Recipient of the Uttarakhand Ratna, 2014,Hardwar based author Mona Verma is the author of three acclaimed works of fiction ‘A Bridge to Nowhere’, ‘God is a River…a story of faith’, and ‘The White Shadow.’
Her contribution towards English Literature won her several awards including the ‘WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE’ Award from the ALL INDIA WOMENS’ CONFERENCE,HINDUSTAN TIMES WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD,( reader’s choice), and the prestigious GANESH SHANKAR VIDYARTHI PURUSKAAR , an award from NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS INDIA .
Sir Ruskin Bond introduced her as a promising debutant and talks are on to make a film on her first book, A Bridge to Nowhere.
Based on Indo-Pak partition, ‘God is a River’ is being used as courseware in various universities and as a research program for post graduate students.
Her latest work, ‘The White Shadow’, set in Banaras, is based on the predicaments of the child widows. She is currently working on short stories for children, ‘The Clown of White Fields.’
A believer, Mona aims at strengthening Indian heritage through potent threads from Sufism and The Bhagwad Gita that reflect strongly in her work.
She also writes regularly for HT online paper, HMA annual souvenir, BHEL magazines, and various Science journals.
She has participated in the Bangalore Literature Festival as a panellist and moderator in various sessions.
Her participation in the Kumaon Literature Festival in 2015 was well applauded and presently she is serving as the first chair of the KLF-DOC.