Another feather was added to Dr Kusum Ansal’s cap as she was conferred with another new award. The renowned author was awarded with the prestigious ‘Acharya Vidhyaniwas Mishr Smriti Samman 2013’ award in Varanasi recently. The award was given to her for her novel titled Tapsi.
A prolific writer, Dr Ansal has penned more than 25 books including short stories, poetry collections, novels, travelogues along with her autobiography. Her works have been translated into various languages including Punjabi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Greek, Russian and French.
Her novel Tapsi is a touching novel based on the sad stories of widows of Vrindavan. It narrates the life of an intelligent girl, Tapsi, who with her dreams and vision for her future has an urge to understand the various phenomena of life. The book also weaves in the plight of widows and how the patriarchal society objectifies women to use and abuse them. It provides a deep insight into aspects of Hindu philosophy.
The author also suppports a literary trust titled The Kusumanjali Foundation. It runs with an objective to promote literary works of budding writers of Hindi and other regional languages. The annual award titled Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman to honour and encourage literary works of Hindi and regional language is instituted by the trust.
The selection board and the advisory committee of the foundation comprises eminent authors and scholars. The Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman 2013, this year, will honour literary contributions in Hindi and Urdu.