by on July 10, 2015

About author:

Sujata Parashar, is a novelist, poet, short story writer and social worker.

FB_IMG_1456734658504Sujata began her writing journey in 2009 and has written seven books so far. Her best – selling debut novel, ‘In pursuit of infidelity,’ (Rupa and co., 2009) explored the man – woman relationship outside the institution of marriage from a modern woman’s perspective. The second in the series, ‘In Pursuit of Ecstasy,’ (Rupa and co., 2011) studied the youth -parent relationship in modern times and made an attempt to portray how the seeds of dissension between the two impacts society at large. The book was long listed for the Economist Crossword Book Award 2012. Her latest novel, the third in the “Pursuit” series, ‘In Pursuit of a Lesser Offence,’ was released in 2014 (Alchemy) and explores the relevance of institution of marriage in current times. Her first short – fiction, ‘Wake me only when the Sun is high,’ (2011), and her first book of poems in the series, ‘Poetry Out and Loud,’ (2012) have won awards. She has recently come out with her first short – story collection titled, ‘That Woman You See.’ The nine stories in the collection focus on the new – age Indian woman who is bold and expressive. The themes vary from office politics to colour bias, love, marriage and modern day relationships et al.

Apart from that, Sujata actively contributes to literature as member, planning board, Kumaon Literary Festival, (KLF) and Delhi Poetry Festival, (DPF). She is also spearheading a unique social initiative of KLF called the Fellows Of Nature project to promote nature – writing and through it to bring back the focus on human – nature relationship and other critical environmental issues.

She holds a Masters in Human Rights and is a certified Travel and Tourism professional and has a rich and diverse professional portfolio: She has worked for a European airline, a business hotel in India and a sea- side resort in Singapore before joining the social sector as a social worker and trainer. She is currently on the executive board of Empowering Minds; a national level NGO located in Delhi. It is one of the few organizations in the country to provide psychosocial care and support to the bleeding disorders community. With them she has trained caregivers, health professionals and parents of children with hemophilia under the Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) programme.

Sujata loves to travel and unwinds by watching a period film.