ADAPT (formerly The Spastics Society of India). Malini has a Double Masters’ from the University of London, one in Women’s Studies and the other in Information Management and Technology. Moving the Society’s service delivery mould from Charity to Rights, Malini together with others formed the ADAPT Rights Group (ARG), a unique inclusive group that brought together persons with and without disability battling for their rights.



Malini’s greatest contribution has been the sharing of herself….of having the courage to put out in the public domain her sorrows, her thoughts….of constantly reminding everyone that persons with disability need to be a part of the mainstream and not apart from them. As an author, she expresses an inner world with graceful candidness through the pen rather than demonstrations. Malini’s debut autobiographical work was a book called One Little Finger, published by Sage, which contributed tremendously to awareness about disability and in recognition of this, she was honoured with the National Award by the Ministry of Social Justice Empowerment (MOSJE) Government of India, for being a role model in spreading awareness for persons with disability.

Malini has travelled extensively and contributed in seminars, workshops, conferences and has lectured on training courses, both nationally and internationally.

At present, Malini works with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) London as Diversity Consultant for Women and Disabled people.