Adite, that’s me. I have lived in Bombay (now Mumbai), Calcutta (now Kolkata) and now in New Delhi (thankfully, still New Delhi!). After graduating in commerce in 1982, I studied journalism for a year and became a working journalist. Politics, business, entertainment…the beats changed. For 14 years, I had a ringside view of India. I travelled to distant towns, covering noisy and colourful political rallies; reported about gruesome city crimes; wrote about the glamorous world of films; interviewed corporate honchos; and dashed out copy on India’s rise as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Post-1996, my writing career took a new turn. I took up an eclectic mix of freelance assignments. I started writing about social development projects, documenting the work of organizations that were promoting education, livelihood and healthcare to underprivileged, low-income Indian households. And on the other hand, I would write reports that delved into consumer insights and analysed shopping preferences of yuppie, double-income metropolitan consumers. To say the least, the contrast was striking.
In the New Millennium I began looking for new writing challenges. And the one that beckoned was Screenwriting. In 2003, after attending a screenwriting workshop, I was hooked. I set out to learn the craft. While I was still crunching numbers (by day) about the most lucrative markets for consumer products, I was lurking on online screenwriting forums (by night). I have done a bunch of online courses, written some spec screenplays. In 2010, I was hired to write a screenplay, based on a true life story, for a Bollywood movie.
Somewhere along the way, I entered the Harlequin Mills & Boon aspiring authors contest. In 2013, my romance novel will debut in the Indian market.
The writing adventures continue….