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IRA PANDE started her career as a lecturer in Panjab University, later switching to editing and publishing, and later worked with several prominent English-language publishing houses. Her last editorial stint was as chief editor of the India International Centre’s (IIC) Publication Division. In 2005, she wrote a memoir of her mother titled Diddi: My Mother’s Voice, documenting the life and times of Shivani. In 2010, she got the Sahitya Akademi Award for her translation of Manohar Shyam Joshi’s T’ta Professor, which also won the Crossword Book Award for translation. She writes a regular column for the Tribune.