As a child growing up in India, I couldn’t quite decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I changed my mind often. Some days were doctor days, some were journalist days. Then there were chef days, librarian days, vet days, and astronaut days. But even among all those days and sometimes years, my love for writing never changed. It always stayed with me. I remember jumping at almost every chance that I got to write – school plays, student op-eds in local newspapers, essay competitions, and at one time, writing the speech for my school’s headmistress. When I didn’t get a chance to write, I read. Still, I never thought I wanted to be a writer even during high school.
When I eventually settled in and decided to pursue engineering, my love for writing only grew. I managed to do a few writing projects (and earned a bit more than pocket money) and then moved to the US to pursue my Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. This is when I (secretly) entertained the thought of being a writer. Ironically though, this was also when life got busier and busier, and my writing ended up taking a back seat.
It wasn’t until my daughter was born a few years ago that my passion for writing was rekindled. At that time, I was really inspired by the kind of books my daughter could read, and the impression they could leave on her mind. Since that day, I haven’t looked back and hope that I never will!
Fun Facts About Me:
- What does your name mean? The word “Pooja” in the Indian language of Hindi means a prayer
- Favorite color? I have two – Red and Blue
- Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate Fudge Brownie
- Favorite animal? Lions and among birds, owls
- Favorite food? Any stir-fried noodles (yum!)
- Biggest fear? Being lost at sea!
- Hobbies? A lot of baking, and a little bit of gardening
- Books on your shelf that you can’t wait to read? The Bridge Home by Padma Venkataraman and Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin