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Dr. Sunil Kaushal studied in schools all over India, her father having been an army officer. Her nomadic life visiting and living in new towns every 2 years has been very interestingly chronicled in her debut book of memoirs, Gypsy Wanderings& Random Reflections to be launched today.
She attended college at one of the most prestigious colleges, Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, India. Later she went on to do her medical studies at Medical College, Amritsar, India followed by 40 years of practice in Obstetrics- Gynaecology at Jalandhar, Punjab.
Although she has been writing sporadically since her childhood, her writings were carefully tucked away from the public eye. At age 70 she learned to use a computer and started writing full time, sharing her poetry and prose online. She is pleasantly surprised to discover the poet and writer within her being recognized, as she keeps winning contests and awards, also going on to judging contests on many platforms.
This trilingual writer writes in English, Hindi and her mother tongue Punjabi which she has never studied but is self-taught. Published in a number of National and International anthologies and magazines, some of her poems have been translated into French, German and Greek. Off and on she dabbles in haiku, micro-poetry, and limericks as well.
In October 2017 she was honoured at the Indian World Poetree Festival at Hyderabad with The Enchanting Muse Award (International) and Fellow of the Regal World of Scribes( International), by The Pentasi B Poetree Group for her contribution to literature and writing.
She has been designated as Literary Brigadier by StoryMirror.
Literoma publishers conferred on her the Woman Achievers Award for year 2019 on 28th September 2019, at Kolkata.
Dr. Kaushal loves life in all forms and finds inspiration everywhere; her writing is mostly woman-centric, romantic, sensuous, man-woman relationships and about marginalized people, like rape victims, Varanasi widows, trans-genders, Alzheimer’s patients. She also writes philosophical and spiritual poetry.
Her first book of poems and 10 short stories based on real life is ready and soon to be published.
In the pipeline is Part II of Gypsy Wanderings and a translation of her brother, P.S.Gill’s German book into English, “Where Is the Second World?”.
Associated with Mother Teresa’s Home, Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan –an annual classical music festival of the highest order at Jalandhar,Punjab, having been on the advisory committees and as a panelist on the health programs for 30 years, of Doordarshan and All India Radio, Jalandhar, she brought about a number of changes for the welfare of women and children.
As President and chairperson of a number of social and cultural organizations, she has been highly awarded, including Best Lioness President Asia in1982 by Lions International.
Her commitment to helping women break barriers and empower themselves, found a perfect channel through her practice as a doctor when she combined her mission to help the underdog through her profession.
Her performances on stage have won her gold medals throughout her medical college days, and many accolades and awards for her acting talents on stage and TV as well.
Besides being a bookworm she loves doing pencil and charcoal sketching, listening to Classical Hindustani, Sufi music, and spiritual music especially Gurbani. Along with fine embroidery, baking and gardening, she loves to spin yarns for her grandchildren.
On the brink of 75 , her zest for life is fueled by yoga and meditation with which she charges her batteries for her busy schedule, first thing in the morning.