Lok Sabha MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha and author and columnist Bharathi Pradhan launched author and podcaster Mohua Chinappa’s Nautanki Saala And Other Stories, an anthology that shares real stories of women (and men) Mohua met over the last 4 decades from a tribal Khasi woman who ran a tea stall to a journalist from the Northeast trying to fit in the big city to an unassuming college girl who could not anticipate the ‘consequence’ of her brutish rebuke to a man, at Bangalore International Centre.
A powerful collection that lays bare the lives that form a testament to the cultural-economic shift in the last few decades and attempts to strengthen the feminist who hesitates in confiding, Nautanki Saala And Other Stories are the stories that will shake your belief systems.
Commenting on how the book adds to one’s perspective, Shatrughan Sinha said, “I have had a glance at Mohua’s debut book, which is a gamut of emotions. As you flip the pages you travel with the characters on their life journey. I recommend you read this alone as you laugh, enjoy, get offended and also fall in love with the protagonists. It is enigmatic, engrossing & beautifully written. This book will be instrumental in making huge strides in feminism. Must read for feminists and non-feminists for a change in perspective.”
The book launch was followed by an interesting conversation moderated by Anurag Chauhan, Founder of Humans for Humanity NGO. Author Mohua Chinappa shared how women in their 40s and 50s are choosing to reboot their lives by starting their careers, which was also an inspiration for her to write Nautanki Saala and start her own podcast called The Mohua Show.
Mohua Chinappa is a writer, voice-over artist, and among the most sought-after podcasters in Bangalore. In The Mohua Show, Chinappa interviews artists, entrepreneurs, and individuals who are working to make their communities economically and socially stronger. Her popular blog by the same name (earlier MoodyMo) emphasizes brands that endorse gender equality, nostalgia, and arts and crafts of India, available on Apple, Google, and Spotify.
Over the past 15+ years, Mohua Chinappa has held leadership positions as a Public Relations/Corporate Communications specialist in top agencies such as Brandcomm, HCL, ITC, and Genesis PR, including being the national head of GCI, the PR division of Grey Worldwide Advertising.