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What can I tell you about myself? I dream a lot, and sometimes they come true. Like writing a few books, like traveling to a few countries, like loving a few precious people, like being able to talk to you. Now.
I was a storyteller before I was a traveler. At the age of eight, I realized how much I loved making up fairy tales for my younger brothers. They were fairy tales first and horror stories afterward, and they listened raptly enough until they grew older and started to prefer cricket. When at sixteen, I won the Statesman’s national playwriting contest, I knew there was something there.
Since then, I’ve published three books and had more than a dozen short stories published in various literary magazines. I am also a top fiction writer at Medium. Suspenseful fictional stories with killer twists are what I go for.
Next came travelling when a well-meaning friend told me before I was embarking on a work trip to London , “Get a Schengen, and travel around.” “What? solo?!” I asked, my eyes popping out of my face. I was a regular middle-class small town shy Indian girl who grew up with the usual rules on social mores and what can be or can’t be done. I never questioned it.
“Why not? Do it,” he told me.
The power of words. The power of positive words. You never know whose life you transform. And mine was. Since then, I’ve traveled most of Europe, Asia, and the Americas and continue to discover new places every year. I haven’t always written about everywhere I go, but I intend to.
I also have a full-time, highly demanding job. So by writing and travelling in between, I am also trying to prove to the world (but mostly to myself), you really can do all that you dream. Really, you can. All you need to do is to dream. Show up. Stop self-limiting. It’s not always hunkey dory, but when you wake up in the morning to a throbbing heart and a life of purpose, it becomes worth it.
What a wonderful thing a blog is, where I get to chronicle my experiences. And how wonderful you are, to be reading me.
My latest thriller, earning rave reviews: