ARUNA MALLYA GUPTA
Born in Karnataka, raised in Mumbai, went to
University in Chennai and ended up in wedlock with the “man of her dreams”
in Delhi!!…if that does not sound
like true national integration, what does??
Growing up in different parts of India, truly
enriched her life, says free-lance writer, Aruna, not to mention the variety of
languages she picked up along the way. She is fluent in at least five Indian
languages and has working knowledge of French and German. While writing had
always been her passion from early childhood, her father, she says, was a big
influence in fine-tuning her language when he was posted away from home, and
they exchanged long and interesting letters in her impressionable years.
After completing her Graduate Degree in Psychology, she went on to do her
Post Graduation in Journalism and was selected “Best Feature Writer of the
Year” by the Bombay College of Journalism. From 1979-1983, Aruna wrote
regularly for EVE’S WEEKLY, the popular Women’s magazine of the time and
occasionally also contributed to MIRROR and ECONOMIC TIMES. Her writing ranged
from news stories to poetry and short stories.
For over a decade came a hiatus when marriage and
raising her family put her writing on the back burner. Moving to Toronto, Canada
in 1989 was a big move for the Guptas and it was not until 1994 that Aruna was
able to revert to her old passion, writing. For a couple of years she
contributed regularly to the North American edition of INDIA TODAY. Then KALA
came her way. Conceived as a quarterly devoted to the Classical Arts, it has
received great response from art lovers and patrons and has come a long way
since its inception in the fall of 1996.
While her job at airlines most definitely lets
the Gupta quartet discover new terrains for now, Aruna’s future plans
definitely include writing a novel and perhaps even dabbling as a travel writer.