About the author
Anees Jung is an author, journalist and a columnist for major newspapers in India and abroad. She was born in Hyderabad in 1944 in an aristocratic family. Her father, Nawab Hosh Yar Jung, was a renowned scholar and poet. He was the adviser to the last Nizam of Hyderabad princely state. Her schooling and graduation were completed from her hometown. Later she went abroad for higher studies. She did her Masters in Sociology and American Studies from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US. She started her career in literal writing with the Youth Times, a Times of India publication. Later she served as its editor from 1976 to 1979. Prior to it, she worked as journalist. Jung came into the limelight with the publication of Unveiling India in 1987. Later she published several books dealing with social issues including abused children and women’s problems. Jung is noted for her lively and vivid descriptions, though she rarely gives its solutions.
Saheb-e-Alam: A rag picker
Mukesh: Son of a bangle maker
The story, “Lost Spring” describes the pitiable condition of poor children who have been forced to miss the joy of childhood due to the socio-economic condition that prevails in this man-made world. These children are denied the opportunity of schooling and forced into labour early in life. Anees Jung gives voice to eliminate child labour by educating the children and to enforce the laws against child labour by the governments strictly. The call is to end child exploitation and let the children enjoy the days of the spring that bring joy under their feet.