If you have graduated from a prestigious institution like IIM Calcutta and have a well-paying corporate job, you would most likely consider your future secure and avoid doing anything to rock the boat. However, there are also those people who do not enjoy the monotonous routine and would rather do something they are passionate about. Swati Kaushal is one such person who left a brand management job at a global company to fulfil her dream of becoming a writer.
After seven years in the corporate world — six years at Nestle and one at Nokia — there came a point where Swati felt unable to stay on that path. The only positive she could take away from her work was that it allowed her to write, even if it was just to develop taglines for various products. Although she was hesitant and her friends called her mad, she eventually decided to take the plunge.
Once she quit her job, though, she felt light and free of all bonds.
Swati says that the money and job security were of little consequence when compared to something she was so passionate about. Her first book, a chick-lit novel called Piece of Cake first published in 2004, was so well received that it was translated into three languages. Six editions have been published.
Swati says that it is the process that she enjoys and achieving success is just the icing on the cake. She has also written A Girl Like Me, which she calls a tribute to her awkward teenage years, and Drop Dead, about a girl cop called Niki Marwah.
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