Ms. Sunita Jain, the Ambala-born author, Hindi scholar and writer was conferred with the prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015, for her poetry collection "Kshama". The book "Kshama" was published in 2008.
Renowned litterateur Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari has presided over the selection committee for the award. She was conferred the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi. The Vyas Samman award was instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991. It is awarded annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored and published in past 10 years by an Indian citizen. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2.50 lakh.
Through her poetry collection, she portrays the fine emotions between poet Tulsidas and his wife Ratnavalli. In her poetry, emotions of forgiveness and repentance, the sentiment of forgiveness between Tulsidas and his wife and usage of very fine language, is very aptly used. Using very fine language in the poetry, the writer has managed to aptly convey the sentiment of forgiveness between Tulsidas and his wife.
The author has been influenced by her productive reading during her student days and by the writings of eminent authors such as R K Naryanan, Mridula Garg, Nayantara Sehgal, MrinalPande, and the American novel "The Scarlet Letter".
Sunita Jain is scholar, novelist, short-story writer and poet of English and Hindi literature. She had started her writing career at the age of 22. So far she has more than 100 books to her credit apart from short-stories, novels and poems in Hindi and English. Her noticeable works in English include "A Girl of Her Age" and two short-story collections, "A Woman is dead" and "Eunuch of Time and Other Stories". She has also published seven poetry collections besides, a book for children and literary criticism. She also has translated many Jain writings into English. She had worked as the professor and the Head of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. The author retired as the professor and the Head of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She has also been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri in 2004.