In an Interview with us recently, read about this Indian beauty and brain
Can you tell Logos Audibles Blog (LAB) about yourself?
A: I was born in a small town of Pune in the state of Maharashtra in India. Later, I attended Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University and graduated in English Literature and then pursued a degree in journalism. Although, I am a full-time journalist, and now a full-time writer, I also volunteer with an NGO for the mentally-distressed and suicidal and dedicate most of my Saturdays for that. I have also found my calling on the radio and since I love interacting with live audience, I have been doing a weekly radio show that is aired every Thursday. When I am not pursuing these passions, I take off to pursue my other calling in life – to travel.
After developing an initial hatred for Delhi, I now love the city that throws up surprises at me every now and then, so now, I can safely say, Delhi is home. I live here with my parents and forever hungry school of gold fish that needs to be fed every now and then.
How was growing up for you and how much have you travelled?
A: I would say, growing up years for me, were both challenging and easy! So it has left me with bitter-sweet memories. During my childhood, adolescent and teenage, I was a gawky little shy girl, who grew up having no friends and play mates. My world was often circled around my mom’s kitchenette or bedroom! As to how and when I became the social queen bee, I don’t remember but I did realise (while I was growing up) that if I wanted companions to hang out with and friends for a life time, I needed to bring about certain changes within me and boy… have I stopped since then! Now people come around and ask me, “Does your list of friends ever end?” To which I turn around and smile, “You sure know nothing about me!”
Yes, I do travel a lot. I am a travel junkie and completely addicted to it. Someday, I also want to start my own travel company.
What inspired your work of art and tell us if you have previous books published?
A: I’ve been a journalist for the past eight years and this book reflects my observations in this field. I am a keen observer and a sensitive one at that. That’s quite a lethal combination if I may add. I wanted to show the readers and my (ex) bosses, colleagues, family and friends what I feel about the profession and how I see it. Secondly, much is written about other (business/corporate) sectors; and whatever has been penned about journalism is by very experienced journalists or experts of the field. Nothing is jotted down by freshers or the new-age journalists. I wanted to show things the way a young journalist like me saw and experienced them.
Interestingly, the manuscript for Stilettos in the Newsroom is technically not the first one I wrote, but it definitely is my first official book. Some 8-9 years back, I'd completed a story but when I read it again (after many years!!) I found it extremely boring, full of flaws and totally unfit for anyone to read so I decided to dump the manuscript and work on something new, that's how Stilettos... came along.
How long did it take you to write this particular book and get it published?
A: It took me exactly one year for the whole process to start and finish.
To what extent can you say your personality and or experience is reflected in your work?
A: Any writer’s personality is definitely reflected through his works and I wouldn’t be an aberration to it. My personality certainly shows through and so do my experiences but a large part of the book is also fictitious. I have left it on the readers to figure out what’s true and what’s not!
In three sentences, what is your message to the world through your writings?
A: Like all art forms, writing is also one of the purest forms of self-expression. Who ever has the opportunity or capability to express oneself freely should thank god for it! I am not sure if my books would ever have a life-changing impact on anyone but my writings would always reflect strength, courage and conviction to achieve whatever one truly believes in. (Sorry for going beyond three linesJ).
Which author(s) have influenced your writings so far?
A: I am actually surrounded by fiction. I am a huge fan of work of fiction and that's precisely what you'd find on my bookshelf! Gabriel Garcia Marquez has left a huge impact on me. While I have re-read Marquez's novella Memories of My Melancholy Whores over and over again, I was also fascinated by Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Currently, I am re-reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. There is no particular reason why I have re-read these books but guess, somewhere they've connected too closely to my heart.
Read more and see more of her pictures after the jump