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Sadhna Shanker


Sadhna Shanker is a freelance writer based in New Delhi, India. A multi-faceted wordsmith, she has published three books. Never a Disconnect (2010), a novel, explores the challenges of contemporary urban Indian women. When the Parallels Meet (2007), is a collection of essays on journeys big and small, and changing India. Ahlan wa-Sahlan – A Syrian Journey (2006) is a travel book about Syria.

Her articles and writing have been published in the opinion and other pages of major newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Khaleej Times, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Indian Express and The Pioneer. Her article on the emergence of “Hinglish” has been included in Norway’s grade ten English textbook. She has also published academic work in the Economic and Political Weekly, and the India Economic Review.

Her keen interest in media led to her active association with ‘Doordarshan’. She scripted, hosted and anchored many programs on subjects ranging from current affairs to social issues. She continues to be recognized for her lead role in TV dramas such as “Ashad ka ek din” and “Baisakhi”.

She holds a PhD in Economics, an LLB degree and has done BCom (Honors) from Shri Ram College of Commerce. She is married and has a daughter. She is in the Indian Revenue Service.

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The Syria I Knew

The magnificent Arch of Triumph at Palmyra destroyed -- when I heard, it was like losing a good friend. Having lived in Syria for about three years, from 2003 to 2006, every simmering city I read about in that country today has a memory. Each city and place that hits the headlines for the wrong reasons recalls people and echoes attached to it.
08/10/2015 8:17 AM IST