24 minutes | Feb 11, 2021

StoryJam Kahani: Channi by Shivani

Gaura Pant, ‘Shivani’ was a prolific writer. She contributed short stories to various publications, wrote novels and her autobiography...but what I find most fascinating about her literary career was that she did not feel the need to make her literary life (and a famous one at that!) a hallowed endevour. She was a single mother of four, with a bunch of nephews and assorted relatives who stayed at her home for extended periods of time. She cooked, cleaned, tutored the kids, dealt with harsh mountain winters and  made a living. She wrote assiduously through it all. This is what I am going to remind myself of the next time I shirk my creative work :) PS: If you would like to know more about Shivani, the person, please read her daughter Ira Pande’s book, Diddi. You will also find beautiful memories from beloved writer Mrinal Pande in her writings and her interviews (Pro-tip : Go to the youtube page for ‘Nayi Dhara’ and listen to Samvaad episode featuring Mrinal Pande in conversation with Varun Grover) https://youtu.be/A0jSXi0-VeU --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storyjam/message
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