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.