Ritu Gulabani

Know the writer

1. When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?

I started writing in 2014 when my first article on the ‘ Need of Public Facilities in our Locality for our Helpers’ was published and it was appreciated by many neighbours in the sector. Soon I became a voluntary editor to the magazine. Yet I wasn’t a regular writer.

But through my writings, I knew, I have to inspire people around because I had motivated myself through self help books after resignation.

2. Which books influenced much of your writing?

When I resigned from my white collar job in 2009 after my second child, I read a lot of books and ‘The Secret – by Rhonda Byrne’ was the one which inspired me to remain positive in every situation. As I changed my life, I felt an urge to write and bring about a change in life of others too like Rhonda Byrne. So I started writing those short and inspiring stories.

3. What do you think about Penmancy?

Penmancy is a great platform for budding writers- all thanks to the efforts of Kajal Kapur and Rham Dhel. Though I haven’t participated in all its events but I can see it’s trying to improve every aspect of writing through memlogue, fryme, drabble, quintale, penmuse, harness writing, Pengram – vocabulary, grammar, idiom etc. I always think of participating in all of them but miss out usually.

4. Which Penmancy writers you like and why?

I like almost all the writers of Penmancy but specifically, my favourite is Beryl Zephyr, who writes flawlessly and is a great reviewer too. His words mean a lot to me.

Shraddha Niphadkar is another favourite whose confidence oozes out in her write-ups.

Natasha Sequeira is one whose heartwarming stories are just wow.

Anjali Nitin Shenoy is another favourite writer who writes beautiful poetry.

Kajal Kapur and Ram Dhel are other positive writers whose positive feedback compels me to write more. Believe me when I feel low, either of you posts something which reiterates my belief in myself and the universe.

The list is endless as the number of writers are but these six are the one I really admire.

5. What advice you can give to fellow beginning writers in the community?

I would advise fellow beginning writers to join writing communities like Penmancy and participate. These groups really help you to improve and hone your skills.

Two, believe in your stories and go ahead. If I can do it, you all can too.


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