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Spotlight On Writers – Vidya Venkataramanan

Spotlight On Writers

Vidya Venkataramanan


  1. Where, do you hail from?
I am originally from Kerala, a southern state in India. But have lived in Chennai all my life. Though Chennai has been home, we have never forgotten our roots and do go back now and then.
  1. What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

To borrow an old saying, home is where the heart is. It meant warm relationships and comfort zones… And lately, peace within me. To be happy in silence, or in the midst of noise, has been a journey, not to a place but within me, and that would qualify as home.

  1. What turns you on creatively?

Nature and animals! Also, oceans and mountains! Or even day to day occurrences. If anything funny happens, I would love to write a story about it. Or if it is pertaining to emotions or feelings, situations, etc, the ‘word’ alarm goes off in my head!

  1. What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?

I love words. I love to pun, to use it in different permutations and combinations. I love the use of transferred epithets too. My inspiration is the Romantic Poets, from Keats to Wordsworth, and P.G. Wodehouse! I use a lot of descriptive imagery too. Depth of meaning with very simple words.

  1. What is your pet peeve?

Grammar mistakes! Even if I make them!!

  1. What defines Vidya Venkataramanan?

I am a very happy and positive person. My mother taught me to never let anything bog me down. To build inner strength from adverse situations, through spirituality, and self-belief, was a very strong foundation that she gave me. And for that, I’m very grateful, for it has stood me in good stead! My writing is my greatest strength, for in words I find expression of my soul.

Vidya Venkataramanan

Vidya Venkataramanan

Vidya Venkataramanan is a homemaker whose dual passions are writing and exploring the finer nuances of self-realisation through philosophy and spirituality. After finishing her post-graduation in English Literature, she opted to get married and be a stay at home mom to her only daughter. While juggling the various duties of wife and mother, her first love, writing, was never far from her mind. She indulged this passion by writing short stories and a huge treasure trove of poems. Many of her poems have been published on various online forums apart from a book of published poems, co-authored by 2 like-minded poets. Apart from her passion for writing, she also nurtures her spiritual side by practising reikii and meditation.
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