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Novelist and short-story writer
Susham Bedi has been writing and publishing since 1984. Born in
Ferozepur, Punjab, she is an
academic whose research work is in the area of Indian theater.
As a teenager she became a
leading actress in Hindi dramas on All India Radio and later on
She began writing at school and won many awards for poetry and short
as an undergraduate but her writing career began in earnest in 1978
first story was published in the literary magazine Kahani.
holds a B.A. (1964) and M.A (1966) from Delhi University, and a
Her doctoral dissertation was on Experimentation and Innovation in
drama. She is fluent in English, French, Hindi (including Braj and
Urdu, Punjabi and Sanskrit.
Susham Bedi's first
novel, Havan (Fire Sacrifice -- translated into English by David
serialised in the magazine Ganga and published as a novel in 1989. It
published in Urdu in 1992. Since then she has published two more
novels Lautna (The Returning) in 1992 and Itar (The Other) in
1992. All three deal with the
cultural dilemmas of Indians living in the West. She taught in Delhi
Universities until 1975 when she
followed her husband to Brussels where she became a correspondent for
Times of India.
She has lived in the United States since 1979 and has
teaching in Hindi Language and Literature at Columbia University in
since 1985. She is currently the coordinator for the Hindu/Urdu
program at Columbia.
at the Columbia U. website
releases her latest novel. About "Navabhum Ki Raskatha" (Love
Story of a New Land), in India in New York.
South Asian novelists speak at MSU. Bedi, among others, at a
day-long conference at Montclair State University.
is a chief speaker at the World Hindi Foundation
inauguration. Sept 2000, New York.
of Odyssey. A collection of stories by Indian women writers
settled abroad, including Susham Bedi.
- Morche (Battlefronts)
Vani Prakashan, Delhi. (2006)
- Shabdon Ki Khirkiyan (Windows of Words)
National Publishing House, Delhi. (2006)
- Nava Bhum ki Rastha (Epic of the New Land)
National Publishing House, Delhi. (2002)
- Gatha Amerbel Ki (Song of the Amerbel)
National Publishing House, Delhi. (1999)
- Itar (The Other)
National Publishing House, Delhi. (1998)
- Chiriya Aur Cheel (The Small Bird and the Kite: Short Story Collection)
Delhi: Parag. (1995)
- Lautana (The Returning
Paraga Press, Delhi. (1994)
- Katra Dar Katra (Drop of Drop)
Chandigarh: Abhishek. (1994)
- Fire Sacrifice (Havan)
Paraga Prakasana, Delhi. translation by David Rubin, Heinemann, Oxford. (1993)
- Portrait of Mira
in Urdu. Translated by David Rubin. (1989)
South Asian Women authors