Neera Kashyap

Neera Kashyap lives in Majkhali close to the Himalayan Centre. Neera started her working career as a journalist with Hindustan Times and went on to specialize in environment and health journalism as senior researcher and editor with Centre for Science & Environment and Voluntary Health Association of India respectively.

Later she specialized in social and health communications chiefly in the fields of HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and poverty.

Tapping her literary bent, she has published a book of stories for children for Rupa & Co. and for anthologies of prize-winning stories for Children’s Book Trust. These stories reflect both the stresses facing children as well as magic realism, tapping deeper layers of the sub conscious. She currently focuses on interpreting subtle meanings in Hindu and Buddhist scriptures and literatures for modern readers in a spirit of shared self-understanding, her articles having been published in journals such as Mountain Path, Life Positive and Bhavan’s Journal. Her simultaneous attempt at short stories for adults are based on research that probes current conflicts in ways that aim at an understanding that unifies.

She has been a spiritual seeker for more than 30 years, has visited ashrams for study and meditative retreats to absorb teachings of different sages and ancient texts, based on an inner need. She is a devotee of advaitic sage, Sri Ramana Maharshi, and a practitioner of his method of self-enquiry and surrender.

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