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Why I write stories....

I love reading story books, immersing myself in the world of fiction, experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters. I also loved listening to the stories from The Ramayana and The Mahabaratha again and again. I enjoyed narrating stories even as a child. As I grew older, I lost touch with the art of story-telling. It was the birth of my daughter which revived my interest in story-telling.

As a trainer, I reinvented myself as a storyteller - my experiences in branch banking - in customer service, sales and leading a team was much more powerful in inspiring trainees than the concepts I had on my powerpoint. 

I started writing stories on customer service and sales to inspire young bankers. I enjoyed writing because I was passionate about the ideas I wanted to share. Writing stories was liberating, cathartic and extremely satisfying. 

My first book "Hello Banker" was born, thanks to the support from my husband and daughter. The response to the book from young bankers and aspiring bankers is so gratifying. 

Women's web, the online magazine for women, gave me an opportunity to write about another theme I am passionate about - Empowering women. In this page, I share the links for some of the stories I wrote on Women's web.

I believe we all have stories within us waiting to be told. I enjoy writing my stories. What is your story?

 

 

The story of a working mom - why do I have to choose between work and family?

I wrote a short story about the pressures faced by Rekha, a working mother trying to balance work and family & her guilt in not being able to give time for her daughter. Her stress is increased by the demands of an unreasonable boss who expects employees to stay late, making a virtue of late sitting. Rekha is being pushed to make a choice between work and home. Is she able to find a way out? My story "It is my choice" won a prize in the online women's magazine Women'sweb. 

 

Here is how the story begins...to read the full story, please do click on the title to go to women'sweb magazine. 

 It Is My Choice!

Rekha parked her scooter in the compound and ran up the stairs to the first floor of the twelve storey building and rang the doorbell. “Asha, I am so sorry I am late.” she apologised profusely as the door opened. She glanced at the wall clock that showed 7 pm and breathed deeply.

A tall thin woman with greying hair peered through her glasses with an annoyed expression. “This is the third time this week” her voice was icy as she moved to the left to let Rekha in.

The room was neat and clean, the children’s’ story books and play toys neatly stacked on the table.

Rekha ran to the child sitting on the sofa all alone, reading a book. The little girl’s eyes brightened on seeing her. She hugged the girl and kissed her forehead. She picked up the book, thrust it into the school bag, picked up the lunch bag, held the girl’s hand and walked out of the daycare centre.

“I hope you will be here latest by 6.15 pm. Otherwise…” Asha paused. Rekha stopped and turned around.

“Otherwise I cannot take Divya into the daycare centre from next month. You must understand that we cannot keep it open so late, every day.”

Rekha sighed as she started the scooter. Divya was quiet till they reached home.

Rekha hurried to the kitchen to prepare a quick dinner for Divya. Divya followed her to the kitchen.

“Mummy, where will I go after school from next month?”

Click here to continue reading this story on women'sweb

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