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.
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! ☺
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
@jayaaug, do 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 Paresh, Maheshwaran, Sitharaam, Kathakali, Mahak, Natasha and Lavanya .