Kusum Ansal is a renowned name in the Indian literary world and has many books to her credit. A prolific writer, Ansal has penned 25 books, including short stories, poetry collections, novels, travelogues along with her autobiography. Her works has been translated into Punjabi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Greek, Russian and French, besides Hindi and English, she writes in Punjabi, too. Ansal has been conferred with several awards for her remarkable contribution to the Indian literature.
Her latest book is a compilation of spiritual poems and is aptly titled Pilgrimage to a Mysterious World, has been published by Roli Books and comprises 35 poems. The essence of each poem is depicted with a pictorial hand painting that captures the soul of that poem. The book reflects Ansal’s quest to know the very being of the God Almighty.
It also beautifully captures the dichotomy of a human quest whether to search for the existence of God in holy places or to look within.
In her journey to seek the presence of God, she gets involved in a series of dialogue with her own self.These dialogues are also with the people who have created a labyrinth around God’s meaning and existence. In the end, all her inner questions, along with her dialogues, have taken shape in poems.
Pilgrimage to a Mysterious World is crafted for those who look to commence a journey in the quest of God. This book comes with an attractive cover and a back page and leaves an everlasting impression on reader’s mind.
supports a literary trust called The Kusumanjali Foundation. The trust has recently instituted annual literary awards, Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman, to honour and encourage literary works in Hindi and other regional languages. The selection board and the advisory committee of the Kusumanjali Foundation consists of eminent authors and scholars. These literary awards will also provide a platform to budding talents to showcase their work. The Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman 2012 included monetary reward of Rs 2.5 lakh