About me, my novels and stories


About me, my novels and stories
My novel - Parivartan; story of a woman Ratna
Where Do I Belong? -story of a young girl Rina
My stories
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I am Archana Painuly, an Indian living in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark since 1997.

I am a teacher by profession and writing is my favourite pursuit. I teach at Hoersholm International School in Denmark. I write stories and  novels,  and occasionally, articles and poems also.  My two novels have been published; "Parivartan" and  "Where Do I Belong", both in Hindi, and more than 50 stories (in Hindi and English) in a variety of magazines in India. My stories have been published in Iliterary magazines such as Vagarth, Hans, Kathadesh,  in popular magazines of Delhi Prakashan such as Woman's Era,  Sarita and Grihshobha, in other magazines such as Pravasi Sansar, Shantidoot, and web magzines such as Abhivyakti.

I believe the well-known Indian  writers should go beyond the literary world and reach the masses through popular magazines, if they want to promote Indian literature of any kind, as is the case in the West.

Parivartan is the story of struggles of Ratna, a women from hill state of Uttranchal, for her survival. Her struggles are carried forward by her daughter and grand daughters to establish their identity in the old male chauvinistic  Indian society. Parivartan was published by Abhiruchi Prakashan, a well-known pulisher of Hindi books. Parivratan was received very well by the readers and their feedback motivated me to write my second novel " Where Do I Belong".  I have planned to publish Parivaratan in English to reach to more readers and a draft version in English is now ready.

 To know more about my novel Parivartan or read first three  Chapters, click here. 

My second novel, "Where Do I Belong?" (in Hindi)  has been published by Bharatiya Jnanpith (http://jnanpith.net/index.html) in 2009.  It is story of a young girl, descendent of an Indian immigrant in Denmark- the  dilemma she finds herself in due to cultural differences between her family and the Danish society she lives in.

To know more about "Where Do I Belong" or read first three Chapters, click here.

To know more about my stories or read some sample stories, click here.

More about me:

In June 2004, Dhad Mahila Manch, a literary and activist NGO in Dehradun organised a function for discussions on "Parivartan" and to honour me for contributing to the literature from Uttranchal  region.

In January 2005, I was invited by the Sahitya Academy, New Delhi to their  three-day international seminar on Pravasi Writing and Indian Writing in Hindi as a representative of the Scandinavian countries.

To read my views on "Expectations of Hindi writers living abroad from Hindi Literature, and vice-versa",  as expressed during the Sahitya Academy seminar, click here.

In August 2006, Indian Cultural Association, Copenhagen organised a cultural function 'Adbi Shaam' and felicitated me for my contribution to the literary world.

In January 2008, my alma mater, Mahadevi Kanya Patshala, from where I finished my pre-university education, organised a Sahyaatik Gosthi and fecilitated me for  my contribution to the literature from Uttranchal region.

In February 2010, my second novel "Where Do I Belong" was released in Denmark by Prof. Kenneth Zysk,  head, Asian Studies Department, Copenhagen University in a function organized by Asien Musik Forening, a cultural organisation in Denmark. 



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