Briefly Introduce Yourself to the Readers.
I am Dr Urvashi Tandon. I am a Professor of Anaesthesia and have served in the Armed Forces of India for nearly three decades.
Acquaint the Readers with Your Latest Book, ‘Potpourri’.
Potpourri is a collection of 10 short stories aimed at the pre-adolescent age group. Each story aims at raising awareness in children about the environment, health and the society that we live in. Every story has multiple take away messages as part of the story. It is a full color book with fair number of illustrations that appeal to the younger age group to whom the stories can be read out. It’s ideal reading for the age group of 7 to 10.
Your latest book deals with children stories. How did you arrive at the core idea?
I have been writing articles for a women’s magazine and I realized that there were more takers for travelogues than anything to do with environment. I decided then to write for children who are more open and impressionable. Better to start young! I am also trained in Paediatric anaesthesia and hence naturally inclined to write for children I guess.
You are a doctor by profession. How do you manage writing along with your profession?
I used to write only articles while I was working. Although I had started working on the book, I got around to completing it only after I retired from clinical practice.
What is the most fulfilling part of writing this book? And what is the most challenging?
I firmly believe that our environment and lifestyles are hugely responsible for the number of patients and diseases that we see today. Despite the number of hospitals and medical centers, you still see large crowds of people who need help. We need to correct our attitude towards nature which really provides us with so much that we take for granted. This book is an attempt at instilling that awareness at an early age. Creating the book with this at the back of my mind was in itself fulfilling. I loved designing the cover as well.
I did find doing the illustrations challenging hence, did the cover and one of the stories before I outsourced the rest. They were done with detailed instructions though. The biggest challenge is trying to get my message across to people and tell them to sit up and take note. Nature has already started shaking us awake don’t you think?
What are your Future Projects that Readers are expecting in 2019-2020?
I am working on a novel for a slightly older age group at the moment. It is aimed at adolescents and young adults and is also socially relevant.
How would you like to inspire the creative people wishing to make their career in the field of literature?
There is a lot of talent out there. What limits people is inertia and not wanting to step out of their comfort zones. As far as a career in the field of literature goes, I think one start off as a hobby and then decide because it’s cake-walk.