” I have a lot of stories in my mind which I know, have the potential to inspire the world”, says SMITHA KULKARNI, a brilliant writer, experienced engineer, loving wife, and caring mother of two kids. Even after having a high-paying, brilliant white-collar job in a reputed organization, she could not give up on her dreams of writing, and today she is a well-known writer. Her writing style is attracting people because of its genuineness. People can easily relate to her words because of their originality.
Smitha is from a small town near the world heritage site of Hampi in Karnataka. A place where every monument and ruin has a story to tell. Smitha’s birthplace and its influences have had a significant impact on her writing journey.
According to SMITHA, she started writing professionally only in 2019, but right from her childhood, she knew she wanted to write. Even during her early ages, she used to create her own stories, poems, and fiction.
After working in the corporate for ten long years, this was only in 2019, that she got some time to explore her passion.
When asked why she chose to write the stories instead of expressing her experience through film, painting, music, or dance she said, ” At present, I am surrounded by certain circumstances of life, and writing a book is a more manageable form for me because the majority of the book writing is done in solitude.”
BEGINNING OF A NEW JOURNEY
The writing was initially a small idea that came to her mind. She started her journey of writing with a short story on one of the blogging websites. When she discussed this idea with her husband, he was enthusiastic and suggested she expand it into a novel rather than a short story.
This motivated SMITHA to compile her journey as a novel and this is how her journey as a full-time writer began.
She took a break from her corporate job and began writing professionally. “when you enjoy doing something there is no boundary to it. You will not give up by saying you do not have time rather you will try to create the time for it.
“I started writing whenever I could, on the balcony, on the terrace, in the kitchen, or wherever I could find solitude and time to write,” SMITHA says.
Even during the covid times when she did not have domestic help to do chores, she would finish her work and get back to writing. she finished a huge portion of the novel in those panicking days.
“Writing gives me joy and it gives me a kind of refugee from everything happening around me. I find peace in writing” Says SMITHA when asked how she could manage to write even during panicking situation of COVID.
IMPORTANT BOOKS AND WRITINGS
With her consistent hard work, patience, creativity, and experience she has introduced her first novel to the market, The Secret Escape to a New Life.
This novel is very special and close to her heart. In this novel, she has very beautifully elaborated how each human has one life and not each of us gets the opportunity to choose what we want to do. She has shown how our choices get influenced by society. How our parents, siblings, and closest friends influence our journey, and what important role is played by culture, religion, and nationality in deciding our choices of life, profession, and many other things. Many people cannot withstand that pressure and end up selecting the wrong choices for themselves.
In this novel, there is a boy named “SAMAY” who faces similar situations in his life and gets distracted from his real destination. He is stuck in some corporate job where his body works for sure but his heart and soul cry and each day, he prays to get freedom. This novel covers his journey such as what happened in his life, whom he met, and how his life transformed. It’s not only SAMAY’s story today but an inspiration for the millions who are stuck in a similar situation but aren’t capable to take a risk and follow their dreams.
CHALLENGES AS WRITER
Following passion as our career is not always equipped with happiness. It can be a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations, and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, and our purpose in life.
“Writing is not something you find; it is something you have to develop within you. And this development comes through experiences that cannot always be good. But ultimately you become finer and more creative with each experience”, says SMITHA when asked about her source of inspiration.
When asked about other challenges as a writer she said, “You need to have self-discipline and your pocket is not always full when you are into writing, especially the new writers. Even when writing is done, getting it published is a big task and you must go through many struggles”.
She is looking forward to writing more books. With every book, she wants to write about something new, something which is a real inspiration for people. Along with writing, she wants to read a lot. There are many novels that she could not read these years because of college and her job. So, stay tuned with her as she is going to come up with her many masterpieces very soon.
Amazon Link to buy her book: https://amzn.to/4025P3j