Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram

Freelance writer, editor, full-time mom

 A freelance writer, columnist, editor and editorial consultant,  I write on a wide variety of subjects ranging from science to philosophy, but my favourites remain technology, cuisine, and more recently traditional home remedies and millets.
  
Experience is God's greatest gift to a professional...

I guess multi-tasking has always been the highlight of my personal and professional life--and that's the way I like it to be. When I began writing, I took up varied jobs so I could learn the art well. I have done over 500 articles published in more than 15 publications, in addition to various copywriting and editing assignments; preparation of question banks for computer based training, learning materials for the TOEFL examination, and other instructional materials; individual and corporate profiles, marketing materials, and web content; and occasional software development assignments too.  Every assignment was a different experience, had a different flavour, and taught a different lesson.

After a while, I began to focus on just feature-writing for magazines. I am a regular contributor to some of the magazines of the EFY group, and I also edit the cookbooks of Sanjay & Co. (Padmasri awardee Smt. Tarla Dalal's team) -- a job that I love since I get to see the recipes before the rest of the world does! I also handled two regular columns for Paramount Airways' in-flight magazine, Windows & Aisles, while it was being published. One of the episodes of this column--on maintaining laptop computers--was chosen by the editor of Readers' Digest while he was flying Paramount, and published in the magazine as well as in the Executive Companion diary published by RD.

Memorable experiences...

Of all my projects, my most exciting experiences have been with the EFY Group, as I've been part of many of their teams, have had the liberty to experiment, learn and improve. In specific, I've had the opportunity to experiment with various techniques to  make technology features more readable and appealing to the audience, rather than being heavy and whitepaperish. In fact, my feature on robotics published in 'i.t.' magazine  in August 2006, was adjudged the Best Feature in IT Journalism for the year 2006, by the PoleStar Foundation (www.polestar-foundation.org). I also enjoy interacting with the young authors who join EFY, helping them hone their skills, and also improving my own in the bargain.  

The journey with Smt. Dalal's team is equally memorable, offering me an experience in writing recipe descriptions and mailers for various media, ranging from books and the Web, to now, their mobile app! And as I said earlier, the opportunity to hone my own cooking skills with their lovely and perfect recipes is an added (and key) incentive!!

Learning adds spice to work...

To me, every writing assignment is a learning experience, because assignments are like people - no two can ever be absolutely similar! I believe that my post graduate education - in Computer Applications, Business Administration, and Writing - has honed my researching abilities. Researching a subject, interacting with experts, and writing - it's a fascinating experience. I pride myself in being a lifelong learner. 

Both on the professional and personal front, I believe that it's the little joys and Kodak moments that make life the treasure that it is. An above all else, I believe in David Halberstam's test... when I get up every morning, I ask myself if I am still excited about the work I do every day. And the answer is unfailingly affirmative!






 

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"Our talents are the gift that God gives to us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God."

– Leo Buscaglia

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"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and women; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."

- Herman Melville

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"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle."

- Anais Nin

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