There is a very positive shift in the working culture these days where women are juggling between their different roles and contributing immensely to the professional endeavors. It is very heartwarming to see women pursuing their dreams after marriage, and even so, after having kids.
Richa Saxena is one such example that will change your perceptions when it comes to how women today are far more progressive and ambitious.
A qualified Company secretary and a law graduate. Content writer. Content curator. Copy editor. A writer. A baker by passion. A hacker who hacks into people’s mind and digs out their real self. Not a rule book follower. A typical Sagittarian. Impulsive. A homebird. A rebel. A doting mother. A caring wife. A proud daughter.
This will sum up her accomplishments till date and she does not intend to stop there. She already has started carving a niche in the poetry world and her first poetry collection, “The Soul Charmer” is up on Amazon kindle store. She debuts as an Author with this book though she has contributed to an anthology before too.
Talking about her debut book she says, “This book is a trivial, yet long dreamt attempt to portray love in its entirety. Love, as simple, or as profound as it can be, embraces every human relationship.”
“All through the book, various hues of love are reflected. Love, in its most innocent form, when it is between a daughter and a father. Or then, in the most sensuous form, when it is between a man and a woman. Perhaps, in its most gruesome form, when it is clasped by the chains of patriarchy. And, the most powerful of all, the kind of love where one discovers their true self- the love for one’s own being.”
She gets candid about her writing journey so far and it truly is an inspiration for many women out there who dare to dream but are apprehensive of the struggles that lay before.
She says, “Writing is something that comes naturally to me. I was 8 when I started writing poems and my dad used to take a lot of pride in making me recite the poems before the guests. I was a very shy child and even in my free periods would just scribble and get lost in my thoughts. I did my Company Secretaryship and went on to pursue law. Writing did take a backseat but never vanished. When I was working with my practicing firm, I used to contribute towards their legal e-journal. It was only after taking a sabbatical post marriage and then an even longer sabbatical post my baby that I switched to writing full time. I started off as a content writer and freelance website content curator. I am a regular blogger at MyCity4Kids, India’s largest mom network and it helps me to vent out the deep hidden thoughts. Writing is an escapade for me. An escape into oblivion.”
She is happy to see how the literary arena is welcoming more women writers and they are being lauded for their works.
“Women writers today are more progressive, they are breaking he stereotypes. They are following this as passion and as a full-fledged career, too. A society is well measured by the freedom and literary pace it gives to its women artists, and I am happy that things are changing by an ounce. From Toru Dutt, Sarojini Naidu, Amrita Pritam, Shivani, Anita Desai and, Arundhati Roy in the recent times, we have come of age. There is a rebel streak in their writing. An attempt to break free of the clutches of patriarchy. More recognition is coming their way now that it has ever been.
She recalls a quote by legendary Amrita Pritam, “There are many stories which are not on paper, but written in the bodies and the minds of women.”
“Women are born store tellers. They have stories etched on their souls. They just need to be bled on the paper.” Richa asserts.
Thanking her publishers, she said “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my publishers, Chetan Soni and the entire team at Half baked beans who were extremely supportive and gave me creative liberty. It is in such an environment that people actually satiate their creative hunger. They baked up my dreams beautifully.”
We wish her all the luck with her debut book.
A sneak peek into her book.
Remember the first time you uttered those three important words expressing your love or the first time when you said 'goodbye' to your loved one. The first time, you got a jolt in your heart or the first time you held a life in your arms.
Richa Saxena has tried to put forth a compilation of thirty-five surreal poems that would recreate that magic and unleash your deepest thoughts.
Seasons must have passed by, but that feeling still remains in the heart.
Her poems would revive those very thoughts, the ones said and the ones that remained unsaid .