I am a freelance writer and researcher living in the quiet Parisian suburb. Before relocating to France and becoming an independent, full-time freelancer I was working in Delhi, India.
While I was pursuing Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from the University of Delhi (was still in my first year) I began working as a part-time copy-editor for an online syndication division of a national daily, The Hindustan Times. I liked what I was doing and managed it with my studies fairly easily. After my stint, there was no looking back. I realised that I enjoyed working on my own from my den. So I took up a few ghost-writing projects until I finished my graduation. The money was far from good but since I was more interested in gaining exposure and experience it didn’t hurt much.
But, could that have been a fix for life? Nah. Not yet.
I was still young and confused about where I was headed. I enrolled in Master’s of Arts in English Literature and alongside decided to take up my first, full-time job at an international publishing house, Pearson Education. Despite my writing experience and English literature background, I took up a profile that wasn’t even remotely connected to my educational qualifications. While at that time I was quite pissed off at myself for having taken a ‘wrong decision’, but not today. I don’t regret it because I was learning on the go about everything I wasn’t cut out for. I took a break and concentrate on finishing my Masters. After a year – having complete my Masters – an opportunity came knocking my door and so landed a job in an online division of Dainik Jagran. The start-up catered to the health sector. I worked as a sub-editor going on to become Assistant Editor within my two-and-a-half stint there. I must admit that this is where I realised where I wanted to go from here.
I was still working full-time – and because I like to keep myself busy – I once again took to freelancing and started contributing as a features writer for a wedding portal, BollywoodShaadis.com based out of Delhi. I wrote about lifestyle and wedding couture.
In 2013, I took up my third job as a Web Editor for British Council, UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Yet again there was much to learn and when it was time to move on (in 2015), I found myself working as a Content Manager at a travel startup, WeNomads.com. The stint lasted only for a brief six months because it was exactly around that time that I was shifting base to France.
Once I got here I was torn between whether I should work full-time or freelance full-time. With time, however, this agony has subsided and today I can proudly say that I am in my happy space working with clients who contribute to my professional well-being.
How has it been so far?
I have worked with Work Better Training Pvt Ltd, a soft skills training and development organisation based out of Mumbai, India. I wrote content for their blog, web applications and also handled their social media channels to make their digital presence stronger.
Want to find out if we can actually collaborate? Write to me!