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Dear SHE, on behalf of all the readers, public, families, friends and your well-wishers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your journey as well. This conversation will help readers to know more about you and your journey. Please give answers to the attached answers in brief.
So let’s start now…….
The Spirit Mania: Most welcome to The Spirit Mania. We heartily congratulate you for being an INFLUENTIAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2K20. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers and your well-wishers and also with us.
Answer: Firstly, I want to thank you for honoring me with an award – it means a lot to me, especially since it’s my first ever award for my contribution to Literature.
A little bit about myself – I am Sonam, a Tarot reader, Chakra healer, doodle artist, published author, and investment banker. I recently published my debut ebook ‘From Stressed to Sorted’ – a new-age guide to dealing with stressful situations via happiness hacks that take less than 5 minutes to do. My blog, which I started in 2016 SoulSpeak with Sonam has been read in over 151 countries. I have an Economics degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi and an MSc in Finance & Economics from Warwick Business School, UK. I am currently based out of Bangalore, where I work full-time as an investment banker. My aim in life is to become a motivational speaker and touch as many lives as I can.
The Spirit Mania: Please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author/blogger/teacher and other fields in which you are working? When you actually started your journey and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to become what you are today?
Answer: I have always been inclined towards writing – throughout school, I would often pen down poems or stories. I have also been reading Tarot cards since school and have always had a proclivity towards all things spiritual and inspirational. It was in early 2016, that I first decided to combine my two interests and come out with an inspirational book. It was then that my sister Neha suggested that I start with a blog. And so, in February of that year, I started my blog SoulSpeak with Sonam. The response was overwhelming and my idea for a book was shelved for the time being, as I got busy with other pursuits. In June 2019, I lost my mother while I was traveling in Europe. It was a wake-up call for me. I could not believe that my mother would never live to see me launch my book. I realized how short life is, and how much time I had already wasted. And so, with a renewed perspective on life, I rewrote my book and self-published it in December 2019.
Needless to say, my book is dedicated to my mother. She, by far, has been my biggest inspiration – she always encouraged me to follow my bliss and not pay heed to conventional/societal norms. Whatever I am today is because of her. I’d also like to mention my sister Neha, who is not only the editor of my book, but has always been a huge source of support and guidance for me.
The Spirit Mania: Please tell the readers something about your interest in the respective field. What is your message to those readers who are trying to do the best in your field?
Answer: I developed an interest in writing at a very early age – I would mainly attribute it to the habit of reading. In fact, one of my fondest childhood memories include going to the Book Fair with my mother and sister and purchasing loads of books. From a very young age, I would devour anything I could lay my hands on – from classics to non-fiction to thrillers to contemporary fiction. To all those who want to make a mark in the world of writing, I have a couple things to say – first – read, read and read. As much as you can. It helps you in ways I can’t explain. Second, keep writing. Consistency is the key here. Don’t get disappointed If you don’t get a lot of followers on your blog at first. Write because you want to, write because you like to. If you keep at it, you will become better over time. And sooner or later, people will start taking notice of your work.
The Spirit Mania: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those girls and women who are suffering from any problem in their journey to achieve something big? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Answer: I believe that the biggest piece of advice I can dole out to them is to take the plunge. Many people out there have all they need to make their mark in the world. The only thing they lack is the courage to take a leap. As a Tarot card reader, I have lost count of the number of people who come to me with similar problems – people who don’t believe in themselves and underestimate their talents – people who are simply afraid. I have one advice to all the women out there – go out into the world and don’t be afraid of shining bright. It’s okay to fail in the beginning. This isn’t an exam. Life will give you many chances. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from reaching your full potential. For once, just do it.
The Spirit Mania: Being one of the Influential Women; what type of changes do you want in your society as well as with respect to women?
Answer: I do feel that the world has changed a lot in the last few years, with many more avenues now open to women. However, the biggest change that I want to see is women supporting other women. Be it the corporate world, or family life – I see women pulling down women everywhere, with an intense drive to compete with each other. As I wrote in a blog post a couple months back, we will never achieve true equality, unless we stop treating other women with respect and love.
Great! We have come to the end of our interview session.