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Vaishali Gandhi delves into her own experiences as a single mom to share meaningful ideas that resonate with other women. Her chosen moniker, ‘Soul Mom’ is something that she surely lives up to!
Every month, here at Women’s Web, we recognise the work of three exceptional contributors, from the over 2000 women and men who share their ideas, experiences, and insights here. This October 2017, Vaishali Gandhi is one of our 3 Authors of the Month. You can find her writing at Women’s Web here, and on her own blog.
Authors are often asked this question, but everyone has their own reasons, very personal to them. So, why do you write?
Writing for me is a reflection of what goes on in my inner world. I like to share my thoughts, opinions, emotions, information – whenever there’s a strong urge to do so. The way I like to look at it – my words are an expression of what makes me, me.
What do you enjoy reading? Does any of it help your writing?
I enjoy reading across genres – non-fiction, fiction, parenting, finances, news, magazines, comics, to name a few. In fiction, I quite enjoy thrillers and crime. In non-fiction, personal and spiritual growth in particular have always captured my interest.
I believe reading and writing are two sides of the mirror. Everything I read expands my imagination and vocabulary, which translates in my writing. My first book as an author, ‘Small Servings of Wellness’, encapsulates many of my readings.
When it comes to writing on/for/about women, what questions and issues drive you the most?
Being a single mom and having put divorce behind me, the issues related to these life situations drive me the most. The strong urge to share my life experiences and reach out to women in similar situations led me to start my blog. Women empowerment is a subject close to heart. To live a life to our fullest potential and to enable others to do so, is something I’m passionate about.
Do you a consider yourself a feminist? Why/Why not?
I personally don’t believe in being labeled. But I do have a voice in support for equality of genders on all fronts – social, political, economic and personal.
Name 3 other writers or bloggers on Women’s Web whose writing you enjoy reading.
Though I haven’t read as many authors on Women’s Web as I would have liked to, the 3 names that come to mind – Editor Aparna Singh, Shailaja Vishwanath, and Pooja Sharma Rao.
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“I Started Writing Because I Was In Pain” – Tanvi Sinha, Author of the Month, October 2017
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