JOYA MITRA is a full-time writer, and author of several novels and collections of poems in Bengali. Her involvement with politics began while she was a college student in the late '60s. Her poetry collections include Pratnoprastherer Gaan (Song of the Ancient Stones), and Deergha Ektara (The Long String Instrument). Among her novels is Swarna Kamaler Cinha (The Sign of the Golden Lotus). She has translated the works of Amrita Pritam, Bhisham Sahni, Vaidehi and Ajeet Caur into Bengali.