About Vidisha Chandna Dua
An Eternal Optimist
Ever since I can remember, I have been a daydreamer. I love to travel, try different cuisines, dance, listen to music and, most of all, I love to read. When I was quite young, I used to dream about being a pilot. Next, I wanted to be a dancer or work in a company where I would get to wear cool clothes and meet new people. Since my priority was to earn and live independently, I became a Chartered Accountant. For eleven years, I worked, traveled, made friends, and loved every part of it. Once I was working in Sydney, Australia and found out that one can go on a YAK-52 Aerobatic Mission where you feel like a Fighter Pilot as you loop and roll through the sky on an adrenaline filled war-bird adventure flight. Even though it was expensive and far off from my place of work, I made sure I took part in that mission as it had been my dream to fly a plane.
I grew up in India and U.A.E. For higher studies, I left my parent’s home and went to another city within India. Living independently made me realize how much I enjoyed travelling, meeting people, learning about different cultures, cuisines, and fashion. After completing my studies, I worked in India, Australia, and U.A.E, lived in Norway and traveled whenever I got the chance. It gave me an understanding of how cultures around the world differ and where the similarities lie. This has greatly influenced my writing.
My Love for writing has also been influenced by my passion for reading. Every summer holidays, my parents would take us to a bookstore to buy as many books as we could carry. I could not get enough of fiction novels and would re-create them in different scenarios. I started writing when I was in school and continued till I was in college. It was mostly about how my day went, people I met and life’s varied stories. It took a long time for me to write a book because storytelling requires dedicated time and planning to articulate that I could not spare. I made five-year plans for what I needed to achieve. If it was not in the plan, it was not meant to be.
Those five-year plans went out the window once my daughter was born and I took a break from work. Every day was busier than the next. That is when I started thinking about my life, people I had met over the years, places I have been to, and life’s many surprises.
I remember, once my daughter asked me there were so many different things she wanted to do in life and whether she would be able to do them all or will she have to choose? I told her if she worked smart and hard, she can do them all. That conversation stayed with me. Then one day I took my daughter for her first dance class and had an hour to spare. The conversation with my daughter came back and I thought to give writing a try since that was something I always wanted to do. I started making notes on my phone and in a couple of weeks, it became my first Novella ‘Life’s Not Over Yet’.
It is true that sometimes life happens even when you are not looking. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I am looking forward to reading your reviews.