In my personal life, I do not speak more than 50% of the total words I write on my blog. I always wanted to talk about a lot of things and ideas, but I was scared of what people would think. Therefore, I started expressing myself in writing.
My passion for writing was so much that I did my graduation in Mass Media (Journalism). At the end of the third year, we had a subject called the Press Law and Ethics, which made me fall in love with law.
I was, and I am, still bad when it comes to one-to-one interactions, but I am not shy about speaking my mind. The two places that I love to visit the most are a library and the stage. Slowly and steadily, my professional life left me with very less time, and I almost lost the flair for writing.
I started writing again post the delivery of my son. I did not know it yet, but I was going through a very bad emotional phase. I would read about it online. That is when I came to know about post-partum depression, which is a normal phenomenon every woman goes through post delivery. My life was hell because the tough lawyer, whom people were scared of, was lost. I had lost myself.
One fine day, I came across a portal, which was a blogging platform for parents. I wrote my first blog in February 2016 and forgot about it. Subsequently, the same blog popped up on my Facebook page; the title of the post looked similar and when I saw my name, I was surprised. I went on to the Facebook page of “Momspresso” and found out there were 43 comments and more than 80,000 views for my blog. I started writing regularly on parenting after that. Motherhood is a journey, and I wanted to document it, share it and cherish it. And what better way to do so than writing about it!
I started writing regularly, but I could not find the right platform to address my real passion. That was when a friend suggested that I should write for Youth Ki Awaaz. I always wanted to write about social issues but was scared of what would happen if the editor rejected it. When I discovered Youth Ki Awaaz, I realised that I could share my viewpoints openly – and since then, there has been no looking back.
One of the best things about this portal is the total absence of prejudice and the complete freedom you get to write. I have openly spoken on different social, political and legal issues but not once was my post deleted or edited. In fact, the team always encouraged me to write on the issues and causes I am really concerned about.
I believe that instead of just sitting and complaining about the different problems our society faces, we should talk about it on a public platform and find solutions. Social media is a very strong influencer in forming opinions – and by destroying them, it is our youngsters who are easily being manipulated.
We have always been taught to receive information and knowledge, but we are never taught to challenge or question the information. Today, social media, and especially portals like these, are giving an opportunity to us and the youth to challenge the information with reasoning.
Writing for me is an extension of breathing. I cannot even imagine what I would do if I did not write. Trust me, I have tried writing for other portals, but the amount of interference they had made me finally give up! And therefore, I am thankful for portals like Youth Ki Awaaz, which gives me opportunities to express myself freely.