Our guest today is a multi-talented lady who shines in many ways: as a writer, a blogger, a wife, mother and much more.However, what caught my attention in her was none of these. It’s her sweet heart. When you know her you do not want to let her go out of your life. The beauty of her heart is seen through her writings.My chat with her was most enjoyable. I am confident you will enjoy it too.
Ranjeeta Nath Ghai, it is a joy to have you as guest on Success Inspirers’ World. If I go by what I have read about you, you have written a book which is being highly profiled. What is the title of your book and what is it about?
Thank you for inviting me! Yes, I have written a book, or rather my first book…”Mann Ki Aarzoo”. Since I am an Indian I decided to keep a very Indianised title for my book. Mann means mood/mind and Aarzoo means a wish or a desire in Hindi language. So basically you can sum it up as desires of a hungry soul… It’s an amalgamation of sentiments and emotions we go through in our daily lives like achievements and disappointments, success and failure, love and infatuation, introspection and retrospection etc.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Well… I have been writing off and on since 1986 when I was in the eleventh grade. At the time I never thought of publishing it. You can say I used to purge my emotions whenever I was stressed. Well I still do that. Instead of getting into an argument or a verbal spat I prefer to pen down my feelings in the form of a poem. I had been seriously thinking of publishing my work for the past few years and it turned out to be a reality in April 2016. “Mann Ki Aarzoo”, being my first book I dedicated it to my parents, without whom I am not complete.
Would you like to give us the highlights of your life from birth to now? Tell us where you were born; your school, academic achievements and positions held.
My parents (both retired now), were AMC (Army Medical Corps) officers. Born to a Gujarati mother, Assamese father in MH Agra Cantt., Uttar Pradesh, brought up in New Delhi and married to a Punjabi…I have seen the best and the worst of the three cultures which represent the three zones of India.
I completed my schooling from TAPS (The Army Public School), Dhaula Kuan, Delhi. I am a graphic designer (holding a 3 yr diploma in designing) and a mentor. I gave up my promising career as a graphic designer and built a parallel career as an educationist, to spend more time with my expanding family. I have completed my graduation BA (Pass), post graduate, MA (Eng), a year’s Diploma course in computer, diploma in DECE(Diploma In Early Childhood Care And Education) and my BEd (Bachelor of Education). Mostly I interchange within the system, teaching PRT and TGT, to refresh myself and have been a discipline committee in charge in most schools.
After we proceed on retirement I plan to work with the animal NGO’s offering whatever help and support I can.
I have a rich cultural background. Being an army BRAT(Born Raised And Transferred) and an Army Officer’s wife, I have had the golden opportunity denied to many(and mine by birth)… to have covered the length and breadth of India, and seeing it in its splendor. Hardly have I ever lived in any state for more than a period of 2 years.
My life has been enriched by my seven furry buddies who with their unconditional love have always been a de-stressing factor of my life teaching me to value and love all HIS creations unconditionally.
From being a daughter to being a mother, from a caregiver to being loved back in return, being a friend and having friends worth dying for, life has come a full circle.
A truly rich and interesting life. Now, let us settle on your life as a writer. What is your motivation for writing?
Mostly I derive my motivation from my daily life… writing what I observe and feel. Writing I feel is a better way to deal with emotions rather than indulging in bickering and arguments. Coming on to WordPress has been one of the best decisions I have made. I love to read what others write. Learning new styles is a wonderful thing.
Which of your writings do you like the most? Maybe you can say why; and if it is a poem, which line or verse would you most like to share with us?
I just shared my favorite poem on WordPress ‘You’re Alive’. In this you can say I was self talking…. Whenever I feel down I tell myself this…. https://atrangizindagieksafar.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/youre-alive/
“When every portion of your life is daunting,
When you feel like a misfit in your surroundings,
Can’t put your finger on the why…
Hang on…! Hang on to one tiny little flicker of hope, and,
Get up. Breathe.
Breathe again… and breathe deep
Who are the authors who have influenced you? How have they influenced you? What do you admire in them?
