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Neelam Saxena Chandra

(We salute “Women Power”.  Yesterday, we shared journey of life of Ms. Malati Mishra. Today, we would like to share literary journey of Ms. Neelam Saxena Chandra, who is having a number of published books and awards in her credit.  She is working as a General Manager (Electrical Engineer), Pune Metro.) 

Date of Birth: 27/06

Education:  BE (Electronics and Power), PG Dip in IM&HRD, PG Dip in Financial Management, Certificate course in Finance from London School of Economics

Field of Interest: Writing poems/stories/novels

Introduction:  Neelam Saxena Chandra works as a General Manager (Electrical) at Mahametro, Pune. She is an Engineering graduate from VNIT and has done her Post Graduation Diploma in IM&HRD and also in Finance. She has completed a course in Finance from London School of Economics. She has authored 4 novels, 1 novella and 6 short story collections, 29 poetry collections and 10 children’s books to her credit. She is a bilingual writer; writing in English and Hindi.

  • She holds a record with the Limca Book of Records -2015 for being the Author having the highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi.
  • She has won II prize in a poetry contest organized by American Embassy and in a National poetry contest organized by Poetry Council of India, 2016.
  • She has received Humanity International Women Achiever Awards 2018,
  • Bharat Nirman Literary award in 2017,
  • Premchand award by Ministry of Railways,
  • Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry award,
  • Son Inder Samman,
  • Freedom award by Radio city for Lyrics along with other awards and honors.
  • She was listed in Forbes as one among 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014.

Your Literary journey:

I was a very coy and introvert person as a child. My classmates must have rarely heard my voice, except when it came to answering questions raised by teachers. However, I would listen to books and open up my heart to my diary. I used to write poems at that time.

After joining Railways, I began compeering for events and I loved using short poems written by me. I also started writing short skits and would not only act in them, I would also direct those skits. After my daughter was born, her craving for a story a day kept the imaginative person in me live till I finally wrote down those stories and sent them for publishing. That marked the beginning of my writing journey.

Best and memorable events of life: In 2010, I won II prize for a short poem written by me in a contest organized by Arushi and American Embassy, for which Gulzar sahib was the judge. This marked a turning point in my writing journey.

Toughest moment of life: There can be nothing worse than ill-health and my toughest moments were when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, subsequently, I learnt to fight and survive.

Strength: My patience, my staying grounded and my creativity.

Weakness: Occasionally, I do lose my temper.

Literary work: Since I have written around 53 books, I will only name the ones written in 2017 and 2018:

मैंने पिरोये हैं अलफाज Aug-18 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
कसम मटमैले मशरूम की May-18 National Book Trust Hindi Children’s stories
Tales from Venus May-18 LiFi Publications English Short story
The Frozen Evenings Dec-17 Authors Press English Poetry
दहलीज़ Nov-17 Virtuous Publications Hindi Children’s stories
ज़िंदगी का अलाव Sep-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
एक शमा हरदम जलती है Jul-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
आज बादल बन बरस जाना है Jul-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
A Princess, A Goal and A Mole Jun-17 Omji Publishing English Children’s stories
The Soul Unbound Apr-17 Authors Press English Poetry
Trove of Musings Apr-17 Authors Press English Poetry
मैं बहने लगी हूँ Apr-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
मैंने रंग दिये अलफाज Apr-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
मैंने तराशे हैं अलफाज Apr-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
रंगी मैं तेरे रंग में Apr-17 Authors Press Hindi Poetry
सप्तरंगी परी एवं रंगबिरंगी कहानियाँ Feb-17 AlokparvPrakashan Hindi Children’s stories
In the Flickering of an Eye Jan-17 LiFi Publications English Novel
Stella Jan-17 Prabhat Prakashan English Novel

 

Work life balancing journey and how you manage to write in between:

I adore my job and I am passionate about writing. So, I am able to find time for both. Writing comes to me very naturally, and it’s like a stream waiting to flow. It always tends to find its path.

Positive message to society:

Always believe in yourself, for no one knows you better than yourself.

Email : neelamsaxena27@hotmail.com

© Neelam Saxena Chandra

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