Pragnya Patnaik
. India . joined June, 2021

Pragnya Patnaik

About

Pragnya Patnaik is an author, activist, columnist, editor and speaker from Sambalpur, Odisha. She was working as a Software Consultant at the software giant Infosys Limited, when she decided to quit her job to start writing full-time.

As an Author-

Pragnya writes primarily in English and Sambalpuri. Her first book "My Pen Speaks was published when she was a student and features poems from her school and college days. She has authored the books "Love Is Not Lost"- a collection of short stories and "Ranga –Sambalpuri Kathani". She has also translated Robin Sharma’s bestsellers "Daily Inspiration from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" and "The Leader Who Had No Title" into Odia. She is currently working on her next untitled project.

As an Editor and Columnist-

Pragnya currently co-edits Vaisakhi, a fortnightly newspaper in Odia, primarily aimed at highlighting the culture, tradition and literature of Odisha. She also writes articles and columns for several newspapers and websites like, The Times of India, Women's Web, The Flint etc.

Speaker-

She is regularly invited as a guest speaker by social and literary organizations, colleges and other educational institutions.

As a Social Activist-

1.She is a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and gender equality. She has organized several events to highlight women related issues and to create awareness in the society. I write extensively on the issues of women.

2. She attended Breast Cancer Awareness program in USA and now under the banner of Vaisakhi spreads awareness among women about the disease by organizing similar programmes in Sambalpur.

3. She continues to organize literary programs like Poetry recitals, literary discussions etc. through Vaisakhi to promote literature and to encourage fresh literary talents

4. She has led hundreds of women against gender discrimination by organizing the Walk At Night programme.

During the Covid period-

1. Through Vaisakhi arranged for thousands of Covid kits for the farmers of Western Odisha.

2. Distributed cooked food to the homeless, migrant workers and needy.

3. Distributed food to the street animals.

4. Started several initiatives for the people of Sambalpur like, free teleconsultation by specialist and super-specialist doctors, free teleconsultation for pets and street animals by a vet, free food for home-isolated patients, free psychosocial counselling, and free yoga and meditation sessions.

5. Helped people in need to get beds, medical advice, medical aid, information etc, as and when approached.

Awards and Achievements-

• Recipient of Dr. Nilamadhab Panigrahi award 2017, for the Sambalpuri book ‘Ranga’, from Sambalpur University. This is the most prominent recognition for a book in the Sambalpuri language.

• Felicitated by ABCD and Hope Scope Academy on the eve of Women’s Day 2021.

•. Felicitated by JCI Women wing, Sambalpur on the eve of Women’s Day 2021.

• Invited for poetry recital to the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Sambalpuri Webline Series programme.

• Felicitated by Nabadiganta Sahitya Sansad, Deogarh for contribution to literature.

• Felicitated by ABCD Charitable Trust, Sambalpur for social service.

• Felicitated by Anugul Zilla Sahitya Sansad for the book My Pen Speaks.

• Felicitated by Narayan Seva Foundation, Bhubaneswar for contribution to literature, on the eve of International Women's Day 2018.

• Felicitated by Paridarshak Media for contribution to literature.

• Felicitated by Padmashree Lokakabi Haladhar Nag for the Sambalpuri book Ranga.

• Felicitated by Indradhanu Khyudra Byabasai Sangha, Bhubaneswar for literature and social work.

• Felicitated by the fortnightly Arabhani Samaya, Bhubaneswar for social work and literature.

• Received letters of appreciation for the book My Pen Speaks from various quarters including from the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

• Review of the book Love Is Not Lost was published in the Asian Age (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and London editions).

• Featured as a writer in prominent English dailies including the Telegraph, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India.

• Interviewed by Big 92.7 FM and Kalinga TV for literary contributions.

• Represented school and won prizes in various quiz competitions including the "My India Quiz Contest" held in New Delhi which was telecasted on DD-2 (Doordarshan -2 channel)

• Won several school and college level essay writing, letter writing, poetry writing, general knowledge, debate, recitation, fancy dress etc. competitions. Also, received the first prize in the G.M College poetry writing competition.

• Was students’ representative in school and college.

• Two of her plays in Hindi have been staged.

