“Chandini Ann Khanna” is a well-known name in the writing industry. She is the author of the book “Some Me Time: . . . Making Caring for Yourself a Habit!” (Follow the link to get yourself a copy.) At a very young age, she had to strongly take up the responsibility of her beautiful little daughter alone post her husband’s cardiac arrest. The loss she suffered and the comeback she made is highly applaudable! Chandini is an epitome of strength and courage. From being a devoted mother to a devoted writer, her devotion is a pure sunshine!
We from P.A.M wish her immense strength and success!
We had a chance to interview her to know her better and to celebrate her strength. Here in this post, we bring you the courageous and the most noteworthy writer and an author we’ve had come across: Chandini Ann Khanna..!
“Up’n’Personal” in her own words..!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE?
Honestly – I did not really plan on a living out of Content Writing and Proofreading. However, as life turned and twisted, I realized that rather than being in jobs, I was not completely happy in, I should leverage my communication skills and talent for writing. The opportunity to work freelance and from home was the perfect mix.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATION?
Two actually – One would be to write so well that clients want to return and recommend my skills to others. The second is to earn well such that my daughter has nothing to worry about financially ever. I lost my husband in a few seconds to cardiac arrest, exactly a year back and the loss that my daughter and I feel is irreplaceable. However, I am trying to be a great mum and a dad too now!
WHAT ACCORDING TO YOU MAKES A GOOD STORY?
This is highly subjective – in most cases, the audience (readers) decide whether a story is to be classified as good or bad. I believe a good story is one that can form an instant connection with the audience – one that keeps them engaged until the very end. A good story is one that inspires and elicits myriad emotions, changes perceptions, and draws responses of wonder, intrigue, and even admiration.
IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Reading and writing for pleasure and spending time with your self, were perhaps the best things you did. The result of all those hours is the build-up of an inner reservoir of strength, an improvement in my current thought process, the ability to write well consistently, and the ability to look inwards for strength during the darkest times of my life (the darkest being now.)
WHAT WOULD YOU WISH TO SUGGEST OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF YOUR FIELD?
Writing is not easy and neither should you undertake to write if you are not serious about the craft. While you may not take it up full-time, whatever number of hours you decide on writing – be passionate and dedicated. Be prepared to take feedback, criticism, and even heartless rejection. Remember that writing is serious business and you should continue to better your skills by continually writing and reading the work of those better than your own.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR WORK?
While my business writing is based purely on what clients require, the articles I write or the book I wrote are all inspired by what I see around me. I try to think like the audience/readers and at other times, I write on anything that tickles my creative desire.
WHAT IS ACCORDING TO YOU YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT?
I think that is yet to come! However, I would say that standing with pride and dignity and forging ahead despite the emotionally and mentally wrecking tragedy is possibly my biggest achievement. Of course, raising my daughter to stand her ground, be a confident woman of today, and someone who knows what she wants and how to get it – is another achievement.
WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAY ABOUT YOUR WORK?
My family love what I do. My daughter believes that I have gained a lot more knowledge, become more perceptive and calmer after taking up writing full time. My husband would often joke with our daughter saying, “If you need to get her to agree on something, ask her when she is writing. Your chances of getting it will be higher.”
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK CAN INSPIRE YOUR READERS/VIEWERS?
SOME ME TIME is an effort to tell all the readers that irrespective of how much you need to do in the day, you must make time for yourself if you truly care for your family. The time you spend ‘alone’ helps to reenergize and rejuvenate you, and builds the inner reservoir of strength – hence SOME ME TIME daily is extremely essential.
WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG? HAS IT CHANGED?
When I was young – I just knew I wanted to be someone not doing the ‘clichéd’ jobs – so I guess in that respect it’s not changed.
DO YOU HEAR FROM YOUR AUDIENCE MUCH? WHAT KINDS OF THINGS DO THEY SAY?
I have received a good amount of support and kind words for my book. Here is one of the best:
Am proud and touched at the same moment at your achievement.
I’m sure Nitish is watching you with pride from the heavens above and will continue to look after you.
And I will definitely buy the soft cover, I had enjoyed the Kindle version.
Lots of love
DO YOU TRY MORE TO BE ORIGINAL OR TO DELIVER TO READERS WHAT THEY WANT?
It is a combination of both – this keeps it interesting for the readers, as in they will not always know what to expect, and for me – I get creative leeway.
DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KIND OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE? IF YES, THEN KINDLY ELABORATE.
Absolutely – given that writing has a cathartic release, I strongly believe in the spiritualism of writing. This is why being an Atheist in a world overwhelmingly ‘religious’ does not bother me. I feel relaxed, at ease, and calm when writing – possibly the best way to describe a spiritual practice.
IF YOU DIDN’T WRITE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR WORK?
I would be at an office in a laborious 9 to 5 job or would certainly have started my own restaurant or guesthouse business.
DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?
Hee hee hee – yeah sometimes! It is a great emotional booster.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNEXPECTED THING THAT HAD EVER HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE WRITING/BLOGGING?
I cannot think of anything that happened which could be termed unexpected really.
DOES A BIG EGO HELP OR HURT WRITERS?
An ego that stands in your way of being a listener and an empathetic person can never help anyone. As a writer, while taking pride in your work is essential, having an ego, or being arrogant will never work. Taking pride in your work means knowing your strengths and yet, being willing to improve where you must.
WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING THAT YOU STRONGLY BELIEVE IN?
Write right the first time – meaning taking the trouble to conduct research to understand the subject you are writing about, and then penning your thoughts. No copyright infringement and plagiarism! If you do use an image or a quote, provide a link or give credit to the source.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE WITH YOUR WRITINGS/BLOGS?
I would love to write a book on how to deal with loss, tragedy, disappointments, and failure. In addition, I would like to make time to write on subjects that ‘are swept under the carpet’ – such as high-handedness of powerful educational institutions, misandry, psychological problems that people face and yet do not speak about because they are taboo – people would consider you mad if you had psychological problems.
IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would definitely have taken up a professional course, in addition to the First Class Degree in English for Business Communication that I hold from the Pitman’s Institute of London.
YOUR LINKS/WORK EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE
Chandiniann.com is my website.
Most of my work is for clients and as a ghostwriter and hence I am not privy to where they place the content.
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