Hi, I’m Nita. All my life I have been struggling to be the perfect mother and the perfect writer.
Wrote my first novella – an adventure story of The Secret Three! – when I was eleven. My first screenplay for my favourite TV show The Invaders and The Mod Squad (we were in Nigeria then) at 13. Kept a detailed journal from the age of nine to the age of twenty-six. Have a trunkfull of the stuff now. Plan to publish parts of it one day. Kept writing stories and novellas…but finally, after studying English Literature (at graduation level) and picking up a degree in Marketing (post-graduation level) landed up in advertising. Childhood over.
When I had two little girls within a gap of four years I decided to concentrate on them. Motherhood for me was fulfilling, satisfying and enjoyable. Though I read a lot during those early years I started writing again only when the younger one was two. I started off with ‘middles’ in newspapers about my experiences as a mother and then started to free-lance with the Times of India, Deccan Herald, The Telegraph, and The Statesman. I wrote on a wide variety of subjects. Also, ran around for NIE (Newspaper in Education) where I worked with the Times of India. Here I worked with children, showing them how to get the most from their daily newspaper. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Life became a mad rush as I became a stringer for Eve’s and then in Calcutta, for The Telegraph. Published dozens of middles, several short stories for children. I also contributed other feature articles for the childrens page. It was fun.
When my younger daughter entered the sixth grade I decided to go full-time. I worked for the Advertising &Marketing magazine, the Economic Times, Mumbai, and Business Today. Didn’t like it much and so gave it up.
I am back to free-lancing. If you want to check my (already) published articles, then I suggest you look at the archives of the first three months. I have not categorised all (category link above) as I have just started to categorise, starting from September 06. After the first few months I more or less stopped uploading my published pieces as many were outdated, and started writing pieces exclusively for this blog.
I am also working on a novel.
I am also a serious palmist and have been at it for the last 30 years. I started in school. I do not read the future because just like in that movie Back To The Future I believe that the future changes as we change. I read the inner being behind the palm (sometimes we ourselves do not know what motivates us to behave in a certain way) and there are certain probable futures that we all have. I read palms from high quality digital prints so that I can study the print at leisure. My clients are mostly my daughters’ friends and friends of friends and relatives’ friends. I do take money, but for friends its free.
I have taught English to poor children as it gave me a thrill. Today, due to certain circumstances I don’t do this, but plan to start again.
Most of the day ofcourse I write, write, re-write. Read a palm or two. Cook. Read books. My favourite as a genre are thrillers ofcourse. I have a particular fondness for Science Fiction. When it comes to individual books, there are many, many…
I love to spend time with my two grown-up daughters, one of whom is studying to be a designer. The second is studying psychology.
Then there’s my husband. He is my best friend and my soul-mate.
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