The Journey of My Life….
A tremendous and exciting journey……I should say….So far, so good…. with the blessings of God Almighty and all the well- wishers around me. When asked to describe myself, I would say- a prolific writer, a voracious reader, a creative painter and one of the best English teachers. Yes, when I look back at my own life, I should say I have too many on my plate, but, it has always helped me vent out the energy I have in me.
Being born in Mumbai, I cannot be called a Mumbaite. I was brought up in Trichy and Karur, two small towns then and cities now. My father worked in the State Bank of India and so in a transferable job. I got an opportunity to see various sides of lives of people. I started my journey with my own gang of friends and no siblings. My cousins fulfilled the vacant places of siblings and so had a fair share of fights, cribbing and enjoyment! My passion for reading also filled the space and was introduced to reading books and magazines by my mom, who was my first teacher.
When I completed my tenth with high scores, my parents were elated but I was confused. What to pursue! My mother wanted me take up commerce, but I was under tremendous peer pressure, as all my cousins scored very well and were into IITs and RECs. I chose computers. Though, I didn’t score much in my 12th standard, my dad admitted me into an IT course. I believe in the saying – “man proposes and God disposes”. God had different plans for me. I couldn’t cope up with the course and had bouts of typhoid, jaundice and appendectomy attacks. So i had to discontinue my course. A year got wasted! What next? God gave me time to think.
I searched for an answer. I took the decision and told my parents that I would be doing my Literature. They weren’t surprised as I had a flair for writing from a very young age. I studied B.A. in English Language and Literature in Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College. I was a topper in the course and won several prizes. I started taking part in several inter-college competitions and won prizes. I was in my final year when i got associated with TRICHY PLUS in 2003- 2004. Mr.Shivkumar and Dr.Sathgurunath came as the“Torchbearers” in my life. They gave me confidence to face the crowd, mentored me and showed me the right path.
I got enrolled in MBA from one of the esteemed institutes. But, again fate played a role. The food in the hostel didn’t suit me and I had to discontinue my course. But, I didn’t stop. I joined M.A. in English language and literature and continued my education staying at home. Being only daughter to my parents, they wanted me to get married. So, I got married in 2006 and relocated to Bangalore. The family grew- into a joint family learnt a lot about different kinds of people. In 2007, my son was born. Now, I had to take care of the little bundle of joy!
Next, I started my career as a freelance content writer. I had my own set of clients. It came with its own set of problems. Many clients didn’t pay me well. We needed money at that time .I didn’t want to join corporate due to the lack of proper support system to take care of our son. He still needed someone to take care of him. So, I started teaching in a school. Getting associated with younger minds kept me young. I didn’t stop my career as a freelance content writer. I started blogging and have my own blogs. Being a content writer gave me opportunities to learn about various things like SEO, SEM, blogging, article writing, etc. It gave me opportunities to write anything under the roof. It also satisfied my inner self as it gave me opportunities to learn about different things starting from lifestyle to technology.
Writing and teaching had become my passion. I have not stopped! I have completed my International Diploma in TEFL/TESOL certification and MBA in Mass Communication. My better half has always been supportive in pursuing my passion. Currently i am in Malaysia as my spouse has been working here for the past one and a half years. Becoming a certified language trainer hasn’t stopped me.I am pursuing my dreams from here.
I learnt one thing in life- “Creativity has no bounds. You need to wake your inner self to achieve success. Go behind your passion. Success is not everything. It will come behind you one day.”
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