About Deepika Bhalla
Deepika is an international book selling author along with an educationist, entrepreneur and a hands on mom. She is a human development student from Nirmala Niketan college, Mumbai University. Her interest in child development along with passion in writing has brought together an amalgamation of fiction stories along with emotional development.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Deepika Bhalla: It’s a book that intends to bring back the joy of reading simple stories and enjoying the process. My focus was to let kids read the story and feel the characters and not just accomplish the task of finishing the book. We are discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Deepika Bhalla: We have books celebrating special gifted people or people who have achievements and laurels to them. My stories are about absolute ordinary mundane people who are barely even noticed, acknowledged being an over estimation.so to accept and appreciate the importance of being ordinary is focused in the book. Hence the title.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Deepika Bhalla: Writing is my solace. It has been my go to thing under all emotions. Not everything was worth reading but I wrote everything and anything in my mind; rather scribbled. In-between all this came a thought of the junk man and here we are today.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Deepika Bhalla: I see myself writing even in 10 years. I wanna explore childrens fiction to its fullest capacity and want to get children back to joyful reading.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Deepika Bhalla: Every morsel reaches the mouth it needs to be fed. So I think a good book will reach its reader. However yes honest marketing helps to connect to more. Due to digitalization we see lesser physical bookstores and owing to major distractions these days. Marketing can definitely help.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Deepika Bhalla: Enjoy the process of reading. Don’t make it a language development activity for children. Let stories bring that same smile on your child’s face that we got while reading.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Deepika Bhalla: I am an entrepreneur in childrens education where I promote STEM education and robotics. I also am a part of family owned jewellery business where I contribute as much as I can.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Deepika Bhalla: Putting my pen down and shutting that book, I concentrate on other things or take up recreational activities. The less I stress over the writing, ideas flow in naturally. More I over think and pressurize, it averts.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Deepika Bhalla: Yes, I am. Again, a children centric book. Rest is a hush hush…
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Deepika Bhalla: Write everything you can think of without judging your work. Never categorise your work as good or bad. Write it all. You never know what sprouts into a bigger idea and leads you where.