Books: My Beloved’s MBA Plans, Because Life Is A Gift, Corporate Avatars
Publisher: Srishti Publishers for the first two, Jaico for the third one
Favorite food: Home Food
Favorite AUTHOR: Ayn Rand
Favorite book: Fountainhead
Awards, if any:
Q1. Please tell us something about yourself?
I am an alumna of Delhi College of Engineering and IIM-Calcutta. I have over a decade of experience in the corporate sector. I have worked with companies like Yatra.com, Paytm. Presently, I am working with Amazon India as a senior leader. Writing is my passion. I have authored three books : ‘My Beloved’s MBA Plans’, ‘Because Life Is A Gift’ and the latest one being ‘Corporate Avatars’
Q2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Discipline is the biggest challenge and the opportunity for every writer. Having ideas is easy. The diligence and discipline to put them to paper is the biggest challenge.
Q3. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since my childhood. From writing poetry to short stories, I get driven from real life subjects.
Q4. How long does it take you to write a book?
It can take 6 months to a year, depending on how much research is needed to write. Writing fiction takes lesser time. Writing non-fiction generally takes longer. Then, writers like me, who write along with a full-fledged job tend to take longer than if you write full time.
Q5. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
I didn’t intend to be an author, even though I used to write. My reason of writing are the compelling real life stories around us. I write on subjects meaningful, relatable and real. Through my first book ‘My Beloved’s MBA Plans’, I wanted to bring out real life love stories of married couple who faced the real practical challenges of balancing their personal commitments with professional ambitions. Through my second book ‘Because Life Is A Gift’, I wanted to change society’s outlook towards disability. Through my third book, I want us to deep dive into the different people we meet every day at our workplaces and how one can strive towards good working relationships with each of them.
Q6. What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to write about the dilemmas people face when they take a road less travelled. Be it a single person or a couple deciding to take a break from work and trying out something different, it is not easy. From finances to a spouse’s jobs, from one’s parents’ health to the children’s school; everything tries to bog one down. I wanted to know what drove people to take the risk. My Beloved’s MBA Plans is inspired by real life couples and stories of love when dealing with practical realities of life.
Q7. Please tell us something more about your latest book?‘Corporate Avatars’ is about dealing with quirks at work.
If you have ever worked in a corporate world, you are likely to have been confounded by some of its more curious characters – the sentimental dame with her sappy reminiscing, the bumbling accountant who can never seem to figure it out on his own and the freshly minted management graduate who is a walking encyclopedia – to name just a few.
Getting along is not always easy. But don’t lose hope just yet. Corporate Avatars tackles the oddities at the workplace in an exhilarating read, giving you just the smart essentials you need to survive such folk and make your way up the ladder.
Spirited and saucy, this undeniably helpful book reveals the quirks of more than 40 colorful personalities you are likely to meet at the workplace. It is the perfect compass with which to navigate the rough seas of the business world.
Q8. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Being able to write while being in a corporate job, being able to stay connected with my readers and get great reviews for every book, being able to get my book reviewed with some big mediums without ever paying a penny – I regard some of these as my biggest achievements.
Q9. What’s something you are really good at that few people know about?
I am a good cook too and only my closest family knows of this interest of mine.
Q10. Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?
The best way to stay connected is through my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DreamerDisha/) and my blog (https://dishachhabra.com/)
Q11. What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
It is only going to grow and get more digital. People are looking for more relatable content which they can take back in their own lives.
Q12. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
When I was a child, there was no social media. So there was no way of taking feedback on one’s writings and to freely share. If I had those mediums, the first book would have come much earlier.
Q13. Let me now ask something about myself, Something you want to say about me?
You are a young achiever with great potential.
Q14. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Q15. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Q16. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I work with Amazon India as a senior product leader. I am building a futuristic business for Amazon India and own its product strategy.
Q17. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
Marketing your work takes more toll than writing.
Q18. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Write something you would love to read yourself.
Q19. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for all the support. Every review that you send across makes my day.
Thank you Disha for your precious time. It was a nice experience!