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South Asian History Month

South Asian History Month

Loving this year’s South Asian Heritage Month theme, ‘Free to Be Me’. The irony isn’t lost on me, given my own journey of setting up a double life and creating a blonde alter-ego alias publicist to follow my dreams. - My first novel was rejec[...]
It's Never Too Late....

It's Never Too Late....

It was my midlife crisis... Having never acted before (not even at school), I booked a theatre in Covent Garden, rehearsed for 18 months, and put on a one woman show playing all 17 parts. I did this mostly to get over the fear that had secretly crept[...]
Following The Thread

Following The Thread

Yesterday, I asked  myself why I continue to do things that make no sense to anyone else but me. I love it when questions that are posed by myself are answered by the universe. It answered the question this morning, via a poem by William Stafford: T[...]
New Story - New Life

New Story - New Life

  I was jobless, putting on a suit and pretending to go to work every day. That suit routine, I’m ashamed to say lasted around 9 months or so until one day, I took out a piece of paper and wrote down my goals. They were as follows: Bestselling a[...]
Just Begin

Just Begin

JUST BEGIN If you have a book, a project an idea for a business but are procrastinating… 👉 Just begin. Beginning is an act of rebellion. Sometimes, just against your small self that keeps telling you that you can't. Then, just keep goi[...]
How to keep going when all you want to do is give up !

How to keep going when all you want to do is give up !

6 years ago, I wrote a one woman show called Sari: The whole Five Yards about a 60-year-old woman who tells the truth for the very first time and in doing so, her life unravels. I was, at that point, safely ensconced in my comfort zone unaware how my[...]
Rejection - Endings or Beginnings?

Rejection - Endings or Beginnings?

My first novel was rejected by over twenty publishers. This coincided with me being made redundant from the management consultancy where I worked and getting unceremoniously dumped. Unable at the time to deal with the shame of rejection, every day, I[...]
Why You Should Write Down Your Goals

Why You Should Write Down Your Goals

  A study by Dr Gail Matthews, a Psychology Professor at Dominican University of California, demonstrated that writing down your goals increases the odds of success by 42%. My first job after graduating was glorified tea maker to a chain-smoking[...]
How To Listen To Your Voice And Discover True North

How To Listen To Your Voice And Discover True North

I had lost my voice. By this, I mean the little voice that used to be my GPS, the one that would tell me to turn left instead of right. It had been my constant companion who had gotten me out of many a sticky situation. Then one day, like a neglected[...]
Launching Rockets: What do you do when fear sets in?

Launching Rockets: What do you do when fear sets in?

I used to build rockets - metaphorical rockets. Some failed to launch, some exploded mid air, some lit up the sky and changed my whole world. Then, I stopped building them. The reason was a series of events in a very short space of time: death[...]
Thrive Through Play - The Gift Of Exploring

Thrive Through Play - The Gift Of Exploring

This is a story of not doing. Just playing. Not knowing where the road will lead, if anywhere…. The first thing you need to know about me is I am a doer. I make things happen. I gave up my job as a management consultant to publish my first boo[...]
Making up the rules

Making up the rules

My first ever rejection letter came when I was eight and it was written by Sarah Walker telling me why I could not be in her gang; "you ain't got no friends 'ere skinny," was one of the reasons so eloquently stated. I remember going home, howling inc[...]
Life begins at 30

Life begins at 30

Life at 30 was published in the Daily Telegraph in three parts. Part One "By the time she is 30, she will be having a husband coming from a very good family, I see two boys born within a year of each other and a very big house. Yes, it is almos[...]
India: Heartbreak and Healing

India: Heartbreak and Healing

This article was originally published in the Sunday Times. The first time I went back to India, I was four years old. I remember running across a muddy field trying to find my grandmother's house. Despite it being dark, I managed to find her, sitt[...]
The Romeo and Juliet of Mexico

The Romeo and Juliet of Mexico

This article was originally published in the Sunday Times. When I was little, my father used to tell me stories about Mexico, where he worked for three years in the 1960s. He had travelled there from India, before settling in London. It was the fi[...]