Shuchi Singh Kalra
|Shuchi Singh Kalra|
28 September 1982
Author, Freelance writer and Editor
💵 Salary :
|📆 Years active||2006 - present|
|Notable work||Done With Men; I am Big. So What!?|
Shuchi Singh Kalra (born Shuchi Singh) is an Indian author. Her breakthrough on the literary scene came with Done With Men, a romantic comedy published in 2014 by Indireads. 'I am Big. So What!?', her second novel addresses issues of body shaming and body positivity. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies such as Love Across Borders, Stories for my Valentine and New Asian Writers 2014 collection. Shuchi is also listed among the most popular women authors to follow on Twitter.
Early life and education
Kalra was born Shuchi Singh on 28 September 1982 in Lucknow city of India. Her father, Dr.A.K.Singh is an ENT surgeon and mother Archna Singh is a pathologist. Shuchi is the older among two siblings. She spent the early years of her childhood in Libya with her family and moved back to India in 1992. Educated at Seth MR Jaipuria School in Lucknow, she went on to do BS in Optometry from the Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry in Hyderabad.(1) Kalra soon realized that she is not cut out for the medical field, and pursued MA Literature from IGNOU. She finally took up freelance writing as a full-time profession in the year 2006. She started her writing career as a freelance writer and contributed to publications like Femina.in, Good Housekeeping, Swarajya (magazine), Huffington Post India, Miss Malini, The Quint, The Daily O and Home Review.
Shuchi’s debut novel Done With Men was published in Feb 2014 by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads. Despite being in digital-only format, Done With Men sold over 5000 copies in its first year and remained on the Amazon Bestseller’s list in the Indian Writing category for several months. Some reviewers compared Shuchi’s style of writing to that of British chick-lit author [[Sophie Kinsella.
I am Big. So What!? is a romantic comedy featuring a plus-sized protagonist. The book was published by Fingerprint Publishing in 2016 and was launched by actress Delnaaz Irani in Mumbai. Post this book, Shuchi Singh Kalra emerged as an active voice on women-related issues.
Her third novel is titled 'A Cage of Desires' and falls into the erotica genre. It has been taken up by Penguin Random House India and is due for a June 2018 release in print and digital format.
Short story – One Stupid Comment (Love Across Borders) – a civic initiative by Inidreads to build positive narratives about India and Pakistan. Story co-authored with Pakistani author Sabahat Muhammad
Short Story – Fifty’s Love (Stories for my Valentine) by Pageturn Publishers
Short Story – Maya (New Asian Writing Anthology 2014)
Awards & Recognition
In the year 2009, Kalra participated in and was awarded the Writer of the Year Award (runner up) by Writers Bureau, Manchester UK. 
In the year 2012, Kalra was listed among the “12 highly successful non-native English freelance writers” by prominent writing blog “Writers Incharge”. 
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