“Ambica Gulati” is a well-known name in the writing industry. She has a lot of achievements to her credit and has spent almost two decades in the world of journalism, thus glorifying the world with her words for a long time. She is a strong, highly-experienced and definitely, a must-read writer who can pave great milestones by her reviews and blogs. Her travelogues are a must to read and get hooked to for all the travel enthusiasts.
We had a chance to interview her to know her better. Here in this post, we bring you the courageous and the most noteworthy writer we’ve had come across: Ambica Gulati..!
“Up’n’Personal” in her own words..!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE WHAT YOU ARE?
Well, I didn’t realize anything when I started but situations at home forced me to go to work. It was 1999. And it turned out to be a good experience as I figured out that I could create beautiful stories. I learned the craft of storytelling by virtue of working in a beautiful magazine, ‘Life Positive.’ Creativity and structure came about with experience and under the guidance of some tough seniors.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATION?
The fact that what I write might have a positive impact on the people concerned and those reading it.
WHAT ACCORDING TO YOU MAKES A GOOD STORY?
Something which moves the heart and the soul.
IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Keep reinventing, never stop, for life doesn’t stop for anyone.
WHAT WOULD YOU WISH TO SUGGEST OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF YOUR FIELD?
Keep looking for mentors. Keep inspiring yourself to create beautiful stuff. Be professional and be disciplined.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR WORK?
From the world around me, from the places, I travel to and from nature. I love being in solitude. It brings out the best in me.
WHAT IS ACCORDING TO YOU YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT?
That I keep finding something else everytime I fall. There are no losses, no ends, only gains and beginnings.
WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAY ABOUT YOUR WORK?
That I lead a very glamorous life!
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK CAN INSPIRE YOUR READERS/VIEWERS?
I think it brings them joy and gives them a reason to express that joy, it could be any skill that they have. I believe in the power of life and share that.
WHAT YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG? HAS IT CHANGED?
I wanted to be a doctor. I now heal with my words instead of with a scalpel and pills.
DO YOU HEAR FROM YOUR AUDIENCE MUCH? WHAT KINDS OF THINGS DO THEY SAY?
They find my work interesting. They think I need to keep doing more of what I am doing.
DO YOU TRY MORE TO BE ORIGINAL OR TO DELIVER TO READERS WHAT THEY WANT?
I try to create a balance between what I want to share and what they want to read. I give them the masala through events and like to create short stories from my travels for myself.
DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KIND OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE? IF YES, THEN KINDLY ELABORATE.
I don’t know if its spiritual, but it has the power to inspire, give joy and bring stability in life.
IF YOU DIDN’T WRITE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR WORK?
Photography and videography.
DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?
Sometimes, only when I am depressed to see if I am in the world or not.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNEXPECTED THING THAT HAD EVER HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE WRITING/BLOGGING?
That I was invited to a peace conference between both the Koreas. This was an invitation from South Korea as they hold an annual conference, calling journalists from across the world, to show what efforts they are making to bring peace between the two countries.
DOES A BIG EGO HELP OR HURT WRITERS?
A big ego helps them take the onslaught of criticism, but it is harmful to their skills and creativity.
WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING THAT YOU STRONGLY BELIEVE IN?
Always pass correct information, for the sake of drawing in the crowd, don’t mess with the mindsets by imparting wrong things. Give less but give truth.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE WITH YOUR WRITINGS/BLOGS?
I want to spread happiness–I want people to love my writing like they love Ruskin Bond, Enid Blyton, Jim Corbett.
IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR A TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would study abroad to see how others learn and what is different about the system there that makes them more sought after.
YOUR LINKS/WORK EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE
Having spent almost two decades in the world of journalism, I have worked with and written for prominent publications such as Swagat, Outlook Traveller, Life Positive and Harmony. I also ran a publishing house for many years, bringing out a magazine ‘Training & Management’. I have also edited books on astrology and participated in a coffee table books Top 100 Lawyers of India. During this journey, I discovered my storytelling skills (written as well as visual) and that’s the experience that has translated into weaving experiential travelogues and stories through the digital medium now.
Follow Ambica Gulati on:
- Blog: A Traveller’s Wish List
- Blog: medium.com/@ambicagulati
- LinkedIn: Ambica Gulati
- Twitter: Ambica Gulati
- Instagram: Ambica Gulati
- Facebook: A Traveller’s Wish List
PC: Ambica Gulati and her blogs