A Sneak Peek into the World of Chitra Garg

Chitra Garg is a well known name in the field of creative writing on various subjects she has been writing on.

A celebrated author, a photographer by passion and a self-confessed sports enthusiast – that’s Chitra Garg for you.

Once a Writer, Always a Writer

She may have won several awards over the years, including the highly prestigious Raj Bhasha Gaurav award in 2105 from the President Pranav Mukherjee, “Bal Sahitya Samman (1999-2000)”,Bhartendu Harishchandra Puraskar (2000), but it all started when she took up writing in 1974. It was just a hobby, once she decided to pursue after reading an article in a newspaper. She got down to writing and sent her articles to the likes of Amar Ujala , which was local publication back then. Her articles got published within a week, much to her joy. One thing led to another and before she knew, she was already writing articles for national-level Hindi magazines. And as luck would have it, her work was being continuously published.

Ever since, there has been no looking back. Today, Chitra Garg needs no introduction. Her work in the field of creative writing has made her a known name. As a writer, she has touched upon different subjects of life.


Her Journey So Far

Right from the beginning, she has been writing in both Hindi and English. This has indeed  widened her horizons. While many of her articles have featured in English dailies like  Hindustan Times, she has had a successful tryst with Navbharat Times and Dainik Jagran  as well. In total, more than 600 of her articles have been published so far. Newspapers  and magazines like Hindustan, Sarita, Grihshobha, Manorama, Jahanvi, Nandan, Parag,      Champak, Women’s Era, and Saptahik Hindustan have also published her work.

  Since 1993 she has been writing books. Since then more than 84 books have been published and lot of more are under publication.


Her Work for Children

Back in 1986, there weren’t many good magazines for children. Determined as she was, she decided to start a publication of her own. This set the backdrop for Bal Manch, a (4-colour) children’s magazine, published under the banner of “Nehru Bal Samiti”. Unfortunately, a year later, she had to discontinue the magazine. Evidently, advertisements and sponsors didn’t generate enough funds for the magazine to continue.

In fact it was very much popular magazine in school children of Delhi and nearby cities. Hundreds of children supported it by their annual subscription. It published children’s writings as well as of established writers. It was liked by one and all as a new type of magazine for children. But this support was not sufficient to carry the magazine forward.

Her Formative Years

Born in Faridpur (Bareilly, UP) on 8th October, 1954, to Sh. Jeet Prakash Agrawal and Smt. Sarojni Agrawal, Chitra Garg (nee Agrawal) is the eldest in the family.

Parents

Her father, a rich businessman from Faridpur, was a leader in the local municipal corporation and also held the membership of the governing bodies of several institutions in the area. He believed in hard work, which earned him a lot of property during his lifetime. Like father, like daughter. He died at an early age in 1983.

Smt. Sarojni Agrawal, her mother was an educated lady and a scholar. She was a regular invited guest of honour at local institutions functions .She left for heavenly abode in August, 2014.

Siblings

Rekha Agrawal, her younger sister, is a journalist. The duo has two younger brothers as well. Both of them have a flourishing business in Faridpur and Bareilly.


Her Educational Qualifications

Qualification College/Institute
M.A. (English Literature) Bareilly College, Bareilly
B.Ed. Bareilly College, Bareilly
Graduation Sahu Gopitnath College, Bareilly
12th She studied in Shyam Sunder Kanya Inter College, Faridpur

Her Achievements during College

Hers is truly a case of “coming events cast their shadows before”.  She was a member of the Athletics Team of Bareilly College. In fact, she won a lot of prizes back then. Chitra Garg also participated in handicraft and other competitions during her college life, and bagged several awards.


Her Stint as a Documentary Maker

Post 1982, she and her children took part in various programmes, aired on Doordarshan. However, it was in 1994 that she turned to production. Between 1994 and 1996, she produced and directed more than 10 programs for the broadcaster. During this period, she also toyed with the idea of scriptwriting.

She also made a docu-drama titled “Hamen Pyar Chahiye”, for which she donned the hat of a scriptwriter, director and producer. Based on handicapped children, the short film was telecasted on Doordarshan, the only national channel at that time, and was highly appreciated.

Meanwhile, she also produced a music album, the lyrics for which were written by Chitra herself. Not to forget, she was also the presenter for many of the documentaries and TV programs.


Her Family Life

Marriage

On 25th Jan, 1979, she tied the knot with Mr. Dinesh Garg, a renowned practicing advocate in Delhi High Court.

Children

The couple has two children. Daughter Garima Mehta, married to Amit Mehta, is a designer from NIFT, Delhi. Their son, named Prakhar Garg is a budding advocate and married to advocate Swati. The couple has three grandsons and one grand daughter.

Her Interests and Hobbies

Writing is her passion, no doubt. But there’s more to her. She’s also fond of photography, home decoration, and sports. And not to mention, she is a globetrotter.


List of Countries she has visited

Europe

Asia

North America

Australia Africa & others

Europe:- Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, East Germany, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Asia:- China, Dubai, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan.

North America:- USA, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Bahamas.

Australia:- Australia, New Zealand.

Africa & others:- Mauritius , South Africa, Egypt.

She loves politics. In her student-life she was quite active in political activities of the city. She fought herself election for the post of Vice-President in Bareilly College in 1975. She is always updated on minute to minute basis on the political activities of the country.

She has no belief in idol worship and making fasts. She believes that true worship of God is to work honestly and not to torture people. Her inspiration of work is her late father Jeet Prakash Agrawal.


Her Goal/Misson

She wants to make a place in the heart of all Indians by her creative writings. She dreams to win biggest awards of the world.

She wants to endorse or do modelling assignments for the national interest subjects of awareness. It will not be for earning money …but for hobby sake…free of cost.