Here are a few links for reference -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgyGQWFkhxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyLw_NDDICg

https://www.hindustantimes.com/books/love-is-not-just-a-fairy-tale-thing-says-author-pragnya-patnaik/story-a9u30g7Mq74hOooELkS9UM.html?utm_source=ht_site_copyURL&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ht_site

https://www.asianage.com/books/well-crafted-daring-attempt-175

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/odia-authors-book-released/articleshow/54577024.cms

https://barpalidays.blogspot.com/2018/07/pragnya-patnaik-from-window-of.html

 

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    • City :
    • Sambalpur

    • State :
    • Odisha

    • Category :
    • Author & Writer

    • Email ID:
    • pragnya.patnaik@gmail.com

    • Profession:
    • Author, Editor, Social Activist, Former Software Consultant

    • Education
    • Master of Computer Application

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Project Details

My Pen Speaks: (2003)
My Pen Speaks is a collection of poems penned by Pragnya in her school and college days. The poems are on a wide variety of subjects and have garnered appreciation from various quarters, including letter of appreciation from the then Prime Minister of India Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Love Is Not Lost: (2016)
Published By Lifi Publications, New Delhi, Love Is Not Lost is a collection of perfectly imperfect stories of love, doused in romance, passion, revolt, realization, adultery, separation, longing, reunion, transforming equations, estrangement, attainment, and loss. The book was released at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on the eve of Delhi Book Fair -2016. The book has received positive reviews from various quarters, both in India and abroad. It was also listed in the National Book Trust catalogue “Books from India” and displayed in the London Book Fair 2018.

Dainika Prerana: (2017)
This is the translation of Robin Sharma's bestseller "Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari" into Odia. The book was published By Jaico Publishing House, Mumbai in 2017.

Ranga, Sambalpuri Kathani: (2018)
Ranga is a collection of ten contemporary short stories in Sambalpuri. It is a first of its kind book in the language and has garnered praise from readers and critics alike. The title of the book is taken from the title of one of the stories from the collection, Ranga, which is based on the life of a transgender struggling to establish his true identity in the society. Other stories in the collection are Noon Mircha Patalghanta, Jeet, Maafi, Buniyadi, Gupagundla, Alga gute bhoot, Gael-lagen, Mudhi and Fau. The stories have contemporary themes and beautifully imbibe in them the culture and tradition of Western Odisha.

Sehi Neta Jaha Pakhare Upadhi Nathila:(2018)
This is the translation of Robin Sharma's bestseller "The Leader Who Had No Title" into Odia. The book was published By Jaico Publishing House, Mumbai.

Achievements

Awards and Achievements-

• Recipient of Dr. Nilamadhab Panigrahi award 2017, for the Sambalpuri book ‘Ranga’, from Sambalpur University. This is the most prominent recognition for a book in the Sambalpuri language.

• Felicitated by ABCD and Hope Scope Academy on the eve of Women’s Day 2021.

•. Felicitated by JCI Women wing, Sambalpur on the eve of Women’s Day 2021.

• Invited for poetry recital to the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Sambalpuri Webline Series programme.

• Felicitated by Nabadiganta Sahitya Sansad, Deogarh for contribution to literature.

• Felicitated by ABCD Charitable Trust, Sambalpur for social service.

• Felicitated by Anugul Zilla Sahitya Sansad for the book My Pen Speaks.

• Felicitated by Narayan Seva Foundation, Bhubaneswar for contribution to literature, on the eve of International Women's Day 2018.

• Felicitated by Paridarshak Media for contribution to literature.

• Felicitated by Padmashree Lokakabi Haladhar Nag for the Sambalpuri book Ranga.

• Felicitated by Indradhanu Khyudra Byabasai Sangha, Bhubaneswar for literature and social work.

• Felicitated by the fortnightly Arabhani Samaya, Bhubaneswar for social work and literature.

• Received letters of appreciation for the book My Pen Speaks from various quarters including from the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

• Review of the book Love Is Not Lost was published in the Asian Age (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and London editions).

• Featured as a writer in prominent English dailies including the Telegraph, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India.

• Interviewed by Big 92.7 FM and Kalinga TV for literary contributions.

• Represented school and won prizes in various quiz competitions including the "My India Quiz Contest" held in New Delhi which was telecasted on DD-2 (Doordarshan -2 channel)

• Won several school and college level essay writing, letter writing, poetry writing, general knowledge, debate, recitation, fancy dress etc. competitions. Also, received the first prize in the G.M College poetry writing competition.

• Was students’ representative in school and college.

• Two of my plays in Hindi have been staged.

Here are a few links for reference -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgyGQWFkhxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyLw_NDDICg

https://www.hindustantimes.com/books/love-is-not-just-a-fairy-tale-thing-says-author-pragnya-patnaik/story-a9u30g7Mq74hOooELkS9UM.html?utm_source=ht_site_copyURL&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ht_site

https://www.asianage.com/books/well-crafted-daring-attempt-175

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/odia-authors-book-released/articleshow/54577024.cms

https://barpalidays.blogspot.com/2018/07/pragnya-patnaik-from-window-of.html

 

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