‘Writing is my prayer or, in Goethe’s words, my contemplation…’


Punjabi audio read by Shobha Kumar

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( The questions we posed to the author were:

1.  Could you tell us about some specific gendered aspect of your work? Something that keeps recurring, or has intrigued or frustrated you, something you've seen change; maybe a character or other formal element in your work, or the work of someone you admire, that challenges notions of gender?

2.  Could you tell us about being a woman in your profession, vs being a man? How have things changed over the years, or not, and what advice would you give young women or men entering the profession? )


Top image:  Lascaux, France / Les Eyzies


Dalip Kaur Tiwana is one of the foremost writers in Punjabi today. She has published forty novels, seven collections of short stories, two autobiographies and a literary biography. In 2015, she returned her Padma Shri in protest against growing intolerance in India, saying, 'In this land of Gautama Buddha and Guru Nanak Dev, the atrocities committed on the Sikhs in 1984 and on the Muslims recurrently because of communalism are an utter disgrace to our state and society. And to kill those who stand for truth and justice puts us to shame in the eyes of the world and God.'

An ICF series of interviews begun on International Working Women's Day:

PART 1  Baby Halder  PART 2  Sumana Chandrashekar, Vidushi Sukkanya Ramgopal, Soni Sori, Essar Batool, Nayantara Sahgal, Abha Dev Habib  PART 3  Gayeti Singh, Saba Hasan, Samina, Usha Kumar, Jyoti Bhalla, Megha Patnaik  PART 4  Francine Kay, Reena Devi Harnot, Nargis Vasundhara  PART 5  Anamika, Prerna Shrimali, Kusum Ansal, Mrinal Pande  PART 6  Maya Ghosh  PART 7  Lara Bhalla, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Neha Kumar, Madhur Kumar, Shweta Jain  PART 8  Mridula Koshy  PART 9  Shoili Kanungo, Sumana Chandrashekar, Aparna Wahi, Nandita  PART 10  Mirai Chatterjee, Rolee Srinath, Saba Sharma, Radhika, Shaminaj Khan  PART 11  Dalip Kaur Tiwana  PART 12  Shashi Deshpande