Kalpana is a writer and researcher at Harvard Business School and student at the Divinity School pursuing a Master in Theological Studies. Kalpana is also an alumna of Harvard Kennedy School. She has been a senior journalist whose reporting played a significant role in elevating public health as an important topic of news coverage in India. She has been a health editor with the largest circulating English Daily, The Times of India.
Kalpana’s stories in The Times of India had considerable impact on policy and led to the resignation of the minister for health. She was the first journalist in India to give a face to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in her book "Positive Lives," published by Penguin in 2002. Kalpana was selected as a Global Health Fellow for the prestigious Nieman fellowship at Harvard University in 2008. She was part of a select research team that worked on a significant Gender initiative of Harvard Business School.
At the Divinity School, Kalpana is pursuing a concentration in South Asian religions, with a particular emphasis on gender and sexuality to deepen her understanding of gender issues in South Asia.