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Neerja Mattoo taught English at Government College for Women in Srinagar, from where she retired as principal. She is a writer/translator, and apart from contributions to anthologies and academic journals, she has three books of Kashmiri short stories in English published: The Stranger Beside Me, Contemporary Kashmiri Short Stories, and Kath—Stories From Kashmir. She was awarded an HRD Ministry Senior Fellowship to work on four Kashmiri women poets. She is the chief editor of the quarterly journal Miraas, which is devoted to Kashmiri culture.