Kusum Choppra

Renowned writer, journalist, environmentalist, and an inspired reader, Kusum Choppra prefers to instill Feminism in her works like “Mastani”, “Nirbhaya & Others Who Dared”, “Beyond Diamond Rings”, “Silver Dreams” and “Rishtey”.

Life’s lessons inculcated feminism in her, that with age, has acquired a depth that was earlier shallow; Journalism’s myriad demands exposed her to numerous experiences that found space within and sowed the seeds of the plots and people who populate her stories, focusing on human experiences at different points in time.

Perhaps it was those experiences that crystallized in Nirbhaya & Others Who Dared, an anthology of women who discovered those hidden strengths to challenge the sad fates prescribed by patriarchy and turn their futures into brighter ones. Kusum likes to call it the tales of “a sisterhood of across generations taking on the tyranny of unwritten rules and customs, to secure their own places under the sun”.

They took life by the horns and turned that bull onto their side. It is a book with a difference that established her Genre Gypsy tag.

According to her, experimenting with different genres is a literary adventure that yields maturity in writing and gave birth to her two current passions.

One is the creation of a body of works for older readers… those approaching seniority and those whose reading was shrouded by responsibilities and TV etc. She ardently believes they have had enough of insurance, religious, medical magazines, and such like and are now looking for stories that offer window views on the world around, spiced with nostalgia for those good ole days? Her personal brushes with this topic garnish her experience.

Hence came, Silver Dreams and Rishtey, with a ten author collaborative research thriller in between: Altitutidinus: Seekers, Sinners & Secrets in between.

The other passion is reconnecting with her long-dormant Sindhi roots – interacting with Sindhis on various cultural and other sites, participating in Sindhi programs and even writing stories with Sindhi characters woven in, to make her long-forgotten community part and parcel of what she likes to call the United Indian Kaleidoscope in which hundreds of peoples of different communities and faiths are committed to moving forward together in peace and set an example to the rest of the world.