I fell in love with poetry during my school days. My teacher Ms Zutchi was instrumental in inculcating the love of poetry in me. Appreciation of poetry I learnt from her. We used to read poets like William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, John Keats, William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson,Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling, P.B. Shelly, Rabindranath Tagore, W. H Auden, G. B. Shaw; and while doing my MA(Eng) I read Geoffrey Chaucer. I just loved the way they could make a mundane thing so beautiful… just by their words and the way they expressed it. They are all great poets and literary gurus. Reading their works takes me into a different world.
It is common knowledge that writing is not easy especially writing and publishing a book. What are the challenges or call them the difficulties that you encountered to write and publish your book? How did you overcome them?
Writing is not easy…. Yes… but not that difficult also. All you need is time and dedication. Publishing has now been made easy with self publishing sites…. All you need is an online internet connectivity and money in your pocket.
The biggest challenge comes when you have to promote your book – the marketing, the advertising, the launching… That is emotionally and physically tiring and many a times your faith in yourself is shaken and put to test to a point where even your family members give up and dissuade you to go no further lest you hurt yourself. They start to believe, and make you believe, that this whole thing is a misadventure and that you should never indulge in it again. This being your first misadventure you are forgiven. This later part, I didn’t know… hence got stuck. The best part is, there is no one to tell you… even those who have published their books before don’t tell you…. I still fail to understand why. I’m like a person who has eyes but has been blinded by the darkness around him.
Gradually I’m recovering and finding my way out of this maze with a few of my friends who have come out in my support. And I’m grateful to God that I have them with me. Someone correctly said you’ll know who your friends are the day you land yourself in a soup. Those willing to stand by you when you are down will never need to be called upon twice for help. They’ll stand by your side unflinchingly. And this time around I know who to obliterate and who to hold on for my lifetime… so again… I would say good experiences give you memories and bad experiences give you valuable lessons of life…. Each has its own importance.
Who are those who helped you the most along the way as you wrote, and published your book?
My family and my publishing house Notion Press. I have a circle of a few good friends who have bought my book online thus supporting to boost my sales. They have shown their faith in my work and for that I’m grateful to them. All I did was just to tell them I had published my first book… and they ordered it pronto. But for marketing and strategies I have my friends Ms Ranjeeta Ashesh, Mr. Nitin Sabharwal, Maj Farah Deeba, Ms Aparna Ranjan and Pallavi Chandhel.
Now you have the joy of seeing and touching your own book; which is not given to everybody. Shall you limit it to your city where the book has been published? If not how far do you intend to take it?
I plan to take small steps as I’m learning. First it’ll be in Allahabad where I am currently posted. Then Alwar, Rajashthan where I’ll be going next and then New Delhi where I’ll be settling. I hope to have a country wide readership for my book and international also…. But that’s for later times.
Here, at WordPress I post daily… bloggers have the chance to read my work. I hope they think it worthwhile to invest in my book also. I’ll be promoting it via social networking sites and via newspaper release. Let’s see how things work out.
Which other book or books are you working on? How soon should we expect your next book?
I am stubborn and like a phoenix, I choose to rise from my ashes. Not to be daunted I have already started working on my next book…Chandramauli, A Ray of Hope. It should see the print in 2017 or 2018, once I’m satisfied with the progress of my current book, “Mann Ki Aarzoo”. But the next time, I’ll first do my homework before I publish. All the ground work will be done first. I’m not in any hurry to publish. First, I’ll have you settle my baby, “Mann Ki Aarzoo”, then and only then will I go for the next.
I see that you have so many friends, fans, or admirers on the web who will read this interview. What can they do for you? How can they help as far as your book is concerned?
I can only say support me in establishing myself. You all have read my work. And you know that I’m not that boring. You all can help me by ordering at least one copy of my book online and gift it to others who love to read. We do so many unnecessary expenditures daily then why not invest in a book? It’s a very inexpensive book, and won’t pinch anyone’s pocket. You can give reviews online which is a must for the book. If many people read the reviews they will buy the book.
I like to thank you in a very special way for accepting to be our guest and to wish you many blessings.