Goa Guv Mridula Sinha's novel 'Mandodari' to hit shelves soon

Newly inducted Goa Governor Mridula Sinha is ready with her next novel, 'Mandodari', which is a biography of the Queen Consort of Ravana, the King of Lanka.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 31, 2014, 17:59 PM IST

Panaji: Newly inducted Goa Governor Mridula Sinha is ready with her next novel, 'Mandodari', which is a biography of the Queen Consort of Ravana, the King of Lanka.

"It is a unique novel. Two months from now, it will be on the shelves," said Sinha, who has several novels to her credit.

The Governor also said that during her tenure in Goa, empowerment of women and the poor would be her priorities.

"...I want to do something special for Goa," the 71-year-old writer told mediapersons after being sworn in as Governor.

"I have been working in the field of women (empowerment), preservation of culture and the poor people. I will see that with the cooperation of the chief minister, I will do it in Goa too. The problems of the family, the problems of the society should be solved. I know Goa is not a problematic state though," she said.

"I will study deeply about Goa's issues now," Sinha added.

Responding to a question on the alcohol and gambling problems, the Governor said, "Let me study. I will seek your advice also."

Sinha was administered the oath in a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan by Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah in presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries.

Sinha was born on November 27, 1942, at Chhapra village in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. Sinha is a renowned Hindi writer and former chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB), Ministry of Human Resource Development.

She is also the former president of BJP Mahila Morcha. She had actively participated in "Samagra Kranti" led by Jai Prakash Narayan.

After a post graduation degree in psychology, she completed her B.Ed. She started as a college lecturer at Dr SK Sinha Women's College, Motihari in Bihar and later became principal of Bharatiya Shishu Mandir at Muzaffarpur.

Sinha is married to Ram Kripal Sinha, who was earlier a college lecturer and later became a Cabinet minister in the Bihar state government.

She has written more than 46 books in various disciplines. Her literary contributions include 'Jyon mehandi ko rang; (novel ?a short film on Doordarshan was made based on the same), 'Nayi Devyani' (novel), 'Gharwaas' (novel), 'Sita puni boli' (novel) and many more.

Sinha has also written a biography on late Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia.

Her short story collections include 'Sakshatkar', 'Ek Diye Ki Diwali', 'Apna Jeevan' etc. She has also written essays like 'Aine ke saamne', 'Maanvi ke Naate' and 'Bihar Ki Lok Kathaye' for children.

She contributes regular columns in various national and regional Hindi newspapers, magazines and periodicals.