Today on my blog, I’m honored to welcome the author of 'Band Baaja Boys', a HR profesional, a mom, and very importantly a cancer survivor – RACHNA SINGH. We applaud you. She answers the questions in a quirky, yet insightful manner. I thoroughly enjoyed her responses, hope you do to.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Quite late in life, in fact. When a dear uncle told me that my emails are funny and I could do well in the laughter-business.
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me a year. Writing humour is hard work. I am pretty harsh on myself. I trash, re-write, trash again, re-write till my keyboard wears off. Currently, I am working without alphabets ‘r’ and ‘o’.
Q: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Write one line. Toggle to facebook. Like a photo. Write another line. Watch Nirmal Darbar. Delete line. I have the attention span of a sparrow. So, there is really no schedule I adhere to.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I wrote this book (Band, Baaja, Boys!) entirely during my battle with cancer. It’s not easy to work during chemotherapy: all the pain and throwing up and fatigue.
Q: What inspires you?
The need to make people laugh.
Q: What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
I have been working in the area of H.R. for two decades now. Some client-interactions are just so funny that I incorporate them in my book. For instance,
as an Assessor at a Leadership Assessment Center one day, I asked 'So how did you equip your new recruit to perform?'
The participant's answer was: 'I trained her and let her loose....'
I was really tempted to ask : 'But do you take her to the vet regularly?'
And then there was this guy sharing with my how he laid people during the recession. He said he had no option.
Q: How do you find or make time to write?
My first book, Dating, Diapers and Denial, was written almost entirely in my commute to work and back.
It is tough to find time – with a job and two kids – but I guess we always find time to do what we enjoy doing.
Q: What do your plans for future projects include?
My cancer-diary which is tongue-in-cheek, funny. A funny story about a woman who turns entrepreneur in Bangalore.
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P.S. Please do leave comments. I would love to hear from you and so would Rachna. Thank you and have a lovely week. 😃