When You Know Your Worth No One Can Make You Feel Worthless – Because You Really Do Matter.


I was born in Hyderabad, India and started to work when I was 16. Education and work always went together for me. Even now.

I started my career as a kindergarten teacher and moved on to  the  roles of a receptionist, secretary, communications executive, HR manager, and finally, a lawyer. Whether I taught the alphabet or took calls, transcribed a dictation or wrote a copy, managed my staff or trotted around the courts, the writer was always there with me and within me.

After practicing Corporate and Labor & Employment laws in India, I moved to the United States with my husband and daughter. My daughter was two and I was thirty-two and the life in Indiana was a different universe for me.  Exactly, I felt like a human in Neptune.  I can’t go to work, new neighborhood, shivering in snow, and no pavements on which to walk.  All I did was cook, clean, eat, read stories to my baby, and stare at the frozen pond.  No matter how helpless I felt, I had my writing buddy with me. Do I have to explain – that’s me with myself.

As a student in India, I used to write a lot but secretly. Any conversation that I couldn’t make with my elders and teachers, any song that couldn’t sing,  any anger that I couldn’t vent , any toy that I couldn’t play with became a story in my mind and then jumped onto my shabby school notebook. My lifetime regret is that I couldn’t assume the preciousness of those writings and save them. That’s ok, I was a kid from a very conservative Hindu family, where girls were only entitled to get married and serve the family, and don’t dare to write anything that seemed like non-sense in the family’s opinion.

My new life in the USA opened an avenue for me to pursue my passion.  I started writing stories for my daughter. I took a writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature and continued my journey as a writer and published in newspapers and e-zines. Since moving to California, the world became wider for me. I taught creative writing to children at summer camps and from home.

At the present, I’m an ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) professional  and continue to write my stories. I enjoy both my roles – a writer and a problem solver.


Comments on: "About" (3)

  1. Congratulations Priya!!
    I’m so excited for you.:)

  2. Shivya Ganesh said:

    Mom I hope this works out for you and you have all the support from dad and me.

    ~Shivya Ganesh

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