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Background Information

Author/poet Soma Vira's SF/Fantasy/Mystery/Crime novels clicking with romance have captured overseas markets. This success is based upon her real life adventures. Writing has been a non-stop passion for her since the age of 10. She caught recognition when she won first prizes in the All-India Youth Festival and the All-India Radio Play Awards. Her stories got published in major Indian magazines. As a student-trainee she worked as Associate Editor, (Children's Section) for Nava Bharat Times, Bombay. Three major publishers published her short story collections, radio and stage play collection, and one novel (all in Hindi).

Accomplishments

Wanting to work as a journalist, she came to USA to get her B.A.(Journalism) from the University of Colorado. There she wrote for the Boulder Daily Camera, and worked as an assistant editor at The Colorado Daily. The University's Alumni Association nominated her for their "Outstanding Young Women of America" Award. Getting her M.A. from there, she came to NYU to get her Doctor of Philosophy degree. At the time of graduation, NYU gave her their Founders Day Award. During this period, she also worked as a speaker for the Speaker Services Bureau Of United Nations.

In 1990 she was included in "Who's Who Worldwide." Since then she has been getting new awards in both, social and literary circles. In 1995, she received an award from the Writers Digest, and in 1996 was included in "Who's Who Hall of Fame." Her other awards include: The Golden Duck Award for her novel, EARTH TRAP. RINGS AROUND THE WORLD, and, the Editors Choice Award for her poetry collection, LITTLE BIT INDIA. LITTLE BIT USA. Her poems have been included in anthologies published by the Poetry Guild, and National Library of Poetry.

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Ms. Vira's work in organizations like the Hearts And Handicapped Assn..(NY) was not enough for her. Remembering how tough her student life was, she decided to donate The Space Link Books' net earnings to student scholarships. Remembering her heritage and her mother, father like Aunt and Uncle-in-Law, Daya Vira, and Dharma Vira,ICS (ex-Governor of Bengal, and Mysore), she named the trust, Daya Dharma Soma Educational Charitable Trust(India)Ltd. Not having adequate funds to establish it in New York, it was set up first at Citi Bank, New Delhi, India, so that when it's set up in USA, it can be at the same trustee bank.



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