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From writing notes to be read by family members, Rachana Gupta is today a confident writer ready with her first book on relationships and happiness. A Featured Women's Web author in 2017, she tells us her story.
From writing notes to be read by family members, Rachana Gupta is today a confident writer ready with her first book on relationships and happiness. A Featured Women’s Web author in 2017, she tells us her story.
With over 1600 women (and men) sharing candid stories, views and experiences here, our editors are picking some of the best contributors each month, as Featured Author of the month. Here we talk to Rachana Gupta, one of our 3 featured authors for May 2017.
Rachana describes herself as the ‘sunshine’ in the life of her family, and indeed, this sunny, optimistic, and humorous temperament is often what comes through in her work. It’s not easy to write slice-of-life essays without becoming banal, and Rachana manages to do that very well by infusing humour and bringing in a light-hearted feel to her writing. Not that she cannot take on serious themes, mind you! Yet, she often chooses to focus on the beauty of everyday life and on the silver lining in the darkest of moments. You can read more of Rachana’s writing here.
Authors are often asked this question, but everyone has their own reasons, very personal to them. So, why do you write?
I write primarily to express my thoughts, feelings and simply to get more clarity of what’s going on in my mind. Personally, I find writing extremely therapeutic and I am always in a ‘happy-flow’ whenever I am writing about people, places, issues and ideas that matter to me.
When and how did you first begin writing?
I officially started blogging around June’16. Until then, I would write and publish notes that would be mainly circulated amongst family and friends. People enjoyed what I wrote and complimented my style of writing. While this was very encouraging, my husband, Vishal Gupta, was instrumental in enabling me to pursue my love and passion for writing. He would read every article of mine with utmost sincerity and was also my toughest critic. While this would irk me initially, today I can’t thank him enough for pushing me hard to not settle for anything mediocre and to grow out of my comfort zone. Women’s Web is one of the first platforms that empowered me to write freely and gave wings to my passion for writing and thank you for this opportunity.
Do you have a muse?
Yes, I do. My muse is an extremely confident, happy and a free-spirited woman who loves laughter and humor. She loves being herself and does not want to mask her identity for anything in the world. She blends her fierce independence with a great deal of sensitivity and takes pride in being authentic.
Where do you get your ideas from?
I love to write about the parenting journey, my personal account of a Mum’s life, daily huddles and some very interesting conversations with my 11 year old son, observations of people and relationships, our travel diaries and places that have moved me beyond words, and any incident that makes me restless and triggers my curious mind to think and write about it. A lot of my ideas have also come from my daily morning ritual of tea-time tales with my beloved husband.
When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?
I am very passionate and highly inclined towards women-centric issues – be it gender diversity at workplace, women communities being the enabler to help women grow and thrive, women finding their passion and pursuing their dream, women safety issues, the increasing demand on mothers (especially mothers of boys) to raise responsible boys, child bullying, women maintaining key friendships and finding their support groups and celebrating the importance of our women domestic help that empower us to have a well-managed life and family.
Anything you’d like to tell others who would want to write?
Yes, I would like to urge anyone who has a flair for writing to simply start writing and get into the flow of expressing yourself. It’s a great energy booster and please write without any pre-conceived expectations about the outcome of your writing. Within three months of blogging and writing articles for various platforms, I tumbled upon the opportunity to write my first book. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine doing it, but as they say ‘never say never’.
With the support of my mentor and my husband, I took on this challenge and have successfully completed writing my first book. I don’t know how well it will be received or what kind of commercial success it will achieve, but it’s a great feeling of accomplishment to have completed writing my first book and getting the task under control And today, I am glad to share that my first book that is centered on relationships and happiness is ready to be published soon.
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'Dr Saloni will take care of everything,' my MIL said. My cowardly husband refused to go against his mother’s wishes. I was left to fend for myself!
Some time ago, I went to a marriage ceremony with my parents. It was a very high-profile marriage – not the ones we usually were invited to – but in this case it was Ramesh uncle’s son’s marriage. Ramesh uncle was my father’s first cousin. He began his career as a humble elevator operator at the TIC business group. With his sheer hard work, grit, and the knack of sensing the right opportunities, within eighteen years he became the president of the company. My father and he were the best of friends during their school time.
Half an hour before the stipulated time, we left our house, hired an auto and reached the venue. All four of us were in our best outfits. Getting out of the auto and looking at each other, we were highly convinced that we were going to fit in just right. As we crossed the dazzling and beautiful portico, we felt very insignificant compared to the big lawn and building lying ahead.
Mother was wearing all the jewellery she had got, including the big old-fashioned necklace, earrings and shiny bangles. Father was wearing a velvet coat, brother had put on a light orange shirt with a black check coat, I myself was wearing a red salwar kurta with a net dupatta. I had put on a necklace with red beads which at the time of wearing looked very pretty to me. Now looking at the other guests, I felt all four of us must be looking like clowns who had come for a fancy-dress competition. I felt my brother and parents were also feeling self-conscious and uneasy now.
Live-in relationships are legal in the eyes of the law. Read on to know more on the rights of women in live-in relationships.
Live-in relationships may sound exciting. But sometimes they become complicated, especially for women and the children born from a live-in relationship. It’s important to be aware of rights of women in live-in relationships.
Live-in relationships are where a woman and man live under one roof with mutual consent, like husband and wife, but without getting married. This has become very common in metropolitan cities these days, where two independent people simply do not want to get married. This relationship can be terminated without the consent of the other party.
Live-in relation may not be recognized completely at the social level, but Indian law does consider this relationship to be legal.
A travel entrepreneur who loves to write as well, Malini Gowrishankar finds inspiration everywhere for her writing.
With over 1600 women (and men) sharing candid stories, views and experiences here, our editors are picking some of the best contributors each month, as Featured Author of the month. Here we talk to Malini Gowrishankar, one of our 3 featured authors for May 2017.
Malini Gowrishankar’s writing has a directness and simplicity that most readers can easily relate to. As she tells us in the interview, it is her approach to writing – one of brutal candour – that resonates with others. You can read Malini’s writing on Women’s Web here.
Tina Sequeira believes that each of us is a story-teller and has something to say; but - you do need to be a brave heart to put your story out there.
Tina Sequeira believes that each of us is a story-teller and has something to say; but – you do need to be a brave heart to put your story out there. A featured Women’s Web author in April 2017, she tells us her writing story.
With over 1500 women (and men) sharing candid stories, views and experiences here, our editors are picking some of the best contributors each month, as Featured Author of the month. Here we talk to Tina Sequeira, one of our 3 featured authors for April 2017.
Tina has a way with words, and writes effortlessly on a range of subjects, from movie reviews to poetry to parenting. She kicks the misconception that readers are only looking for stuff that gets done in under 30 seconds. Her 1500 word plus pieces have often found favour with readers, which just goes to show you – good writing is good writing, no matter how short or long it is! Here is where you can find Tina’s work on Women’s Web.