Mrinal Pande has worked as a professor and later in print and audio-visual media. In 2000 Mrinal became India’s first woman Chief Editor of a multi edition Hindi daily, Hindustan , (Hindustan Times Group) . She was also the woman to be Secy General of the Editors’ Guild of India . She is the founder President of the Indian Women’s Press Corps , a national body of India’s women journalists . She has been writing in both Hindi and in English . Her work covers fiction , plays , and essays on contemporary India and its women and a study of India’s rural women and their sexual and reproductive lives . She was awarded the Padmashree in 2006 for her services in the field of journalism