Interview with Jayanthi #AuthorChatter #priyasks

The author whom I am interviewing today,  is a programmer, a passionate InfoSec professional,  a technical blogger. Let us welcome… Jayanthi . Jayanthi is a wife and mother and has lived in the US for 14 years. After she quit her job, she found solace in technical and personal writing that allowed her to keep in touch with her educational qualifications.

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Q. Having lived in the USA for 14 years, what is the biggest cultural difference between India and USA?

A. I think we in India are much more conservative by all standards. The way we dress, behave and move around with our peers and our elders will all be different. We are unconsciously more co-dependent and not totally independent, supporting each other through all the highs and lows of life. I think joint families still exist in India because of this…

Q. What is the biggest challenge that Indians face when they move to the USA?

A. I think the cost factor is a big challenge for us when we move from India. Everything seems more expensive when we move there first. There is one common thing that everybody does when moving for the first time – multiply every price by 68! ☺ (or, the current conversion rate) and wonder if we really pay the same amount in India..
Not having enough family around is another challenge too – but we learn to adapt with the help of friends and others around you…

Q. You talk about myths about the USA in your book. Which one is the most deep-rooted myth?

A. I think most of the time – people think that life is very easy in the US and you start earning lots of money quickly. But there is a lot of sweat and tears to make it happen and the adage “no pain, no gain” is true for any country.

Q. What is the one thing that we take for granted about India? What did you miss the most about India in the USA?

A. Definitely, the social life. We have so many dadas, dadis, nanis, chachas, chachis, second cousins, third cousins in India and there are so many festivals and marriages in India. You sorely miss all those wonderful and intricate family relationships after a while.

Q. What personality traits and qualities are most important for anyone who wishes to be a writer? Any advice for the novice starting out?

A. It would be good to have a lot of passion for the subject that you want to write about. Understanding and feeling the subject and getting into the character for a fiction will all be great pluses for anyone who wishes to be a writer. Sometimes, the difficulty might be just the “how to start writing” – I am sure if one starts the writing process with a good plan… ☺ everything will fall into place…

Q. Tell us about your journey as an author?

A. It has been a fascinating experience moving from being a blogger to an author!  Each step of the journey has been “Can I do it?” or “Should I do it” to “Yes, I should do it!” to “Yes, I have done it!!”
I had made technical e-learning modules for organizations before but had never published an e-book on Kindle… so it makes me feel superhuman!! ☺

Q. Which genre have you never dabbled in, and want to try someday?

A. I have never written anything apart from technical articles and personal muses and journeys but maybe I will venture into fiction one day!

Q. How do you overcome Writer’s Block?

A. I have never experienced one… as I have many ideas sitting in my drafts…  but I would suggest to write, write and keep writing – however little, it may be or however insignificant it may be…

Q. Describe your process for research while writing.

A. I do assimilate a lot of ideas throughout my day. For my technical posts, I read a lot of blog posts on similar topics and watch a lot of Youtube videos on the same. Once I am done with all the reading, I think of a perfect topic to sail through my writing. My technical posts do take more time to pen because of all the research.
On the other hand, my personal posts have mostly bordered on my personal experiences and thoughts and as soon as I find a perfect topic that I feel strongly about – I write it in under 30 minutes! ☺

Q. Share some valuable tips for publishing and marketing your e-book.

A. Publishing the e-book was easy, once, I was done with the writing part. But, I am still learning the ropes of marketing my e-book. I have listed it as an e-book on the Amazon and have advertised my e-book on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quora and hoping for lady luck to wave her magic e-wand! ☺

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Book Blurb Content: A number of individuals in their 20s, want to go abroad and once they are abroad, they start missing India. These individuals posts grasp the see-saw of most Indian families trying to balance Indian values and American life. The book can be downloaded from the Amazon link. Do read Medha’s review. Here is a link to dramatic reading video– & Link to GoodReads page

@jayaaugdo comment and let us know how this interview experience was for you. And do read, share and comment on your fellow author’s interviews as well. Here’s wishing Jayanthi all the best for the eBook and all her future endeavors. Wishing you lots of success!!

This interview is a part of a series of interviews conducted jointly by @anshuwrites, @ashwini and me. Read Ravish’s interview on Anshu’s blog. You can read Monika’s interview on Ashwini’s. I also enjoyed interviewing PareshMaheshwaran, SitharaamKathakaliMahakNatasha and Lavanya .

22 thoughts on “Interview with Jayanthi #AuthorChatter #priyasks

  1. Thanks for the interview, Priya! 🙂 It was a wonderful experience thinking about suitable answers and I appreciate all the effort put into creating awesome questions ! 🙂

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  2. Nice questions Priya and very interesting answers. Having live din the US for 8 years before returning to India, for me the biggest cultural difference is the reaction to failure.

    In the US it is often shrugged off and one tries again. In India the approach is more of caution and learning once bitten twice shy.

    Indian culture teaches us to fear failure and be ashamed of it, while American culture treats it as apart of life so there is less shame associated with it and makes it easier to root for others too.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Indian culture is risk averse and pushes us to take the safe and stable course and only reach high when we are fairly certain of success which no doubt has certain advantages, while American culture is more open to risk where rewards may be high but the damages too may be serious. A social safety net like social security makes the society less risk averse I suppose, while the lack of the same in India possibly makes us more conservative and co-dependent as Jayanthi rightly says.

    While material losses in both cultures may be the same the emotional set back from losses and failure are far higher in India, in my opinion.

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    1. So true and thanks for the new viewpoint, Geekanika! 🙂 I am sure when we have so much of family and friends around us – the risk factor increases as there is constant scrutiny and questioning…

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  3. Very enlightening interview. I hope you venture into fiction soon Jayanthi. As someone who is learning the ropes of fiction myself, it’s not easy but very fulfilling. 🙂 I’m sure your book will receive a lot of love from its readers. Best of luck! 🙂

    I enjoyed getting to know Jayanthi through this interview Priya. Thanks!

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  4. Nice questions Priya and lovely answers Jayanthi. Agree that one can’t achieve anything without putting in the required efforts. Good luck ahead. Hope your fiction writing is out in the market soon.

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  5. This conversation is very interesting, thanks to the pointers to differences in culture in the India and US, Jayanthi. Also, I like the way you research. Everything in place before you start writing. I should start doing the same, otherwise it gets quite distracting.

    The way you get your Authors to open up, Priya, you deserve an award 🙂

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  6. I have read your book and quiet relate to the facts and issues that you have thoughtfully brought out in it. Having lived in USA myself, I totally agree with certain points. However, like they say every coin has a flip side to it, I am still a sucker for certain American cultural aspects!

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