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KUNDANIKA KAPADIA  
(Isha - Kundanika)
'Shakti' (indomitable strength) is what Shri Kundanikabahen represents, as counter part of 'Shiva' (an inspiration), a metaphor for Makarandbhai. Together, they formed a force of a couple, a 'Ying and Yang', distinct in individual role and personality, and yet inseparable for its common vision.

Kundanikabahen was born in Limbdi(Gujarat) on 11th January 1927 in a cultured & educated Gujarati family. Her father was a doctor by profession. Both the parents were simple & influenced by Gandhian principles with spiritual inclination.

This famous Gujarati author of today is blessed with excellent writing skill since her early age. Her writings in school & college were appreciated by teachers and she was acclaimed by one of her professors as an author in embryo. In her young age, she had taken part in 1942 Quit India movement, left the school for one year, did picketing etc. and was quite active in the programs given to the nation by Gandhiji. Kundanikabahen obtained her bachelor's degree in Arts with Economics and Politics in 1948 from Shamaldas college, Bhavnagar, an alma matar of Mahatma Gandhi.

Upon graduation, she shifted to Mumbai. Her first story 'Premna Aasu' won second prize in Gujarati Language competition as part of world short story competition. After this she regularly started writing & wrote many short stories, essays and novels including 'Saat Pagla Aakashma'. This novel was given as many as six awards by various literary bodies like Sahitya Academy, Delhi, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata, Dhanji Kanji Gold Medal from Gujarat Sahitya Sabha & others. This was for her very revolutionary ideas regarding status of women primarily in Hindu Gujarati Society, but it applies to the status of women everywhere. This book has been translated in many other Indian Languages too.

Her other contributions: 'Parodh Thata Pahela' & Chandra Tara Vruksh Vadal' are also awarded by 'Gujarat Sahitya Parishad'. She has also translated a few works of great worth i.e. 'Opening The Door Within' by Eileen Caddy, 'Game of Life & How To Play It' by Florence Scovel Sheen, 'Poorna Kumbh' from Bengali, 'Living with Himalayan Masters' from English etc. Apart from these her compilations on spiritual subjects 'Param Sameepe' and 'Zarukhe Diva' are also well received from all quarters.

She started her career as a free lance journalist & later on joined Navneet Gujarati Digest' as an Editor. Her editing of this popular magazine was acclaimed in literary circles. This gifted her real 'Navneet' (cream) of her life - Shri Makarandbhai Dave, who was a regular contributor to Navneet as a poet. They came in contact through literature which linked their lives forever by divine grace.

They married in 1968 in the presence of a few friends, under the shades of trees besides Powai Lake, Mumbai. This exemplifies their love for simple living and respect for Mother Nature. Her inbuilt spiritual sanskar got a strong support & started blossoming very fast after the impact of entry of Shri Makarandbhai in her life. She has said, 'he introduced me to the meta-physical world, and that whatever I am today is mostly due to him'. This couple is a complete match complimenting each-other in all their literary & spiritual endeavours. In fact, Shri Makarandbhai's one of the most popular poems 'Gamtano Kariye Gulal' was inspired by her and the words of the title were written by her in one of her letters as an editor, while requesting him to send a poem for her magazine.


Kundanikabahen is affectionately called 'Ishama' by people associated with Nandigram. She is the soul and driving force behind all activities of Nandigram. Her motherly love & care are palpably felt by one & all.

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