An Engineer by profession, listed among the most popular writer by Forbes, A record holder in Limca books of records, an author of 22 books, recipient of Rabindra Nath Tagore International Award, she is a woman extraordinaire. Her lively persona reflects well in her flawless writing. Her book Soul Seeker is a celebration of mature love. On the other hand, Skyline is a collection of stories showcasing myriad emotions.
From love poetry to children stories, romance novel to stories on the social issue, her work exhibits exceptional range. No wonder that she has been listed among the most influential writers in India. She is not only an exceptional story teller but a social reform in her own right. She is well aware of the fact that words have the power to change the social mindset. She uses her writing to bring about a change in society. We take extreme pleasure to bring to you ‘Sweet Talks With Neelam Saxena Chandra’
Tell us a little about yourself. We will love to know you more!
I am an Engineer, working with Indian Railways. I suffer from an incurable passion of writing poetry/fiction and have authored twenty-three books so far in various genres. I write in English as well as Hindi and have written. The books include two novels, one novella, five short story collection, ten poetry collections and four collections of children’s stories More than seven hundred of my stories/poems have been published in various anthologies/magazines/journals.
I have been listed by Forbes magazine in 2014 as one of the most popular 78 writers. I am a record- holder with Limca Book of Records.
Describe yourself in one line.
I do everything from my heart – be it my personal life or professional life.
A working professional, poetess, Novelist, How do you continuously reinvent yourself?
As a working professional, and that too an officer at top management level, my job is pretty demanding. However, I love it.
My problem is that I love creativity too. It balances my left and right brain. Thus, whene’er I am free, I let my thoughts flow on the gossamer wings of imagination. It all depends on the wings where they will take me. Sometimes they ask me to jot down a few lines in the form of poesy, sometimes they make me build stories and at other times, they simply ask me to paint. I just follow their advice.
How has been your journey so far?
It has been a very interesting journey.
Though I have been writing since I was a child, I thought of getting published only in 2008. Since then, there has been no looking back. I can only say that I’ve just begun my journey and it is a long way to go.
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Do you believe that writing can contribute to women empowerment?
Oh yes! Writing is all about having a voice. I am happy to be having one and heard so often. If you see, my writings do have a feministic orientation. I try to empower all my characters and more often than not, I have a few people messaging me that they derived strength from my writings.
How do strike balance between your personal & professional Life?
By never letting the two mix.
If given a chance, what’s one change that you would like to see in this world & why?
I would love to see empowered women in each and every part of the world. I would love to see the man-made differences of religion/race/caste/class crumble.
What I wish is very rudimentary, isn’t it? Without these, how can the race of humans progress?
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Which role of life do you prefer the most? Working professional, Writer, Mother or an independent woman?
I suppose, I love being an independent and empowered woman the most, since everything else is related to it. Since I am independent, I get to work as per my choice. Since I am independent, I can write what I feel like. Since I am independent, I can give something more than love to my daughter.
Any word of advice of upcoming & inspiring writers.
Writing is a voyage and not a destination. It is more like meditation. You have to practice it rigorously and give it your heart. Only then can you succeed.
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