15 February, 2019

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - 5 Things that inspire me! by Radhika Sachdev

*** Special Feature - February 2019 ***

About the Book:
Penned in real time, from the hospital bed while battling for life, on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone’s 4x2 inch keypad, the only device allowed to the patient in her supersanitized recuperating room, this book follows a hybrid format of medico-psycho thriller, interspersed with SMS chats, transcripts of medical records, and other workings of an addled mind overcome by sickness, yet determined to pull through.

It is a first-hand account of a liver transplant recipient’s journey in India, chronicled from the patient’s perspective in vivid detail as a series of dramatic events unfold in her life, completing the cycle from sickness to health, despair to hope.

It also tells the story of a single mom and breadwinner of the family, her strong bonding with her adoptive daughter, and her family and friends’ support. The author hopes that this book will give courage and direction to other patients whose lives are hanging by a thread, patients awaiting a life-saving cadaveric organ donation.

Book Links:
Goodreads * Amazon

5 Things that inspire me!

I would say reading inspires me a lot. My taste in reading is very eclectic. I read everything I can lay my hands on - newspapers (of course), fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, even crime stories - virtually everything. I used to write poetry at one point of time, but soon realized there are no takers for it - Alas!

One genre I could never develop a taste for is - magical realism. I prefer simple, direct prose, very minimalistic and somewhat frugal in style - more emotionally than intellectually challenging, I suppose :) 

Other than reading and writing, I am also very fond of traveling - which is a journey out, just as reading is a journey within.  

People inspire me a lot --- all manner and kind - but especially those who are firmly grounded and those who have the nerve to fight against odds. People with a lot of spine and spunk!

Films and arts also inspire me. I marvel at people who are able to turn around bits and elements to create a piece of immense beauty. Performance arts are fun too, and music very uplifting, but reading and films would always come first on my list. Perhaps I am more visual than aural person.  

Finally, whenever I can manage, I absolutely love spending time with my daughter, dad and my two sisters' families too! 



About the Author:

Radhika Sachdev is an independent journalist who has held senior editorial positions with leading news banners – the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Financial World, and The Pioneer. Presently, she runs her own advertising outfit, Write Solutions.

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