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Interview with the top gold medalist of the SIWO International Founder’s Best 10 authors’ Award

She topped the list in the 2018 SIWO International Fonder’s 10 Best Authors’ Award. She is amazing. She is brilliant; decisive, knows where she is going and speaks with confidence. You will enjoy every minute you spend with her in this interview.

Hello Shobha! Thank you for accepting to answer our questions. I am sure our dynamic community will be delighted to read this interview.

Please, kindly introduce yourself : your name, where you come from, where you live and what you do for a living.

This is Shobha, I am from Mumbai, India, I work in a private firm as an executive assistant

If we are interviewing you, it is because you won the first gold medal for SIWO International Founder’s 10 Best Authors’ Award. How did you receive the news? What does this mean to you?

I got the news from the SIWO bloggers site, as also a personal email,  I am feeling proud, happy, honored to receive this award;  Thank you SIWO, It is indeed an honor to be the First Winner of SIWO Founder’s 10 Best Authors for 2018.  SIWO has always been my place for finding inspiration. I have learned so much here. I didn’t know I could be a part of something so big and wonderful. It made me realize my capabilities. I feel great being a member of Success Inspirers’ World.

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since October 2017, more than a year now – almost 15 months

What motivated or prompted you to go into blogging?

I had lots of personal setbacks in Life, which lead me to reading, going through blogs , and started mine too as a stress-buster

What are the challenges you have faced as a blogger?

It was a first experience, language, not competition but to be recognized as a good blogger

How did you get to where you are winning the top position in such a prestigious competition where you had many other formidable bloggers?

Continuous reading other blogs, interaction likes/ comments on other blog posts, followers

What would be your advice to fellow bloggers who are aspiring to be like you?

Continuous reading other blogs, interaction likes/ comments on other blog posts, followers

There are some bloggers who are just starting. There are those who even fear to begin. How possible is it for people like such to become heroes in blogging?

Continuous reading other blogs, interaction likes/ comments on other blog posts, followers

 Who are some bloggers you admire or whose work has had an impact on you?

“Timeless Classics” poet Ana Daksina

Amulya Bhardwaj, from India

Ranjeeta Nath Ghai

Dilkiaawazsunoblog

Didis art Design

Tanusri sen

 Now, let’s come to you as a person. Many of our readers would love to know you more intimately. Tell us about yourself starting with your academic life. Where did you study? Start from primary to your highest qualification.

I studied in Mumbai, done post-graduation in Finance, have 25 years of work experience in various fields of Finance, Human resources, administration, secretarial, Management Information Systems

 Some people sail through school with ease; some struggle before they ever make it. Some are just average students. How was it for you?

I was a topper in Class always – both in academic and extra-curricular like games, cultural events

If you don’t mind it, let us turn to your job. Give us details about your job. What kinds of things do you do at work?

I am executive assistant, so constantly on my toes – helping my Manager in his day-to-day activities – arranging meetings, phone calls, all administrative work

What do you like or dislike about the work you are doing?

I like to be working hard; I love my work, enjoy doing it. But I dislike Colleagues enjoying and making money at the expense of other hardworking persons.

 As a young girl growing up you nursed some dreams – your dream job, your dream life, your dream husband etc . Tell us about these dreams. What were they? Which of these dreams have you realized?

Yes, it is true, I dream a lot – had dreams of a handsome,loving,caring husband, a dream job in a big company with a chauffeur driven car to job every day, a dream home – but I didn’t have any of these….. so I now dream of all these for my child – I want to make it true for her; I am doing all the required hard work and trying to realize all my dreams for her.

Where do you hope to go from here? I mean what are your drams at this moment?

Peaceful life, work hard and earn so much that my family has good food to eat, a home to stay, clothes to wear, my daughter gets the best education and become self-sufficient and independent

We know that nobody succeeds alone. Who are some of the names behind your success?

Blessings of my parents, guidance and support from my friends circle – after my father’s demise, we didn’t have any support from his or my mother’s immediate family – it is all our own struggle and hard work.

 Who are the people whom you admire? I am talking of your role models. What do you admire in them?

My Parents ; my dad and mom are my role-models. I have seen them struggle. I have seen them being strong in days of hardship. I have seen them admiring the little things and joys of life. I admire their courage, emotional attachment

Which books have you enjoyed reading the most. If you have to recommend some books to younger people which would be your best three. Why do you like them?

“You Can Win” By Shiv Khera

Books written by Sudha Murthy

Novels written by Amish Tripathi

Books written by  Preeti Shenoy

We haven’t talked about your family- husband, parents, siblings, children. Let us know you in that area.

We are small close knit family. My husband comes from a family of 2 sons. The elder stays with parents in hometown. We visit them at regular intervals. I have a daughter – college going teenager. My father died 3 years ago. We stay with our mother. I have a sister – she is married and settled with her family

What is your religion?

Hindu

Which languages do you speak and how did you come about them?

English, Hindi, Marathi and my regional native languages. English  is my official language of communication; Hindi is my family language, Marathi is the local regional language in Mumbai, the place where I live.

Give us two or three of your favourite quotes.

“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine”

“The grass is greener where you water it”; “Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace”

“Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown. Just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out. Then refocus on where you’re headed”

I love all three quotes. They are inspiring. What about your philosophy of life? Or what are some of the convictions you are not ready to compromise?

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging your back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming… I will not compromise on Truth.. I love to do hard work and strive to earn the reward.

What is your motto? If you don’t have, give three words which  can go for your motto.

Always be Happy; always wear a Smile, not because life is full of reasons to smile, but because your smile itself maybe a reason for many others to smile. The Greatest thing in life is love and the second is laughter..

Which is your best country in the world?

India

Which countries would you like to visit in your life time.

Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius

What are your plans about writing a book or books?

Not yet… need to develop more writing skills

What kinds of people do you like? Dislike?

Those who are false and do things for their own benefit at the expense of others.

What things do you like/ hate about our present world.

Like: that   there are still some good human beings around who are compassionate, kind, give and spread love.

Hate : Favoritism ; office politics; greed; lust; lies; false implications; dis-trust; fight with own blood relations; rape, murder, terrorism, atrocities on the poor; abandonment of the girl child; abandonment of your parents / elders for money.

Young girls often have many problems in life. You must be aware of the kinds of problems they have. What advice would you give them.

Advise to young girls : be strong – both physically and emotionally – never give away to the sweet words of people around who may try to influence ; listen only to your parents.

In case of any untoward incident in life, don’t panic, stay calm , think carefully, visualize the situation, and act accordingly.

Do you have a last word?

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness”

My pleasure too having given this interview !

Best wishes to SIWO for spreading love and joy and inspiring young talent.

It was a real joy for us to talk to you. We wish you a very joyful life and hope that all your dreams will come true.

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