Equally proficient in Hindi and English, Mridula Garg has written 27 books comprising almost every genre in Hindi; 8 novels, 4 plays, 4 collections of essays, 2 memoirs of fellow writers, 1 travel account and 90 short stories. Her latest work is a novel in English called The Last Email, published in 2017-18.
Her novels like Chittacobra and Kathgulab have gained iconic status. Kathgulab is taught in many universities and colleges. Her work displays both a wry sense of humor and self reflection. She does not adhere to traditions, marxist, feminist or region. Her milieu is contemporary but with space for parents, siblings and servants. The familiar turns unpredictable as she discards stereotypes using irony to elucidate the axiom, I am my choices. If a book makes people angry yet does not allow them to put it down and ultimately forces them to rethink, it is most probably written by Mridula Garg.
Her novel, Kathgulab was awarded the Vyas Samman in 2004 and Miljul Mann, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013. She received the Hellman-Hammet Grant from The Human Rights Watch, New York in 2001 and Ram Manohar Lohia Samman from UP Hindi Sansthan in 2015.
Four of her novels Chittacobra, Anitya, Kathgulab and Main Aur Main have been translated into many Indian and Foreign languages. Kathgulab (Country of Goodbyes) in English, Japanese, Marathi and Malayalam; Anitya ( Anitya Halfway to Nowhere) in English and Marathi; Main aur Main in Marathi, Chittacobra in English, German and Russian. She translated Chittacobra into English herself and did the major part of the collaborative effort in translating Anitya. Many of her stories have been translated in other Indian languages as well as German, Russian, Croatian, Italian, Czech and Japanese. The collection in English is entitled Daffodils on Fire and that in Bengali, Sabuj Tip. She has done a fair amount of discursive and creative writing in English, published in reputed journals in USA, Italy, Japan and India and admired for their incisive insight of social, historical and literary issues. She wrote a column of satirical essays for 5 years in Ravivar (1985-1990) and 7 years in India Today (2003-2010). Also numerous essays in The Hindu during 2008-2010 including those on Mirabai, Manohar Shyam Joshi and Ravindra Nath Tagore.
She has traveled extensively in Europe including Russia, Germany, Italy, Denmark, and Japan and many parts of USA, on the invitation of their Universities and Literary and Cultural Forums, to lecture and read from her works. She was the keynote speaker at the UN Colloquium for Women at IOWA and a Research Associate at UC Berkeley, USA in 1990.