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. Somewhere in that spectrum lie my favourite subjects: technology, business, cuisine, and life!
 
Since I became a mother, I feel my creativity and interest in writing has multiplied--since nothing can be as stimulating as watching a toddler in action! I realise my brain has also started multi-tasking like never before. One part of it, assisted by my eyes and ears, is always focusing on Tejas and what he is up to; one handles the everyday chores; one thinks up solutions to the day's challenges; another plans the next hour... well, perhaps it is a natural consequence of having to complete a major chunk of my tasks when the hurricane is asleep or when my husband is around to take care of him :-) Stressful as it might sound and be, the fact is that it is very enjoyable, and an experience worth a life!  
 
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 (Electronics For You, BenefIT, Linux for You, etc.), and I also edit the cookbooks of Mrs Tarla Dalal, the cooking diva, from a freelance stance -- 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.

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

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. 

On the personal front, I enjoy spending time with my husband, baby and family, and cherish every relative and friend. I think I am what I am because of my family -- my family of birth as well as my husband and the family I married into encourage and support my writing ventures immensely -- without that a freelancer's progress is tough, because life is very different from that of a regular employee's. Even while being at home, your family has to understand that you have work to do and give you that space, they need to encourage you in those initial stages when the money rarely comes although you work late hours, and be a backbone in many more silent ways! I was very lucky to have such an encouraging family, and wish every freelancer gets that!

I believe that it's the little joys and Kodak moments that make life the treasure that it is. My many hobbies, ranging from reading and music to handicrafts, add more spice to life.

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!

Know what, every time I open this website to update it, I find I don't have much to change in the home page... because I've not changed, my work continues to interest and engross me, I continue to live and love my life with loved ones... so well, hopefully nothing in this profile would change even down the years!

 

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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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- Herman Melville

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- Anais Nin

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