Kalpana Mohan enjoys writing about parenting, ethnic issues and lifestyle. Her stories have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Business Week Online, FamilyFun Magazine, USA Weekend Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Bay Area Parent, India Currents and other print and online publications.
In an exciting book pitching session in January 2011 at Kepler's Books in Mountain View, California, Kalpana won the one-minute event.
The prize - judged by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry and Alice LaPlante - was an introduction to an agent appropriate for her proposed book. Read more about the event at
www.keplers.com/event/arielle-eckstut-david-henry-sterry-alice-laplante which, according to the hosts, is like "American Idol" for books, only without Simon.
In March 2009, Kalpana received the Award From New America Media for her feature,
'Karnatik Revival', published in India Currents Magazine in May 2008. In September 2004, her travel story 'Flora and Fauna in Madrid' was anthologized in a Travelers' Tales travel humor series titled 'Whose Panties Are These?'
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On Inglish - Kalpana's Monthly Column in India Currents
Before launching a freelance writing career in January 2000, Kalpana was a software developer at IBM for ten years. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Chennai (India), a Diplome Superieur in French from the Alliance Francaise and an M. S. in Computer Science from San Jose State University.
When Kalpana isn't blogging, she drives. She drove her children up and down the interstate after school for their classes. But years later, they maintain that she drove them up the wall. She is the driving force behind her husband's success. But he's not driven to agree. When her family drives her nuts, she may be spotted savoring crème brulee at a patisserie a short drive away from her home in Saratoga, California.