Meet Mohua Chinappa, who defied disease, age bias & convention to reboot

Mohua Chinappa is an author, writer, podcaster, voice-over artist and branding specialist. She was born in a Bengali household on 25th February 1970. A single child, her childhood was never fraudulently spent on anything that was not worthwhile in the eyes of her parents, who had tremendous hope in their bright daughter. When she was just a few months old, her parents moved to Shillong from New Delhi. The quaint hill station would have a crucial role in moulding her outlook on life.

They moved back to New Delhi after 13 years. New Delhi was a move that changed her life in multiple ways. She soon picked up Hindi and later began enjoying the Urdu poets and the cultural vibe of New Delhi. She pursued her Honours in English Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia. She also did her post-graduation in Journalism.

Mohua later got married and moved to Kolkata, where she was heading the Genesis PR Division and later also worked with Ram Ray in his creative hot shop Response Advertising.

She gave up her career, like most women do, to raise and manage a family. Later, when her son, Neel Mandana, left for London for his higher studies, she mustered up the courage to reboot, something many women dream of but can’t do.

Currently, she resides in Bangalore. She began writing blogs on the arts and crafts of India in 2018, and in 2020 she started podcasting.

Her podcast, The Mohua Show, is extremely successful. On the show, many celebrities have spoken candidly about their life and work. It has recently been rated among the top 10 podcasts in India. The podcast is available on all the leading platforms including, Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts.

She has also written a book called “Nautanki Saala And Other Stories”, which was published in February 2022. Her debut book is a collection of 15 short stories of real people she met from the 80s to 2000. The protagonists in her book are people who faced loss, displacement, grief and most also overcame the journey.

She is honest in her interactions with people and is striving through her work to tell women that being economically independent is the first step to empowerment. She has addressed many talks and been on many panel discussions after restarting her career. She believes that rebooting is not easy but it is also not impossible.

You can find her column every week in The Daily Guardian, where she writes on gender equality and multiple other subjects that are close to her heart.

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