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Gajra Kottary is a multi-media writer who debuted as an author in early 1996 with her first collection of women-centric short stories titled Fragile Victories which was followed by another compendium, The Last Laugh in 2003. Her latest novel Once Upon A Star was published in December 2014 by HarperCollins Publishers, India. Her debut novel Broken Melodies was published by HarperCollins Publishers, India in 2011 to critical acclaim, simultaneously with its Hindi translation Bikhre Sur. It was the only book in India to be launched with an audio-visual of 5 professional actors — Anupam Kher, Dimple Kapadia, Kunal Kapoor, Mahie Gill, and Avika Gaur — reading excerpts from the opus. In October 2013, Gajra co-authored her first original Hindi novel, Kora Kaagaz published by Prabhat Prakashan.

Gajra entered the world of television when she wrote the story and screenplay of the serial Hamare Tumhare for Soni Razdan’s Mass Communications which was telecast on Zee TV in the year 2001. Her first long running serial was the award-winning Astitva – Ek Prem Kahani which she co-wrote for Zee TV which completed 668 episodes in January 2006. Her next major writing assignment was, and continues to be, the nation’s popular and acclaimed daily television serial Balika Vadhu, which has notched many viewership records on the channel Colors. In a medium where relay writing is the norm, Gajra has set a record by continuously developing the story of the serial since its inception in 2008, recently crossing the 1500 episode mark and still running. She is currently also writing the story for the mega historical serial Buddha telecast on Zee TV, produced by Dr B K Modi. One of her stories Parakh is being made in four languages in the south by the Sun TV network. The Kannada version called Kogile, has recently crossed the 500 episode mark.

For her endeavours, Gajra has won many awards in the scripting/story category in the country since 2008. Among them are the Indian Television Academy’s Best Teleplay award, the Indian Telly Award, the Apsara Award and the Global Indian Television Award. She has written many other acclaimed shows including Jyoti, Godh Bharai, Panaah, Ghar Ek Sapna and Ek Veer ki Ardaas – Veera.

Gajra was born in Delhi and was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary and Lady Sri Ram College. She topped the post-graduate course in Journalism at the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi, in 1988, winning The Hindu Gold Medal. She worked briefly as a journalist, initially at The Statesman in Delhi and later at the Magna group. She contributed to several of the country’s newspapers and magazines and also wrote on developmental and women’s issues for CHOICES, the magazine of the United Nations Development Program. Gajra was the script associate with Mahesh Bhatt on the film Yeh Zindagi ka Safar starring Amisha Patel and Jimmy Shergil, directed by Tanuja Chandra, which was released in October 2001.

Two more novels written by Gajra are to be published in the year 2014-2015  by HarperCollins India.