About Me

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I am an art lover and believe that there is art in everything we do. Someone rightly said that “Earth without ‘art’ is Eh!”. Be it visual, literary or performing arts, it helps one find oneself. Since childhood, I had an ingrained passion for both dancing and writing, with dancing being my first love. For me, dance is not just dance but it is a mode of connecting to my soul. My mother says I had taken to music and dancing from the age of 3 itself, like as if I was made for it. Contrary to this, my interest in writing actually developed much later. I was down with chicken pox when I was in the 8th Grade, and that is when I discovered my love for writing. I started writing poems and short stories, a lot of them! Gradually, I enjoyed expressing my emotions and my opinions through writing and with a lot of encouragement from family and friends, I pursued it diligently as a hobby.

In today’s times, there is lot more exposure and scope if one wants to pursue one’s passion, and make it a profession. But during our childhood days, it was expected to remain a hobby with academics being the prime focus. So, keeping with the times, I completed Computer Engineering from Pune University and then went on to do MBA in Systems and Finance. I landed with a job in my dream company, Infosys, during the MBA campus placements and worked there for 6.5 years. I had a wonderful professional life there but somewhere deep down in my heart, I knew it was not my true calling. The fast and frantic professional life left me with little time to pursue my hobbies and they started taking a backseat. With time, these passions started pulling me hard towards them and one fine day, I took the decision, which my friends term as brave, to leave my white-collared job. I was already trained in classical and folk dance forms, so I joined Shiamak Davar’s summer workshop for western dance forms and got back dancing into my life full-fledged. That was one of the best experiences ever in my life and I vowed to keep working on my dancing skills through online tutorials and self-learning. Once I felt I was ready for it, I started a venture with a close friend and got into teaching dance and choreographing professionally. Then, I gradually started writing again too and came up with my own cookery website along with my mother http://tingleyourtastebuds.in .

With a small baby to look after, it was tough to take out time for writing, but thanks to the endless help and support from my mother, I could take out time to write poems and short articles. I also participated in an international poetry writing competition in 2015 in which one of my short poems was shortlisted among the top 10. It was then that my husband insisted I start my own blog to share my poems, thoughts and articles with the world. With his encouragement and rock-solid support, I finally launched this website in February 2016. As of today, my work has been published in various magazines and online platforms like Woman’s Era, eFiction India, Women’s Web, Readomania, Youth ki Awaaz, Momspresso (erstwhile mycity4kids), ZenParent, Incredible Women of India, SheThePeopleTV, Women of Courage, Bharat Moms, et al and I have also won blogger contests and awards for my articles. I won the prestigious Orange Flower Award (Awards to recognize Digital Creative Superstars presented by Women’s Web) for Writing on Parenting in the year 2017 and for Personal Blogging Category (Runners Up) for my contribution in the year 2016. I was also among the finalists in various categories like Social Impact, Travel Writing and Writing on LGBTQ+ issues in the year 2017.

8 Responses to About Me

  1. Vineet says:

    Truly inspirational!! Hats off to the entire family. May God bless you and the lovely family with happy and beautiful things in life.

    Someday you would have made this world a better place to breathe. Keep spreading joy and happiness. Lotsa luck. Cheers

    • anupamadalmia_74hvm46a says:

      Your kind words mean a lot to me Vineet. Thank you so much for the love, support and good wishes.

  2. NEHA JAIN says:

    Way to go, Anupama. I am sure, you are going to rock in your both professions.

  3. Vikram says:

    Totally short of words for the fabulous way in which you have added more life in each day, balancing all your passions and your motherhood. Wish you more and more success!

  4. Dear Anupama,

    I read your article ‘Incidents That Keep Reminding Me How Unkind We Are To Survivors Of Sexual Abuse’ and searched for you… Finally it lead me here! I’m so happy to get to know someone like you! There is a lot to share…

    To put it in a nutshell, I am a writer and trained social worker. I am associated with an NGO called Street-heroes Of India. You could read more about it at this link… http://www.street-heroes.org

    This NGO’s work involves music-art and dance therapy among other kinds of help and support for trauma survivors. This NGO primarily is focused on helping children but we do want to create awareness in society too.

    Personally, where helping the rape survivors are concerned, I think there should be a rehabilitation programme for them that helps them get on their feet again. This includes helping them relocate if their situation is very delicate and requires it.

    Ideally it should be run by the government with the involvement of the National Commission for Women, Ministry of Women & Child-welfare and some individuals from the NGO sector. But since it is not being done, I think it is time that individuals like us start a dialogue with the NCW and women’s organisations to ask for this or to begin something of the kind to help these survivors.

    I hope we can connect! There is a lot we have in common. I’m so happy to know you!

  5. Pallishree Pattanayak says:

    I came to know you through womensweb then mommspresso .Reading about you inspires me a lot. Though I’m Asst.professor by profession and writing from my childhood I fear a lot to take writing as a profession.Today I feel relaxed knowing you in details.Be a motivator.May God bless you.

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